We love super hero games. They bring us back to our childhood, where we often found ourselves dreaming about flying and fighting crooks in the streets. The Hero HD vividly recreates the experiences we dreamed up, in a visually stunning way. The graphics, control scheme, and gameplay make this game actually feel like you’re controlling a comic book.
The game is a pleasure to look at, which is a huge first step for game development. If I can’t look at your game, I probably won’t play it. This is definitely not a problem with The Hero HD. Traplight Games really knows how to create stunning games.
The basic premise of the game is that hoodlums are overtaking the streets, starting fires, and planting bombs on buildings. You have to stop them at all costs before they catch on fire, or blow up a building. Ninjas also make an appearance, so that’s a nice little surprise. There are tons of other types of melees involved, but for the most part you’re flying around in circles trying to eliminate threats while keeping your fame high, by high-fiving civilians looking out of windows.
There’s a two-thumb controller setup, where the left thumb controls the direction of your character, while the other thumb controls a speed burst, and whatever power up you have available to you (for instance freeze). The game is aligned pretty well with Super Mega Worms, so if you enjoyed that game, and the mechanics of it, you’ll certainly love The Hero HD.
As you progress through the game, the city size increases proportionally, making it more and more difficult to fly across a level and protect the people from the threats that pop up. The difficulty starts to ramp up towards the end, but for the most part you shouldn’t have too much difficulty. You’ll face plenty of resistance along the way from your old archenemy Dr. Hubub, who seems hell-bent on stopping you in your tracks. The storyline is a little bit lacking, and I often found myself skipping through the dialog to get right into the gameplay, but that’s not exactly abnormal for me. I spend very little time caring about in-game story lines.
This game looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s essentially a comic book come to life. It’s unbelievable just how amazing some of these game have become over the years. So, if you’re the type of person who enjoys looking at your games as much as playing them, you’ll want to check this one out.
The difficulty is also a big plus. It’s not overly difficult, but it felt like I was being challenged with every level increase. I’m the type of person who likes a challenge, and the more a game challenges, the more I’ll play it. It’s probably why I keep coming back to the game every couple of days.
The storyline is mediocre, and I often found myself skipping it all together. I also felt like the game was a little bit too quick. I’m not the kind of person who gets motion sickness from video games. I’ve never experienced that feeling, but The Hero HD got me there more than once. I’m not sure if it’s the perceived speed of flying across the screen, or if it’s the flying around in circles, but I felt a little nauseous after playing this game on more than one occasion. If you’re sensitive to that kind of thing, you might want to think twice about picking up the game.
The game’s a lot of fun, it looks great, and it’s difficult enough to keep you coming back for more. On the whole we recommend it, and it’s currently on sale for $0.99 (50% off), so it’s worth all ninety-nine pennies.