Test your skills in this light-hearted battle between friends! Heroic teams have gathered to engage in friendly contests on the Academy playfields. Will your team emerge triumphant?
User reviews: Mostly Positive (452 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 10, 2012

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Includes the Council and TF2 teams, 17 Council avatars, 18 TF2 avatars, and a Council hat for Team Fortress 2 players!

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Includes two copies of Hero Academy - Send the extra copy to a friend!

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Buy Hero Academy - Gold Pack

Includes 7 items: Hero Academy, Hero Academy - Dark Elves Pack, Hero Academy - Dwarves Pack, Hero Academy - Tribe Pack, Hero Academy - Uniform Colors, Hero Academy - Shaolin Team Pack, Hero Academy - Challenge Pack

 

Recommended By Curators

"A light but simultaneously engaging turn-based competitive strategy game with "play-by-email" style turns. "
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Reviews

"It's fantastic."
9/10 Editor's Choice – IGN
"The game is incredibly fun and addicting, certainly worth checking out."
PCWorld

Team Fortress 2 Hat

Purchase Hero Academy or any team pack and receive a free Hero Academy themed item in TF2!

About This Game

Includes the Council and TF2 teams, 17 Council avatars, 18 TF2 avatars, and a Council hat for Team Fortress 2 players!

Test your skills in this light-hearted battle between friends! Heroic teams have gathered to engage in friendly contests on the Academy playfields. Will your team emerge triumphant?

Enter a world of swords and magic, and challenge friends old and new to a contest of tactics and skill. From the human Council to the mysterious Dark Elves, every team needs a fearless captain to lead them to victory. Only those that leverage their team’s strengths and capitalize on their opponent’s weaknesses will protect their crystal and win the day. The Academy extends a warm welcome to all – whether they’re already heroes, or simply heroes in training!

Challenge friends on Steam or iOS to asynchronous one-on-one battles via online multiplayer. Play a heated bout in twenty minutes or across a full day, whenever you have a few moments. You can play all of your Hero Academy matches at your desk, on your iPad, or on the go with your iPhone! When you purchase the game on Steam you'll unlock an exclusive heroic team featuring the mercenaries from Valve’s Team Fortress 2.

Features:

  • Cross-Platform multiplayer gaming between Steam and iOS
  • Exclusive Team Fortress 2 team unlockable on Steam
  • Highly accessible turn-based gameplay
  • Easy to learn – jump right in and play!
  • Play with your Steam friends or random opponents
  • Colorful light-hearted graphics and sound
  • Random playfields keeps battles fresh!
  • Get started with the Council and Team Fortress 2 teams
  • Expand your roster with additional teams!
  • Customize your team
  • Invite your Twitter followers to play!
  • Chat with your opponents in-game

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    Processor: 2GHz Dual Core
    Memory: 2GB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 300MB
    Video Card: Graphics: DX11 & DX10 video cards, minimum resolution 1280 x 800
    DirectX®: 10

    Hero Academy does not officially support Windows Surface
    • OS: Snow Leopard
    Video Card: Any OpenGL 2.1+ capable graphics hardware
    Hard Disk Space: 300MB
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 37 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I've encountered lots of games that had promos with TF2, I state the game was good but I only played to get the TF2 hat. This case is different,Hero Acadmey is a simple turn based strategy game that relies heavily on your actions. You lose a game, thats your fault. The object of the game is form a small team and defeat the opposing team and/or destroy their crystal. Sounds fun huh? Yeah thats a load of BS. The game is ONLY Multi-player even though in the Steam Store, it says is single player. But thats not even the worst part, there are if im not mistaken, 6 clans you can choose from to fight with. The default heros, the TF2 group (SWEET!) and...... oh yeah the rest are FREAKING DLC! Wow, by making the rest of the clans dlc, you elminate 90% of the game. Each clan has unique charateristics which allows for a variety of battles encountered and when I say "variety", I truly mean that... in a very unfair way, every match I played online (which wasn't very much) did have variety...but my opponnet would have the DLC clans who seemed Over Powered. Credit to "Th^3 blurb" for having a better example of this, your amount of damage 3 members on the NON-DLC teams can do is how much 1 member of any DLC team can do in just one turn. Makes you want to play such beasts, but by making MORE THAN HALF THE CLANS DLC is the stupidest thing you could ever do. For those who want the Ninja Cowl so bad for the Spy in TF2, just go on a trading site, and just pay up 1.33 ref (usually lower since it makes the spy honestly look stupid and nothing remotely close to a ninja). And if you want the other cosmetics for the Scout, Pyro, and Demoman (not the best looking looking ones) , good luck trying to find one, but I doubt that because guess what, the cosemtics require you to buy MORE DLC! Or buy the game to be one step closser to leveling up that "games owned" badge but it will be a blemish to your library. BTW, this game costs $5. Now with the DLC's to make the game actually complete, it will cost you 25 bucks. This game is like an XBOX 360 game. You buy a game thats somewhat cheap, your having fun until you realize that theres more "FUN" (I use this word loosely) this game can offer you if you buy like a bijillion DLC for mediocore prices. For those solely for the TF2 items, you know there are better looking promo items that can be earned in a Free To Play game such as Super Monday Night Combat or AVA Alliance or CrimeCraft. Save your 5 (25) bucks for something better like Card City Nights, or X-COM. Better games for the same price (less) and didn't have backstabbing developers.
Posted: April 6
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
East to start,diffcult to master.
Posted: July 12
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
this is one of the most fun games that i played i dont like strat games but this game is so good when you get the other classes it is almost all you will play but i recamend this game for hard thinkers if you make mistakes all the time like i do this game is not for you but even tho this game is grate for anyone who loves cross overs

ps: it has tf2!
Posted: June 19
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
58.7 hrs on record
Absolutely recommend

DLC that are worth it:
All DLC
Posted: August 5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Slightly addictive and fun to play
Posted: August 9
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50 of 66 people (76%) found this review helpful
844.0 hrs on record
With a ridiculous amount of hours on record this is the most addictive game in my library. It is NOT pay to win as another reviewer has written. Strategy is key to victory here, not cash. If you think this game is pay to win then you obviously haven't put in the patience required to learn each team's strengths and weaknesses and adjust your strategy accordingly. There are additional teams that one CAN purchase if they wish, it doesn't matter if you choose not to though, as all of the teams (although quite unique) are exceptionally well balanced.

The game can be a bit buggy.. eg. Sometimes you're greeted with a blank board and it's neccessary to refresh the game state before the pieces appear. This is probably one of the unfortunate side effects of being a cross-platform game. The strategy involved is on par with chess, perhaps not as rich as some players would like (It's no Magic The Gathering). Some people complain that players are not forced to move within a time limit. I happen to like this feature of the game as I can leave the game minimized while I am working and take my turn when I am ready.

In spite of it's minor short comings, Hero Academy succeeds in providing interesting and engaging turn-based strategy game play, which if you're a fan of such games you know there are far too few of them on the market.
Posted: November 26, 2013
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