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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"A vertical roguelike game with good swift combat and random objectives."
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December 11, 2014

Demo for Vertical Drop Heroes HD now Available!

If you'd like to try the game before you buy, the free demo for Vertical Drop Heroes HD is now available for download! Just hit the "Download Demo" button, and you'll be able to play through the first two levels of the game, for free!

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October 15, 2014

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

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

changes in this version:

- MAJOR revamp to the multiplayer code: now supports Mac network multiplayer as well! I've migrated the netcode from TCP to a hybrid mix of UDP and TCP, so multiplayer games should be a lot smoother now. You can even play cross platform between PC and Macs!

- Fixed a few multiplayer bugs: water and tiles should update properly on the client now, and the camera should adjust correctly for the client at the end of each level.

- Bloodlust no longer reduces your health over time.

- Taking health potions in multiplayer no longer crashes the game if one of the players is dead.

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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
19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
8.1 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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
Definitely a must buy for all Rogue and Spelunky lovers.

You start with a hero and fight your way to the next level. On your way you can collect coins, free heroes to help you, activate shrines and unlock a lot of abilities and passives.
After your hero dies, it starts all over. The ability to upgrade the stats of further heroes (permanently) makes the game addicting and replayable though.

Even if you beat the game, there will be a new mode, where you get three times the amount of your abilities and the mobs are much stronger. Fight your way down and beat the high-score of everyone!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.8 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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6 of 6 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Disposable Heroes HD: The Legend of Ferretbearer, and Pinecloak, and Skybane, etc.

VDH is like a crash test facility for fantasy themed champions. The player will spend their time trying to find the perfect hero to use as a protagonist (after generations of disappointments), able enough to complete the 10-level quest by which so many predecessors have inevitably failed.
Approaches to play-style can differ from chaotic to tactical; the path of progressive pacifism is possible, though most will prefer to engage with blade, bolt or blast (amongst other things).
It is simple to grasp, though many heroes will meet their doom early. Fortunately, no effort (death) goes unrewarded as resources (as well as abilities) stockpile, which means it is not nearly as frustrating as it should be.
Skill acquisition is indefinite, meaning earned abilities become inherent, allowing for a more expansive genotype, and thus is an inspiration to continue despite the permadeath nature of the game.
The only notable grievance comes within a poorly designed HUD, which can hinder co-op interactions, making for a slightly cramped feel to split screen mode.
'Falling to progress' is a significant enough change logistically to alter the feel of the game from similar titles, and works to enhance the fast paced direction that the game embodies.
VDH is fun without the demand of time input, and although it isn't one you would likely spend hours on, you'll come back to it often; the epitome of the casual indie.

- MénageGameTrois
, J.
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
Vertical Drop Heroes HD is an amazing Rogue-like platformer with progression ( upgrades ) .
no this is not a flash game.

It starts off, with normal spells and weapons and characters, but the more you play, the more upgrades you unlock and spells/weapons/traits.... etc.

With Singleplayer, Local (Splitscreen) and Online Coop.

A lot compared this to Rogue-legacy but you should understand they're wrong, they are not the same in gameplay, just in the aspects of upgrading the (Next) character after dying, to progress more into the game.
if i were to compare it, i would say its more like spelunky mixed with Maple story.

The game has a great level design and artwork, its really colorful and refreshing and somewhat addictive you just cant stop looking at it, i really love this style.
The game soundtracks are good the animations are great, the concept of the game is brilliant.

Randomized levels and characters and the ability to (Re-roll) to get a set of 3 other different characters to choose from,
Either ranged or melee + shield or a huge axe, and man more, each with a certain Ability, Skill, Trait, Weapon, Attributes, so the games price is very reasonable and a good deal.

A very huge selection of awesome Spells and abilities, From (Shadow = invisibility ) to Dragon summoning! You can summon a dragon to fight for you how awesome is that !, i really mean it a huge selection of spells to unlock.

The gameplay is basically on the game's title, you keep going down, and each level has a (SideTasks) that either gives you Exp or Gold or DMG or whatever, and asks to ( kill XX monsters or find secret item and other more ) they are fun to do and benefiting.
At the end of each level, you will find a Guardian which is basically a boss, need to kill it to progress to next level, At each level they get harder and harder.
you also have the ability to (start from level 2 .. 3 .. etc ) (Like spelunky) so you dont always have to restart from level 1.

With the more you progress in the game the harder the enemies get and the boss fights gets crazier!.
The Game is pretty challenging on its on way.
Make no mistakes the singleplayer is 100% done and perfect, and the multiplayer is basically 2 players adventure, or you can also Do a local SplitScreen.

"Note that this game has a very great replay value so its not a One gameplay thing."

Once you finish the game you can unlock NewGame+ (NG+) That has its leaderboard, and extremely harder than the original game and you get to keep your progress and upgrades.

If you are an Expert with platformers, it would take you 3 to 4 hours to finish this game, and to unlock all the abilities and upgrades another 10+ hours to add so thats really great.

The Good thing about Multiplayer is that the enemies are harder and gives more experience, so its harder to play with a friend which is good : ).

i LOVE gamemaker studio games they are simply amazing this is my 2nd most favorite game created in it, Valdis being my first, And i diffidently recommend this game to Rogue-like platformer player out there. 10/10

it is sad some voted this down because they heard its like rogue legacy and got disappointed.... so they felt mad and failed to see what a beautiful game it is on its own.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
Yeah, this game is a coffe-break title, like Rogue Legacy you can do one run in a matter of minutes (because you die)... but then you see how addicting this game is and sucks you in. Beware, this game is an addiction starter!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
Below you'll find both a video and written impression on the game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn83ZgzEoE8
Vertical Drop Heroes take the traditional rogue-like/lite and turn it on it's side. Instead of scrolling left or right, your hero will be going straight down! This twist offers some interesting strategies, for example, planning where to drop down will be important. Since you can't go back up with out a special block, you could miss important loot if you went down the wrong path. The game does have a passive progression system, comparable to Rogue Legacy. You earn money to buy either in dungeon help, new abilities to randomly gain later, or save it up to earn permanent stat upgrades back at home base. It also plays like a standard Rogue-like/lite. Out side of the dropping down aspect, for any one who is experienced with this genre, this will feel very familiar (this can be taken as either a good or a bad, depending on what you're looking for).

The most addictive aspect of the game is certainly it's plethora of modular upgrades, giving players near endless combinations of characters and dungeons to crawl...er... fall through.

Though the game is quite fun and addictive, it's not with out it's flaws. The combat is very basic, simply mashing the attack near enemies or use 1 of the 2 specials your toon gets generated with. I'm also not really a huge fan of the visuals. This is a personal critique, as some will find it quite charming, but for me, it just doesn't float my boat.

Overall, The game doesn't do too much to evolve the genre, but what it does, it does it well. Vertical Drop Heroes is a fair price rogue-like/lite that's addictive and enjoyable.

Pros:
- Tons of unlocks
- Great use of modular toon creation
- Highly addictive
- Fair price

Cons:
- Not a fan of the visuals (Subjective)
- Combat overly basic
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
If you're looking for a fun and slightly different type of RPG, with platform elements, and love to play roguelike games like as Risk of Rain and Rogue Legacy, this is game for u.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
If you're a fan of Nerdook this game does not disappoint. A very strong first entry into the market.

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
I'm really impressed with this game. Yeah, the graphics are garbage, yeah there is no online mode, (PLEASE ADD DEVS) but this game is good. It has all sorts of new things that I've never seen before in a game like this.

So bassically, when you play a mission you get coins. Coins can be spent on things like new powers, upgrades in the field, etc... But there used outside of game as well like in menus. Magicite had one problem inparticular that I found. You get two buffs at the start of every game. You would have to keep clicking reroll until you got the 2 buffs you want. And since there was no penalty for rerolling, you could just sit there rerolling. So there are 2 solutions I saw for that problem.
1) Let us just straight up pick out buffs from some sort of menu
2) Make a penalty for rerolling
So in relation to this game, before each game you get 3 random characters to choose from. You can pick one of those, or you can reroll at the expense of 5 coins. Then once you have the character you want, you can go in mission and spend coins in mission for various things.

Then there is the second type of 'currency'. Keys.
You don't get to keep keys outside of the game, instead you find them on the field. Then you can use them to unlock a chest, get a sidekick, skip a boss fight (5 keys), etc...
But what I love most about this is that there is no option for IAPs.
That means you cannot buy your coins or keys.

But one minor complaint, is the vertical part of the game. The game runs vertically instead of the standard horizontal. This does add a unique aspect to the game, but I'm saying it's a complaint because it takes a while to get use to.

So great game, worth your money. (Espessially fans of rogulikes.)
I would go as far as saying this game is almost as good a roguelike a Risk of Rain.

DISCLAIMER: Magicite is a great game aswell, I was not putting it down. See my review on Magicite for the full report.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
This game is an interesting take on "rogue like or Rogue light" and do think you'll enjoy it.

http://youtu.be/RYgtPWXmpp4
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Super fun game, good upgrades with good replay value.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
Easy to understand gameplay, tons of unlockable abilities, really amazing experience. Similar in feel/progression to Rogue Legacy, but with enough unique and varied content to stand on its own.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
very good game gets addictive extremly fast and for an indie game very well polished all round a good game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
So addictive. Very much like Rogue Legacy, though the upgrade system is a little different. Very replayable, very fun, hacky-slashy goodness in short levels with a boss on each floor. Great fun!
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