Heldric is a unique blend of hack-n-slash, tower defense and city builder rolled into one. Build and upgrade structures to defend against waves of monsters intent on killing everyone. Fight goblins, orcs, spiders, trolls and more. Do you have what it takes to survive?
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Mostly Positive (30 reviews) - 70% of the 30 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 17, 2014

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“Overall, Heldric - The legend of the shoemaker is a very good indie game with an excellent blend of style.”
7.9/10 – http://techraptor.net/2014/06/20/heldric-legend-shoemaker-review/

About This Game


Do you enjoy hack-n-slash but longed for a bit more? Maybe you like tower defense games but find them a bit boring? Heldric is a unique mix of the same old styles of game with a few new twists. A hack-n-slash without endless level grinding. A tower defense game with more action. A game where you don't play as an epic hero, but as a humble shoemaker who must work together with his fellow villagers to defend their home.

Build and upgrade the village quickly before the attack waves start. Each building you place adds unique abilities to not only the player's character, but your fellow villagers as well. You must choose your structures wisely, as there are only a limited amount of plots available on each map. Every villager contributes to your coin income and provides essential help in defending the town. You must help them defend against waves of monsters intent on killing everyone. Do you have what it takes to survive?


  • Build and upgrade town structures each with their own bonus effects and unlocks
  • Defend the village against monstrous waves of evil attacks of goblins, orcs, spiders, trolls and more
  • Protect the kingdom one village at a time in campaign mode
  • Randomized villagers, each with different amount of courage and weapon knowledge
  • Randomized monsters, each with different armor parts and weapons
  • Smash, kick, puncture and explode the enemy to send their corpse flying with rag-doll effects
  • Place explosive powder kegs as traps, or drop them in a group like grenades
  • Experience many rich and unique environments
  • Earn achievements from your success

Just updated with bonus holiday maps, winter mode and improved graphics!

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: WinXP, Vista, and Win7
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 With 512MB Video RAM* 1024x768 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Stereo Sound
    • Additional Notes: * Mobile graphics adapters are not supported but may work.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 4 With 1GB Video RAM* 1920x1080
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Surround Sound
    • Additional Notes: * Mobile graphics adapters are not supported but may work.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Debian, Ubuntu, Mint (and most others)
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3 With 512MB Video RAM* 1024x768 or higher
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Stereo Sound
    • Additional Notes: * Requires the use of 3D accelerated drivers. Mobile graphics adapters are not supported but may work.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Debian, Ubuntu, Mint (and most others)
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 4 With 1GB Video RAM* 1920x1080
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Surround Sound
    • Additional Notes: * Requires the use of 3D accelerated drivers. Mobile graphics adapters are not supported but may work.
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (30 reviews)
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Sadachara
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
Hey, this is like the HORDE on 3DO game system. The concept is very very sound but his budget seems really limited. If this was fleshed out it would make an amazing game. As it is - it's fun and very worth $9..

Look up the HORDE, it was THE first tower defense game in the world. Horde you had a town, built various defenses around it, then ran around with your guy in the 'attack mode' to try and defend it. I probably put hundreds of hours in the Horde way back when I was a 3DO gamer.

Heldric is as close as you can get to a modern horde game.
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bluemoon
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 15, 2015
Fun, casual game. :)
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Mirta
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 7, 2015
i'm not exactly one for writeing reviews so here i so.
the graphis are old school but enjoyable.
the layout of each map is well thought and and planed for the end game
the buildings and defenses can turn the tide if well placed or ruin you if there not
the stats of each weapon and building are well thought out for there stages
the story line is intresting.
and over all it can get pretty well addictive
the only problem i've found is memory useage on older systems and a few balanceing problems where the cost of a defensive crystal doesn't seem to be worth the cost to build it on stage 1 but stage 2 is more then worth it
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Reboxman (Medic)
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 1, 2015
I like it a good way to kick back and kill some time. As a tower defense type game its enjoyable especially if you like clicking. It could include more story elements also would have liked to have more trap options, gear and fortifications.
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Scyt
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 27, 2015
Heldric - The legend of the shoemaker is a fun game to play it also plays rather fast you can get through the first 5 levels in less than an hour of game play. The game has a Diablo like feel I also like the graphics as there appealing to me. Some of the big draw backs are the fact it is lacking replay ability and it could have a good story line for instance why am I traveling from town to town other than that is what I have to do in order to keep playing.
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testoo7
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29, 2015
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ZemunBRE
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23, 2015
Soooo Il try to be short and helpful

I got this game from a friend didnt buy it,but this game left positive impresion on me.
It have mix of hack&slash and tower defence, so kind gives some freshness in style of gameplay.
Game is easy to get and fast to learn for beginners, as for some experienced players it will give them hours of good casual gaming.
Personaly I didnt encounter any glitches or bugs, game is decent , playable , enjoyable and totaly worth 9,99. It does need some polishing but my overal grade for this title is 8/10
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Epic Gunner
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22, 2015
Heldric - The legend of the shoemaker is a game that has great potential. The king has left your kingdom and you step up to the role of a knight and defend your city. This is a different take on tower defenses, because you have a main character to take control of and wreck the enemy. Build up your city and defend it with your fellow villagers. Place defenses and buildings in between waves of attackers and upgrade those buildings to help you overcome the enemies. Not every level is the same and the enemies get progressively harder, making you have to change your strategy as you progress. I would recommend this game if you have extra cash and you like hack and slash/ tower defense games. You have both a sword as well as a bow/arrow in your arsenal, you will definitely need both to defeat the different types of enemies you face. The only negative comment I have for this are the controls for the main character in battle, it isn't as smooth as I'd want it to be, but it doesn't ruin the game. The more I play it, the more I enjoy it.

tl;dr Try it, I like it, you might too.
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-HvK-bremstone
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4, 2015
Ok it's time to put some of these crappy reviews to bed.

I have completed this game and I have actually enjoyed this game. I was reading the reviews here and was thinking, "this can't be that bad" so I was already going into this game expecting a sub par experience. I have played this game to the end, I even live streamed the entire games play through. To my surprise, this game was no where near the sub par experience that I was expecting that I saw a few people here post. As the developer has said, this isn't a hard core game meant for that sort of audience. If you are looking for the next RTS or Tower Defense game that has more features then I care to read about, then you wont find it here. If you wanna have a nice time checking out what this game has to offer as far as just PURE FUN value, then you have your self a winner. I really liked my play through and I was notified of this games bug fixes just before the holidays and complete update to change what is in the games current state.

Not many developers even go back on there single player experiences and actually fix there issues. "TOWNS anyone?" I have played an extensive amount of kick starter titles and hobby made games and this game has surpassed all of them. My opinion here people is this, if you haven't played the game and actually experienced it, then why are you writing a novel sized negetive review when you have less then an hour. Either way, the game itsef is actually really good. This game at launch had some issues, but nothing that was really serious. I even managed to do a first impressions video a long time ago on my channel show casing what it looked like and I gave the developer a really hard time about it. He took it very well and actually listened to me about my feed back.

Speaking of novel sized reviews, I am almost done. What makes this game good to me, I like how this game has evolved since I played it, "I haven't even seen the updated game yet, I will be doing a second play through". I like the idea of how you place the towers down and the platforms, and the villagers immediately know what to do. I didn't have any of the normal issues of characters walking through each other, or trying to get themselves killed in a goblin battle. The amount that you get to choose from, towers, housing, fires, even barricades finds itself with a nice balance to not over whelm the player and yet has its own ways of making you use the tools that are presented in front of you. The story is different "but different good", hes not some over powering stereo type hero. Hes a member of society that has taken stand for what his fellow towns men are going through.

This dev is very small and has done a lot of work. They are listening to all of our worries and concens and are working a LOT to keep up with our demands. I stress this again, these sort of devs are RARE and TO FEW that exist. Keep that in mind the next time you ♥♥♥♥♥ wanna troll this games dev. Good reason as to why some of these guys don't wanna help you lot when it comes to bug fixes.
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Ruffus Jubei
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3, 2015
Build your village, place your traps, and protect the people! ... all while upgrading your village, your traps, and spawning more people! Tons of fun and there's a really tough challenge mode that will keep you busy. Wishlist it at least so you don't forget about it and grab it on sale one day :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
99 of 125 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
Great concept, lot of potential, but needs a lot of work.

I know the developer said this was aimed at the casual gamer, but I think with more features it'd be a truly stand out game. Current issues as I see them are:

Quite a few bugs
Repetitive enemies / maps
Not a lot of strategy needed for building / unit posistioning
Lack of overall narrative

With a bit more polish I'd change my review to recommended in a heartbeat.
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A developer has responded on Jul 12, 2014 @ 5:33am
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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Heldric is a mix of several types of games. It has something of city builder, a little of tower defense and some of Hack & Slash. None of those parts is good enough to work as separate game. All of them are generally too simple and offers nothing fresh. But mix of them is not bad. This game tries to find it's own path and do it in decent way. Unfortunately there are still some bugs and game balace would be definitely better, but still it is a game worth trying. Also it's getting boring after some time, but on the other hand it's not too long.

VERDICT:
If you like Indie games you should try it. I can't ensure that you will like it, but if you want to try something little different, give it a chance.
If you don't like Indie games, you won't change your mind after this.

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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
This is a great game with a more casual feel about it. Brilliant if you find yourself wanting to jump in and play for short periods at a time.

The game itself has a nice feel about it and looks great. One of the most amazing parts is that it was made by just one single dev. He has continued to update this game from release and many of the negative reviews reflect release bugs that have been corrected or removed now. Althought the game is not 100% perfect, the few bugs and flaws are not game-breaking and in some way add to the charm of this nice little game.

If you like tower defense games -- Give it a go.
If you like hack and slash games -- Give it a go.
If you are expecting something Diablo-esque -- Stop thinking that and give it a go!

7/10 - Great fun and the hours you can spend in this game make the pricetag well and truly worth it!
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015
Heldric - The legend of the shoemaker is a game that has great potential. The king has left your kingdom and you step up to the role of a knight and defend your city. This is a different take on tower defenses, because you have a main character to take control of and wreck the enemy. Build up your city and defend it with your fellow villagers. Place defenses and buildings in between waves of attackers and upgrade those buildings to help you overcome the enemies. Not every level is the same and the enemies get progressively harder, making you have to change your strategy as you progress. I would recommend this game if you have extra cash and you like hack and slash/ tower defense games. You have both a sword as well as a bow/arrow in your arsenal, you will definitely need both to defeat the different types of enemies you face. The only negative comment I have for this are the controls for the main character in battle, it isn't as smooth as I'd want it to be, but it doesn't ruin the game. The more I play it, the more I enjoy it.

tl;dr Try it, I like it, you might too.
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70 of 109 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
It's an interesting concept, but it needs a lot of work. Pathfinding is very problematic, units slide across the screen, no real camera movement (other than a slight zoom in out), and bad/missing sound effects.
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
So far this has been worth the price, it's not AAA quality, but it is better than I expected. Better than a number of other games in this price bracket. I haven't hit any bugs yet, although I understand others have. The non epic player character approach and no requirement to grind for days to get something worthwhile is a nice change. That said, it is a casual game, definently not trying to be a Diablo clone.
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
I think this is a good game for what it is, it's definitely not "dreadful" like some other indie games that come to mind. The developer stated that this is a casual game, and he is on spot with that statement, if you like flash games/arcade style defense games this is right up your alley. It's not ultra involved, but it's not supposed to be. I'd like to see them update it with some more variation modes like some other reviewers pointed out, and in that case it would cover a much larger scope, but as it stands it's an enjoyable little game with a very reasonable price tag.
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71 of 119 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
Disclaimer: Developer here.

This game is made with the casual gamer in mind who wants a bit more action. It is a mix of different styles of games for a unique experience. The trade-off is that the game isn't as deep in some other games. Typical map completion time is 20-45 minutes.

The game has several different kinds of towers and combinations of strategies needed to win. Limited building plots force you to think about what is really needed the most. Do you build a blacksmith for to unlock more melee weapons and damage. Or do you go with a fletcher to unlock bows and arrow production. These all unlock for your villagers as well.

It's also important not to play the game as a solo "epic hero." Heldric is a humble shoemaker and has no armor or can take much damage. He must rely on his wits and fellow villagers to win.

Please help improve the game by reporting any issues and suggestions to the forums. I'm always happy to hear your feedback and make it more fun.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2015
Soooo Il try to be short and helpful

I got this game from a friend didnt buy it,but this game left positive impresion on me.
It have mix of hack&slash and tower defence, so kind gives some freshness in style of gameplay.
Game is easy to get and fast to learn for beginners, as for some experienced players it will give them hours of good casual gaming.
Personaly I didnt encounter any glitches or bugs, game is decent , playable , enjoyable and totaly worth 9,99. It does need some polishing but my overal grade for this title is 8/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
Ok it's time to put some of these crappy reviews to bed.

I have completed this game and I have actually enjoyed this game. I was reading the reviews here and was thinking, "this can't be that bad" so I was already going into this game expecting a sub par experience. I have played this game to the end, I even live streamed the entire games play through. To my surprise, this game was no where near the sub par experience that I was expecting that I saw a few people here post. As the developer has said, this isn't a hard core game meant for that sort of audience. If you are looking for the next RTS or Tower Defense game that has more features then I care to read about, then you wont find it here. If you wanna have a nice time checking out what this game has to offer as far as just PURE FUN value, then you have your self a winner. I really liked my play through and I was notified of this games bug fixes just before the holidays and complete update to change what is in the games current state.

Not many developers even go back on there single player experiences and actually fix there issues. "TOWNS anyone?" I have played an extensive amount of kick starter titles and hobby made games and this game has surpassed all of them. My opinion here people is this, if you haven't played the game and actually experienced it, then why are you writing a novel sized negetive review when you have less then an hour. Either way, the game itsef is actually really good. This game at launch had some issues, but nothing that was really serious. I even managed to do a first impressions video a long time ago on my channel show casing what it looked like and I gave the developer a really hard time about it. He took it very well and actually listened to me about my feed back.

Speaking of novel sized reviews, I am almost done. What makes this game good to me, I like how this game has evolved since I played it, "I haven't even seen the updated game yet, I will be doing a second play through". I like the idea of how you place the towers down and the platforms, and the villagers immediately know what to do. I didn't have any of the normal issues of characters walking through each other, or trying to get themselves killed in a goblin battle. The amount that you get to choose from, towers, housing, fires, even barricades finds itself with a nice balance to not over whelm the player and yet has its own ways of making you use the tools that are presented in front of you. The story is different "but different good", hes not some over powering stereo type hero. Hes a member of society that has taken stand for what his fellow towns men are going through.

This dev is very small and has done a lot of work. They are listening to all of our worries and concens and are working a LOT to keep up with our demands. I stress this again, these sort of devs are RARE and TO FEW that exist. Keep that in mind the next time you ♥♥♥♥♥ wanna troll this games dev. Good reason as to why some of these guys don't wanna help you lot when it comes to bug fixes.
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