Never played HERO so cannot compare. Anyway it worked fine here (played 4-5 levels, died in the one where you start to break a lot of lamps).
Played with a USB Saturn pad and everything was fine. However, it did not work until I selected it in the options. If possible, it would be great for it to be active from the beginning.
Also, I expected to be able to leave with Alt+F4. Nothing important though.