Review: Songs for a Hero – A Lenda do Herói (Steam)

A classic platform with a twist: A dynamic soundtrack and funny lyrics that sing the player’s actions and responds to what is happening during the adventure.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 2370mb download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Steam trading cards.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • Gimmick-the game sings a song of what you are doing/need to do in real-time.
  • Basic opening tutorial.
  • 3 save slots.
  • World map level select.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Has a Wonderboy vibe to it.
  • Many collectibles-music notes, chests, and medals.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Checkpoints in level.
  • Find new abilities/weapons as you play.
  • Slight puzzle elements.
  • Satisfying combat and level design.
  • End of a level breakdown showing the time taken, medals found, notes, and chests.
  • Character customize-pick a skin.
  • Charming.
  • Big boss fights.

Cons:

  • constant difficulty spikes.
  • Music isn’t for everyone.
  • Checkpoints are far apart.
  • Frustrating boss battles.
  • Slow upgrade/new weapons path.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

Every now and then a game comes along with a game description that makes you say WTF! This won’t work. Here the gimmick is the game is singing as you play and react to your interactions and dilemmas. Sounds nuts but you know what? It works really well and despite sound proper cheese in places, it adds a lot to the experience, course it helps that the core gameplay is solid and fun harking back to the Wonderboy games. I found myself doing crazier and crazier stunts just to see if I could break the song but credit to credit is due, the game never faulted! Its a mechanic that blows my mind that it works but that it also plays out well. I would say it can grate for some players but it so quickly establishes itself that it becomes a mainstay. The game like I say is solid, a platformer with RPG elements and big boss fights, it’s a game that would be fine on its own but having a cool weird gimmick elevates it. In short, try it, it may surprise you, it surprised me and I found myself loving it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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