21 seconds may be sufficient time to flow, but to save the world you really should schedule in 30. And then another 30. And then oh! hurry! another 30, if you make it in time. That’s the big idea of Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming, which doles out bursts of action as your hero runs around whacking monsters and levelling up on a 30-second timer, hurrying to reach a shrine and top up time before it runs out.
The clock’s a-ticking, as the action-RPG sequel is now confirmed for a Steam release on Friday.
Saving the world’s not all one can do in 30 seconds, oh no. It’s also enough time for a princess to ditch school, to destroy demons, to explore the apocalypse, and several other scenarios. The sequel also introduces four-player multiplayer, which looks all sorts of frantic in the trailer below. It has a map editor with Steam Workshop support to boot.
The original–good grief–Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy only came to western PCs in 2012, by which point the sequel had already been out on PSP in Japan for over a year. 30 seconds to save the world; yonks to port a game.