Back in 2014 Vertical Drop Heroes hit Steam as a procedurally generated down-scrolling roguelike platformer. It was a bit of a hit. Developer, Nerdook, took the decision to revamp and re-build the game for a console release this year and finally, we have a date for Vertical Drop Heroes HD on Xbox One.
So, what is Vertical Drop Heroes HD all about? Well, the game is a procedural platformer-RPG hybrid with roguelike elements. 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’s story.
The key to the title is that each level, enemy and boss is procedurally generated. This makes every play through different and can make for fairly infinite replayability. The game will feature a single player adventure and split-screen, local co-op play.
Each of your skills will have multiple uses, giving you plenty of options to approach different situations. This can also be complicated by destructible terrain. There are literally tons of skills, abilities, powers and character traits that can be unlocked during your adventures. This will allow a uniquely different hero to be created every time you play. Any upgrades are persistent between games as well, so you’ll be able to carry these forward with a choice of increasingly expensive persistent upgrades or generally cheaper temporary upgrades. That choice is yours.
Don’t think that you’ll be able to mash the keypad for combat either. Vertical Drop Heroes HD features a unique combat system, so proper planning is more important than quick reflexes. Each enemy and boss has been designed to provide a challenge and variety, further reinforcing the need to plan ahead.
So, Nerdook has rebuilt the game for consoles, featuring his unique artwork, coding and animation and you won’t have to wait very long for it to be an option to buy. Vertical Drop Heroes HD will be available from the 17th of February on Xbox One, priced $7.99 or local equivalent and if you’re of a mind to pre-order it, you can grab an extra 10% off the retail price on the Xbox Live site here.
Here’s a lovely trailer to give you an idea.