''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: [[MightyGlacier Hercules]], [[TheMario Jason]] and [[FragileSpeedster 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... [[AffectionateParody rather]] [[TheThemeParkVersion 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 ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors''.

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!!This VideoGame contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Atlanta and the Amazons, who're tougher than the soldiers you can meet on the mainland and in Crete.
* AndCallHimGeorge: 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.
* [[AndYourRewardIsClothes 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]]Hera wants you to go get back her favorite cow which was stolen by the Spartans, Poseidon wants the Minotaur Head, Athena wants Medusa's Head, Dionysos wants a special grape which grows in the Hydra's lair and [[spoiler: Hades wants the Golden Fleece]][[/note]].
* ApatheticCitizens: 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.
* AwesomeButImpractical: 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.
* BalefulPolymorph: 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.
* BigEater: Highly implied that Hera's so fat because she ate all her cows.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: You can find and use Zeus' lightning as a secondary weapon. It can also happen should you use the Box of Pandora.
* BoringButPractical: 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.
* BossBattle: Plenty:
** AdvancingBossOfDoom: Inverted with [[spoiler: Cerberus]]. In his case, '''you''' are the AdvancingBossOfDoom since he blocks a large and very long corridor and your attacks make him slowly back off.
** AttackItsWeakPoint: Talos ([[Franchise/TheElderScrolls 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.
** BossCorridor: Where you fight [[spoiler: Cerberus]]. The corridor ends in a cliff above a pit of lava where the boss will fall once his healthbar is empty.
** GetBackHereBoss: 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.
** HopelessBossFight: The Hydra is NighInvulnerable without [[spoiler: some flamethrowers]].
** MarathonBoss: 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.
** PlatformBattle: You fight Medusa at the edge of the world. One false step or the ground crumbling under you and kiss one life goodbye !
** TacticalSuicideBoss: 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.
* BreathWeapon: 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.
* CatapultToGlory: You can find catapults or trebuchets that will, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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''.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: 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.
* ContinuityNod: 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.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler: Subverted. Hades is actually a robot that is being controlled by ray-gun wielding Martians]].
* DropInNemesis: Hades [[note]] the god [[/note]] will sometimes pop out of Hades [[note]] the underworld [[/note]] to taunt you over your quest and the laughable missions the gods assign to you.
* EnemyChatter: 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.
* EverybodyHatesHades: Hades is the villain of the game after all.
* EvilLaugh: Hades has an interesting version of it.
* FaunsAndSatyrs: 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.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Hades is this, plus skeletons and cynic dead people.
* FragileSpeedster: Atalanta. While she has low health and stamina, she can sprint for longer than the other two guys, and always attacks from a distance.
* FullBoarAction: 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.
* GiantMook: The giant Amazons and the Cyclopses.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: 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 OneHitKill for the thrown bastard; else, it justs get back on his/her feet and acts as if nothing happened.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: "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.
* GuideDangIt: 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 HeartContainer. 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.
* HartmanHips: Atlanta and Circe. The latter in particular shows them off since she's lying on her sofa.
* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: They appear in Colchis, and they can shoot beams of light.
* HellIsThatNoise: During her fight, Medusa will let out a ''very'' loud shriek so distorded you'll wonder if your console isn't glitching.
* HelpfulMook: 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.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Averted with Hera and Athena. In real life, many of their statues and representations look like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hera_Campana_Louvre_Ma2283.jpg this]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mattei_Athena_Louvre_Ma530_n2.jpg this]]; in this game, they look the same... With 200 more pounds and some ugly makeup.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Eating gyros restore health.
* IAmAHumanitarian: The crazy old hags will try to chew you if they catch you.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Medusa's head. When you wield it, it allows you to fire a petrifying ray, which is a OneHitKill on any enemy that isn't a boss or a GiantMook. Too bad you have to give it to Athena to progress into the plot.
* JerkassGods: 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.
* JokeItem: 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 [[MadeOfIron 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).
* LadyLand: 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".
* LargeAndInCharge: All the Gods are much bigger than people, and in case of most of them, quite fat too.
* LargeHam: Hercules in particular.
* MacGuffinGuardian: The Hydra (guarding the sacred Grapes) and the Colchis Serpent guarding the Golden Fleece, both of which you have to defeat.
* MightyGlacier: 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 [[PaletteSwap recolored]] soldiers for each big city (notably Sparta and Athens) and the Amazons. On the non-human side, we have [[DemBones skeletons]], LittleGreenMen, wood nymphs armed with handguns, etc.
* OhCrap: 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.
* OutOfContinues: 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 GameOver 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. [[spoiler: 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]].
* PiranhaProblem: 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).
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: 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.
* RaceLift: Jason is black for... No reason.
* RainOfArrows: 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.
* RuleOfFunny: '''Plenty.'''
* TheMario: Jason is the most average of the heroes in terms of health, stamina and sprint endurance.
* SegmentedSerpent: 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 StrippedToTheBone, hence defeated.
* SchmuckBait: Hades promises you a "big" reward if you give him the Golden Fleece. No fake. [[spoiler: 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 [[UnwinnableByDesign 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.]]
* SpamAttack: Talos, when his HP start reaching a certain level, runs around and throws a ton of bombs all over the place.
* SpecialAttack: 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=]).
* SprintMeter: 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).
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler: The real culprits behind Persephone's kidnapping are the aliens mooks you encounter in Egypt; Hades is just a robot they created]].
* TopHeavyGuy: Hercules, obviously.
* SwampsAreEvil: The one near Lerna has the Hydra living there, the one in Macedonia has another giant boar, plus bees and lots of skeletons.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: 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.
* VisualPun: The Password you'll be asked for in certain areas? Is literally a piece of paper with "word" written on it.
* WakeUpCallBoss: 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.
* WeaponOfChoice: While you can find a ton of equipments ranging from javelins to bombs including [[JokeItem garbage]], laser guns and voodoo dolls, each of the heroes has a main weapon and a ChargedAttack: 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 RainOfArrows as a charged attack).
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