Vertical Drop Heroes HD from Nerdook Productions and Digerati Distribution is a highly addictive roguelike RPG platformer. It is now available for PS Vita and PS4 as a Cross-Buy release that expands on the original Vertical Drop Heroes release with more of everything. Was the move to the PlayStation good for the game? Should you give it a try? Read our Vertical Drop Heroes HD review to find out!
The game is the original work of one-man indie developer Nerdook Productions, and tells of a prophecy of great heroes fighting across the lands in search of the holy sanctuary which holds the secret to eternal existence. You have to reach the end of a ten level run without dying AND in one sitting, which is no easy task. A lot of patience is required, so be sure to take things slowly! If you’re a bit tired, just put your PS Vita into sleep mode so that you can carry on later with a new approach.
The game, as its title suggests, plays in a vertical fashion. As you progress downwards, you will need to kill any enemy on your path to be able to level up as you prepare for fighting the boss at the bottom. If you manage to defeat the boss, you’ll be able to progress to the next level as you rinse and repeat for another nine levels for a single run.
Before you begin a run, you’ll be able to select from the available warriors who offer a good bit of variety. Each character has different strengths and weakness, not to mention different weapons. You have sword fighters, axe wielders and dagger using individuals, so there’s certainly a weapon or two in there to suit most playing styles. Oh, and you can choose to have the attacks set to manual or automatic, a feature that is down to each player’s taste and how quick they want to finish the game.
As you scale down the platforms, you will collect keys you can use to open treasure chests or unlock cages to free the prisoners within. The prisoners you release will aid you in combat, which is great. Some will use magic to protect you, while others will immediately attack any enemy in its path. As for treasure chests, they contain random items such as potions or quest items, so be sure to open as many as you can!
Each level has one quest to complete which will reward you with bonus effects such as extra damage, extra HP or even extra coins depending on what the quest is. For example, perhaps the Princess will want to have her diamond ring, or you might need to find three roses and bring them back to her. Not anything extremely hard but definitely worth it for the extra boosts.
As is probably expected from this type of game, you are going to die A LOT, and you shouldn’t let that discourage you from continuing with your adventure. Every time you die you’ll learn something new, get to learn more about the gameplay mechanics and make some progress towards making sure the next adventurer you take through the game has a better chance of survival. Why? Because anything you unlock via the merchants carries over to subsequent runs, so you can actually progress in the game bit by bit.
There is also a teleportation system in place. If you find a green crystal and purchase it you’ll be able to skip some levels, as long as you can pay the price. Green Crystals are veeeeeeery expensive, so do take that into consideration!
I had a lot of fun with Vertical Drop Heroes HD. The action and pacing are great, and the challenge is never overwhelming. When I died, I knew it was due to my own fault. The one complaint I’d have is that the game looks a bit dark on the PS Vita. And yes, I have the portable’s brightness set to max. Other than that, the game is a lot of fun, and with Cross-Buy functionality and its decent price, the game is definitely worth your time and money.
|Very addictive gameplay|
Good progression system.
|Looks a bit dark on PS Vita|
This Vertical Drop Heroes HD review is based on a PS Vita copy provided by Digerati Distribution.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor