Vertical Drop Heroes is a procedural platformer RPG hybrid with roguelike elements, where your hero adventures through randomly generated stages. Armed with a variety of skills and traits, you must use your cunning and reflexes to survive the dangers of each stage, until you face the final boss and uncover the truth behind the game!
User reviews: Very Positive (490 reviews) - 82% of the 490 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 25, 2014

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“If you're looking for a fun and slightly different type of RPG that you can easily play in spurts, definitely give this one a go.”
95/100 – GamingNexus

“It is perfect for gamers who are into roguelike games and who also like platformers and RPGs. And of course, fans of Nerdook would certainly appreciate and enjoy this updated classic.”
8/10 – ThatVideoGameBlog

“Dropping random heroes through strange 2D worlds until they meet their untimely, permanent deaths has never felt so exhilarating… Fun gameplay, lots of reasons to replay, great value!”
8/10 – GamesInAsia

About This Game



Vertical Drop Heroes is a procedural platformer RPG hybrid with roguelike elements, where your hero adventures through randomly generated stages. Armed with a variety of skills and traits, you must use your cunning and reflexes to survive the dangers of each stage, until you face the final boss and uncover the truth behind the game!



FEATURES

- Randomly generated stages, enemies and bosses, resulting in a very replayable game
- Artwork, coding and animation done by one person (me) in that unique Nerdook style
- Split screen, local co-op, as well as local network coop!
- Destructible terrain and multiple uses for each skill gives you plenty of options to approach the different situations generated
- Tons of skills, abilities, traits and powers that you can unlock in the game, creating a different hero each time
- Unique combat system where proper planning is more important than quick reflexes
- Persistent upgrades allow you to carry forward progress between games, with a choice between increasingly expensive persistent upgrades or generally cheaper temporary upgrades
- Every enemy and boss has been designed to provide challenge and variety



BACKGROUND
This is a HD remake of GIGANTIC proportions for Vertical Drop Heroes, the original webgame with over 2 million plays... from Nerdook, a one-man developer with a portfolio of games that has accumulated more than 50 million plays worldwide! Bigger and better in every way, Vertical Drop Heroes HD revamps the entire game into an epic, randomly generated platformer RPG!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Processor 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible 3D graphics card with 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Support for Xbox controllers
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Processor 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible 3D graphics card with 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Support for Xbox controllers
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.0 or later
    • Processor: Processor: 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.0 or later
    • Processor: Processor: 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
Usually I hate Platformer Games, but this is great fun.
Not since Mario Kart have I had so much fun with a controller (slight exaggeration).
Easy to pick-up & play here & there for 10 mins at a time. I played it for half an hour, & thought only 10mins had passed.
The graphics r colorfull, & the music is fine. It's the game-play that's the good part (as it should be).


I highly recommend this game.
There's a Demo avaliable if ur not sure.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Nerdook games aren't for everyone. And I am one of those people who finds them annoying.

Back in the day when I didn't have many games on my Steam account there was this wonderful place called the internet to search for old games, Java games or Flash games which were pretty much free and easy to pick up. When I still played Flash games I played quite some of these games made by Nerdook and they were somewhat fun to play. A lot of stuff to play for a low price of website ads.

Unfortunately the charm didn't really last after seeing the massive collection of great indie and AAA titles on Steam and finally being able to buy them. Vertical Drop Heroes HD is pretty much the same game as the Flash version with just small changes but overall features the same gameplay.

The game is roguelike 2D-verticalscrolling-"platforming"-game where your goal is to upgrade your stats, gain levels, defeat bosses and finally be powerful enough to complete the game. It certainly sounds like a neat idea and the game plays quite nicely but after a while some people will notice the reason why I can't recommend this game and some will just enjoy it hour after hour.

The keyword here is time. Overall, the game is quite easy, Money grinding is time consuming and doesn't really reward you enough to keep doing it so you'll just use all your cash on level skips instead. You either play it the long way getting all the upgrades for your run and maybe reaching the final level in a couple of hours or you take it slow and get bored with the game.

Even though the levels are randomly generated there is not much difference between the levels on each run. Same enemies and block on every certain level and the only things that do change are the bonuses and mini-quests on levels. These award you bonuses for your current run only.

This game certainly works for those who don't really like games with deep story plots or multiplayer games but still want something to play on your coffee breaks this is just the game for you. But even then this game lacks power of you wanting to complete the game for other reasons than getting the Achievements.

Might be worth picking up on Sale. But be very careful since this game maybe won't be the game you desired.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
A cute indie game, one ive enjoyed very much. This is one cheap game I definately recommend, its very similar to Rogue Legacy... in the sense, once your character dies what he has managed to collect is left for the following hero. Theres different weapons to pick up, skills and traits. 10 levels in all with a final boss level, each very similar but varying in enviroment from castles to snow. Its a easiar game than the above mentioned Rogue Legacy imo although... thats not to say its not a challenge because it is. Overall I rate it 7.5/10
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
Does Vertical Drop Heroes HD succeed at making a flawed Flash game into a worthwhile PC gaming experience?
The biggest problem with Vertical Drop Heroes HD is that it is not very enjoyable. In general, nature of the game as a roguelike offers a tempting challenge to complete 10 levels, but once you do that, you don't want to play it again. It’s more a game you enjoy completing than actually playing. While there’s some joy at the start, it’s too easy to get burnt out on the grinding, dying, grinding, dying, grinding, dying pattern, all the while hoping you’ll get the perfect combination of character traits that you would both enjoy and succeed with. Back to the original question: does Vertical Drop Heroes HD succeed at making a flawed Flash game into a worthwhile PC gaming experience? Well… it doesn’t fail. It’s difficult to ignore the things it does well (level design, variety in abilities, etc), but it’s just not up to the challenge of balancing the tediousness of a roguelike with the fun of an action platformer. Check out the demo before you decide to buy this game.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
Like Rogue Legacy, only 90% less awesome without all the pesky gameplay and production value. This is basically a flash game where you fall down a shaft of platforms while swinging your sword at monsters. It does have all the cool upgrades and different traits, which can be addictive, even if the game itself is far too one-dimensional. Not likely to keep your interest so much as compel you to grind numbers and unlocks, but on a day when you are sick and don't want to deal with a complicated game, this is still more entertaining than a match-3 game. I'd rate this "Neutral" if that were an option
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