Indiedb.com (Freeware version for those who want to just play the first episode with all features and content up to 1.2.0)

Store.steampowered.com (Published version with future content planned)

Devblog/more consistent updates over at - Patreon.com

Youtube channel - Youtube.com



Hedon is an entirely original game designed throughout a fair number of years, first as a concept/fantasy world, and thanks to the Doom modding community - an actual thing in the works.

Why give Hedon a try?

➣ It's an oldschool shooter not by just looks and engine, but by gameplay.

➣ Gory, fast paced shooting, a solid arsenal of weapons and magic items.

➣ Sprawling levels that offer a degree of freedom and don't hold the player's hand. Exploring, hunting secrets, backtracking and having to figure out what to do next is key.

➣ Original soundtrack ranging from tense to serene ambient, spiced up with bursts of metal. Also, did I mention Alexander Brandon? :^)

➣ Thousands of hours of work put into an original concept, digital drawn graphics (textures, sprites, frame by frame animations etc.), scripting, sound effects and level design, all by a one man dev team aiming to create a unique game with a unique atmosphere.

➣ It's easy to set up and play (unzip and go).


My aim is to research classic game design and refresh the valuable bits we've lost in an experience that ultimately rewards the player through learning and investment rather than through mechanically administered gratification.


Hedon is an oldschool shooter, and that's pretty much enough of a description. Fast paced, gory gun play, non linear level design, various aesthetics (forest, caves, forge, barracks, snowy mountain etc.), exploration and learning by yourself is key (puzzles and secrets that reward the player investment in the game and so on).

You may find that Hedon takes a certain amount of inspiration from games such as Unreal, Blood, Thief, Arx Fatalis, Serious Sam etc. but nonetheless aims to be original at all times.


You play as Zan (any similarity with the creator's username is a pure coincidence), a half orc - half demon warrior who wakes up in a caved in tunnel with no memory of how she ended up there.
The first episode will focus on our hero's descent into a strange underground world which is threatened by the sudden attack of a massive Cultist force.


☼ LORE ☼

There are certain races and factions populating the world of Hedon.

➣ The Iron Division

A faction of amazon-like orcs and goblins, the Iron Division are the keepers Hedon's greatest secret - the crystal technology. Various magical crystals sprawl across the underground, providing energy, heat, oxygen and often forming entire biomes around them. Combining this power with crafting and the ancient art of magic, the Iron Division has founded a whole new civilization within their mountain stronghold known as Valc.

➣ The Cultists

Fallen to sin, the raving husks of what were once human now worship various figures of the Underworld. Little can be done to cull their addiction to pain and suffering. Little but a spray of frag fire or an explosive bolt that is...

➣ The Demons

Chaotic Demons dwell in the deepest parts of Hedon, lashing out at the weaker minds of the inhabitants of the Overworld. In time, they have subdued entire towns to become their cultist slaves and feed their endless hunger through pain and suffering. Demons only care about feeding, and they will stop at nothing to do so.

➣ The Earthborn

Ancient dwellers of the underground, Minotaurs and Dwarves have built their own civilisations, ever clenched in warfare with the Demons spawning from below. However, their great cities and lore were lost hundreds of years after their inevitable defeat in front of hell's armies, and now they have been scattered and forced to live in small clans and towns.



Akhzul - Hedon's OST dedicated composer. A one guitar band.

Alexander Brandon - The man himself. If you enjoyed the soundtracks of Deus Ex or Unreal, then you're in for a few pleasant surprises. I'm aiming on buying licenses for some of his personal tracks (and other songs that didn't make it in Deus Ex/Unreal) and fit them into Hedon!

Breathelast - A band of underground sharks who pitched in with instrumental tracks of their songs. Also one of my favorite bands ever.

Methadone Skies - Another solid band from the underground, guilty for creating permeating musical atmospheres.



Engine: GZDoom
Coding/Scripting/Resource Management: SLADE3
Level Design: GZDoom Builder
Graphic Design (Textures, Sprites, Animations etc.): Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
3D Modelling: Blender
Sound Editing/Recording/Mixing: Audacity

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Hedon is Out!

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We're finally here! The Freeware version of Hedon has released on IndieDB and itch.io!

Get it here:



I'll be waiting for your feedback and critique, as always. This is just the beginning~

Don't forget to follow me on IndieDB

Since Hedon is legally and technically no longer a mod, I have moved it away from ModDB, and future updates will no longer be made here so don't forget to follow!

And as always, you can keep up to date with development and news on my Patreon, as well as help fund the future chapter and keep the retro alive!


Release Date Announced

Release Date Announced

News 10 comments

After almost two years and half of development, Hedon's finally ready for release!

News From the Depths - Final Map in the Works

News From the Depths - Final Map in the Works


Take a peek at Hedon's final level and latest features!

Development Update - Map09 & Release Coming in Sight

Development Update - Map09 & Release Coming in Sight

News 7 comments

With 0.9.a out, Hedon's one level away from a first full release.

Development Update - Map08 & Difficulty Update

Development Update - Map08 & Difficulty Update

News 6 comments

The 8th map is now finished, and new features are in!

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Great Game. Thank you for making this

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Is there a guide for the first level? I can't find anything in the cave

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Just watching GmanLives'review of Hedon - looks good, & definitely worth a quid or two after all the work put in (no recycled sprites, audio FX & the soundtrack by Alex Brandon).
Ima check out the IndieDB version & if I like it as much as I think I will, well... the cheque's in the post... 😉

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Zan_HedonDev Creator

Hehe, suit yourself. Thanks!

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Just bought Hedon on Steam and enjoying it so far! I hope there'll be lots of more enemies (including new ones) to kill with new weapons! :)

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Zan_HedonDev Creator

Well, Episode 2 will surely bring more stuff on, thanks!

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I simply can't seem to find the darn hidden tablet in the grove tree, where is it?

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Zan_HedonDev Creator

If reading the text clue doesn't help, then you can always just check bookcase by bookcase. Also, there's a playthroughs on Youtube too if you get stuck.

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Ah, what a joy this mod is. I've been more than eager to play the full version ever since the first ICARUSLIV3S on the project! Still got a bit left in the game, but I hope to rock through it as soon as I can!

Something I'd like to bring to your attention, a really small sequence break. In my slight frustration with being unable to figure out how to break the ice on map 8, Pale Wind, I discovered you can jump over the destroyed bridge before repairing it by utilizing an axe throw. I can record a video replicating the maneuver, but I figured it should be something you should know.

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Zan_HedonDev Creator

Hey, thanks for mentioning that bit. There's multiple ways you can cross the bridge before repairing it (rocket jump, Amulet of Shadows, very well timed sprint+jump) but since doing so doesn't break the level I think it's fair game, and pretty much aligned with Hedon's concept of throwing the player in a jagged, unfriendly world and force them to think and fend for themselves :^)

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