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 (252 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
8 of 9 people (89%) 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
38.8 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Nerdook does good work. Fun little game, picked it up for a song in a humble bundle. Reasonably easy to 100%, recommend.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Great little game. It's a rogue-like, action type of game. Very addictive and perfect for playing in short bursts. The best way to describe the game is to compare it to Rogue Legacy. If you like that game, you will more than likely enjoy this as well. Thumbs up on this one.
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