You were living a calm life on your farm with your father. Those times are gone. Flames have turned your house into ashes. Your father is missing. A darkness is falling over the whole country and you are setting off on a dangerous journey. This is going to be the greatest adventure of your life.
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Release Date: Dec 20, 2012

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May 25

Linux version available

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Hungarian language added

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“There’s a plenty of complexity within this game, so boredom should be out of the question.”
4/5 – http://hero-of-the-kingdom.software.informer.com/

About This Game

Set off on a dangerous journey to save your father and the kingdom.

You were living a calm life on your small farm together with your father. One sunny day your life completely changed. Malicious bandits raided your house and burnt it to ashes. Your father is missing. A darkness is falling over the whole country and you are setting off on a dangerous journey to places unknown. You must overcome your fear and find your father. You won't hesitate to take the road. This is going to be the greatest adventure of your life.

  • Explore a huge beautiful country.
  • Meet dozens of people and fulfill many various quests.
  • Collect herbs, hunt for animals, and go fishing.
  • Find hundreds of scattered hidden items.
  • Reach up to 38 achievements.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB, DirectX 9.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mouse or touch control
    Minimum:
    • OS: Steam compatible Linux distribution
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB, OpenGL 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 120 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Do you like clicking? No, do you derive intense pleasure from pressing a mouse button and watching numbers go up, for the sake of then being able to click a few more things and have those same numbers go up even faster?

Hero of the Kingdom in almost every respect is a cleverly disguised iteration on the bizarrely addictive idle games that have been devouring souls since it was discovered people on the internet will do absolutely anything to pass time. The main change is that unlike Cookie Clicker or Candy Box, Hero of the Kingdom doesn’t run by itself and has a (mostly) definitive end, tapped together with what could almost be considered a story and some minor exploration.

Beginning on a secluded farm, you take up the mantle of the world’s premier errand boy, poking your nose into everybody’s business in the hopes they’ll set you off on another menial task they couldn’t be bothered to do themselves.Hero of the Kingdom, in everything it does, is a personification of every tedious fetch quest you’ve ever done in an RPG, stripped of everything but finding and delivering the item and then being patted on the head and told you’ve done a great service to the kingdom.

I don’t think developer Lonely Troops had any doubts about what they were making though, and have deviously engineered the perfect loop of turning mundane tasks into accomplishments. Thanks are given for every small deed you perform, unimportant numbers are always going up, and the achievements pour out like candy letting you know no matter how simple the job, you did a damn fine job clicking your way through it!

And then before you know you’ve constructed a profitable trading cycle, picked the country clean of mushrooms, and risen up in the ranks to where no one would dare refuse your prying questions. Hero of the Kingdom would almost feel nefarious if it didn’t have a clear ending, so adept is it at roping you in and making it feel as if the entire game isn’t just cleverly disguised busywork requiring no skill and barely any effort.

But for something that is fine letting you go after a few hours, I was fine indulging Hero of the Kingdom and its exploitation of a basic human need for self gratification. I don’t think it’s a good game, but it’s an easy way to waste some time that won’t hold you hostage past the point of some mindless fun (for lack of a better word).

You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Options include separate sliders for sounds, 10 languages to choose from, Full-screen or Windowed, and whether or not to use profiles (that's a new one to me!)

Right away you'll see that you can access the main menu via the top right corner of the screen. As you progress you'll end up with something in each corner, as follows:

Hints - Bottom right corner
Insta-travel Map - top left
Inventory and health - bottom left

What I really can't figure out is what kind of game this is. I can't pigeonhole it in a single genre. It has RPG elements, in that your character learns new skills and abilities as you progress; there are useful items scattered about on every screen, which is reminiscent of a hidden object game; and it's an adventure with strategy elements... What it's NOT is a click-fest. There's no chaining, and no rush.

As I mentioned above, some items just need to be clicked on, hidden object-style, something I didn't realized until about eight screens into the game. "I need (x-item), why can't I find someone to buy them from??" The answer is that you need to gather them yourself. New abilities will allow you to find new items in your environment, so you'll want to revisit scenes often, and be sure to click on anything that looks unusual!

We lose energy (health) when we do tasks, and this energy can be restored by staying at one of the available camps. At each camp you'll eat a different type of food before you go to sleep, and this means a varying amount of health restored. At one point I had over 30 health, so I don't there's a cap on how much health you can have.

Don't be thrown off by how easy everything is early on. The game is pretty isometric when it first begins, but once you've explored a few screens, you start to have some freedom to choose your own tasks. Will you just chase the main storyline, or will you explore every nook and cranny and do all of the side-quests? Will you try to get all 38 achievements, or only do what's necessary? The choice is yours! Once you finish the game, you CAN go back in to try and get those awards, which is really nice.

Hero of the Kingdom which took me about 8 hours to finish with all of the achievements, and I absolutely enjoyed my time in the game. Recommended!
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Awesome strategy game. This is second strategy game in my life which I liked for real. It is so addictive and I will for sure buy second part of it. Story is nice, ambient music is relaxing and graphic is much more better then I expected (better then it looks like on this Steam's screenshots). I am really fascinated with this game and from me it has note 10/10.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Quaint like an elderly lady's bungalow filled with many past adventures and expeditions, the attractively detailed land in Hero of the Kingdom possesses the old-fashioned quest-orientated method of play that I have yearned for through many wishful Steam purchases but had yet to truly discover until now.

Hero of the Kingdom ranks highly in my gaming library as one of the most satisfyingly rewarding games I have played on Steam to date. It is most certainly one of the top 3 which I eagerly gave myself an auspicious pat on the back for buying. At $1.49 (75% off) it is money well spent. Completion only took me two days totalling 8 hours or so (didn't bother to quit game when taking dog for a walk). The game play is therapeutic and healing as even with a generic storyline, the long but seldom arduous line of quests are gratifyingly addictive. If you enjoy RPGs as I do and rarely skip side quests as it is half the fun, then I highly recommend this title.

The controls are as easy as can be and I can't honestly admit this is a strategy game as it does not give the player a chance at failure as you will see if you play it. It isn't a game to test your gaming skills but a chance to relax from more demanding games. Out of games you can use to relax and enjoy like you used to enjoy games as a child, it never feels like a waste of time or is uncomfortable to play in terms of time or effort of lack thereof.

Hero of the Kingdom is my idea of a perfect holiday.
When I first booted this game (being my silly little self) I truly believed, despite the title being "Hero of the Kingdom", that I would be taking care of Father's farm for the duration of the game play as the atmosphere was immediately soothing. Luckily, this tranquillity is carried onwards as there is no concept of time and you can go as expeditiously or leisurely as you fancy.

ACHIEVEMENTS, GUIDES & TIPS
Despised styles of achievements that I have become quite feverish about are those consisting of sending a player on wild goose chases where the goals lack relation to, or impact on the story. Luckily, this game is short, straight forward and sweet with every single achievement. You don't feel like you've wasted time getting achievements for the sake of achievements as it tend to be with some games which take away from the enjoyment. You will have to finish close to all of the activities provided in-game to finish all the achievements. I dislike looking at guides so am usually much slower than other players at finishing any set of tasks in-game but this game didn't need any guides at all. There are easier methods of finishing the game which you will eventually find out on your own but every feature and quest is well thought out by developers that you will not have to look at any playthrough or spend an exceedingly long time pondering variations of.

Spoiler Hints (It’s likely you’ll realise on your own like I did so won’t need the info, hence the format): You can buy grain, convert grain to flour, get bread from flour and sell that bread to a farmer's wife for minimum profit which will accumulate. Check this well written guide by The Fox in the community hub if you’d like to know more. When you progress farther and get to town you'll find a smuggler (in town to the right of screen with no indicating icon) which you can click on to buy poison from them, afterwards selling said poison to a master hunter in the woods also reachable at a later stage. This is a faster way of earning a profit through the market. The prices of items vary depending on who you're buying from/selling to, so keeping note of price ranges will add to the fun. When you start finding more treasure and jewellery which you can end up selling to one of the shops in town, you will no longer need to trade as much. Once you get to the "let's hoard money" part of the game which urges you to trade, it will ultimately feel less fun for obvious reasons (repetitive trading to add gold) so don't use it too much until you absolutely feel you need to.

You will need to find a very small number of hidden characters that are in plain view, just without icons near them which you will have to manually activate (click on people and sometimes they'll talk back with no warning ;D ). There will be new items available to find across the map in the form of "hidden objects" so if you enjoy hidden object games, this will be a blast and quite easy. I have enjoyed my fair share of hidden object puzzles so it was extremely easy to keep an eye out for various types of items that I needed to find to finish achievements. It's different for each player but you may end up lacking 1 or 2 items of a kind etc and spend some time looking for them. This is only natural as it is with all hidden object games. The last or last couple you're looking for are hardest for you to spot which is why they'll end up the last ones. Don't fret and go through the map slowly a few times. Click on various areas that you'll become accustomed to as "loot points" on the map such as forests, cliff sides and lakes away from camps and village areas where people are stationed or reside in. It is definitely a game where you'd want to finish the achievements for the added content at least as the game itself is short. The challenges are not always a walk in the park especially if you do not use the easier trading methods for extra gold but you will undoubtedly complete them like the way a fantastic game like this should be played. Btw, the blacked out parts are spoilers, not cheats as they do not exist and are thankfully unnecessary in this game (not that any should ever be used for any game). I do not finish any of my games quickly so the fact I finished it in two days adds to the realisation now that it was neither tirelessly demanding nor boring enough to put aside for a while like the majority of my library. It was such a simple yet entertaining 8 hours that I started writing this review after I finished it which also says a lot about how much I enjoyed the title considering my crowded backlog of games awaiting review (the majority of which I evidently did have fun playing). When the words "The End" reached my screen, it crossed my mind that this game felt like a demo for it's sequel, Hero of the Kingdom II. That's how much I enjoyed it and how much I am ready for more.


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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Nice casual game containing a bit of resource management, a bit of hidden treasure hunting, a simple fantasy story and covers everything in graphics similar to older HoMaM games. It's not challenging by any means (I think you cannot die). But if you don't exect much, you can be surprised that it's not as shallow as it seems on first sight.

Note: It's very possible to get 100% achievements in one gameplay, if that's your thing.

Would I recommend it?
Free, bundles, less than 3$ ? - Yes.
5$ - well.. are you sure you have nothing better & deeper to play?
more than 5$ - probably not. It's casual, you finish it in couple of hours and there is no reason to replay it.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Short, casual, relaxing game. It's like reading some children's booklet with a fantasy story inside, though bit more interactive of course, with some point and click adventure/hidden object gameplay. You go around, talk to people, do quests, trade resources (food, ingredients, gold etc. including bit more abstract resource like strength), push story forward, though generally don't strain yourself much as the player.

Don't expect replay value or any challenge besides some pixel hunting for last few 'shrooms or crates if you want 100% the game. But it brought me to a happy place for a few hours :)
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I enjoy a lot by playing this game. It was more than I was expected.
Non replayability makes this game a bit short but it worth every dollar expended. I will get the second game without any doubt.
Just try to complete all achievements and have fun!!!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
It's a point and click game, with a very good story that makes you want to keep going to find out what happens next, never gets boring with too many side objectives, has nice art style, and enjoyable gameplay.
Took me about 5.7 hours to finish the whole game, including looking for all the collectables.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Hero of the Kingdom, was gifted to me one dark and rainy day by a friend of mine. (D.T., you are connoisseur of the highest order and a gem... A gem like this game!) I knew nothing about it, didn't research it, or watch a trailer for it prior to hitting the start button. Within the first few moments of hearing the musical score, taking in the charming scenery and warm earthy tones, the gloominess I had been feeling melted away. I was immediately invested in the story and the journey of the main character of who's shoes I was now wearing.

Hours went by but I took no notice. I was far too busy warning neighboring villages and settlements of impending doom, aiding strangers on the road, hunting, fishing, picking mushrooms, gathering eggs, cutting wood, building up mills, barns, store houses, gathering rocks, stocking taverns, trading services, hiring workers, readying weapons, questing, trying to find a lost loved one, and battling the forces of an evil dark lord... Becoming a hero, a leader, and not really even realizing it!

If the above sounds stressful, believe you me it wasn't. It was a purely joyous experience. Lonely Troops has created something unique and quite special in Hero of the Kingdom. They've given gamers a harmonious melding of all the things we love.... Casual, role-play gaming, point and click, hidden objects, and action packed adventuring! It feels big and epic yet is unassuming and graceful from start to finish. The word "charming" keeps coming to my mind. Charming yet not dry in the least. Casual but not slow enough to put you to sleep. And did I mention, the game is bug free and runs like a dream? Well it is and does!

Hero of the Kingdom, will forever hold a little piece of my heart. It was among the first few games I received in my first year on Stream, and it also gave me my first "perfect" score achievement.

Well done Lonely Troops, well done!

And finally too you, yes you dear reader and gamer, pick this game up if you haven't already! It may be one of the best discoveries, that you're not playing...
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Not mentally challenging, or stimulating, or fun. not a game in my books, more of a chore.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Cute mini game with lovely graphics, and awesome music. Aside of trite fantasy story, i had a lot of fun in these hours.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
6/10

I came across this while trying to curb my game expenditure by trawling the depths of the cheapest games on steam and the fact this review (and many of the steem reviews) is positive reflects how cheap/bundled this game often is. It's a simple, short but quite well done little time-killer that might appeal when you are in the mood for something slower.

You progress through a series of reasonably pretty full-screen maps. Each one you visit might hold a handfull of missions plus perhaps a merchant, tradesman, somewhere to rest, etc and will definately hide a number of hidden objects to find. Once you unlocked each screen you can return at any time to use the merchants, finish side quests or pick up any hidden objects you missed.

The story is standard fantasy fare but is fine. The graphics are ok for a game so much about staring at the screen and set the mood well. The game play is good initially though starts to grate and grind a bit in the later stages even in a comparatively short game. For example consuming food at a camp is essential to gain heart points (used to perform most quests/activities) which is accompanied by a pretty but time consuming little 'nighty night' graphic sequence. Very atmospheric the first couple of times but you need loads of heart points to get through the game and end up spamming the camp sites.

It is a game that you cannot really lose - instead you just kind of amble through it... That said, I did finish it... And I did hunt about a bit for the hidden items before finishing the well-flagged final quest... And I paid £0.69 for 5 hours gameplay... Overall that makes it hard not to recommend.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
This is exactly the casual adventure with a tiny hint of resource management that gets you to relax after a long day at work.
The story is very simple, but thankfully not dumb-simple.
The artwork is delightful especially if you're into this sort of 'painted' medieval setting.
(think Stronghold, Robin Hood: Legend of Sherwood, HoMaM 3 etc)
The soundtrack is heavenly. It's the kind of music that gives you a sense of adventure, yet you still feel like reading a fairy tale while listening to it.
The gameplay, as stated, is very casual. Sit back, click, relax.

At first it may seem like the game is adamant in showing you how to do every little thing to the point where you're like 'geez, I get it, let me do it alone', but have patience.

8/10 - because it's rather short and there's not much replay value. But I still recommend it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
A cute little game. Deep like a puddle but relaxing and endearing. Very short. Buy for 3€ or less.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Relaxing point and click game, not much of a challenge though. Took me little bit over 3 hours to get 100% completion, but no replay value AT ALL.

Still, totally worth 1,5€ I paid for it. If you can buy this on sale, go for it. If you'd have to pay normal (6€/6,5$) price, I'd say it's a little bit too overpriced compared to time you can actually spent with this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
★★★☆☆

Hero of the Kingdom is a medieval fantasy adventure game. After your farm gets burned down by bandits, you set out to find your father, helping people across the kingdom and becoming the adventurer you always dreamed of being.

Pros: This game is a light straightforward adventure. Each quest or encounter requires you to assemble a certain amount of money or equipment to accomplish. As you successfully accomplish goals, additional parts of the maps are revealed, allowing you to go to new location and get additional quests. You also advanced through three level of hunting, fishing and gathering skills, each stage revealing new resources on the map, giving you a reason to go back to locations you didn't need to access anymore.

Cons: The entire game is a linear adventure, save side quests. If you have the required items for a combat, you will win that combat, no action or strategy involved. The game is void of randomization: people or there where they're supposed to be, ressources can be gathered once or twice and do not regenerate, enemies or hunting game don't respawn. There is no replay value to this game.

Verdict: Hero of the Kingdom is simple, straightforward, and short. Surprisingly, I almost played through the entire game in one sitting (it wasn't intense enough to keep me up at night, but I finished it the following morning). It's a fun little idle game with just enough production value to mendate it's rather low price. It barely gets my recommandation, but it does get it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
One of the best games I have palyed in a long time. It's entertaining and it has a gripping story. I didn't expect it to be so good. It's a must buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
This game took me by suprise, as I wasn't expecting it to be what it actually was. This game is simple, and a child could do it. That being said, this game also does somthing weird to your brain. You just have to read the texts as they appear on the screen, and the game draws you in. once in a while you even catch yourself thinking "this game is stupid why am I still playing it?"
For me, honestly, I liked the game for it's rather relaxing pace. I would recomend this game to other casual gamers and people who have children. I have a Nephew who is a teenager who lives with me, and he hates this game. he thinks all games that aren't COD Black OPPS, Halo, or Mortal Kombat, suck! I think this just isn't a game for a hardcore gamer, cause me and my wife both love it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I have just finished Hero of the Kingdom with 100% achievements :-) It took me longer than most!

This is a very simple game in terms of the mechanics - it's a lot of clicking around and pixel hunting on the screen but despite its simplicity, its surprisingly enjoyable and addictive. I wouldn't classify it as an RPG because there is no roleplay aspect - you play the part of a farmer's son who goes off on a somewhat cliche'd adventure and partake in various quests along the way but there are no stats or skills to choose.

It's a charming little game that I really enjoyed and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
If you like point and click games, this one isn't bad at all.

You're the child of a farmer whom goes off to sell goods at market, you do chores around the farm and while out repairing the outpost to your farm, bandits come and burn it down. When you manage to safely search the ruins you're left with no choice, you NEED to go find your father!
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