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Hero's Realm: Heroic Edition
I always wanted to publish a game based on everything I enjoyed as a kid. This will be the end result.



Lead four heroes and their teams against the evil forces of Mephistocles, the Lord of Demons in this retro-RPG adventure. Switch between the four heroes as you explore dungeons, ascend towers, spelunk caves, save villages and defeat the forces of evil! Reminiscent of classic NES/SNES-era RPGs, Hero's Realm is a fun romp in old-school RPG nostalgia.


  • Play as 4 powerful Heroes and their customizable party throughout a four chapter story, each with their own skillset & battle commands!
  • Come together in the final fifth to adventure with all four parties - switching between them anytime, even in boss battles!
  • Customize your heroes' party by selecting from 21 unique character classes split between the mage, warrior, and rogue specialties, including unlockable elite and master classes!



  • 25 character classes (12 base classes, 4 hero classes, 6 elite classes, 3 master classes)
  • Over 30 hours of game content and sidequests
  • Classic NES-era and SNES-era RPG gameplay
  • Multi-party switching system
  • Multi-party tactical battles
  • Expansive world map





If you like what I do and have done to date, consider being my patron so that I can continue doing it. A remastered game is just the start!
https://www.patreon.com/kentona

Hero's Realm has a TVTropes page.Check it out.
Alternatively, you can donate directly to my PayPal.



Latest Blog

Posting from a Tim Hortons

It would be a remarkable feat if there are still many fans following the development of this remaster. It was suggested that I post an update on the progress (or lack thereof) that I've made in the years since I started.

After a half-decade of hem-hawing about going forward with a lifelong dream of mine to commercially publish an RPG, in 2017, I finally convinced myself that it would be worth remastering my dear pet project Hero's Realm as a commercial endeavour. When it started, I was full of vinegar and hope and naivety that it might be a moderate success. I even envisioned that it'd be released sometime in, say, 2 years!

I reached out for commissions, and was graced with the skills of Avee (for art and sprite work), BigWig (for monster art and sprites)(he has since disappeared from my contacts - I really hope he's okay tbh), visitorsfromdreams for animations, and pianotm and zDS stepped up and offered music composition. I am very gracious for all the help I've received to date, and owe a debt of gratitude to all of you, especially for sticking with me after all this time. The works you have done are amazing.

Here is a rough outline of the progressbar (not to scale):


A brief recap/excuses of the past couple years:
(background: I announced this project in mid-2017. At the end of 2017 I received a shock that my company was closing up and was out of a job. I became an independent contractor and a self-employed. This has been the case until January 3rd, 2023, when I started a new position as an employee).
-so in 2020 the pandemic started. Kids were schooling from home, and everything was greatly disrupted. It's been tough, and I wish I had the wherewithal to have completed this remaster before 2020.
-late 2020 my dad died unexpectedly, so that sucked.
-in 2021 I moved to a new home (we had outgrown our first home of 10 years - the boys were sharing a bedroom and bunkbeds and could benefit from more space). Moving was hella-expensive and time-consuming,
-2020-2022 I was hella-depressed, too.
-the project got corrupted (there was a blog post about it) and I had to restore from a backup. Oh well.
-started a new job Jan 3rd, full-time, with a pension and healthcare and everything, so that's pretty cool.
-in conclusion, here we are.


Anyway, mid-2022 I started putting actual effort into the project again. Avee had invested a TON of time and effort implementing the tilesets for me in-game (wow!), so I had a great basis to work off of.

-I revamped the hero classes, and implemented the 3 new classes
-I imported all the great resources that Avee and visitorsfromdreams made
-I mapped the class graphics to the battlechars and weapons that Avee made
-I recentlyish mapped all 401 monsters to the 389 monster sprites (with over 95 unique sprites and recolours!). It was quite the undertaking.
-I documented all of the monsters, spells, items, weapons, battle scripts and more into my Excel spreadsheet (this will come in handy when I make the guidebooks and manuals)
-I am currently in the process of mapping the battle backgrounds to tiles
-I am also currently in the process of refactoring the battle events - they desperately need a cleanup and the new skills (an better implementations of existing skills) need to be added. It'll be fun redoing all 977 battle troops. I am leaning on the work I have done in Generica. Hero's Realm - being the first project I ever completed - was a prototype in a lot of ways, and it is evident the messiness of the scripts.
-As part of this battle events process, I will be implementing the new battle animations from visitorsfromdreams AND revisiting the skills and their balance/implementation.


These pieces are all required before I can truly embark on the next phase of the project - polishing and playtesting. This will include leaning once again on pianotm and zDS to prepare a finalized version of their amazing tracks. And eventually putting a call out for official play testers.

Then in parallel, I will need to reach out and ask for help with
-creating multimedia (like videos!) for showcasing the game
-signing up for Steam and figuring out publishing (so many of you have done this now - I would love your expertise!)
-signing up for itch.io

I will also be making my planned guide material, like
-monster lists
-equipment lists
-maps
-guidebook/manual
-OST (maybe! if zDS and pianotm are up for it!)
-other cool things

Then finally - publish the damn game.

So yeah. I'm almost done my double-double and my son's soccer practice ends soon. I will wrap this up now with a promise to you that I will post updates more regularly. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading.

Posts

Sweeet~ It looks amazing

v You can't steal this shining moment in my life from me
First!



(what is this, youtube comment section?)

:DDD

Yay~ You know I'm a fan.
I'll be waiting that 20 in my account for letting it straight through. Plus 10 for the new and notable. >.>
Hexatona
JESEUS MIMLLION SPOLERS
3702
I can't wait!
kentona
Your mom is a hero
20851
author=SgtMettool
It's here!

Remember Hero's Realm, Bart? It's back, in Pog form.
I'll bring my Poison slammer!
I feel like you've officially joined me on the path of the sell-out. Excellent.
kentona
Your mom is a hero
20851
author=Housekeeping
I feel like you've officially joined me on the path of the sell-out. Excellent.

Integrity was never really my mantle to bear.
CashmereCat
Self-proclaimed Puzzle Snob
11638
Woo! I am so excited! This is gonna be great.
Awesome. :D I love Hero's Realm, I actually need to get into giving it another replay soon.
It'll be amazing to see it get a remake. XD
So you finally decided to take the plunge. Good on you!
ESBY
extreme disappointment
1222
needs more hero
Awesome!

So you've chosen piano as music guy. :(
Tau
RMN sex symbol
3278
Glad this is actually happening & I wish you the best of luck man!
kentona
Your mom is a hero
20851
author=Knightowl
Awesome. :D I love Hero's Realm, I actually need to get into giving it another replay soon.
It'll be amazing to see it get a remake. XD

It is more of a remaster than a remake, per se.

author=ESBY
needs more hero

Your mom is a hero

author=zDS
Awesome!

So you've chosen piano as music guy. :(

I have actually sent you a PM

author=Tau
Glad this is actually happening & I wish you the best of luck man!

Thanks, I'll need it!
thank you for (kinda) using my bullet points!

can't wait for this to come to fruition... I mean I can cause' I'm a patient guy, but you know what I mean.
kentona
Your mom is a hero
20851
author=kalledemos
thank you for (kinda) using my bullet points!

can't wait for this to come to fruition... I mean I can cause' I'm a patient guy, but you know what I mean.

Yes, it was a handy starting point. Thanks!
InfectionFiles
the world ends in whatever my makerscore currently is
4773
It's happening! Best of luck, though I don't think you'll need it with Avee on board :D
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
29589
Awesome! I am on it!