Vertical Drop Heroes is a roguelike platformer that focuses on descending levels while levelling up your characters. Bosses are at the bottom of the level and finding keys will unlock fellow fighters to help take on the boss. Once you defeat the boss you’re taken to another level to repeat it all over again.
At the start of each run, you pick one of three characters. These options change per run. Once you choose a character you’re transported to an area that will allow you to purchase upgrades. Enter the transportation area to begin.
Fighting is very basic with two fight actions that vary, it could be an arrow, boosted jump, recovery or a blade. Combat, in general, is simple and boring. You don’t have to press the attack button to hurt enemies, as there is an auto attack feature. Attacks can still be done in addition to the automatic function. The auto attack is a weird feature that makes the game seem lazy. It doesn’t feel like you have control over the flow of combat. It’s random based on who touches each other first or jumps on the other. It’s weird to say the least.
Enemies are a weird looking bunch of monsters that jump, fly and attack you. They just walk from left to right repeatedly. Some will fly until you hit them once and drop to the ground and start walking, this is a good change of enemy. Bosses are three times bigger and will come after you purposely as opposed to the minions.
Keys found in each level can unlock treasure chests and friendly characters that will help fight enemies and the boss. They may be used now or saved for the next level. There are blue pads that will teleport you to the top of the level. This is useful to defeat more enemies for levelling purposes as well as collecting coins for upgrades. If you cross an enemy banner with a skull it will make more enemies appear. You can purchase random traits, abilities, weapons and powers (at random) from a woman with a weird animal found in the levels. These can be seen in the main game area under where upgrades are bought.
Combat is laughable and graphics are simple. Replayability is medium to low. Roguelike means you have to keep playing over and over, but it’s not fun or attractive enough to make you want to. The levels change each run but it wasn’t noticeable enough to mention primarily. Cut the price in half and put in on mobile and I would recommend this title, otherwise, I would pass on this game.
Beard Score: 3/10
Platform: Steam, PlayStation 4, PSVita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release: 04/10/2018 (Switch)
Players: 2 players simultaneous
Category: Platformer, Strategy, Adventure