A brutal platform game with an advanced speedrun system. Explore a story from Greek mythology as you rally an army to defy a tyrant. Hack and slash your way up the leaderboards and claim a world record!
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Jul 1, 2019

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Herakles has been in Early Access for over a year, and I have been able to receive feedback as I continue to work on the game. The game's discord server has helped me immensely with getting the game to where it is today. We are now in the home stretch of Early Access and I couldn't be happier with how the game has progressed :)”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I am taking a break from the game's development to focus on a separate project, which will tie back in with Herakles and the Princess of Troy, which I will release at that point. I expect Herakles to be fully released by 2026.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“This is my list of what we've added and also plan to add during Early Access:
  • (done) Balancing
  • (done) New game cover art
  • (done) Additional game mode: Classic (with Classic Graphics from the 2006 version!)
  • (done) Steam Cloud Saves
  • (done) Speedrun mode
  • Steam Achievements
  • Polish - Small changes here and there that improve the look and feel of the game.
  • Additional languages - French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and more
  • Mac release
  • Linux release
  • More original music from Adam Mullen

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is nearly complete. What I still plan to add are Steam Achievements, a bit of polish, additional languages, Mac export and a Linux export. The core game is complete.

The game currently consists of speedrun mode and 3 separate game modes (campaign, classic, demo).

The Campaign mode consists of 21 levels. You get to take on 6 bosses and 2 mini-bosses. There are 15 cutscenes that tell of the epic story. You can explore and find the 26 weapons and 11 buffs throughout the game. Some of which are unlocked as you complete the 3 New Game+ modes. The Campaign Mode is complete.

The Speedrun mode offers a lot of replayability to the game and I am very proud of how the speedrun system turned out. I couldn't have done it without the player feedback.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game's price may increase as we add more content and features.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Having been in Early Acces for over a year, I have taken the community feedback (in the game's discord server) and improved the game a lot. I will continue to use the community's feedback as I continue to get the game to a fully polished state.”
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About This Game

A brutal platform game with an advanced speedrun system. Explore a story from Greek mythology as you rally an army to defy a tyrant. Hack and slash your way up the leaderboards and claim a world record!

Herakles is a 2D action adventure platform game that completely destroys traditional concepts. Speed and skill is far more important than the weapon you wield. You can run up walls, ceilings; there is no limit to your agility! Leap over your enemies and take them by surprise! In Herakles and the Princess of Troy, YOU have the high ground!

Key Features:

  • Advanced Speedrun System
  • Experience an epic 3000 year old story that will make you feel empowered after playing through
  • Engage in battle against mighty bosses with unique weapons. Defeat them and you can wield them yourself!
  • Explore a map full of adventure!
  • Go on the hunt to find buffs! Each one will give you a powerful advantage.
  • Uncover secrets as you wander the lands. If you see an animal, follow it! It'll lead you to something good!
  • Amazing soundtrack leaving you immersed in the game
  • 3 game modes: Demo, Classic and Campaign

Speedrun Mode:

  • Race against your personal best
  • 5 leaderboards to climb
  • Automatically diverging routes. Go down a different path and the speedrun system will update to only compare to your runs that also went down that path
  • Detailed timer information that displays: sum of best, best possible time, possible time save, segment best, segment PB, previous segment difference, live segment difference
  • Main timer information that displays: main timer, segment names, PB cumulative time, difference between current cumulative time and PB cumulative time
  • Speedrun results screen that compares your run to your personal best run, your best splits and much more.
  • Speedrun Basics guide that explains what all of the numbers and terms mean in the speedrun mode and results screen (see community guides)
  • Option to compare against your own times, the developer's times or the world record.
  • Option to display buff outlines to show which route your PB went down (Campaign mode only)
  • Streaming Guide that provides assets, such as webcam portrait and an input overlay (see community guides)
  • 3 game modes to speedrun that vary in length. The shortest game mode is great for beginners.
  • Robust anticheat system
  • Attempts are pruned to keep the file size down to mere kilobytes
  • Every attempt is stored but they are safe to delete as the game only needs your pruned attempts file
  • Great game to get into speedrunning

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Blood and Violence

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 x86/x64
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS *: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 x64
    • Processor: 2.6 Ghz Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: A Graphics Card
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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