Heroland is a 2019 Role-Playing Game released in December 2019. The game was developed by FuRyu Corporation, and published by Xseed Games, a subsidiary to Marvelous Inc. Notably, it was directed by Takahiro Yamane, who also directed Mother 3.
You play as Lucky, the newest employee of Heroland, a theme park offering its customers an authentic RPG adventure (for a price). After serving as a tour guide for 18, the dishonored Prince of Knowble, and his assistant Oak, you're forced into taking a near-permanent position. Joined by other staff members as well as random tourists, it's now your goal to help 18 reclaim his claim to the throne by defeating (simulated) Dark Lords, and pay off your own debt!
- All Part of the Show: Given that the park is meant to just give an RPG-esque experience instead of actually endangering its paying customers, any real danger is treated like this.
- Amusement Park of Doom: The titular setting.
- Anachronism Stew: There are occasional, easy-to-miss mentions that the game takes place in the 14th century. However, a few Heroland staff meetings make a big deal out of a new printing press (which was invented in 1450), and there are quite a few robot enemies, such as Mecha Slugs and Hiccup Generators.
- Arbitrary Headcount Limit: You can only give tours to groups of up to four people. Some of these spots will be reserved if you're continuing the story (mainly by 18 and Oak), but you can otherwise choose which characters to bring along.
- Funny Animal: Talking otters are a common occurrence, such as the narrator, multiple tourists, and Otterman, who's either a man that looks like an otter or an otter convinced he's really a man.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Otterman warns Lucky to be careful in his job, as some tourist groups have gone missing in the past due to powerful enemies blending in with the staged performances.
- Instant Web Hit: If people enjoyed the tour Lucky gave them, they will generate a lot of "Likes" with good reviews, which increases your popularity and allows you to give tours of more difficult areas.
- Level-Up at Intimacy 5: Increasing Relationship Values is required to unlock side-dungeons and give permanent boosts to a fighter's unique skills.
- Market-Based Title: In Japan, the game is known as WORKxWORK.
- MacGuffin: The Demon's Pearl, whose power keeps the park running by allowing anyone on the grounds to become capable of harnessing magic. Its location is sought after by many parties, including a master thief, the park's owner, and the King of Knowble.
- Relationship Values: Lucky can sometimes find chests with furniture or stuffed toys inside, and while he can keep them for himself, gifting them to others during the tour raises their affection for him (and can also have them give a better review of the tour).
- Weird Currency: $tarfish, which is only used within Heroland; other currency exists in the setting, but Ada tends to confiscate it.
- Work Off the Debt: At the end of the tutorial dungeon, a shopkeep named Ruby bumps into Lucky while carrying a million-$tarfish vase, forcing him to repay the debt. Given Ada's delight at your misery instead of grief over a broken treasure, and the fact that you're not the first (nor the last) to have broken such a vase, it's implied to be a scam to gain permanent employees.