3D Dot Game Heroes

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Video3D Dot Game Heroes - char creator

Tom attempts to recreate Link. Good grief.

Video3D Dot Game Heroes - Grass Temple

The game's first dungeon in full.

Video3D Dot Game Heroes - first 10 mins

Tom assumes legendary hero status.

3D Dot Game Heroes

Link exchange.

Key events

19th April 2010

3D Dot Game Heroes

18th March 2010

3D Dot Game Heroes trailer

11th January 2010

3D Dot Game Heroes

20th November 2009

3D Dot Game Heroes trailer

Sackboy storms 3D Dot Game Heroes

A taste of his own medicine at last.

After welcoming countless émigrés from other franchises into LittleBigPlanet, Sackboy is finally doing some moonlighting of his own in 3D Dot Game Heroes.

3D Dot Game Heroes

3D Dot Game Heroes

Link exchange.

The two-dimensional RPG kingdom of Dotnia has seen better times. Stories of an ancient Hero's miraculous exploits have long since passed into myth, and as a result nobody can be bothered tripping along to check out his magical sword in a nearby forest. The king, desperate to boost the flagging economy, therefore declares that everything must be upgraded to 3D to save the day.

However, in a classic case of mistaking correlation for causality, the king has foolishly overlooked the impact on tourism of all the angry bunnies, men with bows, spiders and other monsters rampaging around the countryside. Not to mention the fact that the evil Fuelle has taken control of the six legendary orbs, condemning Dotnia to a future of pain and suffering.

So it turns out this 3D thing isn't good for business. But it is good news for us, because it means 3D Dot Game Heroes looks unlike anything else you've seen. It's still a 2D top-down RPG in form and function, but everything in it has been built in 3D out of little "pixel" cubes, and then augmented by modern effects like shimmering bodies of water, lens flare when emerging from a cave, deep shadows and fancy reflections.

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Lust in translation?

Let's be clear upfront: 3D Dot Game Heroes is never less than delightful, and frequently more than merely charming. It's really good fun to play. Rush through it in a headlong blur of exploration, simple combat, dungeon-crawling and item management, and you'll probably be left with a sleepy grin on your face, as if you've pummelled your insides with peanut butter and marshmallow crème for a fortnight while listening to a Neil Diamond mixtape.

3D Dot Game Heroes gets release date

3D Dot Game Heroes gets release date

May day locked down for retro PS3 effort.

SouthPeak has announced that 3D Dot Game Heroes will launch in Europe on 14th May, just a few days after its US release.

The game is already available in Japan, hence we've already reviewed it. 7/10, since you're asking.

3D Dot Game Heroes is a PS3 action adventure game in the retro style. Expect pretty visuals, massive weapons and some fun parodies of classic Japanese RPGs.

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3D Dot Game Heroes

Pixel tart.

If an artform comes of age when it starts getting self-reflexive, then games like this, Half-Minute Hero and Retro Game Challenge suggest that we're definitely getting there.

Equal parts homage, pastiche and straight rip-off, 3D Dot Game Heroes takes a decades-old game concept - the original Legend of Zelda, to be precise, though there are more subtle nods to numerous other NES-generation classics - and reimagines its pixel art in gorgeous 3D. It's a naked, nostalgia-soaked appeal to a lost generation of Japanese gamers in their mid-thirties, a generation that has fond, fuzzy memories of the 8-bit looks, music and simplicity that 3D Dot Game Heroes carries off very well.

It's astonishingly beautiful, and that's not pure nostalgia talking (I'm too young, for a start). Seriously, just look at it. Everything is constructed from tiny 3D pixel cubes. Monsters and plants disintegrate back into them when hit with a sword, exploding in a shower of little pieces sent careening across the screen. Water-effect cubes glimmer in the light and little 3D pixel people do their two-frame animations in their pixel houses.

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