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Hercules is aiming to achieve immortality by completing the task the Gods have set him. His task is presented as a platform adventure set in ancient Greece, featuring a variety of enemies as you play it through.

Of more significance, however, is the game's Artificial Intelligence system, in which creatures monitor how you play, and try to find safer positions. Also, the game offers more bonuses and power-ups if you're struggling to progress. Even without those, there are lots of bonus sections to find and unlock.


Gods Genesis Game over
Gods Genesis Title screen
Gods DOS Manual Protection (EGA/Tandy)
Gods Atari ST Title screen and main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "ゴッズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

'Impressive' but not very much fun, I've always seen this as over-rated Amiga Martin Smith (62960)
The first Bitmap Brothers game I didn't like. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)
The best 2D Action/Adventure/Platform game on PC DOS Ali Jakamy (8)
Great Graphics, Great Game! DOS Andrew Dunn (11)
Nothing else compares with the supremacy of this well put-together game/ DOS Nathan Walker (5)

Critic Reviews

ST Format Atari ST May, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Mega Drive Advanced Gaming Genesis Nov, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Atari ST User Atari ST Aug, 1991 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1991 901 out of 1000 90
Play Time SNES Mar, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Play Time Amiga Jun, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Amiga May, 1991 74 out of 100 74
Power Play DOS Feb, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Genesis Dec, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Video Games Genesis Nov, 1992 72 out of 100 72


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Copy protection

The Amiga version features multi-layered copy protection. The main part was cracked quickly, and produced what appeared to be a playable game. However, a second layer remained, which raised the difficulty level quickly, to the point where the first boss was impossible to beat. Unfortunately for the Bitmap Brothers, this hard work seemed to backfire, as many assumed that the cracked version they played was representative of the game's difficulty, and the game's reputation was hampered as a result.

Cover art

The box cover art for the Amiga, Atari, DOS and Genesis (PAL) release was done by famous comic artist Simon Bisley (Sláine, Lobo, Batman/Judge Dredd, and several other works).


The title song, Into the Wonderful, was written by Nation 12 which was a music project by John Foxx (of Ultravox fame). The Amiga music was converted by Richard Joseph for Bitmap Brothers. The original song was released on the album Electrofear by Nation 12 in 2005.


  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Arcade Action Game in 1992
  • ST Format
    • August 1991 (Issue #8) – #18 Top Atari ST Classic Games (Editorial staff vote)
    • January 1993 (Issue #42) – #48 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
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