Video Game: Hercs Adventures

Herc's Adventures is the title of a video game released for the PlayStation and the Sega Saturn by LucasArts Entertainment in 1997. The PlayStation release was international, but the Sega Saturn version was exclusive to North America.

Spring is booming in Ancient Greece. Flowers, plants and all kinds of life are growing thanks to the efforts of Persephone, goddess of vegetation. Everything is fine and dandy until Hades, being the party pooper that he is, kidnaps her to turn Greece into a wasteland where eventually everybody will die so he can fill up Hell. Zeus finds himself rather short on heroes for this one since only three of his usual guys are still alive: Hercules, Jason and Atalanta. It's up to one (or two if someone picks up the second controller) of these guys to go save Persephone, which won't be easy since their Ancient Greece is... rather weird, with sheep-eating cyclopses, laser-spewing giant boars, lasergun-toting aliens, blood-thirsty soldiers and Amazons and a variety of weapons and items plain crazy such as magic voodoo dolls, healing gyros or garbage.

The overhead, action-adventure format was similar to Zombies Ate My Neighbors.

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This Video Game contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Atlanta and the Amazons, who're tougher than the soldiers you can meet on the mainland and in Crete.
  • And Call Him George: The Big Amazon's main form of attack consist in hugging the character and squeeze him tightly, and they also find him cute apparently. The fact that they're several time the size of the playable characters and have metal breastplates doesn't help.
  • And Your Reward Is A Key: The gods will always give you a special key as a reward for their quests, no matted how hard was said quest note .
  • Apathetic Citizens: Played with. Most people won't lift a finger to help you in your quest save for the merchants and the trainers, but everybody will react if you or an enemy hit them. Their reaction is... To ask you to stop hitting them or vaguely threaten you.
  • Awesome but Impractical: The Voodoo dolls shrinks down all the enemies on the screen and reduces them to a whooping 1 HP. The problem is that they're rarer than rare and the only guy who sells them wants 4 "abundance horns" (gyros) for one. At their cheapest, gyros cost 2 gold. And gold (available only as single coins) is incredibly rare as a loot from fallen enemies.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Circe's potion will transform you into a small pig, allowing you to go inside certain small caves. You can meet Circe herself surrounded by a pack of sleeping pigs.
  • Big Eater: Highly implied that Hera's so fat because she ate all her cows.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: You can find and use Zeus' lightning as a secondary weapon. It can also happen should you use the Box of Pandora.
  • Boring but Practical: Javelins and bombs. They do a fair amount of damage even against late-game enemies, are easily found anywhere and have a decent rate of fire.
  • Boss Battle: Plenty:
    • Advancing Boss of Doom: Inverted with Cerberus. In his case, you are the Advancing Boss of Doom since he blocks a large and very long corridor and your attacks make him slowly back off.
    • Attack Its Weak Point: Talos (not that one) is immune to all your attacks except for headshots... Which will make him drop it's helmet and reveal it's weakpoint: a cartoon target painted on it's ass.
    • Boss Corridor: Where you fight Cerberus. The corridor ends in a cliff above a pit of lava where the boss will fall once his healthbar is empty.
    • Get Back Here Boss: The two giant boars and the Minotaur, due to the fact that you fight them in a labyrinth (a lush forest for the boars, the real Labyrinth for the Minotaur). Medusa counts too since she spends a lot of time flying around the Edge of the World.
    • Hopeless Boss Fight: The Hydra is Nigh Invulnerable without some flamethrowers.
    • Marathon Boss: The Serpent in Colchis takes a lot of time to be defeated, as you have to destroy each of his segments plus his head twice, and since it just keep moving and spawning snakes it can take be hard.
    • Platform Battle: You fight Medusa at the edge of the world. One false step or the ground crumbling under you and kiss one life goodbye !
    • Tactical Suicide Boss: The Minotaur loses only 1 HP to any of your attacks and is immune to the Labyrinth traps (you're not) ; the only weapon than can truly damage him is his own two-headed battleaxe. Which he conveniently throws at you quite often, leaving you plenty of opportunities to grab it and throw it in his face.
  • Breath Weapon: The giant boars super-attack is spitting a laser as big as their whole bodies at you. You can do it too with the Mint Candies and the Hot Peppers, giving you respectively a frost breath and a fire breath. You can also find pebbles that you can spit out at will.
  • Catapult to Glory: You can find catapults or trebuchets that will, well, catapult you somewhere around the map. Some will send you just a few meters away; others, like the one in Athens or at the edge of the world, will send you continents away.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: You can increase your action points to the point of being capable of lifting whole houses and giant boulders and stuff... by training under a muscleman for about five seconds.
  • Continuity Nod: In the game intro, you see Hercules fighting (rad: holding it in a chokehold and punching it silly) the Nemean Lion. In the game, his sprite wears a cape made of the lion's head.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Subverted. Hades is actually a robot that is being controlled by ray-gun wielding Martians.
  • Drop-In Nemesis: Hades note  will sometimes pop out of Hades note  to taunt you over your quest and the laughable missions the gods assign to you.
  • Enemy Chatter: Almost every enemy has a few lines of dialogue, ranging from taunts to orders; for example, when you see a group of humans soldiers and one of them says "Get'em !", the group will spread before attacking you. The most memorable being the "I'm gonna mess you up !" said by skeletons during their suicide attack.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Hades is the villain of the game after all.
  • Evil Laugh: Hades has an interesting version of it.
  • Fauns and Satyrs: The dreaded Pan enemies will use their magical flutes to hypnotize your hero and force him to dance, making him lose hp for a while. Defeating them is a priority.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Hades is this, plus skeletons and cynic dead people.
  • Fragile Speedster: Atalanta. While she has low health and stamina, she can sprint for longer than the other two guys, and always attacks from a distance.
  • Full Boar Action: You can meet either small, annoying piglets running out of bushes or the two giant boar bosses, who can eat you whole or spit out giant lasers.
  • Giant Mook: The giant Amazons and the Cyclopses.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: If you have at least 20 stamina left, you can pick up certain enemies (namely, the soldiers, the skeletons and the Amazons) and throw them at your enemies. If they hit an enemy, a pool of water or the outside of the aeras you can walk on, it's a One-Hit Kill for the thrown bastard; else, it justs get back on his/her feet and acts as if nothing happened.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: "Killing" enemy soldiers will just strip them of their armor, leaving them sitting in shock on the ground wearing only their pink and white stripped boxers. The same happens to the Amazons, except they wear metal bikinis instead.
  • Guide Dang It: Those altar-like things surrounded by columns that you see around? Well, if you perform certain actions (like defeating specific enemies or hitting a specific target in the map) you can either obtain gold or even a Heart Container. Good luck though knowing what you have to do exactly to activate these altars, and which altar you activate without using a guide.
    • Finding the flamethrowers is a pain if you don't know where to look since the only clue you'll ever have about where they are is that "they make fire weapons in Creta". Thy're actually in a hidden part of the Labyrinth, that only opens after giving the Minotaur's Head to Poseidon.
  • Hartman Hips: Atlanta and Circe. The latter in particular shows them off since she's lying on her sofa.
  • Harping on About Harpies: They appear in Colchis, and they can shoot beams of light.
  • Hell Is That Noise: During her fight, Medusa will let out a very loud shriek so distorded you'll wonder if your console isn't glitching.
  • Helpful Mook: Those large soldiers in Sparta can occasionally work in you favour by smashing walls open with their attacks, allowing you to reach otherwise locked areas without using precious keyes.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Averted with Hera and Athena. In real life, many of their statues and representations look like this or this; in this game, they look the same... With 200 more pounds and some ugly makeup.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Eating gyros restore health.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: The crazy old hags will try to chew you if they catch you.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: Medusa's head. When you wield it, it allows you to fire a petrifying ray, which is a One-Hit Kill on any enemy that isn't a boss or a Giant Mook. Too bad you have to give it to Athena to progress into the plot.
  • Jerkass Gods: Played with: Zeus is quite confident in your abilities to stop Hades and Poseidon warms up to you after you kill the Minotaur, but Athena and Hera never stop to point that you suck and thus shouldn't expect too much of the gods. Dionysos is too worried (and drunk) about his grapes to be an ass.
  • Joke Item: Garbage. It does 1 damage to enemies and has a pitiful range. Still, several players with low stamina find it useful against the Minotaur, who takes only 1 damage from any attack if you don't have enough stamina to throw his axe in his face (the only way to really hurt him).
  • Lady Land: The land of the Amazons is devoid of men (except for the prisoners and a single scribe) and a huge sign before the entrance states that "No Men allowed beyond this point. Or Atlanta".
  • Large and In Charge: All the Gods are much bigger than people, and in case of most of them, quite fat too.
  • Large Ham: Hercules in particular.
  • MacGuffin Guardian: The Hydra (guarding the sacred Grapes) and the Colchis Serpent guarding the Golden Fleece, both of which you have to defeat.
  • Mighty Glacier: Hercules. He has the highest base health and stamina of the three characters (enough to lift houses and boulders in the beginning of the game) and his stamina drops more slowly when carrying heavy items, but drains quickly when he sprints.
  • Mooks: On the human side, we have recolored soldiers for each big city (notably Sparta and Athens) and the Amazons. On the non-human side, we have skeletons, Little Green Men, wood nymphs armed with handguns, etc.
  • Oh Crap!: Zeus has this reaction in the beginning upon seeing that he has only three pieces left on his chessboard (the three heroes) while Hades has an incredible number of miniatures left.
  • Out of Continues: Each time you die, you go to Hell and have to fight your way back through large groups of skeletons to reach the exit and pop up right where you where (at the start of a boss' arena if you died fighting one) Die when you're in Hell or too much times in the world (6) and it's the Game Over screen... Which is just a platform surrounded by wall and a big door, with "Game Over" written on the ground, Persephone saying that you lost and Hades laughing at you. When you go to Hell with the Golden Fleece, you can reach that platform; except this time, the door will be open, leading you to Cerberus.
  • Piranha Problem: The seas and some rivers are chock full of man-eating carnivorous fish that will mess you up unless you have a ton of bombs, forcing you to take a galley to travel (or find a catapult).
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Hercules' club, which he can throw and return, but it has three major weaknesses: it takes some time to be fully charged, fly in a single direction and Hercules must stay immobile for the duration of the attack.
  • Race Lift: Jason is black for... No reason.
  • Rain of Arrows: Atlanta's charged attack. It's also incredibly useful as it allows her to hit targets that normally require a thrown item or bomb to be hit.
  • Rule of Funny: Plenty.
  • The Mario: Jason is the most average of the heroes in terms of health, stamina and sprint endurance.
  • Segmented Serpent: The Guardian of the Golden Fleece. You first have to remove his scales by attacking each green segment until it turns brown. Later you have to attack again each segment until it's Stripped to the Bone, hence defeated.
  • Schmuck Bait: Hades promises you a "big" reward if you give him the Golden Fleece. No fake. If you do, he'll give you a key that opens a door near his shrine leading to a health bonus. What he doesn't tell you is that if you do that, you make the game impossible to finish since you can't enter Hell without the Fleece. Unless you know where to find the secret area where Hades keep his stolen stuff.... which include the Fleece.
  • Spam Attack: Talos, when his HP start reaching a certain level, runs around and throws a ton of bombs all over the place.
  • Special Attack: Plenty:
    • Skeletons jump on you bash you on the head before collapsing.
    • Human enemies throw their javelins at you, even when they're off-screen.
    • The giant boars swallow you whole, which drains your health until you hit them enough from the inside.
    • Cyclopses grab you and, depending of what they caught, smash you into the ground (players) or devour you (sheeps and NPCs).
  • Sprint Meter: Actually both the Sprint and the Strength meter; stamina is used for sprinting, strength is used to determine if you can lift up and throw some items in the game depending of the amount in the meter (20 for humanoid enemies, 70 for houses and boulders, 100 for giant boulders). And to highlight the difference between the three characters, the stamina meter drops at a different rate depending of your guy (Atalanta has the lowest drop speed, followed by Jason, then Hercules).
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The real culprits behind Persephone's kidnapping are the aliens mooks you encounter in Egypt; Hades is just a robot they created.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Hercules, obviously.
  • Swamps Are Evil: The one near Lerna has the Hydra living there, the one in Macedonia has another giant boar, plus bees and lots of skeletons.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: In Egypt, you can meet a hobo named Bobby who'll ask you if you can spare some change. Talking with him will deduce one gold from your inventory. Fast-forward a few hours and in the Amazon's land, you'll meet another hobo. If you gave a coin to Bobby, there will be several useful items in front of him and he'll say "Bobby says thanks for the gold.". Of course, if you ignored Bobby, you'll find nothing.
  • Visual Pun: The Password you'll be asked for in certain areas? Is literally a piece of paper with "word" written on it.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Not a literal boss battle, but the very first enemy you stumble across after descending from the starting mountain is a Cyclops. Which is very dangerous to fight, has around 100 HP and is fought when you'll be short on secondary weapons to throw at him. Hercules though can at least throw huts and boulders at him and a nearby NPC will sell you bombs for a few gold coins conveniently dropped by the sheep the cyclops is throwing at you.
  • Weapon of Choice: While you can find a ton of equipments ranging from javelins to bombs including garbage, laser guns and voodoo dolls, each of the heroes has a main weapon and a Charged Attack: Hercules has his club which he can throw like a boomerang when charged, Jason a dagger (substitutes it for a sling when charged) and Atalanta has her bow (which can lauch a Rain of Arrows as a charged attack).