Games of the Year

Hero Academy

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Hero Academy 2 Now Available!

Hero Academy 2 is now available on Steam!

HERO ACADEMY returns with new card collection, deck building, and real-time matches! Craft your deck then plot your moves across several unique battle boards. Fight real-time PvP arena battles worldwide and play cross-platform games with mobile players. Compete to rule the academy in the ultimate combo of card battles, tactics, and player vs. player competition!

About the GameIncludes the Council and TF2 teams, 17 Council avatars, 18 TF2 avatars, and a Council hat for Team Fortress 2 players!

Test your skills in this light-hearted battle between friends! Heroic teams have gathered to engage in friendly contests on the Academy playfields. Will your team emerge triumphant?

Enter a world of swords and magic, and challenge friends old and new to a contest of tactics and skill. From the human Council to the mysterious Dark Elves, every team needs a fearless captain to lead them to victory. Only those that leverage their team’s strengths and capitalize on their opponent’s weaknesses will protect their crystal and win the day. The Academy extends a warm welcome to all – whether they’re already heroes, or simply heroes in training!

Challenge friends on Steam or iOS to asynchronous one-on-one battles via online multiplayer. Play a heated bout in twenty minutes or across a full day, whenever you have a few moments. You can play all of your Hero Academy matches at your desk, on your iPad, or on the go with your iPhone! When you purchase the game on Steam you'll unlock an exclusive heroic team featuring the mercenaries from Valve’s Team Fortress 2.Features:
  • Cross-Platform multiplayer gaming between Steam and iOS
  • Exclusive Team Fortress 2 team unlockable on Steam
  • Highly accessible turn-based gameplay
  • Easy to learn – jump right in and play!
  • Play with your Steam friends or random opponents
  • Colorful light-hearted graphics and sound
  • Random playfields keeps battles fresh!
  • Get started with the Council and Team Fortress 2 teams
  • Expand your roster with additional teams!
  • Customize your team
  • Invite your Twitter followers to play!
  • Chat with your opponents in-game
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

With a ridiculous amount of hours on record this is the most addictive game in my library. It is NOT pay to win as another reviewer has written. Strategy is key to victory here, not cash. If you think this game is pay to win then you obviously haven't put in the patience required to learn each team's strengths and weaknesses and adjust your strategy accordingly. There are additional teams that one CAN purchase if they wish, it doesn't matter if you choose not to though, as all of the teams (although quite unique) are exceptionally well balanced.
The game can be a bit buggy.. eg. Sometimes you're greeted with a blank board and it's neccessary to refresh the game state before the pieces appear. The strategy involved is on par with chess, perhaps not as rich as some players would like (It's no Magic The Gathering). Some people complain that players are not forced to move within a time limit. I happen to like this feature of the game as I can leave the game minimized while I am working and take my turn when I am ready.
In spite of it's minor short comings, Hero Academy succeeds in providing interesting and engaging turn-based strategy game play, which if you're a fan of such games you know there are far too few of them on the market.

Review from Steam

Hero Academy is a great idea, and was really fun at first. I played a solid 10 hours on release and had a pretty good time battling with my friends.
Even if you aren't playing with your friends, the internet multiplayer option allows for quick and seamless matchmaking, meaning you can play as and when you want.
However, a few specificities of the game kind of ruin it. By default, the opening "move allowance" is set to be unfair against the person who creates the game, meaning that very very option (unless manually de-selected) your opponent (or you) will have a +3 or -3 move advantage, which very much affects the late stages of the game when every move counts.
This, for me, tilted the tables. I no longer felt I was playing a game, I felt I was inadvertantly cheating. Since then, I haven't played anymore.
A good game, but tweaking required for it to be fair. But, if you tweak your settings, you need to rely on your opponent doing so as well (which, by the way, they wont).

Review from Steam

If you are a fan of board game strategy, then Hero Academy was worth trying. With multiple teams to choose from, each with unique abilities, and slightly varying stages, you had many strategic options open to you. Players took turns inputting 5 actions which involved unit placement, attacks, equipment, or reshuffling the deck. There was no single player campaign, just puzzles that test your understanding of the game's various mechanics.
The biggest problem with Academy is that there was no forced time limit - so you could wait hours to days for opponent responses. To mitigate that, it allowed up to 40 simultaneous matches against whomever you chose. And it featured cross play, so it was very mobile friendly.
Why the past tense? Because the game is already removed from storefront and will be shutting down shortly.
If you haven't completed the achievements, you better hurry. Protip: only 4 turns are needed to credit towards a win. With the limited time remaining, this is the only way to finish 50 wins per faction quickly.

Review from Steam

waited long time for such a game
++ you can make your turn, whenever you have time
++ you can play the same match on different devices like PC, Tablet, Cellular
-- the cost of the regular price and the unit packs
-> buy it when the gold pack is on sale, or at time in the Humble Bundle
2018 - the game is still cool, but also watch Hero Academy 2

Review from Steam

i miss this game

Review from Steam

this game is very special to me. i remember playing it on my pc in one room against my dad in the other. we enjoyed playing this game so much and got all the dlc on both ipad and pc. coming home from school seeing the other player had made their move filled me with joy, and i would start match after match. when i heard the game was closing i had kind of forgot about it. but i played a few last rounds right before it closed. i hope that somehow this game will one day open again, even tho i know it wont.

Review from Steam

A+ Great turn based strategy game! Hero Academy is very similar to an advanced version of chess with a really unique twist. Multiple teams/maps/powers and vanity items to select from, Highly recommended if you have people to play against. At the time of this review the game has a low population so random match making is rough, however it's not impossible. Try it out and play me @ WarHybrid

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