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

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

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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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FuzzyPsychoBear
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I'm not usually into platformers but I tried this one because I've always loved Nerdook's games. I'm very impressed. It has a nice progression system that let's you upgrade future generations of heroes and randomly generated maps so you don't get bored easily. I would recommend this game especially if you like platformers but as I already said I enjoyed it despite not being a fan of that genre.

Here are some videos I made of me playing through the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVQwttSasNo&list=PLEUGIFN2mBj2WoF1YCLirzfC-ZUY_P3rF
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FarKiD
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Product received for free
it's fun if your pc is broken and you have nothing else to do :D
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TsC Xanatos
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I'm quite a fan of this one! A 2D pseudo-platformer action RPG roguelike game. I say pseudo-platformer because jumping badly or falling doesn't have a detrimental effect unless you run in to an enemy or spikes, as going down is the goal. Just... Hard to say platformer; I think you'll understand if you play it.

"Leveling up" is something that occurs quickly and with every playthrough you start at Level 1. The progression comes in the form of Strength and Health upgrades that you can buy in the world hub for increasing amounts of coins. Weapons unlock through various different means of unlocking achievements. Traits, a passive ability of which you can have two, will be unlocked by buying them from a wandering merchant hanging around in random places throughout your playthrough; Abilities, simply put skills or special attacks, are also acquired via the wandering merchant. All upgrades, traits, abilities, and weapons carry over from playthrough to playthrough, the latter three of course being options for characters and upgrades applying no matter the character used. So, while you do start at level one with each new playthrough, you do at least carry over your strength/health increases and the new character options. The game creates excitement and rewards for progression very well considering the format of the game!

There's also a "Pacifist" system that allows you to collect orbs that give experience and coins, and can also be leveled up to increase the amount of experience and coins you receive. Killing a monster of any kind will result in losing the "Pacifist" label for the remainder of the level, removing Pacifist orbs from the map.

Can't help but recommend this game; I found it to be incredibly charming, and a whole lot of fun!

Fun Fact: Vertical Drop Heroes HD is a remake/reboot/sequel to a browser game known simply as Vertical Drop Heroes; the game plays with a very similar style, but is also significantly different. Check it out if you liked this one!
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41nd
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
This game is so cheap that it could not afford mouse controls. Also the intro menu is stupid planned. Played a little and uninstalled it.. too boring.. nothing original..
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Sovi The Bear
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
A good game. Played with my sister on split screen. I cant remember when was the last time a game allows u to play in split screen. This feature alone is already a huge plus. Game levels are adequately randomized leading to sometimes surprising gameplay or a death sentence(polymorph on double boss??). Manage to unlock most of achievement no problem. Quite tedious if played alone. Co-op play is where this game shines. Grab your friend, its a good game.

8.9/10 good game.
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Glyphomous
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Product received for free
Even though i got this game from my friends code.

This is sick

Should you buy this game : Yes (it can get boring after 1-1:30 hours)



Personal enjoyment (the only thing actually matters) : 7/10
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KodokSaltoe
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Well, it's not the best game ever. But i'll survive a week with it :) 7/10
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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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
59 of 65 people (91%) 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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31 of 34 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
39.2 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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