Looking at this game, the first thing anybody would think of is Zelda, and granted, there are a lot of similarities to (and even a few easter eggs referencing) Zelda, but it's still a fun game in and of itself. First off, if you don't appreciate the older action/adventure games, this game is a waste of your time. The storyline is nearly nonexistent as was the case with a lot of NES games, but for what it's worth, you're a hero's descendant and it's YOUR job to stop the new evil plaguing the land by going to the X amount of temples, gathering the items, beating the bosses, and gaining the quest item, just to do it all over again. That right there is gaming at it's oldest. While it does look a lot like an old 8-bit title, the presentation is very nice. The options offer two kinds of text (old-school pixel text and new-school clean lines), 4 camera angles (with the last one being a near upright aerial view), and several color options. How does that last one work? The higher the color, the more pronounced the colors are, making it seem retro when the contrast between the leaves and trunk of a tree are like night and day. Gameplay-wise, it's nearly identical to a 2D Zelda title, complete with boomerang, arrows, and bombs in the first couple dungeons alone. You even get to gather "life shards" (heart pieces anyone?) to increase your health, and Life Up's after every boss (a fun little easter egg is the saying "Life up get" each time you get one). You go around on the playing field, using one button for your sword and another for your item, destroying monsters. It's not the most rewarding gameplay to date, but it's FLUID and it WORKS. That's about all anyone needs to be happy. We all know "It's a secret to everyone" (which is kind of ironic), and so does this game, using that exact phrase at some point, an example of the easter eggs this game has. Is 3D Dot Heroes worth the rent? If you're an old-school gamer, definitely. It's a nice break from the games of today.
posted by masterkarl (NEW LISBON, WI) May 15, 2010
Member since Jan 2009
gamers (55%) found this review helpful
I love this game. you play as characters that are dotted pixels. It feels like a zelda game but a lot cooler. i recomned this game to anyone who is a zelda fan. If not still try it out because its awesome.
posted by darkangel2 (SPRING HILL, FL) Aug 1, 2010
Member since Nov 2009
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
for those of us who played the Zelda series (esp the first one) this game brings back some fantastic memories. it is a tough Platinum to be sure, but for game play it is a lot of fun. The game would be a solid 10 if it werent for...
ONE MAJOR FLAW...
it freezes constantly. This freezing issue can really screw you up if you dont save every 5 minutes. I gave up hope in trying to beat the game because the freezing has caused me to back track and re do to many things to care anymore.