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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: Ellen Robertson, @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan, Rich Adams and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Hades is a fighting game where you battle your way through dungeons to escape hell and the clutches of Hades. You play as Zagreus, the son of Hades and through the game you'll meet many recognisable greek gods like Zeus, Athena and Posiedon who will try to help you escape and give you new skills.

The game is formatted as a rogue-like game, where you must move through a series of dungeons and where your progress is reset if you die. But, unlike other rogue-like games, when restarting the dungeon crawl, your character, Zagreus, remains permentantly upgraded and characters you meet will remember you from your previous attempts.

Each environment and character is hand drawn in a cartoon style and are fully voiced. This results in an action game where the narrative and evolving story also offer a strong reason to play.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/12/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Supergiant Games (@SupergiantGames)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour to play a round of this game. It will take up to 30 hours to beat, but play is through short runs of around an hour.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 because it features moderate violence and use of bad language. It contains depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. The majority of the violence is inflicted with melee weapons and magic. Regardless of the type of weapon used, the reaction to the violence remains the same. Characters are often knocked backwards and lose their balance, although no visible wounds are shown. Bright lights and magical effects appear when characters are hit, with some blood effects present. When a character is defeated, they are lifted above the ground before being dropped into a whirlpool of what appears to be blood. The game also contains infrequent use of bad language ('*!@?*').

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's a game where you need fast reactions and forward planning. Also, because you play through multiple rounds, you need to learn from your mistakes and make choices about the next round to help you do better. Older players get more out of the mythological story that develops.

CostsCosts

Hades usually costs £4.79 to £22.49.
 

Hades

Hades Ultimate Fighting Ball

Steam Store PC £4.79
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Hades Accessibility Report documents 29 accessibility features:
God mode gives you a 20% damage reducation. Then each time you die you get an extra 2% of damage reduction. This mirrors the experience other players get as they improve their character and abilities in the game.

You need to repeatedly press the fire button in the game. However, there are some weapons with an autofire that can help this.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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