My Herofair Amusement Park Experience, on paper at least, seems to have some flaws. For instance, after only one use of the ride-on robot, I felt as though I had been tricked. Apparently the developers have decided to make changes to the game, but as of yet they have not made those changes I was expecting. I will elaborate on what I feel are weak points for this game.
The set up of the game is great. There is a loading screen, and a few seconds of video as the game sets itself to continue on. Once this is done the game does not allow you to change things, so your best bet is to sit still and enjoy the ride. The controls are not the most responsive and are sometimes hard to find, but for the first couple of times I found them easy to work with. However, this decreased difficulty as time went on, meaning I had to put more effort into it than I would have anticipated.
The controls themselves can become quite technical at times, requiring two people to get everything going at the same time. I was able to get most of the way through the game using only one button, but that was all it took. The overall gameplay is very nice; there are some nice effects, and a lot of fun to play.
The story line is vague and not explained well, but is based around a plot device I had never heard of before. Despite this, the game does have its high points, which makes it a fun ride. There are some decent set pieces to the game as well, most notably the zeppelin and the giant pirate ship. The background music did not really make an impact for me, but it was nothing that could not be helped.
The bottom line is that the graphics are not really going to blow you away. However, it is a good set of visuals. The overall framerate is pretty good, which is surprising given the fact that Herofair is on a PlayStation 2. The music is catchy, although it did seem like it could have been used in a different context. The villain in the game is rather nasty looking and did make me think a few times as to just what his motives were.
Herofair is fun for people of any age and takes about half an hour to get through if you choose to do everything on your own. If you want a bit of a challenge, there are several levels where you need to build up your character, as well as several challenges where you try to collect all the items and other things within a limited time frame. Overall, it’s a nice set of games to play; the time management sets it apart from the other Adventure Games. However, if you’re looking for something more challenging with a bit less time management involved, you’re probably going to find yourself not finishing the game.