3D Dot Game Heroes is a 2009/2010 action-adventure PS3-exclusive video game that is developed by Silicon Studio and published either by From Software (Japan), Atlus (North America), or SouthPeak Games (Europe). The game uses a unique style, presenting in 2D, retro-style graphics over a 3D environment. The release dates for the game are:
- November 5, 2009 (Japan)
- May 11, 2010 (North America)
- May 14th, 2010 (Europe)
The gameplay in 3D Dot Game Heroes is strongly based on games from the 8-bit and 16-bit eras, mainly The Legend of Zelda.
The characters can move from screen to screen when battling enemies, solving puzzles, exploring dungeons, and collecting items reminiscent of the classic games of past. The player's sword can grow to extraordinary sizes whenever swung when the player's health bar is full though there is also a power-up sometimes dropped by enemies that grants this to the player regardless of wether their health is full or not, most of the swords can be customized and leveled up to increase its length, width, strength and more. Other special obtainable items that can also be used through out the game that include candles, boomerangs, bows, and lanterns.
Players can choose from to create a custom character model using the game's featured 3D sprite editor. Players can also "Book" monsters in their in-game Bestiary (requires the player to get it first) by beating them on the head with it repeatedly until the monster gets "Booked".
Loading screens in-game feature re-created box art of classic video games, such as Wolfenstein 2D, using the game's 2D sprites.
The game follows the hero on a quest to rid Dotnia Kingdom of a dark plague caused by the forces of evil in order to restore peace to the land. Legend tells of an evil king known as the Dark King Onyx who brought tragedy and darkness to the kingdom by stealing six magical orbs. However a hero rose up against the Dark King and with his legendary sword as well as the power of the orbs, he sealed Onyx away within another orb. However, the forces of evil rose again as the Dark Bishop Fuelle stole the orb and threw the Kingdom of Dotnia into a state of chaos once more. The game's main protagonist is the grandchild of the brave hero who sealed away the Dark King and thus is entrusted with the responsibility to save the land.
The kingdom was once a 2D pixelated world but as the King of the Land felt that sprites were outdated he thus decreed for the kingdom to make the switch to 3D. This caused the entire world to become 3D while still retaining its original pixelated look.