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Half Minute Hero

Tue 26 Jan 2010 11:10am GMT / 6:10am EST / 3:10am PST

Free demo to arrive on the PlayStation Network on February 4th.

Tuesday 26th January: Still not sure Half-Minute Hero's for you? Then fill your boots with some free RPG action as Rising Star Games has announced you'll be able to download a playable 'Hero Mode' demo of the game on 4th February, via the PlayStation Network.

A cut-down version of the full game, this downloadable demo will allow players to enjoy a several seconds of Half-Minute Hero action. Oh, we're joking: the demo boasts a selection of missions from the final game, each showcasing a different type of challenge from this innovative quick-fire RPG.

The full game is on track to hit retail on 12th February 2010, exclusively on PSP.

"We're really excited about the release of Half-Minute Hero, truly the most innovative game on the PSP today," says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games. "Those who can't wait until launch day should head to the PlayStation Network to download a demo of Half-Minute Hero, which contains three exciting levels from the game.

"It has an unrivalled sense of humour, while managing to seriously suck you in with its old-school visuals and absorbing gameplay - as soon as you put it down you'll be thinking about the next opportunity to level up and be 'You > Evil'."

Half-Minute Hero, from respected developer Marvelous Entertainment, takes the RPG genre to another level, challenging you to save the world in just 30 seconds. The game has already generated quite a buzz, with people clamouring to get their hands on it ahead of launch.

Half-Minute Hero is perfect for a society used to consuming information in bite-sized chunks, but completing each level is so satisfying, you won't want to put it down. With over 100 missions - not to mention multiplayer options - and over 20 hours of gameplay, there's plenty to keep you occupied.

At the start of each level a Dark Lord places a new obstacle in the way of our Hero's progress, while puzzles are solved, you must also level up to 'You > Evil' status to stand a chance of defeating their nemesis.

Currency in the game is earned by slaying enemies and used to upgrade weapons, outfits and accessories, hire assistance and replenish the clock by 'praying' to the Time Goddess. But beware; the more you 'buy back' time, the higher the price - it certainly pays to complete its level in the shortest time possible.

Consistently praised by critics around the world, Half-Minute Hero has generated average review scores of 84% on Metacritic and 85% on GameRankings, and the European release is destined to further swell these ratings.

The Half-Minute Hero Hero Mode demo will be available for download from the PlayStation Network on 4th February. The full version of the games launches a week later on 12th February.

Screenshots and artwork can be downloaded directly here.

For further information, screenshots and press samples (when available), please contact:

Ali Wood (Premier PR)

ali.wood@premierpr.com

Yen Hau (Rising Star Games)

yen.hau@risingstargames.com

France - Namco Bandai Partners

Emilie Berndt

eberndt@namcobandaipartners.com

Germany - Koch Media

Andrea Stepper

A.Stepper@kochmedia.com

Spain - Namco Bandai Partners

Helena Careaga

hcareaga@namcobandaipartners.com

Italy - Cidiverte

Giovanna Cosentino

gcosentino@cidiverte.it

Benelux - CLD Distribution

Philippe Coopmans

philippe@cld.be

Nordic - Bergsala

Johan Lenngerd

johan.lenngerd@bergsala.se

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About Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games Limited is a video games publisher for Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Wii, Sony PS3 and PSP in the PAL territory. A joint venture between Japanese video game publisher and content developer Intergrow Inc and long standing Nintendo Nordic distributor Bergsala AB, Rising Star Games is now in its sixth year of trading and has published more than 50 titles including the worldwide hit series Harvest Moon alongside the renowned renegade Nintendo Wii title, No More Heroes. For more information please go to www.risingstargames.com.

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