Software:Rent-a-Hero (1998 video game)

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Rent-a-Hero
Rent a Hero 1998 adventure game box art.png
British box cover
Developer(s)Neo Software
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Hannes Seifert
Platform(s)Windows
Release
  • EU: November 1998[1]
  • NA: June 30, 2000
Genre(s)Graphic adventure
Mode(s)Single player

Rent-a-Hero is a graphic adventure game developed by the Austrian studio Neo Software (later Rockstar Vienna) and published by Magic Bytes in 1998,[1] and by SouthPeak Interactive in 2000.

Gameplay

Rent-a-Hero is an adventure game controlled with a point-and-click interface.

Story

Rent-a-Hero is set in a fantasy world on the island of Tol Andar. Its protagonist, Rodrigo, is a professional "hero for hire" who undertakes quests for a price. He struggles to compete with Tol Andar's many other mercenary heroes. When Rodrigo's rivals are called away to help combat a pirate invasion, he receives the job of finding Jasmin, wife of a dwarf named Ramil.[2]

Development

Rent-a-Hero was first released in the German market during November 1998.[1] An English version was finished in the third quarter of 1999,[3] and was released by THQ in the United Kingdom that July.[4] The game's North American distribution rights were acquired from THQ by publisher SouthPeak Interactive by September 1999.[5][6] Initially due in January 2000,[7] SouthPeak's North American release of Rent-a-Hero was ultimately canceled in March 2000.[8]

Reception

German-language press

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PC Action82%[1]
PC Games84%[9]
PC Player72/100[10]

International reviews

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
Adventure Gamers2.5/5 stars[2]
Just AdventureA[4]
CNET Gamecenter3/10[11]
MeriStation7.0/10[12]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Aichinger, Herbert (December 1998). "Wiener Puppenkiste" (in German). PC Action: 114–118. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mooney, Angella (March 3, 2000). "Reviews - Rent-A-Hero". Adventure Gamers. http://www.adventuregamer.com/reviews/misc/rent-a-hero.shtml. 
  3. Wildgoose, David (September 1999). "State of Play; Adventure/RPG". PC PowerPlay (40): 34. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Guenther, Jenny. "Review: Rent-A-Hero". Just Adventure. http://www.justadventure.com/reviews/RAH/RAH_Review.shtm. 
  5. Kennedy, Sam (September 28, 1999). "SouthPeak Grabs THQ Titles". GameSpot. http://headline.gamespot.com/news/99_09/28_vg_thq/index.html. 
  6. Ojanen, Lasse (September 29, 1999). "Southpeak Interactive to Publish & Distribute Rent-A-Hero". Adventure Gamers. http://www.adventuregamer.com/cgi/news/news.cgi?v=archive&c=Adventure_News&id=09299982710. 
  7. Ojanen, Lasse (December 1, 1999). "Rent a Hero US release in January". Adventure Gamers. http://www.adventuregamer.com/cgi/news/news.cgi?v=archive&c=Adventure_News&id=12019922731. 
  8. Sluganski, Randy (March 21, 2000). "Rent-A-Hero Canceled". Just Adventure. http://justadventure.com/Eye_on_Adventure/00-03/Eye_on_Adventure.shtm. 
  9. Kusenberg, Peter (December 1998). "Heldenalltag" (in German). PC Games: 156-158, 160, 161. 
  10. Austinat, Rolad (December 1998). "Rent-A-Hero" (in German). PC Player: 184–187. 
  11. Steinberg, Scott (July 19, 2000). "PC Reviews; Rent a Hero". CNET Gamecenter. http://www.gamecenter.com/Reviews/Item/0,6,0-4477,00.html. 
  12. Espunya, Jordi (1999). "Análisis; Rent a Hero" (in Spanish). MeriStation. http://www.meristation.com/Analisis/1999/2-Semestre/RentAHero.htm. 

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