12 Labours of Hercules
A Unique Time Management Game with Boss Battles!
Okay, let me start this off by saying this review is based on the one hour trial. Secondly, let me state that I am not a huge time management game fan. For the most part, if you've played one, you've pretty much played them all from a gameplay standpoint.
Having said that, this game was not bad at all! The gameplay was typical of a time management game, with you having to gather resources and use them in typical fashion (fix bridges, fight monsters, build farms, etc). The graphics were nice with the exception of the story clips, where the mouse would leave streak trails all over the scene if moved. Not sure if that's on my computer's end or a glitch they didn't catch, but I thought it was worth mentioning. The sound was not annoying by any means, but it did not really stand out either.
It does have a relaxed mode and an expert mode, so you can choose what pace you want to play at. Once nice feature that I don't see in some time management games are various individual achievements you can earn. These include such things as "100 clicks on screen", "Use 3 servants at a single time", "Gather a resource after completing the objectives", and so forth. These achievements are then visibly noted on the game map with little characters and other icons. Also, for every step you complete with the gold level, you get a piece of some Greek Mythology Iconic structure, and each level has its own thing to build so that was kind of neat. Also, at the end of each level, there will apparently be a boss battle mini game. The first level faces you off against the Hydra.
Wrapping things up, I rather enjoyed this game and will think about using a freebie on it. The combination of Greek Mythology, earning achievements, and mini games makes this a very unique and fun time management. I would very highly recommend this to any fan of the genre, and would also recommend it to any fan of Greek Mythology like myself.
October 30, 2013
Actually, Hercules Mostly Just Naps!
This is a really good TM game with good graphics and you can choose relaxed or timed modes. You must clear paths and repair bridges and you must gather food and supplies and once you clear the paths Hercules will be summoned out of his sleep to lift a heavy boulder or build something of epic proportions, enjoy!
November 6, 2013
Another Resource Management Game
This isn't any different from all the other "Collect Wood, food, gold" games out there. It was good. Good graphics, music was sometimes good and sometimes just tolerable. A few songs I have heard in other games. The narrator's voice was a little jarring and I turned off the sound during the storyline. Overall, I liked it - didn't love it. Would recommend for those who can't get enough of this type of time management, but I'm a little tired of the lack of new types of time management games.
October 30, 2013
All Gold Very Hard to Get
I bought this game after the trial bcos I thought it was fun.
Now that I own it and got to the end of Series 4, I realize that you need ALL gold to proceed to the higher Series.
This is a really hard thing to do bcos the timer only offers a very slim window for the men to move quickly or to hammer faster. And that window takes so very long to rise up to give you the opportunity to pick speed.
I am now finding this game very frustrating bcos it has become a job to find which strategy will allow me to get Gold in all the game levels, rather than sitting back and enjoying the game. :(
At least with many of the other building games, I only had to repeat a couple of level to get Gold, with this game, I have to repeat many level, many times and still that Gold eludes me.
To bad this game does not allow for a relaxed mode to collect the Gold. :(
November 3, 2013
Another Great New Release
"12 Labours" is yet another top notch TMG from Big Fish Games. The theme is overly familiar and the layout, action, and formula are the same, but ultimately for the best. Everything flows very smoothly with this one, there isn't a lot of waiting around for the action to begin. You can choose relaxed for timed modes, and there are unique boss battles, trophies, and other bonuses to enrich the overall experience. The graphics are HD and the sounds are very nice, but I did find the music kind of bothersome so it got turned off. In the end I'd say this is one of the best TMGs I've played in a while, and definitely worth a purchase.
November 4, 2013
Way to short!
I played this game in relaxed mode and really enjoyed it. I couldn't comment more than 'ok' on the sound quality as I played without sound, but enjoyed the visual quality very much.
It does seem a bit tricky to get all the mini games finished and accepted by the game to get your credit for completing them correctly.
I really enjoyed that this game was winable but still challenging and quite fun...wish more TM games were this good. If it wasn't so short it would have been great!
I will have to do the game again as I thought it told us that there would be more to do if you were able to get everything done in gold time with all achievements completed...there wasn't anything extra, so I have to change players and see if that really is what it said...lol
November 2, 2013
Fun while it lasted
I really enjoyed this game, except for one thing: it was woefully too short. Great fun, and just right to distract me for a couple of hours on a chilly November morning.
November 1, 2013
Enjoyed it but a bit too easy
I like this type of time management game, but there were only 2 levels that I had to repeat in order to get the full 3 star rating. I still enjoyed though.
November 5, 2013
I liked everything about this game except that it was too short! Got gold and finished in one day on relaxed.
November 2, 2013
good fun overall
Enjoyed this game. Not fast and furious and tasks not unachievable-you can just go back and increase your speed if you want to. Mini games need a little more explaination-I had to ask for help a couple of times in the forum ( I just couldn't work out what to do) but ran smoothly otherwise.
November 1, 2013