Zenman Empire is the largest nation in the world. It is located in the central region and surrounded by the bloodthirsty Martia Kingdom (formerly the Martia Tribes) in the north, the deceptively powerful Amazail Kingdom in the south, and the unpredictable House Lagidis in the west.

Each year, the vassal factions must pay a tribute with gifts, weapons, women, and gold to Zenman Empire.

Its capital city, Zalumi, has been protected by the four most powerful noble families. Those four families are the Sutherlands, the Pantelakos, the Totens, and the Rileys.

One morning, Leonardo, the only child of the Sutherlands, was nowhere to be found. His mysterious disappearance shocked the nation.

Meanwhile, in the north, Martia Kingdom has been staring at Zalumi for years. The Amazailians are also lurking around from the south.

Both are growing tired of being a vassal nation. They are tiring of paying tributes to Zenman Empire.

They have been watching Zalumi like a hawk, waiting for a chance to take action.

Sources from Iron Eagle, the mysterious organization from Zuda Kingdom, revealed that Martia and Amazail have been trying to form an alliance.

The once great Zenman Empire is suddenly facing two big threats from the north and south.

Characteristics and Features:

  • Zelda-like jump, slash bushes, find secret treasures, explore hidden areas.
  • Simplified Final Fantasy-like battle system, but with visible enemies. No random encounters or invisible monsters. Bandits and aggressive beasts will approach you. Less aggressive opponents will leave you alone, unless you initiate the attack.
  • Grinding is unnecessary. All you need to do to win is be careful with each decision, look out for quests and hidden secrets, manage your money (buy/sell) wisely, and use your skills, items, and potions carefully.
  • The plots and dialogues are managed carefully in order to bring each character to life.
  • No Game Over.
  • There is replay value. Multiple endings depend on many variables, including multiple choices and subtle triggers.

Basic information and Minimum System Requirements:

Platform: PC

Operating systems: Windows XP to Windows 10 (32-bit/64-bit) (all playable builds can run on Windows 98 or even Windows 95, but might lag)

Processor: 1 GHz or faster

RAM: 128 MB or more

Free space: 495 MB

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Five years ago, we got together and started our research on parallel universes in fiction such as Middle-Earth, Neverland, Elfland, Discworld, and the rich worlds of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), The Witcher... as well as the great storytelling of Japanese fiction, notably manga and role-playing games. Afterward, we decided to write about the great stories in the world of Shaola.

With that approach, we focused on creating hybrid games that combine our favorite aspects of old school RPGs and JRPGs, while at the same time, removing those things some players didn't like, like random encounters and time-consuming grinding.

The Shaola project is the product of that research and ideas. Our games are not a copycat clone, which borrows ideas from old games, or games with a cheap nostalgia effect. This project is about utilizing some of the best ideas, features and characteristics from the oldies, remix and refine them, then combine and create a new and different type of enjoyment in a modern gaming era.

Shaola is a long-term project. It is a process of telling great stories about many appealing characters in different kingdoms and regions in Shaola. The gameplay in Shaola games will be based on the distinct story, characters, settings and environment of each title.

Hidden behind the beautiful high fantasy theme is the cruel world of medieval politics, as each character and faction has different motives and conflicts. Who can you trust?

Leonardo’s adventure is not a carbon copy of the Tolkien-esque RPGs in the 90s where you go on a heroic mission. You meet orcs, wizards, trolls, goblins, hobbits, and then you defeat some Dark Lords and win the game.

In this adventure, you are kidnapped into a foreign kingdom. You meet an unsecured prince, who is scheming to dispose of his own brother. The dark side of medieval politics comes out in full force.

We focus on blending historical fiction and medieval realism with epic fantasy.

A common theme in folk tales and mythology is the battle between good and evil, which does not always mirror the medieval world.

Old-time writers tend to oversimplify the struggle between good and evil into stereotypical clichés.

The Shaola series brings a measure of harsh realism to high fantasy. They introduce gray tones into a black-and-white universe.

Two permanent characteristics in every game in the Shaola series are: I. Fun gameplay that is easy to play. II. Advanced storytelling and building your enjoyment to the fullest. The story in each game will be enjoyable and on par with any adventure game or Visual Novel.

While this game is an RPG, one could say that it is an uncategorized game. It could belong to every subgenre out there, while you wouldn’t be wrong if you said it belonged to no subgenre at all.

It is a combination of many fun things that we’ve loved since childhood from our very first video game experience. The Shaola series is simply a tool to share the fun, excitement, enjoyment and delightful experience with you.

Eric Truong

Heroes of Shaola

Crazy fights in the world of Shaola

Crazy fights in the world of Shaola


Some battle scenes in Heroes of Shaola have been compiled and uploaded.

Heroes of Shaola - Update 1.2.5

Heroes of Shaola - Update 1.2.5


Version 1.2.5 has changes that was intended to make the game more user-friendly to non-RPG gamers and casual players. There are new direction pointers...

Heroes of Shaola is available on Steam

Heroes of Shaola is available on Steam


Major changes to the enemies, spoils, rewards, game difficulty and balance. The game "Normal" mode should be much easier to finish now. We aim to make...

Heroes of Shaola: End of beta testing, full game released!

Heroes of Shaola: End of beta testing, full game released!


Beta testing of Heroes of Shaola has ended and the game has been checked, verified and released! The stable build of the full game is now live, ready...

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Demo 1.2.5

Demo 1.2.5


This Demo is portable and DRM-free. Extract the zip file, open the game folder, and click on the executive (.exe) file to launch the game.

Early Tech Demo

Early Tech Demo


This is a standalone version. You don't need to install the Demo to the computer. Simply open the folder, click on the execute (.exe) file and play the...


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