Shadows is the next chapter in the Heretic Kingdoms saga. Experience an epic adventure with challenging gameplay, a gripping storyline and enchanting graphics. Take on the role of the Devourer, a demon that swallows the souls of the dead and then brings them back into the mortal realm as his puppets...
User reviews: Very Positive (78 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 20, 2014

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November 20

Final Update Completes The First Book "Devourer of Souls"

Final Update adds the new Chapter III and completes the First Book "Devourer of Souls". Chapter III takes place in the cursed jungles of Taymuria, and its capital Dura Tyr. There is also another very special location, but we will leave it to you to discover it ...

All new features and changes at a glance

- A lot of new locations in Taymuria and its ancient capital Dura Tyr, built upon Zikkurat of the Sun.
- Meeting with the greatest being of Heretic Kingdoms universe in a very unique location…
- 2 unique new playable characters – Wood Elemental and Thorn Wasp; both with their own unique skill sets.
- A lot of new gameplay hours
- Improved looting, crafting
- New equipment, spells, dialogues and much more
- Major improvements in game balance
- Removed tons of bugs and problems

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October 30

Final Major Update For The Early Access Version

As the release date is approaching fast, we are releasing the final major update for the Early Access version of Shadows today! Get ready for the complete second chapter with new quests and enemies, a new playable character, the entire crafting system as well as many improvements and fixes!

For full rundown of all the changes and new content click here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/256030/discussions/0/620695877141013019/

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Reviews

“A well-designed adventure into dark RPG-worlds that has nothing to hide.”
90/100 – http://www.spielemagazin.de/spiele/shadows-heretic-kingdoms-pc/

“Shadows: heretic kingdoms enters a very crowded hall of action RPGs.”
4/5 – Calm Down Tom

“It's different than the games it gets compared to, but in many ways, it's far richer.”
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About This Game

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is the next chapter in the Heretic Kingdoms saga and takes place 20 years after the events of Kult: Heretic Kingdoms. It’s an epic adventure with challenging gameplay, a gripping storyline and enchanting graphics. In this isometric action RPG, the player takes on the role of the Devourer, a demon that swallows the souls of the dead and then brings them back into the mortal realm as his puppets. It's up to him to either thwart a major threat and save the world, or to plunge it into complete disaster…

Story


After four of the five members of a secret order known as Penta Nera were murdered, their souls were swallowed by a pack of Devourers. Since then, they move around the mortal realm as the puppets of the Devourers, as a demonic Penta Nera, and ravage the land in search of the essence of souls.
The fifth member of the order, bent on revenge, makes use of the only way to stop them and summons another Devourer: this one is different from his siblings. He can absorb multiple souls, but sometimes becomes more human or schizophrenic, the more souls he absorbs. He can stop the demonic Penta Nera and save the world, or he can plunge it into complete disaster...

Key Features Of Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms

  • Extensive freedom of choice, affecting the course of the game
  • Gripping storyline in a world full of myths, destinies and legendary creatures
  • Two game worlds in one: Wander between the worlds and risk a glimpse into the dark shadow world, where you will also face enemies and solve mystic puzzles.
  • One dark hero, 15 different characters: Devour the souls of your enemies and use a lot of different characters and combat styles.
  • Complete a variety of diverse quests and face creatures in battle that you could only imagine in your worst nightmares!
  • Huge number of fantastical creatures with unique fighting styles and challenges
  • Unique party system

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: x86 processor, 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidiaGeForce 260GTX or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8; 64 bit
    • Processor: x86 processor, 3 GHz +, quad core
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 560GTX or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms displays all that an ARPG could be. The key word here is ‘could.’ The story is strong and has great depth, which is helped along by the detailed characters, who are excellently voice acted. Despite its linearity in most situations, Shadows shows the importance of story-telling in video games. The same cannot be said about the gameplay however. The awkwardness and cumbersomeness of it all makes this game a struggle to play at times, but is worth enduring if you are enjoying its story.

Read the full review here: http://www.noobfeed.com/reviews/1098/shadows-heretic-kingdoms
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
This game was awesome, if your into rpg's its a must have for your collection!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Games Freaking Cool, its a Nice Spin on Dungeon Crawler I recommend this too any one who wants bit of diffrence in there Action Rpg's. Enjoy all.
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17 of 44 people (39%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Before making your purchase, please do some research on this game before making the decision on adding this to your library. The game is being advertised as a Diablo 3 style game mixed in with a bit of Baldur's Gate, stated by the developer themselves. However this comes off as a complete lie, as the game shares no elements from either game and rather feels more like a lack luster Gauntlet Legends while on par with Sacred 3.

The gameplay is very slow and progression takes way too long.
Slowest ARPG I've played yet, a game that introduces a gimmick like Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams, allowing you to switch characters from your main character class, to a demon who is currently possing you. Each character has their own vision of said stage your playing with their own monsters to fight and abilities to obtain. They can switch whenever, however, while fighting mobs. This makes for quiet possibly the most linear and brain dead puzzles the game has to offer.

Most ARPGs, when I'm 45 minutes in, I have loot, abilities, and an idea as to what my character may turn into. With games like Path of Exile, in 45 minutes I have several magic spells for my mage character, and loot that only my mage can wear, giving me an idea of what to expect as I continue with the game.
But with Shadow, you're still spamming the same normal attack over and over again and your 1 ability (with a skill tree branch that doesn't go anywhere), and loot progression works more like Gauntlet Legends for arcade than any other ARPG game. In fact, this game feels more "arcadeish" than any other ARPG I've played, and I'm talking about the bad aspects in that regards. This game feels more like Sacred 3 than anything else.

The story is shoved down your throat Daikatana style (yes that N64 shooter) as you progress through the game. If the lore fails to capture you, sadly the game just won't appeal to you since it's lacking in every other department.

The music selection from this game is actually taken from other game titles that didn't bother licensing their songs. I can't tell if this is just straight up shady or one of the laziest things I've heard (no pun intended).

If I had to give the award for worst game of 2014, it would no doubt be this title. Developers didn't seem to have a strong ideas to how to create this game as it lacks any element to allow this game to flow. No open world exploration. Lack luster towns, all pathways are all the same, linear path to follow, there's just no up side to this game.

If you're looking for an ARPG, please spend your money else where.
You may look at Path of Exile, which is free. And you may even pick Grim Dawn which is $5 cheaper and actually has more content than this game even though Grim Dawn is currently in a early access state (embarrassing to note, but it's true). Please avoid this game at all cost.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
I had been jumping from game to game looking for something with an interesting story to follow that wasn't long winded as heck. This game is pretty interesting because you get to play as a demon and its 'puppet(s)'

When I first started playing I thought it was going to be just the demon and one character...then I found another puppet...I also went to the soul place and saw many soul diases.

Best Mechanic (Pre-10/30/2014 Patch): Collecting new puppets.
Worst Mechanic (Pre-10/30/2014 Patch): Loot, The RNG hates me...
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Early Access Review
you can play with 1 hand most the time. your other hand is only needed for the heal button and still attacking button. you can switch in and out of different souls. you can be a monster, a animal person, a slow super armored zombie. you can go to the shadow world, and it also works like a puzzle mechanic. like zombies that cant die, unless you kill the souls in the shadow world.
yes its a diablo clone, but then it dosnt matter if it was a fps, strategy, 2d platformer. most everything is a clone of mutiple things. its a little buggy, combat can be sluggish, items are kinda hard to pick up, crafting is lacking only because you buy the recipies and they can be useless by the time you can make em. alot of crafting mats that just sit in your bag because you havnt gotten to a place with recipes that use them.
its not complete, but its fun. havnt played that much, but i already have 5 souls. if what i read is true, then this game will give alot of play time. if you can afford to buy it then buy it, you can be a armored zombie monster that crushes everything.
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23 of 37 people (62%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Definitely YES. This game is a fresh breeze in nowadays RPGs! Cool characters, many skill variations, tough gameplay, cool graphics, great atmosphere and storyline! Thumbs up for the developers from Slovakia!
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
First Impressions:

Beautiful graphics, excellent voice acting, and solid combat. Based on my research, the game offers roughly 10-15 hrs per character (there are three), which potentially gives players 30-45 hours worth of play time. I also discovered that free DLC will be offered early 2015 that adds 5-10 hours per character. For $29.99, 45-75 hours worth of play time (DLC included) isn't something to scoff at. Worth a look if you don't mind playing single player only action RPGs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saQDC9S87rw

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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I dont have much play time on this, since I just started, but so far, ive finding it, fun and unique with the type of playstyele. Sure, you can say its similar to Diablo. However, its much more then that.
So all in all, I recommend it to anyone interested and looking for something fun with a nice story to it :).
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12 of 24 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
Not only a great game, but also the first game I actually WANT the OST for, the soundtrack is brilliant!
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11 of 32 people (34%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Promissing RPG! I Recommend for all player who likes RPG
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14 of 39 people (36%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
i was just wondering.. when is the full game coming? because i have no idea what they are going to add anymore.. i think the game is perfect enough as it is!!
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9 of 30 people (30%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Early Access Review
Great game! Well worth the price!
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10 of 37 people (27%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
Barely runs on my toaster.

Still having a blast with this game.
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4 of 44 people (9%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
no sure why but the game kinda lags/slows down when your in combat mode. I am pretty sure its my PC.... but Considering i can play games like Advanced Warfare with lag only when its loading its kinda odd. Anyway Overall the game is good. If the Lag Problem can be fixed it would be awesome. Until then for me its just not that fun. That was the previous version tho not sure about the newer one...
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12 of 81 people (15%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
The idea of the game is nice, some kind of mix between soul reaver and diablo, but made kinda poorly, such a short prologue which tells you kinda nothing... a useless tutorial, items blending into terrain, you can keep healing yourself wasting your 'souls' even when your health is max, I looked into the no old school mode and there were exclamation marks on everything so switched to old school after few secs, the animation (even of the main heroes) is so simple and looks pretty bad, and that's from 10 minutes game time.

So in general doesn't worth the money right now but has a potential if people do buy and help the creators with money and suggestions so for now I don't recommend the game, was kinda disappointed, looked better in store than it is.
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1 of 135 people (1%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Very boring game.
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108 of 139 people (78%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Early Access Review
PLEASE READ FULL REVIEW BEFORE JUST LOOKING AT MY RECOMMENDATION!

Honestly, from the little I've played of this so far, I'm thoroughly intrigued as to where the game will go. I can't say it's the most original feeling experience as it is basically a "Diablo clone" (as much as I hate to use that term), but it does enough of its own thing to warrant my time, I think. Besides, if you're going to go for a style of game play, you could do a whole hell of a lot worse than iterating on solid design to begin with.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS AN EARLY ACCESS GAME! If you're wanting to try this game to see what it's about, maybe watch a YouTube video or something first as I can't recommend the game for $26.99 as is. That being said, if you're like me and are able to look past some major game flaws with an open mind while being a fan of the genre, this isn't the worst purchase on Steam.

As is, I would recommend having a decent rig for playing, since there are currently no options to "tune down" any of the graphic settings beside resolution to work well for lower end machines and even on my high-mid machine it chugs like a beast due to lack of optimization (that will surely come much later). I streamed my first impressions of the game and I feel like that was a mistake and may have made the game look much more choppy than it actually was, but I feel like the most I got at any point in time playing was 25-30fps. It isn't unplayable, but added to the sluggish movement feel and kinda janky item pickup, some parts felt more arduous than they will when I can tweak the settings to make sure I get my full 60fps minimum.

TL;DR Don't be silly and think you'll get an objectively "good" product right now for the price, but there is enough in here to show glimpses of a future solid title.

P.S. Shameless video play plug and to the devs, I'm sorry my streaming made the game look like it performs worse than it actually does :-(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HblXseaXGzs
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67 of 102 people (66%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Early Access Review
Overall, in just the short time I've had to play it, I would recommend this as a game. Yes, it is Early Acess (pre-alpha), combat feels a little slugish, same for picking up items, art work (for what ive seen) has been awesome, sound track has been engaging, need click+hold attacking. On the upside, switching between members is fun, seeing both the light/shadow sides and being able to level both seperate is a great thing to have. In its current state, I'd give it a 7/10, but I strongly believe it will only get better from here.
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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Early Access Review
Heretic Kingdoms: Shadows
Early Access Gameplay

Played it for a bit but this game really surprised me. Kinda slow paced hack-and-slash which is refreshing after the Diablo's and Torchlights of this world. You also play as 2 characters, one Deamon and the character it has ressurected which is an interesting twist to the good old party system. Switching characters changes the surroundigs to an alternate world or the 'real' world, each with it's own enemies and physics. You can use your souls to ressurrect your character if it dies, which is quite fun mechanic. You lose health quite easily, and if you are near dead you hear your heartbeat go faster and faster until you die and are ressurected again. So dying isn't a big problem which is kinda cool.

Graphics are good, sound is excellent and animations are fine. Had a fun time until now, so I can recommend this game.
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