Parents' Guide to

Hammerin' Hero

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Comical hero wields mallet in action-packed platformer.

Game PSP 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

*Sigh* You new-school gamers don't know what you're bashing

Yeah, when looking at the psp, it's only natural most people would want a big rpg or a complex game. Instead, Hammerin' Hero hearkens back to a simpler time where games weren't super-complex and were just simple fun. Everyone complains about how "repetitive" and "boring" the game is, but if you've played a retro game, this will be fun for you. Give it a shot. (It's also worth note that this is actually the eighth installment in a mostly Japan-exclusive franchise called Daiku no Gen-San, or as it was known on the NES here, Hammerin' Harry.
age 2+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

Game Details

  • Platform: PSP
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release date: April 7, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Comic Mischief, Cartoon Violence, Mild Language
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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