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  • Summary: 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! Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
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  1. May 28, 2014
    95
    Vertical Drop Heroes is a really solid game. While there are a couple of things I could (and did) nitpick, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. 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.
  2. Jun 5, 2014
    70
    This enhanced remake is able to capture its original spirit and, until it lasts, it's really funny. Sadly, after four hours you'll be tired of falling down the pit. And everything will feel like a chore. Beware of this and you won't regret the time spent with this game.
  3. Jun 8, 2014
    70
    Vertical Drop Heroes is a cheap and certainly cheerful 2D platformer, and pretty enjoyable, although it’s unlikely to hold your attention for too long. It’s a game that’s as much about luck and perseverance than actual skill, but Roguelike fans who want something a little lighter might well enjoy this.
  4. Aug 27, 2014
    70
    The combat in Vertical Drop Heroes is simplistic, but fun.
  5. Jul 30, 2014
    65
    Vertical Drop Heroes places a new spin on a tried and true genre that has spanned decades. The spin may be simplistic, but it is appreciated nonetheless. The repetitiveness may not be for everyone, but for those who don’t mind falling down again and again, you could do worse than this bright, slightly charming game.
  6. Aug 2, 2014
    50
    The problem with Vertical Drop Heroes HD is that it’s not very fun.
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  1. May 28, 2014
    10
    Vertical Drop Heroes HD takes what was an excellent flash game and makes a high quality animated platforming game. At only $5 it's an excellent value for what the game offers. If you are a big indie game fan then you will probably like this one. If you still aren't sure if you would like general gameplay, you can go and play the original free flash version (simply named Vertical Drop Heroes) on a site like Kongregate. If you like that game, imagine everything that was good about it, but improved to the point it becomes worthy of paying for it. I can only hope Nerdook will remake some more of his other games in a similar fashion. Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2014
    7
    Disposable Heroes HD: The Legend of Ferretbearer, and Pinecloak, and Skybane, etc.

    VDH is like a crash test facility for fantasy themed
    champions. The player will spend their time trying to find the perfect hero to use as a protagonist (after generations of disappointments), able enough to complete the 10-level quest by which so many predecessors have inevitably failed.
    Approaches to play-style can differ from chaotic to tactical; the path of progressive pacifism is possible, though most will prefer to engage with blade, bolt or blast (amongst other things).
    It is simple to grasp, though many heroes will meet their doom early. Fortunately, no effort (death) goes unrewarded as resources (as well as abilities) stockpile, which means it is not nearly as frustrating as it should be.
    Skill acquisition is indefinite, meaning earned abilities become inherent, allowing for a more expansive genotype, and thus is an inspiration to continue despite the permadeath nature of the game.
    The only notable grievance comes within a poorly designed HUD, which can hinder co-op interactions, making for a slightly cramped feel to split screen mode.
    'Falling to progress' is a significant enough change logistically to alter the feel of the game from similar titles, and works to enhance the fast paced direction that the game embodies.
    VDH is fun without the demand of time input, and although it isn't one you would likely spend hours on, you'll come back to it often; the epitome of the casual indie.
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