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 (589 reviews) - 70% of the 589 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.


  • 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

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
59 of 78 people (76%) found this review helpful
918.8 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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49 of 62 people (79%) 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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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Played for a while... after so many games of ppl not making moves I gave up.
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38 of 57 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
3,587.4 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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