Conclusion: Hammerin Hero is almost guaranteed to disappoint any gamer that purchases it due to the short length, repetitive gameplay, and lack of replay value. But, it does make the perfect rental, and is highly recommended for a brief rendezvous.
Excerpt: “It’s a dude with a big head and an even bigger hammer, how could it not be awesome?” Such was my response when the cashier at my local retailer asked me why I picked up Hammerin’ Hero for the PSP, an obscure Japanese title brought over by Atlus. A throwback to the old Hammering Harry titles, the game is a 2.5D platformer touting stylish visuals, a wacky storyline, and an old school difficulty level.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game's hero is full of comic mischief and goes around whacking enemies on the head with a mallet that can be made bigger via a powerup. In defense, enemies do try to kill him first. Hammerin' Hero spins and falls to the ground when he's hit (although there's no blood). There are occasional references to tobacco (cigars) and alcohol (billboards for fake products). The game is supposed to be irreverently funny.
Excerpt: Gamers with excellent memories may recall an old Irem arcade game called Hammerin' Harry . If you don't recall that one, then don't feel bad; I don't remember it either. According to hardcore gamer lore, it was a westernized version of Gen the Carpenter . North American players controlled a burly construction worker who smashed the evils of capitalism with his mighty mallet.
Excerpt: Hammerin' Hero's title leaves very little to the imagination. As a heroic young man named Gen, you wield a novelty-sized giant hammer and fend off waves of humans, robots, and anything else stupid enough to stand in your way. If only an adjective stressing how utterly forgettable your adventure is could have been added to the title, it could have perfectly captured this cartoonish adventure.
Pros: The visuals are cute, Different costumes have their own unique charm
Cons: The combat is far too repetitive, Little difference between the occupations, Only 12 levels