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?

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New difficulty modes, updated campaign map and additional controls for Heldric.

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Happy new year from Heldric

First, we hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is ready to celebrate the end of 2013. Heldric has come a long way from an idea in August. Unfortunately, we did not receive enough votes to make it on steam greenlight. However, we used the time to take your feedback and further improve the game. While this means that Heldric won’t be available for purchase this month, it will mean a better overall experience when it is released.

New beta trailer

In case you missed the new trailer, see what’s new with the addition of Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) and environmental sun effects.

Difficulty levels

Did you find the game too easy or too hard? The latest update adds a difficulty level selector so you can get the enjoyment out of the game. Each level has a number of tweaks to the game. Once you beat a map, you can try your hand at challenge mode (not in demo) that gives you a fixed budget at the start and unlocks all building and upgrades. Can you survive the full forces of evil on a limited budget?

Campaign map improvements

The campaign map has been upgraded to show which game mode has been completed. Achieve a victory on normal or hard will earn you a silver coin. Beating the challenge mode will give gold coins.


New achievements

Several new achievements have been added to the game. The achievements button has been added to the main menu since challenge mode has been moved to campaign map. As before you can access them in-game via the pause menu.

Your support

Thank you to all the people who have taken their time to provide us with feedback or make a video. The game wouldn’t be where it is today with out it. We are still rather far from our goals, but still hopeful that 2014 will give Heldric the chance to shine. If you’d like to help us, please vote, retweet or post a video of your gameplay.

And have a happy new year everyone!


Great post. You'll get onto Steam eventually I'm sure, the feedback on your Greenlight page is extremely positive. Will there be a non-steam release? Desura or IndieGameStand perhaps? I'm sure a lot of people would be happy to see a DRM-Free version for sale. =]

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Thanks for the comment. Yes, right now there are few other options being researched. This down time hasn't gone to waste though. Several new features and content have been added and of course bugs fixed. New demo build 5121 is being uploaded right now. :)

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