Tanukitsune (tanukitsune) wrote,
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Half Minute Hero.... And Unbound Saga, time to dust off your PSP!

 One is pretty awesome, one is just meh.... Can you guess which is which? XP

Half Minute Hero is a dream come true to anybody who wants to play JRPGS, but doesn't have 200+ hours to spare. As the name implies you have a 30 second time limit to prevent the bad guy from casting a spell of doom that will destroy everything, except... You'll never really beat in in 30 seconds! Fortunately the Time Goddess is here to help and for a fee, she's a greedy lass, she'll restart the timer but each time the fee with be bigger and bigger until you will be unable to make enough money in time, but you probably won't need to reset time that many times....

The game is ridiculously fun and funny, but it doesn't seem to be making fun of JRPGs, which is what I was expecting it to, and it's fun to discover than most levels, the game has 30, have more than one way to be resolved, maybe you'll rent a boat and cross the ocean? Or maybe go through the longer trail through the mountains? Also the game is nice enough to tell you when you're strong enough to best the boss of the level. 

The controls are ridiculously simple, when you enter battle you fight automatically, but you can dash to make the fight go faster, which reduced your HP, you can also dash out of battle. The game is also nice enough to stop time in town to buy equipment and herbs, you can only carry one, but you never need more than one.

You'd think 30 levels isn't enough for a retail game, well... it doesn't end there! The game has two more modes, each one takes place 100 years after the other and is different from each other...

Evil Lord 30 is a basically a strategy game in 30 seconds, you play as a not really evil summoner who can summon fast, strong or long range units, it's rock, paper, scissors except the longer you wait, the bigger the summon, and if you get hit, you MP reduce and you can't summon as easily as before and obviously the Time Goddess is here to take your money to make time go back and any money left will go to leveling your character.

Princess 30 is a shooter, the princess has a 30 second curfew and a legion of soldier, if she gets hit she loses soldiers and slows down, but once again the Time Goddess will gladly take your money to turn back time. And like most shooters, it has power ups if the form of fairies...

Once you beat the first three modes you unlock Knight 30, one of the more interesting modes. In this one, you're a knight resurrected by a sage who asks you to protect him while he goes on a quest to save the land with his spell of doom that.. you guess it! It takes 30 seconds to prepare! As a knight you must protect the sage from monsters until he can banish them with the spell, you can't defeat them, you can only stun them, you can also get the sage out of the way, but while he moves he can't do the spell. If you die you can be resurrected by the sage, but I didn't die that much. Another interesting thing is that each night before the battle the knight can spend some time making traps, but since he sleeps less he has less stamina and hit points... and frankly I prefer not using the traps, although they do make some levels much easier.. In this mode the Time Goddess is dead, but that doesn't matter since you're supposed to survive 30 seconds instead of finish your goal in 30 seconds...

After beating this mode you get the grand finale, it's the same as the first mode, only with a 300 second limit and no Time Goddess, which makes it the most interesting and challenging mode yet, since every area has it's own time limit and you will lose if it ends and you're still in it. And if you beat it you get a full ending and a special extra mode.... THREE SECOND HERO? Thank God this isn't part of the story and it's just an extra challenge, because this is just too much! You only have enough time for ONE battle to make enough money to reset the timer...

All I can say this is the most fun I've had with a jRPG in ages, although I barely play them to begin with....




Unbound Saga is almost a rip-off of Comix Zone, the characters live in a comic world and fight in panels, only this isn't as good.... and it's broken in the completely opposite way!

Your hero is a bouncer, completely aware that he's a comic character and cursing the comic creator for tormenting him for his amusement. He meets a scantly-clad girl who says she can get them out of the comic, silly plot ensues....

You can switch between the girl and the muscle man and the other character will stay on screen fighting, and never dying, showing how broken the game is from the start, since you can always lure the enemies to fight the other to make your life easier, but you don't really need to since the game is SOOOO broken in your favor! When you play as the guy, it's a normal old school brawler, except you can invest skill points in stats and moves, you get these from coins that drop once in a blue moon from enemies, or at the end of each level, but things are different when you play as the girl...

She has "shadow powers", a.k.a. ninjitsu, but she completely breaks the game with these powers! One of the powers is a heal move, which already makes the game too easy, but you also have a poison cloud attack that damages all enemies on screen and if you combine this with the power of regaining stamina, which you use for these moves, faster the challenge is completely gone... She also has the power to hide in the shadows, so you could just hide in the shadows and use the poison cloud attack until everybody dies.... The final boss has a few shadows in it's area...  ¬_¬

The game seems to be lacking something... the enemies aren't too monotonous, but they seem to lack the special something most baddies in brawlers have... 90's hair? More colors? I can't really point it out, but it doesn't feel like a proper brawler...  But for such a low price, it's for a try?
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