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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

September 19, 2017 (Originally published March 20, 2012)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Disney's Hercules Action Game

Developed by: Eurocom

System: PlayStation

Bless my soul! Herc was on a roll! Undefeated! Riding High! And the nicest guy, not conceited!

I really love Disney's Hercules. Despite what the critics and some Disney purists say about how the story feels like the Superman Saga meets Rocky, and the eclectic choices made to tell this story, I really find it to be uplifting and just plain fun. From the colorful art style to the very spirited gospel music, Hercules may not be the perfect Disney movie, but it certainly has its share of fans. At the time of its premiere, a video game adaptation was released to coincide with the event: Disney's Hercules Action Game.

Unlike some of the other games I've written about in the past, this video game adaptation makes a lot of sense as it is a story about grand heroics with lots of action to experience. Developed by Eurocom (the same folks behind the Tarzan video game), Hercules is an action platformer where players control Hercules as he ventures through some of the major events of the movie. The game starts off at Phil's training ground as he fights, runs, battles and jumps his way to becoming a hero, allowing him to join the gods at Mount Olympus. Hercules will do battle with the Hydra, fight the titans and, most importantly, survive Greece's dangerous streets.

In addition to his super human strength, Hercules can also use a sword to attack incoming enemies. The majority of the gameplay takes place on a 2D, side-scrolling perspective (like most platformers of the time). Where Hercules varies its execution of gameplay, however, is that every once in a while, the levels switch perspectives for a 3D running game where Hercules must dodge incoming obstacles. These levels play similarly to the famous Crash Bandicoot games, also on the PlayStation. Finally, Hercules can collect dolls, coins and even Herculade (the film's take on Gatorade) to keep him strong.

Disney's Hercules doesn't aim to re-invent how video game adaptations are made, but it certainly treats its license very well, and it is quite fun to boot! Easily the best part of the game lies in its presentation. With Hercules the film having a lively aesthetic (provided by the artist behind Pink Floyd's The Wall) it is expected that any video game adaptation should follow it through, and the PlayStation game is no exception to the rule. The graphics look great. It sports the hand drawn look made famous by many Disney games of the 90s, but taken to a new level. The characters move very smoothly and look just like their hand drawn film counterparts. The levels themselves also look great, sporting the curvy lines seen in the movie. They also have a great mix of 2D and 3D graphics for a presentation that looks classic and modern at the same time.

In addition to loyally following the look of the film, the video game also features the great Alan Menken songs. 'One Last Hope' plays during the first level of the game, 'The Gospel Truth' begins the game, and through it all, 'Zero to Hero' triumphantly plays. The music is easily one of the most defining aspects of the feature film, and I am happy to see it being used effectively in the video game. Finally, since this was a PlayStation game, and at the time full motion video was becoming a great thing to use, clips of the movie play as the story rolls along. It's a small little detail now in an era of high definition graphics and video, but back then loading the game and being treated to clips of a movie that was still in theaters was an awesome thing to see.

Overall, Disney's Hercules is very fun, much like the feature film that inspired it. It never tries to truly revolutionize how licensed games are made, but it does takes some of the basics and creates a great game out of it. The usage of classic graphics on top of modern design makes the game have an unique design choice that makes it the best of two worlds. In addition, it looks and sounds great! Disney's Hercules deserves to be played at least once.


Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games
Hercules

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Pinocchio

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
Quackshot
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
NintendoLand
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer
DisneyQuest

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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