Herman the Hermit Review

Herman the Hermit Review

Sep 6, 2011

At first glance, I thought that I was really going to enjoy Herman the Hermit. After all, the gameplay bears a lot of resemblance to other platform jumping/auto-running games that I’ve played, and I’ve always enjoyed those. But Herman the Hermit gets a lot wrong, and it doesn’t waste any time in showing you its ugly side.

Herman the Hermit features the titular character in a race against time. As strange as it may seem, his goal is to leap across a series of floating platforms as he collects power-ups and special trophy items. As the clock slowly ticks down to zero, the only way to build up time is to jump far enough to skip several platforms, causing butterflies to fly into the clock and adding extra seconds while raising the score multiplier. It doesn’t make any sense, but that’s the basic premise.

Controlling Herman is accomplished by swiping in the direction you want him to go. An upward swipe causes him to jump up high while tapping causes him to make short, quick leaps. It’s important to understand the distinction between movements because platforms can show up anywhere on the screen and the slightest wrong gesture will send Herman tumbling into the void. Advanced maneuvers earn you a higher score, but if you fall, you’ll lose your score multiplier along with precious time. Once the clock runs out, game over.

The problem with the controls is that they are terribly inaccurate. It takes a lot of finesse to get Herman going in the direction you want him to go, and even then, it’s a sketchy proposition. Sometimes, Herman just dives off the edge of a platform rather than leaping across the gap, or going in the complete opposite direction you need him to go. It’s very finicky and works against you, most of time.

Even if you become proficient enough with the controls to keep the game going, there’s not a lot of substance to keep it interesting. It quickly becomes an endurance test as you wonder, “Just how much more of this can I take?” Collecting power-ups, trophies and other items just becomes dull and tedious before very long. Other problems include long loading times and annoying background music. The technical problems ruin this game, but even without them, it’s just not a lot of fun.

In the game’s favor are the charming visuals and subtle, witty attempts at humor to keep it light-hearted and funny. From the names of achievements and trophies to the animation sequences when Herman dons a jetpack or rides the back of a rocket for several seconds, the game does its best to put a smile on your face. If only the rest of the game could provide as much fun and entertainment, it would be a much better experience. Instead, you’re left with a frustrating, boring game that you won’t want to play for very long.

Herman the Hermit Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - The light-hearted visuals look good and appear bright and cheerful. I really liked the animated sun ray effect going on in the background. The music, however, is just terrible.
Controls - The inaccurate and cumbersome controls are the worst part of this game. Even if you get the hang of them, the repetitive motion can become painful and difficult to keep up.
Gameplay - The challenge of Herman the Hermit lies in leaping from platform to platform while attempting to grab special items without falling off the screen. However, if you're any good at the game at all, you can keep going for a long, long time, which leads to a very boring game.
Replay Value - With OpenFeint, achievements and trophies to collect, there's a lot to do, but that requires fighting through the frustrating controls and boring gameplay to keep going long enough to get them. In the end, I find that I don't really want to play this game very much, ever again.
Overall - Herman the Hermit is just not very good. I'm almost shocked that Capcom would attach their name to this. To their favor, the game tries to be funny, and there are cute moments that show you the developers actually cared about adding charm and wit to the game. But, between fighting with the controls and attempting to muster enough of an attention span to want to continue playing, I just didn't find very much to keep me entertained. I didn't like it, at all.

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Dale Culp
Dale Culp has been writing about video games in print and on the web for the better part of the last 10 years. From the Atari 2600 to the Xbox 360 and beyond, he's covered just about everything. You'll find his work in places such as TheWeekender.com, GoLackawanna.com, Gamesylvania.com, EscapistMagazine.com and even IGN.com
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  • supermario

    Android game lover, this is your time to play new game on your android phone. The new game called Herman the Hermit is very interested and tempting you to play many time. What is Herman the Hermit game? This new game is talking about Herman the Hermit, a strange guy that live a mountain, being all hermity, honing his mind and body for jumping from platform to platform. Hermit is insane guy and he cannot die. As another android game, you will find tutorial on how to play this game. What you need to do is slice at an angle to plan your jump and Herman will do this


  • Y8 Games

    In this game what you have to do is you jump over the platforms to keep your time meter filled or pick
    up the clock power-ups to refill your time meter. You will play this
    game longer if you have more time in your meter. You accumulate points
    for stringing together many leaps without falling as well as having your
    distance tracked. In all, you’re shooting both a high score and a
    far distance. Herman is very smart, he will use his staff like
    helicopter and floats himself right back to the bottom screen if you
    fall or miss a platform.