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 (504 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 10, 2012

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Recommended By Curators

"A light but simultaneously engaging turn-based competitive strategy game with "play-by-email" style turns."
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"It's fantastic."
9/10 Editor's Choice – IGN
"The game is incredibly fun and addicting, certainly worth checking out."
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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + 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
7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
82.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
A casual strat game that even though its extremely simple to learn, its interestingly tough to master.

Can be played casually or taken more seriously if you find people to play with.

The lack of timed turns is a problem imo, but its also a benefit if you are a casual.

A must play if you like board or tactical strat games.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This game is awesome as hell. I don't regret the investment. Challenging and strategic, fun yet frustrating :D

Too bad the people I play with are ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and make a move in 2 hours. Like, every one of them takes about 30min-2h to make a move. I think i managed to finish only 2-3 games and surrendered the others because of this.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2,323.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
This is the game that should be used to define async turn based . The armies are all different and have both strengths and weaknesses that make combat a challenge, especially that the units and power ups are random draws.

Get this . Play It.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Fun little tactical minis game. Relatively simple basic mechanics, but pretty good depth of play. Some of the armies get a bit more complicated if that's your thing. Good asynchronus play, a nice variety of boards, and all the armies are balanced against the middle.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
347.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
absolutely love this game, have been playing it for years both on pc and ipad, this is definately not a pay to win game, its very easy to win with the free team you get. aslong as you know how to use them properly, i truely suggest playing the challenges first to learn how to play and how to play with the team effectively
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Played for a while... after so many games of ppl not making moves I gave up.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Like many other people, I agree it would be great with single-player (besides the Challenges), and the Multiplayer is slow, but it is like that for any game that has a fairly low player base, but when you get a game going, it is worth it, very enjoyable and simple. This game very much follows what many other stratergy games follow: "Easy to play, hard to master."
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
East to start,diffcult to master.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
A phone game with more tactical depth than stratego.
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52 of 69 people (75%) found this review helpful
915.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
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.
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2012
DO NOT buy this game. It is a multi-player game that claims to have a solo campaign. The solo campaign are challenges like an extended tutorial. So what is this game? A turn based strategy like a complex game of chess with a board where you either destroy crystals or the other players to win the match.

Why is multiplayer bad? Because it is turn based, you finish your turn and then wait for the other person to complete their turn. How long does that take? Could be one minute, or it could be hours or days. In fact there is an achievement if you take 24 hours to make a turn. There is even an achievement to take 24 hours! Rewarding someone for wasting someone else's time is not a good thing. To compensate for this, you can play a lot of games at once. Like chess via mail. I was so completely bored playing this game that I literally opened up another game to play it as I waited for people to perform their turns and get back to me.

When you start a match, you select from one of your owned factions. You start with humans and TF2 factions when you own the game. Then if you want the other races like Elves, Dwarves, Shaolin and Tribes, its $5 each. Each faction has its own characters that play differently.
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34 of 49 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Now don't get me wrong here, this game is fine. It's just different from what I expected.

When I bought this game I was expecting some cool things like missions, custom games, and multiplayer. Heck, maybe a couple different game modes. Instead, I opened the game and the first thing I get is a tutorial shoved in my face that explains everything I could have figured out in two seconds. Then it gives me a multiplayer option and a customization option. Of course, I want to see what I can customize.

Originally, you can change your avatar and not much else. Everything else is DLC. Actually, everything in GENERAL is DLC. You want to change your team color? DLC! You want to play the other three team options? DLC! You want to play the mission mode I was ever so hoping for? DLC! You want to play the other game modes? Well there arent any other game modes but if there was that would probably be DLC as well. So after I realize that I can't play mission mode, I sigh and try to play multiplayer. Since I enjoy TF2 quite a bit, I decide to go with that team instead of the other one that I have.

Well I start playing for like 30 minutes or so and I'm enjoying it. There is a door at the bottom left with a turn number counting down. I thought that was the amount of turns you had left before the game ended. Nope. It's how many turns you have left before you can surrender. That's when I realize how LONG these games are. They are like, really, really long. Like, REALLY long. Also, the learning curve is freaking gigantic. 90 minutes in I still don't know what in the heck half of my characters do. And it seems like the teams you can buy are EXTREMELY overpowered. I swarmed the guy with soldiers, demos a scout and a medic and in one turn one of his characters walked up and killed 3 of the 5. It took me 3 turns to kill the character that did the deed.

But in the end, if you have the attention span of a goldfish like me and don't like having to buy DLC to get everything that the game promised I really don't recommend this. Although if you like games like this, have patience and don't care about money, this game is for you.

Oh and one more thing: This game is an iPhone port and feels like an iPhone port. Fair warning.

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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2,883.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
waited long time for such a game
++ you can make your turn, whenever you have time
++ you can play the same match on different devices like PC, Tablet, Cellular
-- the cost of the regular price and the unit packs
-> buy it when the gold pack is on sale, or at time in the Humble Bundle
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2012
Hero Academy is a great idea, and was really fun at first. I played a solid 10 hours on release and had a pretty good time battling with my friends.

Even if you aren't playing with your friends, the internet multiplayer option allows for quick and seamless matchmaking, meaning you can play as and when you want.

However, a few specificities of the game kind of ruin it. By default, the opening "move allowance" is set to be unfair against the person who creates the game, meaning that very very option (unless manually de-selected) your opponent (or you) will have a +3 or -3 move advantage, which very much affects the late stages of the game when every move counts.

This, for me, tilted the tables. I no longer felt I was playing a game, I felt I was inadvertantly cheating. Since then, I haven't played anymore.

A good game, but tweaking required for it to be fair. But, if you tweak your settings, you need to rely on your opponent doing so as well (which, by the way, they wont).

Nilesy
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
While I won't say that this is a bad game, I don't like it. While the teams are well balanced, a person who is likely to lose will just never take their turn, leaving you in limbo while waiting for something that is never going to happen. I can't say that I've enjoyed it, because I've never been able to finish a match.
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25 of 40 people (63%) found this review helpful
269.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Amazing turn-based strategy. Multi platform allows you to play on your pc with guys on iphones. If dont like to wait for your opponet that is slow at turns you can join steam group for quick games. Have fun guys!
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2013
This is not a bad game in its own merits but has some issues. One it's that it feels clunky and slow which is not what one should expect for a mobile game port to PC. Some friends and I have ran into some issues submiting turns. Also it's grossly overpriced compared to the mobile version in which you can get almost all of the same content for half the price. There's not really a single player, only a handful of challenges and the only good way to learn the game is playing online. I did not like the strategy based on 5 actions, instead of every unit getting it's own turn but that's just a matter of taste.
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28 of 47 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
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.
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34 of 60 people (57%) found this review helpful
91.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
10/10
Also works on my mobile, no need to repurchase
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
Although this game at its core is pretty fun, there is enough wrong with it that deters you from playing.

First of all, the asynchronous turn-based structure is perfect for mobile gaming but abysmal for PC. PC gamers expect to sit down and play a game for an extended period of time (30 minutes, 1 hour, or more). Mobile games like this are meant to take a turn that lasts about 5 minutes, then come back in a few hours whenever you get a chance and take your next turn. Since this version is cross-platform with PC and mobile, you will inevitably play against people who take hours to perform their next turn, which leaves you staring at your screen waiting for the next move. I have about 8 games going simultaneously right now and all but one of them have gone stale and the last move was made hours ago.

The next problem is that the game does a horrible job explaining things to you. It has a brief tutorial which teaches you the extreme basics of the game. But then if you try the challenge maps it soon becomes clear there are lots of tactics that are never taught. And so you can discover them by randomly stumbling upon a move by accident, or by going online and learning through someone's video demonstration.

If you were able to play this game with a friend back and forth I can see how it could be fun, but in its current form is a struggle to sit through.
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