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!
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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

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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

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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
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ROFLTAG
( 544.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Vertical Drop Heroes HD is one of my favorite games
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Jim
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Low quality and unintuitive graphics. Non-smooth animations. Slow and laggy movements. The gameplay is nothing special. Really unappealing.
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complexevil
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Product received for free
This game is simular to that of Rogue Legacy except it has more mechanics. Instead of collecting your gold and then using it when you die, you actually buy your upgrades for future warriors while you are fighting off enemies. It is a fun twist that makes this game very enjoyable.

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Beardcore | kickback.com
( 26.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Product received for free
Really fun game!!!
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!PiRc
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Product received for free
I would have never bought this game, but since I got it for free I do not regret playing it for few hours. It might be an enjoyable experience if you like going through same levels (only 10 though) with different heroes. Overall, it's a good game for few hours, not more.
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Rico
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Product received for free
Really enjoyable game. Good gameplay and mechanics. There should be better music and more stuff on lvls.

Devs should cut the price, fix bugs and balance characters.

8/10
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Me
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Very nive and funny game. Many classes and bosses. I like this game!
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Robbodino
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
The Graphics aren't the best thing in the world, But the Platformer Gameplay is very good

7.5 / 10
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Lizzakat Blades
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
played it enugh to say it is solid...try it out....ya may likes it!
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SurferDevo
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
I think my girlfriend and i spent more time trying to figure out where the rest of the game was than time spent playing it.
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James
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
S'ok, but nah. 8/15
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Illimitus
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Not enough depth to merit your time, to say nothing of money.
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danger dog
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Drop Dwarf Turrets and recharge shrines.
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Pitch
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Couldn't get into it. The game felt flimsy and cheap, as if I was just playing a browser game. For a roguelite to be successful, the gameplay hook has to be compelling enough that you want to hop right back in after dying. I never found anything resembling a hook, and after awhile I just couldn't stand it anymore.
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Metal_Mario
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
Bought this game for a friend and myself, intending to play coop online. When we started the game, immediately we noticed a terrible lag. Whenever either one of us (or any followers we rescued) killed an enemy or performed an action like activating a shrine, the game would freeze for half a second. This became a huge issue.

Furthermore, my friend would not keep his character levels he gained in each playthrough, instead having to start at level 1 each time. Meanwhile I would continue to level higher each playthrough, meaning the game was impossibly hard because my friend would be level 1 each time.

Not recommended for anyone who wants to play coop online. Requested a refund.
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Tox
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Vertical Drop Heroes , is a fun roguelike that consist to earn money , pay for upgrade and slain enemy to level up , up your stats and go farther in the game .
the graphics are good as the music and the environement
there is a lot of skill and ability which give to that game a lot of pleasure
lots of monster and boss with different abilites
the level up system is really good , as it fill up your heath points and that you rarely find hearts it will constanly change your gameplay from rush to safe
And you have an upgrade system that will persist after the death which make all your run usefull .

for the conv maybe you wont meet the same probleme or desapointement that i met , maybe your game will work better that mine . here they are:

-the multiplayer system is'nt working as well as i expected , you will have tu use hamachi if you want to play with a friend
-Sometime when i complete a level , my game randomly decide to crash which is kinda annoying , to that fact i can't etablish a hight score , or to simply enjoy the infinite mode as i should
- The random charactere selection will make you crazy , you will spend a lot of time to try to get what you want from it and if you leave the game OR if your game crash ... u will have to do it again , it would have been nice if it could be a bit less random ( at least offering us the possibility to choose a weapon or 1 ability)

overall this game is enjoyable to play and totaly worth 7€
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LotusSoup
( 22.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
Vertical Drop is addictive. With a myraid of different class, skill and talent combinations that can be rolled each game. Every playthrough has a slightly different playstyle that keeps things fresh. e.g. a Dagger hero can go solely for backstab damage which keeps the pacifism status throughout the stage, Shotgun heroes only have a very limited amount of ammo per round which once squandered. you're screwed. I particularly like the Staff hero with the Sand Worm skill (Get the game, play it, and you'll know what I'm talking about)

HOWEVER... This game, unfortunately, is plagued with "Fatal Error"s that crashes the game. Which makes it extremely unpleasant especially when you're going for a high score. Looking at Discussions, it seems I am not the only one. Hopefully the devs would address this issue asap. Buyer beware.
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DolgVlaPet ☭
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
This is a fun game to play in your free time. You get to play with controller and pretty much, it's a randomly generated 2d vertical roguelike dungeon-crawler. Unlock new skills, weapons, traits, etc with each playthrough and it's a fun game and you should try it, if you are into roguelike games.
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masamune.dms
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
I actually really enjoyed this game :)
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BigRedHulk
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Honestly, wasn't expecting much from this game. Got it in a bundle and I figured why not give it a go. Its an amazingly simple but fun game. Traverse down a "vertical" level until you reach the bottom boss. Beat him, rinse and repeat. Every level is a little bit different, and the abilities you get over time are fairly unique and fun. Its a great time to pass the time in short playthroughs. That, and its so undemanding I usually play on a W10 tablet with a steam controller. Pretty nice for on the go.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Product received for free
Really fun game!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Couldn't get into it. The game felt flimsy and cheap, as if I was just playing a browser game. For a roguelite to be successful, the gameplay hook has to be compelling enough that you want to hop right back in after dying. I never found anything resembling a hook, and after awhile I just couldn't stand it anymore.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Drop Dwarf Turrets and recharge shrines.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I think my girlfriend and i spent more time trying to figure out where the rest of the game was than time spent playing it.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
This is really cool dungeon crawler/roguelike with random generated levels (there are 10 lvls), the music is amazing, graphics are well made and very colorful, easy to learn easy to master it, support controllers, easy to 100% achievements. For the price, you might wont to buy it on a discount (i got in a giveawat).
The only bad thing about this game -IMO- is the heroes randomly generated, you can't choose your weapon or even your skills, abilities but that might be good for other peoples.

▂▃▅▇█ final judgement : 80/100 █▇▅▃▂
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Rogue-Hate is more like it
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Basically Rogue Legacy with vertical maps and an alarm trigger mechanic that freshens the formula up quite nicely. Really well pitched difficulty curve as you move through the maps, controls nicely, only real negative is the occasionally janky hit detection.

Great way to waste a stolen ten minutes here and there.
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59 of 63 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2015
Verical Drop Heroes really caught me off guard and exceeded my expectations!!!
At first let me share with you the best part of it i personally loved:It's a mix of some of the greatest and most beloved indie games out there!The platform mechanics and gameplay as well as the facial fun expressions are insired by Battleblock Theater!See for yourself ;)
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=486345481
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=486342875
So let us continue and talk about gameplay!So gameplay is really uniqua and actually a lot relaxing!You can even set attack to auto and jumt move throught the map.Pretty simple huh?You also have two special attacks one range based(bow,spear,arrows) and magic(you knew that was coming)!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=486344606
The gameplay is really similar to Rogue Legacy!You can give your best shot thought the dungeons(10 levels with increased difficulty as you progress)!When you die you restart at your base where you can upgrade you health/damage etc,play trials and complete challenges!Furthermore every dungeon ends with you killing the Big Boss (or psssit you can use some keys,pick the lock and get the hell outa there! )
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=486345075
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=486343952
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=486343616
Last but not least as mentioned before there are 10 main dugeons,randomly generated,with a big amount of strong monsters and deadly traps waiting for you around every corner!!!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=486344930

Overall impression:
Soundtrack 9/10 relaxing and tensive!
Gameplay 8.5/10 pretty fun and relaxing,but kinda repetitive after some hours.
Graphics 9/10 cartoonish
Complete score 9/10 Must have indie game for all ages and tastes!
Hope you enjoyed my review!
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
4/5 stars. Vertical Drop Heroes HD is like Rogue Legacy "lite"...in a very good way.
Most of my playtime with Vertical Drop Heroes HD has been with the GOG (DRM-free + original VDH) version. So my Steam stats don't reflect my total experience with this game.

PROS:
+Pick up and play accessiblity.
+Easy to learn, difficult to master.
+Fast arcadey action.
+Stages are randomly generated, assuring replay value.
+Unlocked abilities can be used with future characters, but characters can only carry 2 unlocked abilities with them at a time. This allows for very customizable gameplay, while keeping it challenging.
+Gamepad support: Xinput (360, or Logitech F series set to "X").
+Modest hardware requirements; most PCs built in the past 8 years should run VDH-HD.

CONS:
-No Linux support at the time of this review. But, given VDH-HD uses OpenGL, Linux users may be able to run it via Wine.
-No Direct Input (Logitech and generic) controller support...yet.
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38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
Huh, I didn't expect Vertical Drop Heroes HD to be a rather intricate Rogue Legacy-style game where you can choose between heroes with different abilities and level stats up permanently, I thought it would be something simpler.

Don't know about the longevity yet (haven't unlocked the more difficult New Game+) but compared to Legacy I prefer the short levels with a mini-boss at the bottom instead of having to grind a while before getting somehwere. Here there's instant gratification including temporary level ups you lose after dying and permanent upgrades that are purchasable in the levels and in the hub with gold (which you only lose between runs when rerolling the heroes offered). Keys are important as well as they're used for multiple purposes like opening chests, removing obstacles, freeing computer controlled helpers or even bypassing a mini-boss with five keys. And there's more, for example short quests that get you XP, water that flows around when blocks are destroyed, the possibility to warp back to the top and lots of tombstones which e.g. spawn artifacts but also enemies when activated. Enemy variety is high, graphics are good enough for a 5-7€ game and the artstyle reminds me of Scribblenauts (in a good way).

Almost forgot another nice touch, you can play as 'pacifist' and gain more XP by picking up symbols that disappear after killing one enemy (kills by ai companions don't count). Also levels have modifiers, enemies with less HP but more damage, two bosses instead of one etc.

A few cons: No online coop, only local and LAN. Sometimes enemies spawn right into me and when the health is low can lead to an unavoidable death. Or there's a bunch cuddled together and it's impossible to fight them without losing a lot of health (but avoiding those mobs is an option most of the time, plus health gets restored when leveling up which happens frequently). Lastly the controller config needs work due to a few inconsistencies and bugs and button icons would've been appreciated. Overall the controls are fine though, very responsive.

So thumbs up from me so far, a pleasant surprise.

PS If someone cares for that kind of stuff the achievements are done right here, reasonably difficult and going for them will teach you some of the game's mechanics.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Vertical Drop Heroes HD is a fun little game, good for playing in short sessions. It's like a lite version of Rogue Legacy + Spelunky. It's a good introduction for anyone who wants to start playing roguelike-like games, because it's not so hard as others in this genre.
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
Highly addictive Rogue-like game, the gameplay is really fun and a lot similar to Rogue Legacy but instead of side-scrolling you slide down till you reach the bottom of the level where you fight a boss then you can proceed to the next stage.
at the start of each playthrough you have a choice between 3 randomly generated characters with different attributes, choose what best suits your type of playing and proceed, you character starts at level 1 everytime but there are upgrades you can buy before starting the game with the money you collected from your previous runs, you can even buy level ups to your character and skip stages with that money.
the game is really fun and addictive, the soundtrack is good and the graphics aren't bad at all, and like all Rogue-like games, if you like it you will end up spending tens of hours in this game and you will never regret spending your money on it.
highly recommended of course.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
This was an impulse/curiosity purchase and ends up being a game I play most often...and I have a lot of games! It's fun, it is challenging, but not to the point of discouraging or losing enjoyment, and it has the feel of new-and-different on every playthrough. Levels are also varied and add to the freshness of each play. There is a load of variety in weaponry and special abilities, more special weapons and abilities you can work toward, and there is a rougue-like feel throughout. If you are thinking about getting this, it's a safe bet you'll have fun with it, and can either play for a short term or long. I've put a good amount of time into this game...I suppose I like having fun, then! All in all a very pleasant surprise.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Just to relive the nostalgia, I had to go back and play the original Vertical Drop Heroes on Kongregate. This truly does its predecessor justice, giving that fantastic risk-reward system and adding so much more to it. There are some aspects of the game that are easy to exploit (using Confusion on the Worm boss makes the fight ever-so easy, especially when I know recharges are around the corner), but even with that, the game provides a good challenge and requires you to put both your platforming skills and rogue-like decision making skills to the test. I especially like the addition of the pacifist system. Normally the choice of "To fight or not to fight" comes down to whether or not you can gain more than you lose, but in this case with many fights being winnable without much or any loss, a reward for avoiding the easy massacres is tempting and very worth it. The story itself is also simple but very befitting; so often do games tell of the great hero that overcame evil with the dozens of game-overs in between never even being acknowleged. Knowing that each failed attempt is simply another step in the story makes me even more anxious for the next attempt.

I look forward to seeing what comes out of Nerdook Productions next. Even if it's another remake of an old Flash game, I know it will be as good-- if not better than-- the original.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
+ Replayabilty
+ Unlockables
+ Random characters + perks similar to Rogue Legacy
+ Mini side missions
+ Destructible terrain

- Movement feels a bit slow sometimes, not sure if it's the gameplay or the framerate
- Becomes a bit too hectic in the later levels

[Rating: 82/100]
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2015
Fun game that's along the lines of Rogue Legacy, but not as difficult/grindy.

It's currently in the Humble Weekly Bundle, I recommend picking it up.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
Vertical Drop Heroes HD is a platform action game with RPG and rogue-like features. The story explains that a great hero will enter the portal at the Temple of Knowledge and fight their way through strange lands in search of the Holy Sanctuary that holds a great secret. There are many attempts by heroes to complete this challenge and you play as them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osu9OwdSiCM
With each restart of the game, you will be given a choice from three random heroes to play as. The heroes stats are randomly generated from what has been unlocked. If you are not happy with the choice you can regenerate another three for a small amount of coin. The main stats generated at random are health, damage (dmg) and what traits, abilities and powers the heroes have.

There are 20 traits, 15 abilities, 15 powers and 16 weapons to unlock, mainly from merchants found in game and paid for with coins that you collect. These unlocks are persistent and are used in further replays. Your character has two traits and these include extra health, double jump and automatic coin collecting. Abilities include casting fireballs and lightning, to calling heroes to assist and creating traps. The powers include Dwarf Turrets and Sandstorms through to health regeneration for your character. The variety gives you a great degree of randomness when the characters are generated. This initially starts of with similar characters as nothing has been unlocked but as you progress and unlock more, the variety increases.

The game is split over ten stages of varying themes such as forests, caves, and lava filled volcanoes. The aim is to reach the bottom of the procedurally generated stage by making your way downwards via platforms, enemies and other obstacles. You have two options to complete a level; all out attack or pacifist. Pacifist is enabled by default, you must not kill any enemies. This may sound strange as you level up by killing enemies, instead you collect hearts which reward you with XP and gold. If you kill an enemy then the pacifist mode is disabled and it is business as usual; killing enemies for XP and gold.

As you make your way down each stage you come across hazards such as water, lava, spikes and guard posts which spawn more enemies if touched. There are a good variety of enemies, usually designed around the stage theme. They can also have different abilities and traits which can change with each playthrough such as the ability for all enemies to fly. This also extends to the bosses at the bottom of each stage, including a devastating gun toting boss who destroys everything on screen! You will also come across Shrines which are often helpful giving you a chance for attacks such as lightning strikes or rewards such as coins or keys in return for a small payment or spawning some enemies. There are also chests which are unlocked with keys and reward you with health and coins. Finally, there are cages which when unlocked, release a hero who will help you in your journey.

Vertical Drop Heroes HD manages to get the gameplay spot on in my opinion. Personally, I like to play a stage as a pacifist for as long as possible and if/when it goes wrong, start attacking. The stage design usually allow you to do this and it is great fun spending a little time working out the best routes to avoid enemies as much as possible. As you progress through the game, the new unlocks play an important role and greatly improve your chances to complete the levels as you intend to.

The ten stages may sound short, but after the first couple they increase in difficulty. You can choose to start from the first stage or if you have unlocked a later stage you can skip straight to that. A New Game+ mode is available after you complete the game and offers a harder challenge. It is very addictive, your characters death is usually welcome as it means you get to experience new characters with new stats to learn and play with. I have played the game for several hours over the past few days and it is perfect for quick ten to fifteen pick up and play or longer sessions. Priced at only $5.00 (homepage price), Vertical Drop Heroes HD is great value for money and comes highly recommended!

Gameplay - 9/10 - Addictive gameplay that keeps you coming back for one more go. Procedural generation and upgrades to keep the game feeling fresh every playthrough.
Graphics - 8.5/10 - Nice cartoon style graphics and designs. Slightly annoying tooltips get in the way of the action occasionally.
Sounds - 8/10 - A good selection of music which changes across the levels and work well with the themes.
Final Score - 8.5/10

Originally posted on gamergeddon.com.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
The Roguelike is one of the most obscurely defined game genres, so I'm not sure this is technically one.
It's definitely a game I enjoy a lot though.

Nerdook Productions, generally better known for their in-browser flash games has delivered a solid game somewhat comparable to Rogue Legacy.
The player chooses one of three heroes with various traits, spells and weapons assigned randomly and sets off to conquer a dungeon that is about a dozen floors deep.

As the name implies though, each 'floor' is already quite deep, as the entire game is very much a descent through a random environment (seen from the side in colourful 2D graphics). The width of your screen is always the width of the level. You will fight your way down each floor to the bottom where a sealed portal lies. To unlock the seal you must defeat the boss or unlock it using 5 keys (which you also expend to open locked trapdoors earlier in the level and treasure chests) or, if the situation or an aspect of your character allow for it, destroy the wall surrounding the portal.

As you defeat enemies you gain experience and gold, the experience goes directly to your current character to empower him/her, the gold is primarily used between runs to get better base stats and upgrades as well as at merchants you encounter randomly on some floors that will sell you new weapons, traits and spells.

The whole thing wraps up nicely with a satisfying and challenging final boss.
One of the main things that sets this game apart from similar games (or specifically Rogue Legacy) is that not killing enemies is a viable alternative. Until you've killed your first enemy on each floor you'll be able to see and pick up pacifist sigils that are dotted around the level. Picking these up will grant experience and gold, same as killing enemies. It's not always a viable option (sometimes you'll really need to dispatch enemies in your path), but it's nice that there's an incentive to change things up every now and then and not kill everything in sight.

I've compared this game several times now to Rogue Legacy, which might not be entirely fair.
The question is, though, does this game offer anything that Rogue Legacy doesn't?
It does, and it's a game I recommend. However, if you've not yet played Rogue Legacy I couldn't recommend this more, so I would suggest playing that first.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.9 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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