- July 25th, 2014
- Nerdook Productions / Digerati Distribution
Vertical Drop Heroes HD is a semi rouge like top to bottom platformer with some randomized level generators thrown in.
You start off each life picking a new character before being placed at the top of the level with the simply task of making down to the bottom alive and either using keys you’ve collected to open the door or killing the boss to progress to the next level. On the way down you can kill enemies to level your character up, collect coins for upgrades, and buy random upgrades and teleporters to skip earlier levels. Now you don’t have to kill anyone, in fact game rewards you for decided not to do so. As long you go through the level without killing the game is in Pacifist mode where you can collect extra XP to level you character up.
The kicker however is that when you die that character and his level progression is over with and reset. At the start of the next game you begin you pick a new character who starts at level 1. Though that makes it the basic rougelike game your powers and abilities you buy do carry over between all characters if they are able to use them.
The graphics look great with a bright crisp almost cartoon like look to them. Thankfully the game controls just as well with the only times I found myself complaining of getting hurt was because of being my fault or just some odd level choices.
Through my several hours in the game the more I leveled up and got further the more fun the game got. You become stronger each time and gain new powers to make the game easier. For $7 on Steam I have to recommend this, it’s a good game to play in bursts that will keep you entertained throughout it.