Has-Been Heroes is a challenging, lane-based roguelike game of strategy and action, featuring a band of heroes on a quest to escort the King's twin princesses to school!
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Very Positive (145) - 81% of the 145 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 28, 2017

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June 27

Big Quality Update for Has-Been Heroes

This update has been long overdue but it's finally here! We have updated Has-Been Heroes with some cool new features, and fixed a lot of issues that have been reported to us. So thank you all for your input, and we hope you enjoy the new stuff!

Below is the changelog! :)

  • Added information about the heroes to the Heroes menu
  • Added more spell effects (visual)
  • Gameplay:
    • Herald of Gales boss melee hits from 6 to 5 and Max Stamina from 18 to 16
    • Fire now removes freeze on enemies who are immune to fire
    • Fixed the Charm bug (does not hit heroes when charm ends)
    • Fixed Final Boss wet+wind bottom row issue
    • Fixed miscellaneous minor bugs
    • Fixed issues in tutorial helpers
    • Fixed dialogue text box "shadow copy"
    • Fixes to the backstab issues
  • Polished sound design
  • Polished spell effects
  • Polished text box wordwrap
  • Polished endings (incl. final story ending)

Overall these should be some noticeable quality improvements!

For all our lurking console players (we know you're there!), the update is out today on PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One also.

Also remember to check or try to get your way to the Hall of Heroes! Our 100% completionists marked there are now totalling at 11 brave warriors! On average their completion took 162 hours and 177 games. That's quite something!

...which leaves out just the final bit of news! It's also Summer sale time on Steam, and Has-Been Heroes will be on sale for the first time ever, available for -50%, for a meagre price of $9.99 USD! If you've been on the fence so far, now's the time to pick up the most challenging game of the year. ;)

Let us know what you think of the changes! Also good summer days to everyone!
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May 3

Has-Been Heroes v1.0.2 now live!


* Gameplay: Hitting over enemy Stamina now has a damage penalty of -10% instead of -25%
* Gameplay: Skeleton Leader, who speeds up nearby enemies, now always walks into the battle, never spawns in the middle
* Gameplay: Bandana "Boxer" Skeleton Boss health now 1450 (was 1825)
* Gameplay: Heroes' lane backstab damage increased
* Gameplay: Battle clear bonus now 20 (was 25)
* Gameplay: Changes and fixes to Summon Boar spell
* User interface: Press left thumbstick to cycle main menu tips
* User interface: Helpful popup screen at the start of the game to explain Stamina
* User interface: Bigger font added to options menu
* User interface: Details added to Hero selection menu
* PC: Fix SLI rendering issues
* PC: Save data handling fixes
* Miscellaneous fixes
* Prologue dialogue fixes
* Wrestler recharge exploit fix

The old build v1.0.0 can also be played by selecting the old_v100 beta branch.

As usual, please let us know if you run into any issues. Best way to reach us is via email Support[at]Frozenbyte[dot]com.

Good luck on your runs!
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About This Game

Has-Been Heroes is a challenging, lane-based roguelike game of strategy and action, featuring a band of heroes on a quest to escort the King's twin princesses to school!

Players control three characters during the journey and must focus on coordinating melee attacks, managing cooldowns and combining hundreds of different spells to create devastating combo effects, all in order to defeat an endless army of undead, summoned in their path by the Great Ghoul!

The rewarding strategy game features irreverent humor, expanding world maps and increasing levels of difficulty, compounded by the specter of permadeath. The massive quantity and randomness of spells and items, as well as additional unlockable heroes allow for thousands of new experiences, forcing players to change their playstyle each time they start a new game.


The teeth of time chew on even the bravest of champions, and there comes a time when wizened old mages and warriors are just one last adventure away from retirement. Thankfully, a young rogue joins the heroic Has-Been Heroes, for who else can read the tiny text on those potion bottles and assist the “rusty” crew? The rogue comes along not a moment too soon, for King Fortinbrax has summoned his oldest, most trusted heroes for a final, epic quest. The heroes must escort the twin Princesses Avaline and Beatrix to a faraway Academy (to school!)- but the road is long and fraught with peril.


  • Control three characters across three lanes, coordinate their attacks and spells to defeat an incoming horde of enemies!

  • Plan your route carefully on the randomly generated maps filled with surprises! Travel through merchants, spell vendors, treasure chests and other crossroad locations to boost your character’s powers… but be vary not to succumb to the darkness!

  • A combination of turn-based and RTS game mechanics featuring easy-to-learn basics that are tough to master and evolve into frantic complexity. Discover new tricks and hidden features after hours of gameplay!

  • Meet the epic band of heroes as the young and eager Rogue, joining the company of the wise monk Metacles and the giant-wrestling warrior Crux… and discover a band of long lost friends, such as the Anthropologist turned Mexican Wrestler, the ever-vigilant and paranoid Bodyguard, and many more!

  • Unlock and collect hundreds of game-changing items and spells, boosting the heroes' powers and making each run unique! 300+ spells, 200+ items, 13 regions, and 12 playable heroes!

  • In roguelike fashion, die and try again! Each run is different due to randomized maps, spells, items, and enemies. With each level the length of gameplay increases, compounded by the peril of instant death, which forces the player to start over from the beginning.

System Requirements

    • OS: (64 bit) Windows 10 / 8 / 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i3/i5/i7 1.8 GHz CPU dual-core. AMD 2.0 GHz dual-core.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 260 / Radeon HD 4000 Series / Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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