Heart Shaped Games is a design-centric independent game studio focused on building meaningful and memorable games. Founded by former Mircrosoft Xbox LIVE Arcade Producer Scott Brodie, we build games players love! (Looking for info on our projects? Hero Generations: | Highgrounds - )


Studio Background

Heart Shaped Games is a design-centric independent game studio founded by industry veteran Scott Brodie and Kate Brodie. Scott Brodie has been making games professionally since 2002 including work as an Xbox LIVE Arcade Producer for Microsoft Game Studios. He worked with talented independent developers on games like Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Scrap Metal, Aegis Wing, and Snoopy Flying Ace. Scott saw that personal, meaningful games could be built and released to commercial success. With that in mind, Heart Shaped Games (HSG) was born in late 2010. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we strive to create meaningful and memorable games that players love. We focus on original gameplay, elegant design and deep systems, while never losing sight of being fun first.

Hero Generations

HSG's first release, Hero Generations, is a roguelike/4X strategy game where each turn is 1 year of your hero's life. Described as "The 5-Minute Civilization", you must find fame and seek out a mate to have a child with before you die. Hero Generations was a finalist and showcase game at IndieCade 2011, was successfully funded on Kickstarter in April 2014, then launched successfully on Steam in April 2015.


HSG's 2nd title, Highgrounds, is an original multiplayer Collectible Card Game with over 240 collectible characters. It's been called "Magic: The Gathering without the cards." Battle opponents online, either live or in a play-by-mail style. It is playable now for free at

Hero Generations: ReGen

HSG's 3rd title, Hero Generations: ReGen, is the ultimate remake of the innovative Roguelike/4X Strategy game Hero Generations. Every turn is one year of your life. Explore, find a mate, build a home, and raise a child before you die to keep your legacy going. Based on an all new game engine, ReGen is packed with hundreds of redesigned, re-tuned, and enhanced features. Praised as "the offspring of Sid Meier's Civilization, Jason Rohrer's Passage, and The Legend of Zelda


In the future, Heart Shaped Games will continue incubate and build original games with our team of talented partners. We build games players love!




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Awards & Recognition

  • "IndieCade Finalist 2011 - Hero Generations" - Culver City, CA, 8 October, 2011
  • ""Hero Generations: Truth in Game Design Applied" presented at Meaningful Play 2014" - East Lansing, MI, 20 October, 2011

Selected Articles

  • "4X strategy zoomed in to the individual and personal level. It’s my favourite Kickstarter pitch since Meriwether."
    - Adam Smith, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
  • "...a multiplayer strategy game so ingenious and accessible that you should probably just stop reading this and go play it."
    - Mike Fahey, Kotaku
  • "Highgrounds is 'Magic: the Gathering' for the web generation"
    - Ben Popper, The Verge
  • "...a surprisingly fun deck building game."
    - Penny Arcade Report,

Team & Repeating

Scott Brodie
Founder, Game Designer

Kate Brodie
Business Manager

Dominic Sodano
Artist, Hero Generations and Hero Generations: ReGen

Kep Amun
Programmer, Hero Generations: ReGen

Patrick Shaw
Producer, Hero Generations

Nate Berna
Artist, Highgrounds

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