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: Mixed (266 reviews) - 67% of the 266 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 20, 2014

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"In the developer's words: "Make decisions that affect the game world around you.""

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August 28

The first update for Shadows since fall of bitComposer!

This is the first public patch we release since we have received the rights for Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms back :). It definitively is not the last one though!

This patch from 28/8/2015 addresses the following problems:
- Crashes with controller
- Occassional overlapping GUI
- some minor problems and issues which were reported

Have fun and look for more! :)

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“A well-designed adventure into dark RPG-worlds that has nothing to hide.”
90/100 –

“Shadows breathes new life into the genre”
4/5 – Calm Down Tom

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

Digital Deluxe Edition

The digital deluxe edition includes:

  • Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms - Book I: Devourer of Souls
  • Free download of Book II: Age of Demons (the release date to be disclosed)
  • Complete Official Soundtrack
  • Prequel to Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms - Kult: Heretic Kingdoms

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…


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

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8; 64 bit
    • Processor: x86 processor, 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidiaGeForce 260GTX or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • 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
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
After some embittering issues with their publisher, Games Farm has re-acquired control of their IP - including their classic Kult: Heretic Kingdoms. Rewarding customers with more game instead of a paywall was how they decided to celebrate.

Any dev who puts their fans first will always be a winner to me.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
NOTE: I'm still playing this game, and haven't finished the first book yet, I'll probably update this review as soon as I've finished my first playthrough of book 1.
Also, I'm trying to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, so some things may be worded quite vaguely. My apologies for that.

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is one of the most interesting games I've ever played. The gameplay is similar to that of Diablo 3, in that you have the same camera perspective and you basically spam your abilities to kill enemies. However, this game does it with a simple twist, the ability to move between two realms at will.

What this simple mechanic does, is that you actually need to think whenever you're fighting against a group of enemies, as some of them are exclusive to one of either realms. I thoroughly enjoyed battling a boss, and using this to my advantage.

The story of the game has been pretty good so far, and the characters that you control are quite interesting. The fact that your characters have their very own story adds a huge amount of replayability to the game which is really nice.

Despite all the good points though, some players may not enjoy the game that much due to the rather slow progression in stats and power, I haven't had any trouble with enemies on normal mode yet, but you don't feel very powerful either, since you'll die quickly if you stay within the range of your enemies' attacks. Do take note that I play a ranged character, it is possible that melee characters do not suffer from this issue.

I personally believe that the slow progression is kind of nice. It really is a great feeling when you finally level up, like you really accomplished something. And usually you do notice a change in power due to the scaling as you invest skill points into skills or passives.

Graphics-wise the game is absolutely gorgeous, particle effects in combat are not over the top and flow nicely. The environmental art within the game is great too. Alongside the music and narrative it really immerses yourself within the game.

One should most definitely buy this game if they enjoy a good story with a large amount of side-quests and simple, yet mechanically interesting combat.

If you would enjoy a game with a fair amount of exploration and story. Buy this.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
This game is fun and does not really deserve the bad rap. Playing in two different realms with two different characters, with different attributes, at the same time is clever. The people that are complaining about health need to realize they are not playing an easy d3 clone. These days we are seeing more games that are harder and some have permadeath. Publishers have to come up with "something" to make themselves different, don't they? If you see the number of games that i have; i have played a few games before. I only take the time to leave a eview when something is either complete garbage or is being maligned inappropriately. This is one of the latter. It fulfills what you would want from this type of game. Now that it is being picked back up we should see more updates and get the free dlc. At best, get it now. Put it on your wish list and wait for a sale.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
My first review, i'll make it short.
'Tis a fun ARPG, real innovative in some ways ( like the shadow world and the whole soul eating thing) but at the same time it feels even more tedious than most bc of that same feature. You basically need to clear every area twice, bc there's a ''real wordl'' and a ''shadow world'' so for perfectionists and/or OCD it's a longer run, but otherwise it's really fun and all is well-written, fine story and character comments. fun stuff
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I usually do not like ARPGs, and skipped this one by due to not being interested in arpgs and thinking the "shadow world" mechanic sounded bad. I bought this while bored and was very suprised by how much i liked it. It is a very well done game. Clearing every area twice isn't so bad. I like my demon and my main guy so far, I enjoy the charcater building and there being no resets of skill points requiring thought.

Combat is fast and slow, with almost limitless heals and sometimes extremem damage spikes to help with the mechanics. It has just the right challenge level and combat is very well done considering you have potions, 3 alive people to cycle through, the demon, and your soul bar heals and reserrects.

The game has a pretty decent crafting system. The rpg aspects of quests and npc interactions are actually very heavy for an ARPG and plays like a real crpg. Production value is high and the voice overs are actually really good for the demon, my fighter character, and the others I've heard.

I am happy i bought this game, even at the current full price of $20. I just bought the orginal and am going to play that through now and then come back to this. I skipped almost all arpgs back in the day like this and sacred, etc, but am now learning to appreciate the heavier ones like Divine Divinity.

For some reason this game, S:HK reminds me of Lionheart. It isn't very similar but it has repetetive combat that somehow doesn't bother me. This is a different sort of game than the ones I usually go for so is hard for me to recommend it to people who usually play crpgs, but I think most crpg fans will find this to be a good game whereas Torchlight, Diablo 3 type arpg fans may think it is to crpgish and slow.
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