Half-Minute Hero, released in Japan as Yūsha 30 (勇者３０?, lit. "Hero 30"), is a hybrid real-time strategy/action RPG/shoot 'em up developed by Marvelous Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable. It was released in Japan on May 28, 2009 and in North America on October 13, 2009.
Half-Minute Hero's single player mode features 6 different game modes. Each mode is based on one part of a larger story, and as such, the last three modes are not available until the player has completed the first three modes; these last three modes are then unlocked in order after completing the previous mode. Each mode centers around a mechanic based on a limited amount of time (normally 30 seconds as implied by the game's title) to complete that part of the game.
Mode plays similar to a console role-playing game. The player, as the Hero, is tasked by the Time Goddess to become powerful enough in 30 seconds to find and defeat an enemy boss that is seeking to cast a spell of destruction that will end the world in 30 seconds.
Evil Lord 30
Mode plays similar to a real-time strategy game. The player controls Evil Lord who can summon three types of creatures, Brawlers, Shooters, and Nimbles, to fight enemy forces and complete a task.
Mode plays similar to a Shoot 'em up game. The player controls the Princess who is equipped with a rapid-fire crossbow as her main weapon, and a number of guards that carry and protect her as she ventures out of the castle to get items to help her ailing father.
Mode is an action video game, where the player controls a Knight who has vowed to help protect a Sage. The Sage has the ability to cast a spell of destruction that takes 30 seconds (thought need not be continuous) to evoke; the Knight is tasked with defending the Sage during this time.
Mode is similar to Hero 30 Mode, but the player has 300 seconds to complete the single mission of this mode.
Mode is also similar to Hero 3 Mode, but the player only starts with 3 seconds to reach and defeat the boss in the mode's single mission.
Half-Minute Hero won several awards from RPG-focused websites.
* RPGamer Editor's Choice: Best PSP RPG, 2009 RPGamer.com Best of 2009 Awards
* PSP Game of the Year, RPGLand.com Games of the Year 2009
* PSP RPG of the Year, RPGFan.com Best of 2009 Awards
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