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Key Features

  • Build and upgrade town structures each with their own bonus effects
  • Defend the village against monstrous waves of evil attacks
  • Protect the kingdom one village at a time in campaign mode
  • Randomized villagers, each with different amount of courage and weapon knowledge
  • Randomized monsters, each with different armor parts and weapons
  • Smash, kick, puncture and explode the enemy to send their corpse flying with rag-doll effects
  • Place explosive powder kegs as traps, or drop them in a group like grenades
  • Experience many rich and unique environments
  • Earn achievements from your success
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3 comments by astralbyte on Apr 15th, 2014

Astral Byte is happy to announce that Heldric – The legend of the shoemaker will release on Steam April 17th. It's been a very long road for Heldric, but he is now able to share his epic story with you. The first release will be on Steam with other platforms soon to follow.
 


Do you enjoy hack-n-slash but longed for a bit more? Maybe you like tower defense games but find them a bit boring? Heldric is a unique mix of the same old styles of game with a few new twists. A hack-n-slash without endless level grinding. A tower defense game with more action. A game where you don’t play as an epic hero, but as a humble shoemaker who must work together with his fellow villagers to defend their home.

Build and upgrade the village quickly before the attack waves start. Each building you place adds unique abilities to not only the player’s character, but your fellow villagers as well. You must choose your structures wisely, as there are only a limited amount of plots to build. Each villager contributes to your coin income and provides essential help in defending the town.

You must help defend against waves of monsters intent on killing everyone. Do you have what it takes to survive?


  • Build and upgrade town structures each with their own bonus effects
  • Defend the village against monstrous waves of evil attacks
  • Protect the kingdom one village at a time in campaign mode
  • Randomized villagers, each with different amount of courage and weapon knowledge
  • Randomized monsters, each with different armor parts and weapons
  • Smash, kick, puncture and explode the enemy to send their corpse flying with rag-doll effects
  • Place explosive powder kegs as traps, or drop them in a group like grenades
  • Experience many rich and unique environments
  • Earn achievements from your success

Heldric at sunset.Archer tower
Shadestone Build 5121.Visual improvements with SSAO and effects

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Heldric Demo (Linux)

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Nov 27, 2013 Demo 0 comments

Linux demo of the Heldric to give you a taste of the full verison. It includes three maps and several achievements. (32 & 64 bit) Change log update...

Heldric demo (Windows)

Heldric demo (Windows)

Nov 27, 2013 Demo 15 comments

Windows demo of Heldric - The legend of the shoemaker. Contains three maps and several acheievements. Get a good taste of what is to come in the full...

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Gn0meSlice
Gn0meSlice Jan 9 2014, 4:09pm says:

Finally got around to playing the beta demo. Really pleased with the game. Nice and polished, good visuals, and nice sound design. I got drawn in. Can't wait for the finished product!

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astralbyte
astralbyte Jan 9 2014, 8:36pm replied:

Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed the demo. It's very close to being ready for purchase.

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gabrielfernandoritte
gabrielfernandoritte Jan 3 2014, 4:37pm says:

Ok thanks, gotta try it right away ;)

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null.
null. Dec 17 2013, 8:52pm says:

Fun game, gonna track this. Thanks for the Linux demo!

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gabrielfernandoritte
gabrielfernandoritte Dec 9 2013, 8:34am says:

Really good game, and reminds me of Hinterland too, did you guys played it? I loved Hinterland and your game is much better, congratulations!
I got some suggestions: 1 about the movement, did you guys ever thought in putting a more hack'n slash move? Like moving with W A S D or that sort of thing? and 2 A little more of the concept of shoemaker, everybody nows that Heldric is a Shoemaker, but we never saw him making shoes, like you can put some professions in game, cause as you guys said, they are not brave warriors or legends, ther just villagers, but the only thing we see them doing is battling.
I know is very hard to make such things, I create somethings too, but nothing as big as your game. Congratulations again and keep the good work!
P.S. I didn't mean to offend anybody, it's just a "productive" feedback, I hope the game improves much more, even it's still good!

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astralbyte
astralbyte Dec 16 2013, 3:04am replied:

You didn't offend us at all. Feedback is very important to help improve the game and we love to hear it.

The funny thing is that we had never seen or heard of Hinterland before publishing on indieDB. But it is very similar to this game.

The original plan for villagers was to have them work around town. The latest build now has this feature so be sure and write back and let us know how you like it.

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yojakejy
yojakejy Dec 4 2013, 3:11pm says:

Hey there, Heldric team. I did a video for you guys awhile back that was essentially feedback in YouTube video format. I'm back with more of the same for a recent Beta build.
Youtube.com

Keep up the great work! This game gets better every day.

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astralbyte
astralbyte Dec 4 2013, 7:58pm replied:

Thanks for the follow up video and feedback. We worked on many areas based on your comments and suggestions. It would be great to know what you think of the latest build, 5087. Cheers

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ironstrom
ironstrom Nov 29 2013, 11:04am says:

Xtomass a friend of mine did a cover of your game Quote "this has the promise to become very good and very unique" Youtube.com

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Heldric - The Legend of the shoemaker
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Heldric is finally out now on Steam! Get it on T.co or read more T.co #heldric #indiegames

Apr 18 2014, 12:29am

@GnomeSlice Cheers, only steam at launch day, but plans for many other sites including direct from T.co Game is DRM free

Apr 15 2014, 9:39pm

Heldric will release on April 17th T.co Download the demo now at T.co #heldric T.co

Apr 15 2014, 8:04am

Stay awhile and listen, or better yet watch. Heldric's story T.co Read more T.co #Heldric

Feb 25 2014, 6:42am

@sknightly Looks like a lot of fun, won't be able to make this one but maybe in the future. Don't happen to have any on the south island?

Jan 28 2014, 5:32pm

@floatvoid Cheers, in the home stretch now. :)

Jan 28 2014, 5:30pm

Heldric has been greenlit! Thanks to all your support, final release is coming soon. #heldric #indiegames T.co

Jan 28 2014, 5:21pm

@markiplier Hey Mark, really enjoy your youtube videos. Any chance of you doing a video of my indie game Heldric? T.co

Jan 8 2014, 5:24pm

Trolls now have a massive AOE attacks, new exp for villagers and mobs T.co #heldric #indiegames T.co

Jan 8 2014, 5:00pm

@GnomeSlice Yes, the full version of #Heldric is expected to launch for $9.99 USD. The demo will still be free of course.

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