Nine deities. Nine heroes. And only one champion. Mythical Greece. The land of gods, poets, heroes, but also of terrible monsters and creatures. Numen is a fully three-dimensional action RPG set in mythical Greece.
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Release Date: Jun 3, 2010
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"Numen: Contest of Heroes is a surprisingly robust RPG, with attractive 3D graphics and well animated if not particularly innovative enemies."
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Nine deities. Nine heroes. And only one champion. Mythical Greece. The land of gods, poets, heroes, but also of terrible monsters and creatures.

Numen is a fully three-dimensional action RPG set in mythical Greece. The player controls one of nine heroes, who in the name of the gods they follow compete in a grand test of their capabilities. Heroes who undertake a pilgrimage over the highest mountains, through valleys and deep forests, underground vaults and the scorched sand of deserts.

Numen however is no mere hack-and-slash game. It offers the player the possibility of tactical decision making, searching for enemies’ weak spots, selection of adequate weapons. It rewards those who are able to adapt to the changing situation on the battlefield. In this the player is helped by the unique powers and abilities invested in him or her by the god he or she follows, provided that the god is happy with him or her. The Olympian gods, after all, are renowned for their wanton and unpredictable nature…

  • Action RPG with strong and intriguing storyline and surprising plot turns.
  • Detailed 3D design with state-of-the-art visual effects.
  • The game world based on the Greek mythology comprises of tens of locations situated on 12 islands with both exteriors and underground labyrinths.
  • Many extensive main story and side quests.
  • Select your hero‘s gender, his or her specialization out of three possibilities and one of nine deities for him or her to worship.
  • Plenty of unique weapons, armors and items, more than 80 spells and abilities.
  • Arena duels, training combats and tournaments.

System Requirements


    • OS: Windows XP(SP3)/Windows Vista(SP1)/Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Single 1.6 GHz Processor (or equivalent) or AMD 64 2.0 GHz Processor (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 1 GB (1.5 GB Vista and Windows 7)
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon X850 256MB or NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MB or greater (Windows Vista: Radeon X1550 256MB or NVidia GeForce 7600GT 256MB)
    • DirectX®: DirectX (August 2009)
    • Hard Drive: 3GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I will only reccommend this game to people playing RPGs on a budget. I'm sure you can get this game for a dollar during a sale, and I'd say it's worth it at that point. Besides that, it's a low-budget, not quite horrendous but still not-good RPG with an ancient Greek aesthetic. For some reason, it plays exactly like an MMO in spite of its being single-player only, and the titular contest comes down to you dueling one or two NPCs over the course of the game. But if the struggle is real, there are far worse games to spend a dollar on.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I really like this game.

It looked to me like an arena fighting game at first glance so I always ignored it. I bought it on sale for 79 cents on a whim and I'm sure glad I did.

It looks like Titans Quest, but It plays very much like an MMO. Tab targeting, auto-attack, skills hotbar, camps of mobs you have to carefully pull, etc. If you aren't in to MMO-style combat, you may not like this. The combat reminds me of Vanguard and several others. Fights are quicker though, mobs your level usually die in 10-15 seconds.

The leveling is relatively fast so far. I've been playing about 6 hours and am level 31. I did grind out a couple of levels once to make an area easier, but it only took about 10 minutes.

A big plus for me is that there are 16 item slots, including four ring slots. I prefer many slots and slower upgrades rather than constant upgrades to 6 or 8 slots.

One of the things I didn't like about it are the slow walking speed when you first start the game as a child. But once you leave the tutorial island and become an adult, the walking speed is very good.

Another thing I don't care for is the day/night system. You have to find a campfire to rest, with the option of resting to restore stamina only, or until morning or evening. It seemed like I had to rest until night time to make one quest mob appear but there was no indication of this that I saw so I roamed around looking for him before trying to wait until night time. So far, this was the only time day or night mattered, other than picking some flowers on the tutorial island, and you are told to do that at night.

The last thing is the save system. You can only save at one of the campfires. There are plenty of them around so this is not a big issue for me, but a "save anywhere" would be nice.

I only went to the arena for a few minutes and it was kind of weird and not all that fun, so hopefully it'll be mostly optional.

The graphics are on par with most MMO graphics and the sound is adequate but there is not a lot of music.

Having finished all other RPG's that interest me, and being between MMO's at the moment, I'm having a lot of fun with this. I would have easily paid the full $7.99 for it had I realized what it actually was.


1) I finished the game in 13 hours at level 80.

2) The arena is optional. I never went there again and only lost a little favor with the gods for missing a tournament.

3) The night/day thing was not a big deal. There are 3-4 times someone or something will only appear at night.

4) A couple of the quests are a bit vague. I consulted a walkthrough a few times.

5) It did crash on me twice, both times after saving and entering a new zone.

It was still probably the most fun I've ever had for 79 cents, and is well worth even full price, imo, if you can overlook a few minor issues.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Pre-Release Review
If this game was free, I might've felt better about playing it. I thankfully got it on sale for very cheap, but I'm still unquestionably disappointed. After one playthrough, anyone would be able to notice that this game has many, many faults. Pretty unforgivable faults, especially since it's so expensive (relative to the quality, that is): Bland textures and animations, dull, boring gameplay, and a silly, confusing storyline. The developers made the mistake of substituting true, engaging gameplay moments--quests, fights, anything--for easy-to-implement, overdone bloat. I'm talkin' fetch quests, more or less forced grinding, and unintuitive mechanics. I think there was a very small few fun moments, but... they aren't even remotely as abundant as the bland moments. On top of all this, this game's ending is... awful. Just awful. It's honestly, sincerely pathetic. Like, if you're a game developer or wish to become one, I'd recommend you play this game just to see the ending find footage of the ending and see a perfect example of how NOT to end a game. An abysmal ending on top of an already mostly mediocre game? Sounds like rubbish to me.

It's sad, too, because I really wanted to like it. An under-the-radar RPG with a Greek mythological setting? Yes, please! Unfortunately, this did not deliver. At all. Stay away from this.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
At best this relic should be sold at the $2-3 price point. The animations, skills and flow of combat are all rather poor. No reason to get this unless you've played Torchlight 1/2, Van Helsing, and other similar titles to death and need a arpg fix, but be forwarned that there is little substance in this title.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
this is pretty much the exact kind of game ive been looking for. No need to compare gear and money with anyone like regular mmos. It is all you
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
To me this game was like playing "World of 'Ancient Greece'-Craft". Without the idiots running around and stealing your quest mobs.
If you like MMOs, try it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Seems designed to be a lackluster mmorpg, but single player. Heavy reliance on fetch quests and "kill X of specific enemy" quotas, lots of running back and forth from quest givers. Slow, awkward, and kind of boring for an MMO, it's downright terrible for a single player.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
when i bought this game it was on sale for 50p money well spent honestly if your looking for a decent rpg with a mmo feel this is always worth a shout the story so far is interesting enough to make me want to push forward while the grind for gear gets me every time as a massive rpg fan and a huge fan of greek mythos its the best of both worlds personally this gets a 8/10 as you dont see many of this style or story come together in such a way only wish i discovered this game sooner
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Fun game and worth the price of less then a dollar for sure
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57 of 72 people (79%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
It's not a good RPG, but it's not a total catastrophe either... The item and level grinding is boring, it lacks in story and especially in side quests and the level 'design' is pretty much non-existant. Most of the game looks more random than Diablo while it isn't. While the game isn't a complete waste of time and has some moments, the lack of speech for the few NPCs, the mindnumbing and pointless arena fights and a lot of other small details make the game very dull and sometimes tedious to play. There's just so many better Diablo clones around and this one is hardly worth anybody's time. The final battle is a joke compared to the other boss fights. So many design flaws in one game that it's almost a candidate for a rotten tomato award... Unless you're extremely bored and have nothing better to play, stay away from this game.
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43 of 56 people (77%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Numen: Contest of Heroes basically plays like a single player MMO, complete with hotkey bar, ability cooldowns, and combat that doesn't feel like it's quite connecting. It isn't a great game, but it's at least a decent one, and well worth the huge sale prices I've seen it (currently $0.99 as I write this review.) I myself picked it up for $7.50 soon after release, and don't really regret it, though $5 or less is the sweet spot here IMO.

The introductory / tutorial section is pretty boring, but persevere and the game becomes more enjoyable later. You start out as a kid, and through a few quests learn the basics of the three primary classes - Warrior, Archer and Mage. At the end of the tutorial you get to pick which of the three classes you want to become, and appear as a leveled up adult with only the abilities of the chosen class. At the same time you also pick which God to worship, granting you additional abilities and bonuses, which increase as you make your God more proud of you through your actions.

Then it's standard fantasy RPG fare. You go on quests, trigger events which advance the plotline, unlock new areas and make more quests available, kill monsters to level up and get better loot, and eventually kill the final boss and beat the game. You encounter other heroes along the way and choose whether to help, hinder or ignore them. And there's an Arena tournament event where you can fight these heroes as well.

The balance seems a bit off in some areas. A couple times you can be thrown into a new area severely underlevelled for the enemies, and have to grind before you can take on more than one of them at a time. Then 3/4 of the way through you find that 90% of your attacks are critical hits and enemies don't stand a chance as long as you don't get careless.

Overall I'd recommend the game when it's on sale, though not at the base $9.99 price.
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Well the game not that bad however the market offers a lot betters of the same genre. You know the feeling of ''hmm there is something amiss here'' ,well you are condemned to feel it often here. Dead atmosphere, boring gameplay, even a few hours of gp is enuff to get it uninstalled unless you had anything better to do.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
+ hunting for the perfect ~lvl80 gear keeps me entertained
+ once I went with my 1st char over lvl98/99, I became a demi-god
+ ancient greek mythology setting, without funny monsters
+ few surprisingly neat levels/events

~ a treasure hunt as gimmick

- loved to see a mod-tool kit
- not that many areas or content

All in all a nice game for a nice price (1€ when on sale)
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2013
Pre-Release Review
fun game hard to complete but totally worth it 4 out of 5.

just when you are about to quit and say enough is enough, you manage to give it 1 more try and you actually manages to get past the obsticle, it required alot of patience and focus for me, which was the hard part but also the fun part as I like a good challenge but not when it gets too hard.

i still do not know how i managed to kill the crab.. but i did somehow and i was kinda relief that the game ended there to be honest, i couldnt imagine playing this game beyond that with an even harder "boss" but ye overall it was good fun.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2013
This isn't really bad but it also isn't very good. It just kind of is there and it's pretty bland and boring. I don't recommend picking it up just because it's pretty boring.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2011
Pre-Release Review
This is a fun RPG with some interesting elements. While you may notice right off the bat that some of the design decisions are a bit lower quality than some games like Mass Effect or Fallout 3, this game is still fun nonetheless. There are 9 classes all of which have unique abilities that actually feel powerful. The world is rather large, the monsters are varied enough to keep things fun, and so on. If you're a RPG fan, and want something new to play, check this one out. At least pick it up when it goes on sale if you aren't sure about it.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2010
Pre-Release Review
I think the game is pretty well done, it is just weird that it skips the overall leveling up process in the beginning. You start at lvl 1 and then scale up a bit and then magically jump quite a few levels, like to 13 or something, as it says you are an adult now. But overall good game play and would recommend to RPG fans, :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2013
I have to recommend this game because you have to see it to believe it. (Don't actually see it, there is nothing to believe other than it sounds waaaaay better than it is!)
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2011
fairly standard rpg in that you can be a caster or a hunter with range weapons, and a hack and slash guy. the quest are fun and it is adictive, the monsters look good also, has a weird areana fighting quest to do that are not really worth doing but still overall a good game.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2012
A Titan Quest clone. So Diablo's grandclone. Great graphics, but the gameplay isn't very innovative. The story is new, and the game isn't bad. It's just not worth paying for if you already own Titan Quest.

It is definitely different from Titan Quest, but not different enough that I don't feel like an idiot for buying them both. In Titan Quest, you click a button to choose your class. In Numen, you "role-play" your class choice. How you play through the beginning of the game determines what class of character you play. Numen feels more like a single-player MMO, whereas Titan Quest feels more like a proper Diablo clone.

C+. Not bad, just not unique.
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