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 (1,368 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
Helpful customer reviews
67 of 71 people (94%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
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'd 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!
Posted: July 6
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Alright listen closely. This game is really, REALLY good. Especially for it's price! It's literally a steal! You may be thinking from the screenshots "Oh no. Another RPG Maker game." It isn't! This guy used his own engine that was sorta inspired off of RPG maker I believe. So lets get down to what the game actually is.

You are the hero. Or at least lets hope so! You can choose your class and perks and your gender. There are over 5 classes with their own set of weapons and skills and passive ability and you will be playing the game differently with each one. The game has an online element per sey. You can see in your top left corner who has died in the world you are in. As in players. So if you tell a friend the world you generated, the name of then they can play in the same world and you can see when they die or stuff.

You cannot see them in your game. Just see their status and their stats at the top left appearing every now and then.

In the game you will be running to the right a lot of the time from darkness. If it gets too close to you then you get swallowed by it and killed! Game over! You need to keep running in this randomly generated world to meet and defeat the demon lord! Get as good equipment as possible! Befriend everyone you can!

I personally think this game is 100% worth it's money. It's a great rogue-lite and if you are fond of those then you will love this.
Posted: June 24
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
I picked this up on sale for like 87 cents, but this is one of those games where I wish I'd paid more. It's a great game, the devs deserved more money. BUY IT. PLAY IT.
Posted: June 26
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
52.2 hrs on record
An excellent game indeed. It was definitely that what i expected for a rpg game, but it is still very good. Every time you move, the shadow behind you moves, if you touch the shadow you die. Seems simple nuff. well while you are trying to run away from a shadow, you must also kills enemies, find loot bags and dungeons/villages. Overall i would give the game 9/10 for its simplicity, easy controls and fun game. Altho i do not recomend this game for people who cant beat a challenge.

Enjoy ^-^
Posted: August 7
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Really addictive and fun game with a neat idea and I didn't even pay a full euro for it and that's why I bought 10 copies which I'm going to give away on my live stream of this game to get it more attention.
Posted: June 24
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271 of 298 people (91%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 28
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