Sometimes, the best games only take a few minutes to play. Or, in the case of Terry Cavanagh'sHero's Adventure
, about two minutes will suffice. It's probably one of the shortest RPGs you'll ever get a chance to experience, but if you happened to grow up in the mountains, it will make you chuckle when you get to the climax.
The game was made for a 48-hour development challenge, Klik of the Month 50, and is essentially a parody of RPGs. Before you get your meta-panties in a twist, don't worry -- it's not a long, drawn-out deconstruction of the genre, it's simply a remarkably short game that throws a twist at you in the middle that completely blows the lid off of everything that happens in nearly every game.
The story starts, as these stories are wont to do, with the hero in bed. His mother goads him awake and sends him adventuring into the forest. Once you're there (10 seconds later), you'll start fighting enemies, just like you would in pretty much any game. A few fights later and you're done.
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Then you'll be freaked out, erupt in laughter, or just feel a little weird inside. We can't say what happens, but we can say with absolute certainty that if you grew up in a small town, especially in the woods, you'll be able to get a lot of the experience. It's not just a play on video game tropes, it's also a subtle jab at what kids might do when left to their own devices, alone in the world and away from civilization.
It's not possible to say much more without spoiling the whole thing, but seriously, take a couple minutes out of your day to give it a go.