Summary: Although the graphical and aural aspects of Glory of Heracles may be lack, the rest of the game is highly enjoyable. The story is well written and even though it uses numerous RPG cliches including the silent amnesiac protagonist, the wit and humour more than make up for it. The engine is well done and the game allows for some pretty intricate customization of your characters.
Excerpt: Welcome to the world of Glory of Heracles, you are the titular Heracles, the son of the god Zeus and beautiful Alcmene; mighty, courageous and intelligent are the words that best describe you. You stand valiantly against the forces of darkness and are charged with spending your immortal life defending both the heavens above and the people below… well, maybe.
Summary: Parents need to know that Glory of Heracles is a standard turn-based role-playing game. It tells a story about a fight between good and evil and contains age-appropriate narrative. Fantasy combat plays a large role (most of the game is spent in battle), but attacks involve flashes of light rather than buckets of gore, making them pretty easy to stomach. Mild profanity (“hell” and “damn”) is present but used sparingly and only for dramatic effect.
Conclusion: The Nintendo DS is home to some heavy hitters in the classic role-playing genre, many of which would be better options than Glory of Heracles. There isn't anything fundamentally bad about this RPG, and it does present itself in a fairly stress free manner. It meets expectations, but never strives to impress. And that leaves it with long stretches of gameplay that would best be described as simply boring.