Across all dimensions, the only constant is Darkness! A procedurally generated RPG-roguelike journey across the multiverse! In One Way Heroics, you take on the role of an intrepid adventurer who must travel across the land and face the Demon Lord before a mysterious darkness engulfs everything.
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Release Date: Feb 28, 2014

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June 9

Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics is coming!

Hi All!

We are super excited to announce that Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics has released their coming soon page on Steam!

Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics is the re-production of One Way Heroics done by Spike Chunsoft.
Any lover of One Way Heroics and One Way Heroics Plus would enjoy this retelling in Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics.

Make sure you check it out!

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May 23

[OWH Ver1.88 → 1.89 / OWH+ Ver1.23 → 1.24]

Hi all, we have some updates for you today!

  • [OWH/OWH+ only for JP] Small text fix.

  • [OWH+] Item mimic didn't have the item effect and it was fairly easy to distinguish before. Fixed.

  • [OWH+] Enemy NPC who uses status ailment attacks with low attacking power won't use it to the ally NPCs anymore.
      → To avoid the never ending battle outside of the screen and hindering the hero's smooth movement.

  • [OWH+] Lillith and White Harpy's equipment item drop rate increased.

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“A fantastic game bite-sized roguelike for those who can exercise a little bit of patience.”
83 – RPG Fan

“This game gives you lots of reasons to go back to it and chances are that you will.”
70 – Niche Gamer

“For people that sit down and spend serious amounts of time with their purchases, the daily dimensions offers limitless replayability.”
80 – Critically Sane

One Way Heroics Plus DLC - adding double the content!

Taking One Way Heroics to a new level, Plus adds almost double the content with new classes, enemies, features and more. Defeat the Demon Lord in a whole different dimension with this unmissable addition.

About This Game

In One Way Heroics, you take on the role of an intrepid adventurer who must travel across the land and face the Demon Lord before a mysterious shadow engulfs everything.

Darkness always approaches from the left, and with each movement or action you take, the void creeps ever closer. Forced to run right, you'll encounter any number of monsters, allies, thieves and shops on your desperate journey to stop the end of everything.

The good news is that you don't just have access to one world. You have access to all of them.

  • A nearly infinite number of worlds to save and explore!
  • Multiple classes to unlock, each with different skills and advantages.
  • Dimensional Vault: Don't waste extra valuables! Lock away your inventory and save it for your next run!
  • Time control: when the going gets tough, the tough freeze time and work out a new strategy.
  • Steam goodies: trading cards, emoticons and wallpapers that proudly broadcast your OWH finesse!

Every world is different and unique. Lust forests or corrupted hellscapes, adorable animals or cunning thieves, each departure is a roll of the die. You might find likeminded heroes willing to journey with you, or you might meet no one and be forced to venture into the unknown alone.

Like a dimension you previously visited? Simply input the name at the Dimensional selection screen before you begin your journey. Want to try your luck with a random reality? Type any word that pops into your head, and watch as One Way Heroics builds you a world based on the name you chose.

Infinite permutations. Infinite worlds. Infinite adventure.

*This game supports Cloud Saves for most system data including clear data and unlockables, however mid-game saves do not carry over.

System Requirements

    • OS: 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: Pentium III 1.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 800x600 resolution or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Give it to the friendly neighborhood completionist and watch them suffer as everything scrolls off the left before they reach all of the things.

Jokes aside, it's a game that manages to be more addicting than it should. It has plenty of replay value for three and a half bucks, and people aren't kidding when they say "abandon clothing to win" with a certain unlockable class.
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( 322.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Fun game. More than worth the small number of pennies it costs whenever it's on sale.
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( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
The visuals are lacking, but the mechanics make up for it. It is a really fun game to play!
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( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
For a cheap game, the gameplay is complete for an RPG, there are a good amount of items and enemies, endless adrenaline since there is death in every corner (if you reach far enough into the game) the different characters are fun and overall has kept me occupied, I really hope this game is as valuable as it is to me and I can´t wait for the new Mystery Chronicle. I really do recommend this game and the money is woth it. :)
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( 18.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Best 4 bucks I ever spent, that's all you need to know
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( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Curator Review:

One Way Heroics is a Fantasy JRPG that is akin to the Adventure RPG games of the late 90's and early 00's. Take control of a valiant hero and outrun the impending darkness by moving [up] and to the right! Slay monsters on the way, level up, acquire silvers, and become the best hero you can be! Defeat the demon lord and save the world! One Way Heroics does a fantastic job of being minimalist, akin to that of Thomas Was Alone and Element4l. OWH is elegant, quick, and easy to understand without any unnecessary fluff or flashiness. It incorporates both good storytelling and solid gameplay without being boring or overwhelming in a great way. This game is another gem among the rough of indie games. It only falls short in how little there ultimately is to do in the game. 7/10
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( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I love it.

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( 168.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Tax Paying Simulator

Not even the true final boss can pose a greater threat than a toll officer at the border
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( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
It's rather simple, not much depth. I suspect this is a mobile game port to pc.
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( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
This game runs well on Windows 2000
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
The visuals are lacking, but the mechanics make up for it. It is a really fun game to play!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
322.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Fun game. More than worth the small number of pennies it costs whenever it's on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Very interesting game mechanics. Unlockable character classes, perks, and difficulty modes keeps things fresh for a while. The art can be a little rough but the music is nice and the game is cheap, especially on sale.
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253 of 273 people (93%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
126.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
It is hard to sum up One Way Heroics into just a few words, so let me give you a couple paragraphs. (If you're the sort that likes to go "tl;dr" then just scroll to the bottom, but I mean, then why are you even reading reviews to begin with?)

I picked this game up for <$0.60 when it was sale during the summer. I have to say, those were the best $0.60 I have ever spent. One Way Heroics doesn't appeal to you with stunning graphics, rich storytelling, or intricate gameplay. Instead, it is more retro gaming, silly short tales, and an easy to pick-up set of controls. Now you might be wondering, why would I want something like that? Arguably everything but simplicity of the controls could be considered negative or at least niche. One Way Heroics doesn't offer high spec gaming while emptying your wallet - what you're buying is meaningless fun and entertainment.

When I first opened this game and started an adventure, I found myself with my silly little 2D character talking to a "Naughty King Victor" about the darkness at the left of my screen that would attempt to eat me until I killed the Demon Lord. Yes, clearly the storyline could use some work, but as I struggled to kill weak mobs and then stronger demons I found myself falling for this game. Everything was fairly straightforward and the desire to complete achievements, "save the world," and become a true hero compels you to play over and over again. It doesn't take several hours to do a run through like a quest in some RPG, just 30 minutes or so if you're short on time. Yet, you can play longer sessions that go for tens of hours depending completely on what you want to do and how much time you have - and those hours? They were some fun hours.

I won't try to tell you that you'll be so entranced with One Way Heroics that you'll spend thousands of hours playing it - you probably won't. But it's easy to lose 10, 20, maybe even 100 hours of your life having fun by sending your hero towards the right of your screen. Was that worth my 60 cents while it was on sale? Definitely. Is it worth the full $3.49? Absolutely. Most of us play games to have fun - and One Way Heroics delivers.


If you're a hardcore gamer looking for a game with brilliant graphics and intricate/competitive gameplay to drop thousands of hours on, I think you're better off somewhere else.
If you're someone looking to spend 10-100 hours having fun in your spare time? Buy One Way Heroics.
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271 of 298 people (91%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2014
I had already logged in about 70 hours before the Steam release, so let me say that, for a price this small, this is definitely a game worth checking out.

The game's big gimmick is that the world's slowly getting gobbled up from the left side, which means you gotta keep on going to the right, which adds an element of urgency since you gotta plan your moves ahead of time or you're getting screwed over. And with eight different classes to choose from, each actually requiring you to play differently (like, you wouldn't head in solo with a bard or keep your backside exposed with a hero) and a whole bunch of perks to apply and combine in whoknowshowmany ways, in addition with too many possible worlds to traverse and daily campaigns AND a bit of writing here and there that, while often rather generic, still has a couple bits that might make you go "oh, I didn't expect that" the first time you encounter them, you'll more likely than not spend a lot of time on this, provided you're into games experimenting with the roguelike concept.

Presentation wise, it's a bit eh, though that's more of a personal issue. The music got annoying very quickly, so I turned it off. And the character portraits look rather amateurish and sketchy, but you don't see them too much, so they're easy to skim over.

Still, if you got the cash to spare, give it a shot.
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158 of 167 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
57.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2015
One of the more overlooked games on Steam (probably because it was made in Wolf RPG Editor), this game was actually made by the creator of Wolf RPG Editor. In this game, you have to battle against the screen scrolling basically. If you get scrolled off the screen, you die. There are lots of interesting RPG elements at play here, such as different classes, leveling, skills, weapons, partners, and more. You can also save some items from your failed runs to use for the next run. The game is procedurally generated, and you can play worlds other people played by entering their world's seed. The game will also show you who was/is online on the same map you are. There are daily maps to explore and this game has a ton of depth you might not expect just looking at it. The expanded version is out on Playism and coming to Steam in the near future, but this version is well worth playing on its own.
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268 of 313 people (86%) found this review helpful
46.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2014
Video Review:

I put quite a few hours in on the game before it released on steam.

The game feels quite smooth so it took my brain some time to process the fact that this is a turn based game and play accordingly. Once I figured it out though, I really enjoyed myself. There are lots of unlockable classes, map modes, and difficulty levels. Plus the world is randomly generated so the game can be different every time. Since character stats and a limited number of items/weapons carry over between play throughs the game has good replay value and individual save slots add even more.

Initially I didn't like the darkness/forced scrolling mechanic but it grew on me as I played. With the darkness quickly following you, every action matters in combat and dungeon exploration so even though the game won’t move without you, there isn't much chance to catch your breath in these situations. There is a genuine fear of trying to open a chest only to get trapped by the darkness that nicely complements the regular fear of death by monster. The game is fun so despite bland visuals, if you watch game play with this information and it seems interesting or you enjoy rouge like games, then for well under $5 I can recommend Once Way Heroics.
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124 of 129 people (96%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
103.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
One Way Heroics is like potato chips: you eat one, and you can't help but go for another.

For those moments where a player wants to pop open an RPG, but doesn't quite want to start a 40 hour time investment, OWH is perfect; simple combat, roguelike gameplay, and varied challenge levels depending on one's mood. Whether for a 20 minute stroll or an epic 2-hour odyssey with perma-death waiting around every corner, this game aims to suit itself to multiple tastes.

Finishing a game, whether winning or losing, awards points used to boost one's future playthroughs (with wins awarding more). Whether it be unlocking new perks or opening new slots in the Dimensional Vault to transfer items from one playthrough to the next, every run feels like it progresses the player. That being said, while there are technically save areas, losing concludes the run and records the player's performance right there - no going back to try and get more points, but it will allow you to conclude a run 'just for funsies'. Maniac Mode, the game's 'hardcore' setting also prevents players from importing items from previous games, though depositing new items is still possible. Save points and dimensional vaults make the game friendly for casual runs, but the true hero wins on Maniac Mode with no takesies backsies (the greatest scores are only counted upon no deaths).

More than that, the game is also surprisingly colorful. Dialogue and narrative is sparse, but sweet and entertaining. Furthermore, there are hidden secrets everywhere: the various characters you meet may have hidden dialogue, items may have unexpected purposes, and the non-restrictive nature of weapons gives a lot of freedom in designing 'builds'. There are even secret ways to win - it is recommended you do not go in with a guide, and simple explore yourself, as reading the wiki ruins a lot of the surprises this game has to offer (don't even look up those secret ways to win).

This reviewer's only criticism is that, after clocking a couple dozen hours, I'm ready for more! The weapons do resemble each other a bit too much, there's a hard limit on the available spells/abilities, dungeons resemble each other, and the charming character dialogues do eventually run dry.

For $3.50, this game was absolutely and totally worth it. It's creative, it's original, it's got high replayability, it suits people looking for various challenge levels, and it deserves to be recognized for what it is: a small but great roguelike RPG.
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119 of 126 people (94%) found this review helpful
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
Being a big fan of Anime, turn based RPG's and rogue-like games, I was very curious with One Way Heroics, having an accessible price, I decided to risk buying it and check it out, truth be told I would never thought I'd love this game so much as I do, it completely caught me by surprise.

The mechanics are quite simple, you're forced to go eastwards in an 8 character string world (that is randomly generated each play-through) in order to avoid a mysterious mist that is covering the planet.

Each decision you take being a dialogue option, attacking, defending, healing, equipping and so on, will be counted as a turn, each turn you do the mist will also do his in parallel so you'll have to make sure to not fall behind or your play-through will be over, so you'll have to have special attention to which decisions or paths you should take, sometimes you'll feel compelled to explore a dungeon and find new items but the mist can prove to be too risky since you'll always have that constant threat looming next to you.

You have different ways of ending one play-through depending of the difficulty and the game mode you're playing, you can achieve victory by killing the demon king, by reaching the end of the world, by killing a secret boss and so on, in order to spice it up the developers decided to make some random events, cities and quests to make the game more interesting and more unique in each play-through.

The game UI is quite simple and it does well its job, the game soundtracks are fun and memorable but they can get a bit repetitive after a while, the art style ain't phenomenal by any means but overall it has an interesting and unique presentation to it.

The game is very affordable and full of content, it has great replay value, so I'd like to recommend to all of you who is thinking about getting this underrated gem, you'll love it!
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84 of 95 people (88%) found this review helpful
57 people found this review funny
107.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
Sold everything I had to a poor merchant for silvers, made him get mauled by a bear, took the stuff he dropped, walked away with 50,000 silvers and all my stuff and extra, rinsed and repeated with every town I come upon. Got 999.999 silvers and became the richest man in the world where money doesn't matter anymore because everyone is dying. put on a bracelet that bloody merchant lying on the ground had, sacrificing half my stats but getting 3x experience, after 10 days I rose to level 649 and became an all powerful God. One-hit killed everyone I came across by punching it in the face. True story.

Actual Review of the Game:
Totally worth the price when it goes on sale like the Steam Summer Sale and the Winter Exploration Sale where it gets to less than a buck. There's 8 classes (only a couple in the beginning), but 24 sprites to choose fun. The worlds are randomly generated and filled with a lot of content that take a long time to go through, finding almost a new thing everytime. After a long time, my brother and I went through every NPC, companion, items, and weapons you could go through, but it never got boring because it's so different (yet the same) every time! I just recently got the DLC One Way Heroics Plus and it has about 3x the content now comparing it to the original, much more aesthetics and features that got me into it again. The music that is seen throughout the different biomes, towns, and bosses is also really good enough that I put them on my phone because you can find them online for free. Its just awesome overall.

I r8 8/8 m8 no h8, it gr8
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