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 (197 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 25, 2014

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"A vertical roguelike game with good swift combat and random objectives."
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March 19

Game Update: Vertical Drop Heroes v1.0.3d Now Available!

Hello everyone! I've uploaded an update for Vertical Drop Heroes, bringing it to version 1.0.3d. Here are the list of changes in this version:

- Added the Inheritance System: the descendant of your previous hero will always appear in the lineup, until you quit the game. If you rolled a hero that you like, this is a good way to retry the same build without having to rely on random rerolls!
- Enemy descriptions added for every enemy in the game, to give players a better idea of what each enemy does
- 6 new music tracks, so each level now has its own unique level music
- A new (optional) miniboss, the Demonic Rogue, will randomly appear on some levels. Does not activate until injured, and has one random hero ability. Drops a gem and 4 keys when defeated

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January 26

New Update for Vertical Drop Heroes HD!

A new update for Vertical Drop Heroes HD is now available, which should eliminate the loop_missiles crashes, as well as other minor bug fixes.

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Reviews

“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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 40 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
I really like this game. It's 2nd up-down- scrolling action game. There are many characters, items, monsters, skills, quests and NPC. I never get bored.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Vertical Drop Heroes HD is pretty neat, you have to make it from the top of a level to the bottom of a level and get out the exit, to make it to the next level ala Spelunky, with a lot more combat involved. Although a lot of it can be avoided and there are achievements for getting through levels without killing things so it's more a playstyle choice.

It is a roguelike so you get to unlock new classes and perks, you can purchase persistent upgrades with currency collected throughout each level/from killed npcs; also you can levelup your character (start each game at level 1) which increases numbers (damage, hit points).
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Paid as much as I would for a decent cheese burger and it was a fun game to play for a few hours. Not terribly long, moderate replay value, and like Rogue Legacy, you spawn as a new hero with new abilities, but I didn't die enough to fully enjoy that mechanic.

7.5/10 would play a game simular.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Randomly generated levels that is fun as you die and progress at the same time.

It's 1 life per game though, so your characters are always different but you get stronger everytime you progress in your previous life.

Great little game to waste time when downloading something.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Legit game. Tough and simple. Less cutomization than rogue legacy and less rushy than magicte, yet really similar to both games. Its also the same genre (upgrade in death)

main differences, here you can only upgrade health and damage. However.. you buy traits (and you have 2) and spells(also 2) in maps for new heroes. You also buy access to portals so you can jump right into map x (there are 10 maps ?). Spells are charge based and not mana.

The game is really simple. maps are short and you can only go down. sometimes you miss blocks (or destroy them) and you cant go up unless you get a teleporter. Anyway. maps are short and intense. Easy to die but its also easy to learn and truly grasp the game.

Careful when buying spells and traits, you dont pick them and some are better than others.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Let me tell you this: This 43MB small game is addicting as heck. I actually only started it up because I made a typo in the library searchbar. Then I went on and played it for a long time straight. Really great game with cute graphics and a memorable gameplay. One of the best rogue-style games out there!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Anyone who liked Rouge Legecy should pick this game up. That is all.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Way back when, I used to use Kongregate for my casual gamery fun, and the No.1 dude we all waited for to bring out a new game was Nerdook. That dude made the tightest games, every single one was super fun and interesting, and had a cool idea or mechanic behind it all. Imagine my surprise when I boot up this game I got as a freebee and see that familiar Nerdook logo pop up.

This game is a treat. Super simple gameplay that's hella accessable for anyone to just dive into, excellent single player AND multiplayer, sweet and smooth graphics and a brilliant soundtrack? Nerdook never lost his touch at all. Totally worth picking up, Vertical Drop Heroes is amazeballs for pick up and play fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Got this on sale for $2.49. Gamers who ignore the "PC Master Race", have no idea what they are missing...

This game is indeed a winner. Tried it out for a quick few min. Turned out to be 1.5hrs

Much has already been said, so, I will say the one thing that stood out to me....

Videos, make this game look Frantic & Chaotic. I was pleasently suprised, to find out it plays at a far more reasonable pace, than it appears. It's not a FREAK OUT AND BOUNCE ALL OVER THE PLACE SLASHING LIKE CRAZY game. You think about which way to go, which key to use, which block to break, which enemy to go after. It's neat, and somewhat difficult to explain.

The whole DIE & START OVER thing, sounds awful, but its not. Once you realize, getting as far as you can, in each run, IS the game itself, you won't mind. If you kept going, it would actually hurt the game. Each time you start, little, progressive possitive changes in your Character, make each run different. You suddenly can wizz past parts that were tough, go after that extra prisoner, snatch that extra key, and.....aaaaaaaaaand.... MAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVER! Wooot!!

Give it a try. It may be a love it or hate it kinda game, but, looking at the 95% positive rating (out of 12500+ reviews!), Odds swing in your favor.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
It has HD in the title and only runs at like 1280x720. I give it 0 out out of 720.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Too many crashes to call this game good, frustrating when crash occurs on last level (happens to me 5 times).
Moreover, some not cool bugs (e.g. spikes sometimes can kill you even if you touch the square with spikes from below).
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I had an addiction. It was called Spelunky. This game helped me get over that addiction.
2/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Vertical Drop Heroes is a game that you can sink hours into and never fully finish it. As a rogue platformer, it isn't the best, but it is amazing. But combine it with a permadeth RPG type game and it's a cross between Risk of Rain and going down. Just down.


No seriously. You'll be going down the whole game. Just down. Vertically. Down.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
A great little Roguelite/RPG. You choose from 1 of 3 randomly generated characters for each playthrough. The goal is simple, just go strait down and kill the boss, which unlocks the portal to the next area, rinse and repeat. But thats not all. You can unlock starting traits(perks that give various passive bonuses), and buy them too. You can spend the gold you find and/or earn to increase the starting damage and health of all you future characters. You can buy and unlock new spells that do a wide array of cool stuff. There's even a Pacifist playstyle if you want, where you simply go through the level dodging attacks and avoiding killing. So long as you don't kill anything(directly), there will be 'Pacifist Orbs' floating around which gives you a small bit of experience and gold to compensate for what you miss out on when you don't kill, which is basically experience and gold. You can upgrade the Pacifist Orbs too, so they give more experience and gold per orb. Also, just an fyi, the orbs disappear for that Level when you kill something, so be careful.

I definitely recommend this game. A Roguelite/RPG/Platformer with many things to unlock and upgrade.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
The HALLOWEEN edition is OUTSTANDINGLY SPOOOOOKY! I love it! Could play it forever! Great names, great weapons, awesome level ups! As long as the Halloween Edition is always available I Recommend this game. Thanks!
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