Story - 70%
Graphics - 70%
Audio - 70%
Gameplay - 80%
Replayability - 90%
Super Mario Maker.. But for PC.
Million to One Hero is a community-driven platformer developed and published in house by Over The Top Games, a Madrid based developer who are also responsible for NyxQuest and Full Mojo Rampage. The title was released on the 27th of February 2019 on Steam.
The story of the game is that Chronos, the Greek god of time has sought you out in the year 2019 to regale you with tales of old like grandparents with celestial powers. He tells the tale of Epicus, one of the forgotten Greek legends who embarked on many a fine adventure facilitated by yours truly, but who had a habit of dying in horrifically painful ways. So Chronos had to award him a kind of temporal immortality as long as he continued to collect glowing golden orbs for him. Overall, a very simple story, but that’s all it needs to be.
Presentation in this game is very clearly one of the stand-out aspects. the small scale pixel art with its bright colors and background details are genuinely gorgeous, often they will have small details like giants consuming ruins. The music is also very retro in the early 80’s Synth Sense. The overall presentation is what gives Million to One Hero its personality. Its backgrounds and music make it feel as if the user-generated levels are still a part of this grand sweeping adventure through a dangerous mythical Greece in the time of gods and beasts while the texture work and the color palette and usage makes it all pop.
Game-play in Million to One Hero revolves deeply around its movement, natural of its platforming disposition. This game has your natural jump wall hop and climbing ability, but where it is different is in the ability to air dash to cover more distance, and not only that but it is such an integral part of the platforming as it allows for eight way movement, dashing up, down, left, and right but also all four diagonals as well. This, in combination with certain items that can allow you to glide, or the bow and arrow shots you have to make in the air, can create a challenge harder than a stale baguette in plate Armour. Standard sword combat is as simple as can be expected, one button slashing attack combined with the shield or your aforementioned dash as a defense.
Overall however, Million to One Hero is a brilliant game which allows for a deep level of creativity, challenge, and fun. The options for level creation are endless, and of course the playable content is endless too, as new levels are constantly being made. Especially for those who like the idea of making their own stories with their levels, this is a game you won’t want to miss.