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 (478 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."
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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
2 of 3 people (67%) 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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Supposed to be some kind of combat chess game. Graphics were poor, mechanices unclear. Needs work.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Badly ported mobile phone app that continuously has connectivity errors.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
This game is so full of bugs, it's ridiculous. Stay far, far away until it's playable.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Steam should allow reviewers to click 'no' more than once for their review. -2/10
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
meh
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Its weird, don't try it.
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52.2 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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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Well I did not really expect this game to be what it is but has a few good things about it. Like how you have to stratigize to win, but I dont recommend because most of the players you play against is not ever going to play the game again. I started a random match against a guy, we both did one turn and i have been waiting for a response, it never happened. And its not only this guy its a bunch. I also got really bored and the turn based idea might have been good if it was one play. Like if they quit the game then you win. You just play the match and either win or lose, but no. Its waiting forever to get a response and end up never getting one. Really not a game people should waste money on. Unless they only play with friends and they like this type of game.
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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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5 of 9 people (56%) 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
2,202.1 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Halo Wars + Chess = Hero Academy
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
278.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
This isn't the only cross-platform (PC, iOS, Android) asynchronous turn-based tactical game but it great one and continues to both enterain and challenge me after move than 500 hours of play (I've spent more time via Android than via Steam)

The range of arenas, factions, faction units and special powers are more than enough to provide a depth of tactical options and challenges and when this is combined with human opponents - really the only way to play in my opinion - the longevity is indefinite.

I don't pay attention to the online leaderboards or achievements at all, I just find the core game extremely enjoyable. Each turn takes about a minute, less if there is an obvious set of moves to make, more if you have many options to choose from.

Some of the frequent choices (dilemnas!) are -

> Will you focus on winning by killing all opposing units or by killing crystals . . . and will you pursue a crystal damage lead in order to compel your opponent to make an aggressive move that may over-expose them?
> Do you risk applying power-ups to an unit in the early stages of the match, when your opponent still has specials which will enable them to gain a safe-kill?
> Do you hold back on your own specials or make use of them to gain an early game advantage?
> After downing a unit when your opponent has no healers on the board (which can ressurrect) do you stomp the downed unit or take the risk that they will have a healing option in their hand?
> Do you concede balance of power on the board in order to quickly cycle through your deck in order to hopefully draw into your hand a key unit for your intended tactics?

There are many more!

This is a fantastic "easy to learn" and "difficult to master" game,
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This is a pretty enjoyable strategy game but, unfortunately, I sometimes feel that LOGIN FAILURE, PLEASE RETRY. UNABLE TO CONNECT TO THE HERO ACADEMY SERVERS. PLEASE CHECK YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION OR TRY AGAIN IN A FEW MINUTES.

The wide array of teams and classes presents players with PLEASE CHECK YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION OR TRY AGAIN LATER. Additionally, the charachters FAILED TO SUBMIT TURN. FAILED TO SUBMIT TURN. FAILED TO SUBMIT TURN.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
A standalone DLC for Team Fortress 2 that gives you access to a new hat, the Ninja Cowl. Also adds an uninspired turn-based deathmatch game where you submit turns to other people just to have them send their turn back about 5 weeks later.

It comes with a random extra element for this crappy puzzle thing and 3 additional TF2 hats (the Tribal Bones, Void Monk Hair, and Berserker Helm) if you get the Gold edition two-pack so that you can give this crappy DLC to a random friend as well so that they too can get the Ninja Cowl.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
381.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Play it everyday - great, really just great.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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!
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Not good. facebook out of twitter
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