Transolar Games‘ Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption shows that classic point-and-clickers and RPGs can still work today.
The game has had a very long development history with two Kickstarter campaigns and over five years of production, but it’s finally here: a love letter to classic fantasy with a bit of humor thrown in. It’s no surprise that this looks as if it came straight out of 90ies Sierra games, because Lori Ann Cole and Corey Cole were responsible for the Quest for Glory titles that already mixed turn-based combat with puzzle solving back in the days.
The hero this time is Shawn O’Conner who wants to be Rogue of the Year at the Hero University. Exploring a mysterious castle, meeting friends and foes alike, and also discovering something about his own past is everything a fantasy fan would want. Being part adventure game and part RPG, the game tasks Shawn to go to classes during the day to practice his skills and make friends with other students, while at night, it’s fighting time in dungeons and other locations under Hero-U. However, combat is also optional, which means that players who just want to enjoy the story and characters can choose this path, while more adventurous natures can go right into battle. It remains to be seen how much of the gameplay and old-school storytelling with graphics from the 90ies will appeal to a new audience, but those who loved the old Sierra titles will surely have a lot of fun with this one.
The game is out now on PC with a 10% launch discount that will last until August 9th, 7pm UTC. Apparently this title is the first in a series of games set in the Hero-U world, so there will be more stories to tell, although I’d wager it depends on the success of the first installment.
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