A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You help to save the distraught people in the community from an evildoer and his minions. You learn about the hopes and fears of many characters which may teach a player sympathy and empathy.
Violence & Scariness
You destroy enemies by using a variety of weapons including vinyl records, hammers,baseball bats, and even sushi. Enemies shoot and throw things at you, too.
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There's very occasional use of language like 'pissed.'
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character smokes a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game's hero is full of comic mischief and goes around whacking enemies on the head with a mallet that can be made bigger via a powerup. In defense, enemies do try to kill him first. Hammerin' Hero spins and falls to the ground when he's hit (although there's no blood). There are occasional references to tobacco (cigars) and alcohol (billboards for fake products). The game is supposed to be irreverently funny.
Is It Any Good?
Real love must have been used for the graphics which almost seem three-dimensional. Not only can you see a roller coaster zip in the distance while you're battling on a Ferris Wheel, but you'll see expressions change and hear the screams of a couple when you jump on one of the Ferris Wheel's cars. While this side-scroller's story isn't deep or even that understandable, you'll enjoy the variety of jobs. These include a deep sea diver and a baseball player, and with your bat, you can hit enemies into the stands like a home run superstar.
There are a few minor challenges with Hammerin' Hero. Load times are long. Disconcertingly, there's a short lag time between the time when the level loads and when Gen is able to move. Also, sometimes when Gen hits an enemy, he gets killed as well (it really should be one or the other). Although the most enjoyable move is the horizontal smash (which lofts an enemy into the horizon), this move doesn't seem as quick and accurate as the vertical smash. Yet these are minor quibbles to which players can adjust. Overall, the variations on classic platformer gameplay show some undeniable ingenuity that translates into 12 levels of fun.
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