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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,442 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 28, 2014

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"A unique Japanese roguelike with a twist. Unlock new perks and classes as you play."
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August 29

8/29/2014 Ver. 1.75 Update

The Version 1.75 update to One Way Heroics includes the following changes:

  • Fixed a bug where if multiple spear attacks occurred, two additional attacks would follow each one.

  • Increased the drop rate for Slender Spear by 1.5x.

  • Increased the chance that Slender Spear will appear in shops by 1.2x.

  • The “My First Vault” and “My First Perk” achievements will now automatically be obtained upon starting the game if you meet the prerequisites. This was done because if you copied save data from other DRM-free versions for instance, there was a chance that these two achievements would become unobtainable.

  • Added a little more content to Fairy Iris’ guide.

  • Added content to the Readme; now includes some of the FAQ.

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About This Game

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.

Darkness always approaches from the left, and with each movement, attack and action you take, the darkness 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. Born with the mysterious power to travel to other dimensions, you can choose which dimension you wish to travel to in order to get to the Demon Lord.

Dimensions vary based on their name. One might be full of lush forest landscapes full of adorable animals and cunning thieves, while another might be full of corrupted hellscapes infested with demons. 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 dimension? 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
    • Processor: Pentium III 1.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 800x600 resolution or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Charming little cofee-break roguelike with a lot of depth and replayability.

Game sets nice atmosphere with music and visuals (if you don't mind the style) and pays homage to older jrpgs. No grinding though as darkness always lurks on the left side. Prepare for lots of suprises and interesting characters on the way.

Can only reccomend, you get A LOT for the price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Great little game. I have no idea what I am doing, and I suck at it, but I keep playing. Really nice.

It's a fast paced RPG type game. You have to keep traveling to the right because "Darkness" is moving in that direction. If the darkness catches up to you, the game is over. You have to keep building up your character by leveling up and gaining better equipment. This is complicated by having to face enemies and fighting. All the while the "Darkness" keeps approaching. This is all leading up to the battle with the final boss. You gain points that you can use to unlock more classes and perks. The game is quick and you can play several times within an hour. Great little time killer and really well done.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
This game is worth the price. It has a good application of turn-based combat that can still go by fast enough to feel like an action game. The plot is simple but engaging enough to keep you interested in it.

The game can challenging in the beginning but wanes in difficulty once you get the hang of it, unlock perks, and make use of the dimensional vault.
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I wanted to go left. But left came to me!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Great little Rogue RPG game. I enjoy the one way, pushing you forward and making it more difficult at times than many RPG's where you can easily rank against low level enemies etc. Reasonable range of weapons and enemies, nice music, and the world generation makes the gameplay much less tedious than it would be without. Alot of great features. Sometimes you can come across a Golem or ambush at a low level and get wrecked by it, and a little more customisation wouldn't go amiss, but for £2.29 who can complain! Well worth the money and well worth a try! 8/10 for a low price Rogue style game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Very fun interpretation of the Japanese RPG gameplay experience. On paper, the concept sounds forced and confusing, but the game plays intuitively. Most important of all, there is a great design sense unifying the game as a whole.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
To me, the concept gameplay feels like Rogue Legacy, which is also a great game. Graphics are oldschool NES era, but the gameplay is pretty fun for a casual game. Has some good humor in it too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
>Unique gameplay
>Long playtime (but sometimes i hate this kind of game)
>Challanging enemy
>The artwork and story
>Its cheap!
>(Sometimes)It's frustating
>Some area is annoying
>The music
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Good challenging game, best one I've ever played. And I hate challenging games, but this one is great! 9.5/10. Here are pros and cons.


- Great game, great balancing.

- Level system is nice.

- The stamina and stuff gives is a nice addition.

- I've never seen another RPG game like this, so thats great! Making a new idea is always nice!

- Whatever else I think is nice.


- Lack of multiplayer, it would make the game a bit better in my option, give it that and you get my 10/10.

- Co-op would be cool too.

- Lack of classes, so far i've only found 5. I dont know how many there are, but still

- It should be completely new. They should make new classes that no one has ever seen, that'd be nice. There are the basics like Archer, Swordfighter/Warrior. Sure, all RPGs have that, but this one would be better without, because this game is a one of a kind, I dont think any other RPG game like this could top it. I have a few new class ideas in mind, like the Warage. It'd use a combination of wands, spellbooks and swords and shields. I think that'd be nice. This game should have stuff like that. Also, you can use my idea if you want.

- Finally, not much in the game itself. It gets repeatitive and boring really fast. Adding like Daily Challenges, Missions you could do like "Go 500 meters in 20 seconds" or something would be great. Also adding something like a Christmas mode at the appropriate time each year, it'd bring in the holiday cheer! :D


Overall, One Way Heroics is a great buy. It could use some more updates and things, but its good.
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8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
A fun time killer, got hooked just trying to be better at the game.
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Nice hardcore rpg

The game looks very innocent but has a brutal difficulty,
and is in many ways a unique game in the dungeon crawler genre.

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9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
10/10 would get wrecked again

little gem, I highly recommended it, especially for its price
it looks simple (well it is) but if you ♥♥♥♥ up you get ♥♥♥♥ed up, so better think twice about your next move
also the graphics, artwork and music are rather nice
the main plot isn't really worth mentioning, but the little side storys are quite beautiful
i think i'm a bit in love with this game
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27.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It don't matter if you can:

Punch bears with your bare fists, while stark naked.
Blow up entire dungeons with a single mutter of magic.
Climb mountains faster than flying creatures.
Swim faster than the fastest fish.
Unlock the stongest vault in the world.
Run as fast as humanly possible.
Find weapons blessed by the gods themselves.
Beat to death the Demon Lord with a wooden stick.
Or even walk to the ends of the world its self.

The Darkness will always be to the left, and it will always be hungry.
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8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
You play this RPG in ONE way. ONE way. 100/10 Would do it again.
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7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Simple and wonderfully fun. It's a rarity to see a game this good at such a low price range.
I'd give more details, but it's one of those gems best experienced personally; just remember to keep moving eastward.
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1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Sick little rpg rogue-like. Fun to kill time.
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I have only played a few hours of this game but man is it well done. To not spoil anything too much, I'm just going to make a list of some Pros and Cons for One Way Heroics.
1. Randomly generated world
2. Well done rpg/strategy system
3. Good graphics
4. Great music
5. Game controls work well whether you use an old controller (such as a Logitech f310 gamepad) or a keyboard.
6. Rewards system after the end of each run

1. The options menu can be limited. I did have a problem with it at first but I got over it.
2. Can be hard to read everything that is in small text on the screen. I hooked up my laptop to my TV with an HDMI cable while playing One Way Heroics and even though it helped somewhat with what I was doing it could be improved on.
3. Very simplistic. For some it may be boring because of how simple the game it is, but for others like me it's fine since it's not at all complicated.

Overall this is a very well done game. If you only have a few dollars for Steam, I would recommend giving this game a shot. Some people may not enjoy this game and other people will, but as for me I enjoyed it.
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4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
A JRPG without 'grinding'. Well, you still need to grind for some perks though.
World generation with seed is great, but it doesn't mean 'provably fair'...

TL;DR Nevermind, best $3 ever spent!

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