Toujin Makyou Den: Heracles no Eikou
Nintendo Entertainment System
Labors of the Divine Hero: The Glory of Heracles
|Released By||DvD Translations|
|Platform||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Patching Information||Requires Custom Patcher|
|Published By||Data East|
|Game Date||12 June 1987|
|Patch Version||Rev B|
|Release Date||15 October 2014|
|Last Modified||23 October 2016|
Yep, another Dragon Warrior-inspired game. Except not quite as blatant as most others. It’s in Greece, and I can only assume that you’re Heracles, but I can’t read Japanese, you see. Um, let’s leave it at that, shall we?
The game is fully translated and playable with a script edited to make sure the player has the hints that any normal person would need vs. the lack of decent hints that the poor Japanese kids had to deal with.
There are no abbreviations on any items or equipment, just expanded item names with either squishy tiles or icons.
Along with the translated ROM, a fully translated manual with text inserted back into the scans of the actual manual is available on the DvD Translations website.
Requires the use of ROM Expander Pro to expand the ROM before the IPS patch is applied. This original game was released with 2 slightly different UxROM mapper chips in ‘87 and ‘88. The same patch works for both of them. Rev B is simply a hacking change. It modifies the hack so that the game can be played on real hardware and on modern emulators.
Even with all that, only serious RPG players need apply. This is real old school stuff, and not for the casual crowd Nintendo was marketing GoH 5 to. But, if you like the old ones, this might just be the game you are looking for.
ROM / ISO Information:
- Patch modifies both known versions of the game to make the same patched game.
|Contributor||Type of contribution||Listed credit|
|aishsha||Translation||Script, Items, Monsters, Menus, and Manual|
|DvD||Hacking||Code and Graphics|
|DvD||Production||Also, Item, Monster, & Menu Translation, and Script editing|
|KlD||Script Editing/Revision||Script, Item, Monster, & Menus|
|harmony7||Translation||Help with the tricky bits|
User Review Information
Finally!Reviewed By: Klaviaturist on 06 Jan 2012
The Glory of Heracles series is sort of a favorite of mine. The second game is right there with the likes of Dragon Quest 2 and 3 greatness. The third game was a fantastic RPG for the Super Famicom with some of the best music I have heard for the system. So for me, I have awaited a full translation of the first game for a long time. Well, this is it! And DvD Translations did a really great job here.
The translation is very helpful in the fact that it helps to make the game less convoluted. Meaning that it makes things much more clear as to what you should be doing during gameplay. As well, the script is certainly well done, helping to make the very basic (12 feats of Heracles) storyline feel more engaging. In all honesty, for a game this old, DvD did an outstanding job. Hats off.
As for the game itself, it is DQ like. Actually, a lot DQ like. Except for certain aspects. Such as that the world map is not just a world map with icons representing towns and what not. The towns appear as how they actually are. Also, armor and weapons have a life spawn and if you want to keep them you have to constantly bring them back to a smith to fix them. Makes the game much more strategic.
Another note about the patch for the game that is noted in the DvD writeup is that this game requires that you read the “readme” doc that comes with the patch. This is really important if you want to play the game as simple patching with Lunar IPS will simply not work off the bat. You will need to download ROM Expander Pro in order to play the game with the translation patch.
All in all, this is a worthwhile game to check out. Especially since DvD took the time to create this translation. For any old school RPG gamer, I believe this is a must.
Recommended - Yes
|Excellent quality||Griever_GF||07 Jan 2017||Rev B||Yes|
|Version B now works on hardware||lidnariq||28 Oct 2014||N/A||Yes|
|Finally!||Klaviaturist||06 Jan 2012||N/A||Yes|