As with most roguelikes, the game features randomly generated levels and permanent death. You start out by choosing one of three randomized heroes with different weapons, abilities, and powers. Coins collected during your adventures can be spent to upgrade starting hero stats or unlock new skills. The variety of abilities gives Vertical Drop Heroes HD a lot of replay value, as varied tactics are possible with the many different attributes that can be combined. Controls are fluid as the action moves downward; there are plenty of enemies to deal with, and allies can be freed to engage on your behalf. The fast pace, chaotic gameplay, mixture of skills, and randomized content make Vertical Drop Heroes HD an enjoyable platform game.