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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December 6

[OWH Ver 1.90 > 1.91 / OWH+ Ver 1.27 > 1.28]

Hi All

We have updated One Way Heroics and One Way Heroics Plus.

Update Details:

  • [OWH/OWH+] Bug fix: The stability of Game.exe is now improved. Some crash issues should be solved.
  • [OWH/OWH+] Bug fix: Switching between fullscreen and window mode caused some events to be skipped or not displayed.
  • [OWH/OWH+] Edit: In the case where the user is using multiple displays, the launcher will appear on the monitor where the mouse cursor is placed.
  • [OWH/OWH+] Edit: Feature for switching the window size by pressing F4 has been edited. Now it only changes the size between normal and extended.
  • [OWH/OWH+] Edit: Dragging the edge of game window enables you to change the size.
  • [OWH+] Bug fix: Upon loading save data, the "Acceleration Key" setting was not loaded properly. Fixed.
  • [OWH+] Bug fix: The description for weapon enchantment "Miss" was -30% accuracy, but it was working as -20% in the actual game. Now it has -30% effect.
  • [OWH+] Edit: The ranged weapon "Heavy Bowgun" now has a +5% accuracy boost.
  • [OWH+] Edit: If some NPC does not require Charisma to become an ally, even a player with negative Charisma can make them an ally.

We hope you continue to enjoy One Way Heroics and One Way Heroics Plus.

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December 6

Concerning the Recent OWH/OWH+ Update

Hi All

Thank you for playing OWH and OWH+

Regarding the recent update, we suddenly found a problem with One Way Heroics + in Japanese, and had to revert the build to the previous version.
OWH Ver 1.90 / OWH+ Ver. 1.27

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but we are working to solve the problem as soon as possible.

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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
189.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
This game is great on all fronts.

Gameplay mechanics are great, keeping things moving quickly while requiring serious tactical decisions. The creators clearly recognized their key gameplay factors and designed all the game features around them.

The story is surprisingly deep and well-written (with party member plotlines and NPC dialog helping reinforce the overall theme).

Replay value is almost infinite, with many classes and party members, lots of endings (with different victory conditions), daily worlds with special rules, and varied environments. Oh, and difficulty settings of course.

Only potential drawback is runs can get quite long for some endings, with permadeath, and death can come quickly even late in the game (for some classes/difficulty settings at least). But you'll get your money's worth even if you don't do the longest quests.

I highly recommend this for anyone who's ever enjoyed a roguelike.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
This game is THE RPG for those that want a faster paced RPG, while being turn-based, but don't want to invest too many hours going through lengthy cutscenes and dialogue, and be able to enjoy its various challenges. The roguelike nature of this game provides many hours of adventures with the many randomly generated worlds that you can play through (and go back to if you want) and the 4 difficulty settings that allows new players and veterans at the game to enjoy at various levels.

Each run is quick, simple, and fun, being able to quickly go from a fresh, level 1 character to an unstoppable hero with hundreds of levels, provided you can survive long enough. The world is being consumed in darkness, and you must run from left to right and outrun the darkness while going on your journey. There are several win-state goals in the game, each of which with varying difficulty. In other words, just because you've defeated the Dark Lord doesn't mean you've finished the game. There is more to the game than simply defeating the Dark Lord.

With the different classes with different play styles, the potential allies that you can recruit, the different worlds and encounters, there are many unique adventures to be had in your quest to save the world. The amount of content and hours of gameplay you will get out of this is well worth the very cheap price of this game. I also highly recommend getting the One Way Heroics + DLC as well as it adds more classes, content, and functionality.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
This is an easy-to-learn roguelike based on the idea that the left edge of the screen is some sort of Darkness that is always creeping to the right. You have to stay ahead of it by crossing a mostly randomized landscape -- you start in the grasslands, but can move on to places like deserts or volcanic regions, each with their own twist on exploring and fighting.

You have a limited number of turns until the Demon Lord comes after you, so while you're running away from the darkness you encounter tiny forts with treasure, enemies to fight, townspeople to talk to or trade with, etc.

The farther you get and better you do, the more you can pass on to your next playthrough, get permanent upgrades, or unlock new character classes.

One Way Heroics is tough but not absurdly punishing, and the limitation on where you can go (not too far up or down, but always being pressured to go right) helps keep you on track instead of wandering aimlessly. I felt that this encouraged repeated playthroughs without being frustrating -- I usually got a decent sense of advancement/accomplishment from a session.

The standard price is, what, under $5? I'd say it's worth that, but it's often a lot cheaper during sales (as I write this, it's $1.74, and I've seen it for under $1.00). If the idea sounds at all decent, add it to your wishlist and grab it next time it's under a buck. Or just grab it now.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
214.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Great value for the price. One Way Heriocs has the Rogue-like quality of multiple face-palming failures until you win (and that win is so sweet).

The base game and the "Plus" dlc is relatively cheap. Worth giving up a coffee for.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
I adore this game, so much so i've bought it dozens of times for people on my friends list. It's nearly perfect in what it tries to do, the perfect roguelike rpg that isn't unfair or filled with annoying rng.
It's fast, simple and clean, no uneeded features or mechanics to weigh it down yet there's still a lot of strategy to it.

Why doesn't the maid have a portrait though

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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
On those days you feel the insatiable need to die, often, OWH fills that void in your black soul with a delicious ruthfulness.
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255 of 276 people (92%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
237.3 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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273 of 301 people (91%) found this review helpful
18.1 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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160 of 170 people (94%) 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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269 of 317 people (85%) 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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4.4 hrs
Posted: December 5
A neat, tiny game that can keep you busy for hours!
Gameplay is simple. Evil Demon Lord is going to destroy the world. The darkness is coming!!!
Literally. The darkness is coming from the left of the screen to the right. Every time you move your character, it draws ever closer. Don't let it catch you. As you travel your job is to prepare to fight the demon lord who (for me) was set to appear at 400km.

As you travel, collect gear, fight monsters, and wild animals, trade items, and gain skill points (perks). If you die, the game gives you advice! Dying isn't just a punishment though. If you die, you gain these points you can use to unlock *more* perks, and even new classes for your next character. You can also have some items carry over from you previous character to the next. The amount of items you can send can also be increased with these points at the end of each playthrough. Simple game, simply fun.
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9.9 hrs
Posted: December 2
At first hour, I admit it was a bit boring for me, but then again something telling I should give it a try and I was right.

This game have an RPG mechanic into it. not just an adventure game like I thought it was at first.

and a bit spoiler here is that killing dark lord is not how the game end, that when everything start.

for those who hesitate just like me before, give this game a try.
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23.3 hrs
Posted: November 29
When I launched this game for the first time... How do i say this... I've got a boner.
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19.2 hrs
Posted: November 29
One Way Heroics is a surprisingly good roguelike.

The gameplay is pretty straightforward: whenever you move, every monster on the map moves as well. You attack monster by running into them, and your stats determine how much damage you do, and how much damage they do to you.

This is pretty standard for a roguelike, but One Way adds in a twist: every time you move, the screen moves a little to the right. If you get caught on the left edge of the screen, you die, so you always need to keep moving forward. Not only this add to the difficulty, it also ensures that every run moves at a good pace: there's no time to loot or backtrack when everything in the world is disappearing on the left side of the screen.

One Way Heroics uses permadeath, so if you die, it’s game over. Fortunately, a successful run in the default mode only takes about 20 minutes to complete, so even if you die right at the end, you (usually) don't feel like you've lost a lot of time. You also have the option to keep a few pieces of equipment from previous runs, so if you die right after finding a great piece of equipment, you can carry it over to the next game. The difficulty is also balanced very well. I was able to beat the game after only two or three attempts at the easiest difficulty, but there are several difficulty levels above that, with each one being significantly harder than the last.

Overall, One Way Heroics is a solid game. The different difficulty levels offer challenges to players of all skill levels, and the randomly generated worlds keep every run feeling fresh. I’d recommend this game to fans of roguelikes and roguelites at any price, but especially if you can grab it on sale.
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8.7 hrs
Posted: November 29
If you want an awesome RPG and have broken your ability to go left... the is the game for you.
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108.1 hrs
Posted: November 28
Quick note: Be sure to get the One Way Heroics Plus expansion. It's the only way the original creator gets money. More details near the end of the review.

For something that seems like it'd be a small, simple little game, One Way Heroics has a lot of staying power, especially for its low price. After 100 hours of playtime, I'm still undertaking new challenges, discovering new things, and polishing my survival skills. There's also quite a bit more story than you'd expect from the game's description; each recruitable party member has their own backstory they'll slowly share as you progress through a run with them, and each has their own unique ending (and a few have more than one). As you do more things and undertake harder runs, you'll also learn more about the world, such as the true nature of the Darkness enveloping everything, and even how it affects the land after it has done so. Resultingly, there's even more endings based on how you go about stopping the Darkness, and generally, the more difficult of a run you complete, the better the endings you get tend to be, ranging from "We stopped the Darkness... but at what cost, and what's really going on?" up to effectively becoming a demigod with the power to truely change the fate of the world and its inhabitants.

It can be fairly hard to "win" a run early on, though it won't be long before you've polished your skills and learned enough tricks that the Demon Lord isn't terribly hard to defeat. If you're having trouble, I've found that the easiest difficulty isn't always the easiest place to get your first victory, as unlike other difficulties, you can't just run from the Demon Lord if things aren't going well. Unlocking more perks and classes also helps a lot, and one of the easiest builds is available early on. (If you feel you need the help, it's: Grab a ton of Pro-Wrestler on the Swordsmaster, and punch everything to death.)

The One Way Heroics Plus DLC is along the lines of an expansion pack; adding more classes, perks, party memebers, items, more challenging runs, and essentially just more of everything, like any good expansion pack should. As stated earlier, it's also the only time the game's creator earns money from the game, as the Japanese version of the base game is actually free, and the price for it on Steam only exists to pay the translators (who have done a very fine job, by the way. I've yet to find any issues in the game's translation). Eventually, when the game became really popular, the creator added the paid One Way Heroics expanion, both to update the game and to have a way to earn money off his creation. So I strongly recommend buying the OWH+ DLC, even if you haven't played before. Even with the added cost, the game's still an incredible value; almost criminally so when it's on sale.

All in all, the game is a hidden gem that's far better than the price point would suggest. As cheap as it is, there's no go reason not to grab it, and makes a great choice for using that last bit of cash in your Steam Wallet, or funds you've gotten from selling trading cards from other games.
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31.4 hrs
Posted: November 28
10/10 would talk to town folk while naked again
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6.9 hrs
Posted: November 28
Pretty fun roguelike and it's usually on sale for really cheap.
It's the type of game that you only plan on playing for a little while and then you check your clock and realize that it's 2AM.
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6.7 hrs
Posted: November 28
This game i find is a very enjoyable game.
Not much else for me to say that others have not already said.
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