Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. At the very least, Glory of Heracles is yet another enjoyable title to add to the ever-increasing DS line of RPGS and that's certainly not a bad thing.
  2. The old school origins are rather too obvious in this competent but predictable Japanese role-player.
  3. 85
    I worry that many RPG fans will pass over this game when, in actuality, they would really enjoy it if they gave it a chance.
  4. I’m reasonably sure it may not be the most in-depth RPG out there today, but as someone that traditionally doesn’t play the genre I found Glory of Heracles for the Nintendo DS both accessible and a lot of fun to play.
  5. Our disappointment with the mini-games and minor pacing issues is ultimately outweighed by an innovative and enjoyable battle system. You'll get a lot of bang for your buck here too. The story is funny, the characters completely loveable, and the interface is a treat to tinker around with.
  6. Glory of Heracles is a game that requires managed expectations. If you dive into it expecting lots of mythology fan service, an unforgettable story and hardcore challenge, you'll be disappointed. Instead, this is a game with a detailed yet very usable and well-designed interface that you'll grow to love, and it's particularly accessible to both new and seasoned RPG players.
  7. If you're into classic RPGs and/or don't mind stepping back into some randomized battles, the game is well worth the price of $29.99. Otherwise, look for a more modern RPG.
  8. I wish The Glory of Heracles had taken a few more risks.
  9. 70
    Glory of Heracles kicks off with a lot of promise. The intro video gets you pumped, the tutorial gets you ready to explore the deep combat system, and the combat visuals impress right from the start. Unfortunately, once the initial excitement wears off, the game becomes a bit repetitive and boring.
  10. It's nice to see Nintendo take a chance on a franchise that's untested overseas, but Glory of Heracles doesn't leave a good first impression. It's simply too linear and devoid of the frills we've come to expect from an RPG. With better options on the market, simply being average doesn't come close to the Herculean effort the series needs.
  11. Besting this generic role-playing game's pushover difficulty and humdrum gameplay is no heroic task.
  12. Glory of Heracles is a workhorse RPG that doesn’t do much to stand out against far superior RPGs on the system. The story is uninteresting, the gameplay is bland, and the whole affair is far too easy.
  13. While it may appear that Glory of Heracles is overridden with negatives, it still equals an overall solid RPG adventure, with a well written localization that helps establish its charm when the graphics fail to do so.
  14. Overall, there's very little that can be said about Glory of Heracles that sets it apart from the pack.
  15. 60
    All things considered, Glory of Heracles isn't an amazing game, but it has enough charm to satisfy RPGamers looking for a simple, story-driven JRPG.
  16. While it's not up to the standards that Square-Enix have set in the past for the genre, Paon and Nintendo have a solid RPG on their hands.
  17. Strong in every department, from story to combat to graphics. [Mar 2010, p.60]
  18. Though Glory of Heracles may not be revolutionary, however, it's still ultimately solid fun. [Feb 2010, p.90]
  19. For those who are looking for a grossly engaging and absorbing challenge, you won’t find that here. It is a fine first release in North America, so here’s hoping that if a sequel is in the cards, more effort is put into giving everyone a more expansive experience.
  20. The Glory of Heracles is a decent attempt at an RPG. Some of the right elements are there, but they aren't used well enough to make this game a must-have.
  21. 60
    Glory of Heracles is a good RPG that looks and feels too similar to the competition. That'll please fans that eat this stuff up, but we'll wait for a quest worthy of the gods.
  22. Visually the game makes use of 3D to emulate 2D style sprites, and it's certainly a unique look.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    Another good JRPG for the Nintendo DS. With a rich history based on Greek mythology and interesting gameplay turn-based random battle, the game is more good than the critics has have said but presents no change expected. Full Review »
  2. Jan 31, 2011
    It's one of my favourite JRPGs on DS - great story, interesting characters, beautiful (although a bit repetitive) music. Battles are amazing! I'd like to see a sequel. Too bad the game isn't "too" popular. Full Review »
  3. ChrisS
    Jan 25, 2010
    This game is a JRPG as far as gameplay is concerned. Nothing more or less, really. Turn based random battles staring a silent protagonist, though his hair is surprisingly smooth and non-spiky. In a lot of ways, again based on the gameplay, it reminds me a lot of Dragon Quest 5 on the DS, from the style of battles to the camera controls (which are in the towns only). I personally enjoy this style of gameplay, and so though I've seen it before, I don't mind seeing it again. If you hate turn-based random battle, you will not like the gameplay, but if you do, you will love this game. So why give something with unoriginal gameplayl an 8? The artistic details make this game. The graphics are great, with some of the best looking sprites I've seen in a while. The writing is top notch, something most JRPGs could learn from. In particular, I enjoy the fact that the characters are likable, not surly or crotchety. I actually care about the characters, and enjoy their interactions, even the simplest ones. Overall, the winning story beats out the derivativeness of the gameplay, even if the game play itself is, in my opinion, a blast. Full Review »