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 (92 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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October 15

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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July 27

Minor Update: Vertical Drop Heroes v 1.0.3b is now available!

Hey everyone,

I've just uploaded a minor update to Vertical Drop Heroes that should address some minor launch issues. It should download automatically via Steam and you will notice the version number has been updated. Here's a list of updates and changes:

- Fixed "block_health" crash in Network Play, it should be either eliminated or greatly reduced now.
- Added support for directional pad control on controllers, in addition to the current analogue stick
- For Split-screen/Network play, fixed the Death Box to show the correct message when only one player is dead.
- Nerfed Shadow Squids: they should now only fire the annoying homing missiles after they have been injured for any reason.
- Buffed Omnislash: you no longer take damage when Omnislash is active.
- Reduced the damage of spikes in New Game Plus and after completing the game.

EDIT: - Added dpad support for menus
- Fixed autoattack off disabling ally/skeleton attacks
- Maximum one red dragon for each player... no more red dragon screen spam.

Thanks for the feedback and support so far, keep them coming! I will continue working on any bug reports and include them in a future major update.

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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
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
It's an ok title, but I don't think I can recommend this. I like the concept, it just gets boring a little quick. In all honesty, I think you're better off playing the flash version.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Addictive roguelike game with nice cartoon graphics and simple mechanics. You must progress through procedural levels going from top to bottom to finally fight with a final boss, while collecting resources for improving your heroes. Be careful, as it has permadeath, and you must choose a new hero whenever you die!
A nice point is that it contains a coop mode that can also be played with friends locally using split screen :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
one word: addictive
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Pretty Cool game lol
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8 of 19 people (42%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
After playing what seems like hours I get the same feeling I get from his flash games. A sense of mediocrity. The game is okay, it has unlocks, alright art style, alright enemy variety, alright music. Thats all the game is overall alright. It is not worth a price tag. I had a feeling it was going to fall into this category.

Its a shallow flash game that was ported to steam in hopes of accruing revenue from it. I say, good for him but it is not worth spending money on. It falls in the same category that basically every flash game falls under. Casual and fun for about an hour and toss aside.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Fun
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Awesome game, but basically a rogue legacy clone. Which is ok, but the thing is, everytime I press space bar to jump or skip to the next level, the game crashes on a step event error. This game isn't even debugged correctly so can't recommend
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
It's like Rogue Legacy with a much much much much much much worse art style. Still fun, but "sale fun" or "bundle fun."
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0 of 28 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Okay
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3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This Game Really Nice To Play
I just want to try out this game... ends up playing it 3 hours.
Using XBOX Controllers really ease my controls, as playing with keyboards hurt my wrist.

Yeah, I do recommend this title for everyone who wants something to hack-n-slash "almost" mindlessly..

I hope the dev could expand the Inventory for Epics items found "randomly" during journey to carry over and continously evolve as the adventure goes.
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8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Loved this game when it was just flash based, so much better now. Tons of replay value and a very unique flavor on rouge-lites. As always Nerdook comes though with another unique game.
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5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Sure, Vertical Drop Heroes seems a bit similar to Spelunky on the surface. You are collecting tressure while dropping farther and farther into darkness. The game adds a numbe of wrinkles that differentiate it from Spelunky though. The difficulty curve is a bit less frustrating. The game has you level up while your playing and each time you level up you get more and more powerful until you are one shotting enemies... until you aren't, in which case the game gets challenging again. I find this much more pleasant than the cruelty of being killed by a neon green snake.

Using your recovered loot, you can permanetly upgrade your health and weapon damage which further changes the difficulty curve. You can also purchase portals to individual levels so that you can go straight to them. Some of the weapons you get are very fun. A spear does knockback damage, there is a buckler which will cause you block most attacks. There is a sword called a reaver that heals you as you damage others. These extra weapons add a lot of dimension to the game.

Overall, I have played this game for 4 hours, which is more than I have played any other roguelike and I forsee myself playing it for at least a few more hours. Definitely buy.
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