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New release: Royal Bounty HD

Royal Bounty
Remember Palm Kingdoms 3 (covered here)? Three-man Bulgarian studio iosoftware Ltd. hasn’t released it yet, but they have released an entirely different fantasy strategy game by the name of Royal Bounty HD.

“Royal Bounty?” you say. “Heyyyy, waitaminute, that sounds just like–” Yeah, it does! And as it happens, the developers are quite up-front about being inspired by the old 1990 classic King’s Bounty.

The premise:

You are an adventurer named Jim, just out of the island prison. How you ended up like this is unknown. You have no gold and no army. Angry Cell Guard is chasing your heels. What a difficult situation! Your first quest is get away from the maze and find a ship. But it is just a beginning of the story. Your road lies across four huge continents, inhabited by a variety of monsters. You are going to visit a desert, frozen lands, go through woods and towns, and in the finale meet your old friend, The Master. En route you’ll have to earn money and gather an army to face him fully equipped. Nevertheless, you will still need a helping hand from Dragons.

Sounds like as good an excuse to run around, building up an army and laying waste as any! Frankly, though, I don’t know how I feel about the conqueror of the known world being named “Jim.”

Anyway, here’s a trailer:

And here’s their feature list:

  • gorgeous, unmatched, top-class pixel art
  • true hardcore gameplay like back in the 90’s
  • 180 creature types in your army
  • long plot featuring several endings
  • tons of quests
  • well polished user interface

Based on screenshots, I’m just going to go ahead and guess that this game features a combat system reminiscent of the older Heroes and Might and Magic titles.

Royal Bounty HD is quite cheap; you can snag it for a mere $5.00 from a number of places: on Steam for Windows or Mac; direct from the developers for Windows, Mac, or Android; or on the Apple app store for iOS. (The devs tell me that the continued development of Palm Kingdoms 3 depends upon whether this game does well, in case that influences your decision to buy.)

Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti enters early access

Divinia Chronicles
Martin Sander of German developer Team Monkey has written in to announce that 3D over-the-shoulder action RPG Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti (previously covered here) has now been released on Steam Early Access.

The premise, in case you forgot:

A long time ago at the peak of the High Kingdom of Pandura, a group of seers looked into legends of a powerful force believed to be the origin of life; this they called ‘Gan’, though modern peoples know it as ‘Divinia’. The ancients sought to utilize Gan as a weapon; in doing so, their perverse intentions spawned the malignant ‘Gan-Ti’, or ‘anti-life’. Infusing Gan-Ti into artifacts, the godlike High Kings ruled the Panduran Archipelago with an iron fist. Eventually, rebellion arose and the Order of Archkeepers was formed of the most noble warriors to free the people. They managed to capture the relics of Gan-Ti and cast them into the fiery pits of Mt. Suvius near the shores of Oria island. With the evil power of the relics suppressed, the monsters that terrorized the countryside were slain and the old Kings overthrown. Peace had come. As of late, however, rumblings have been heard from Mt. Suvius, and the wise have come to fear an eruption. With a reckless young King having just assumed the throne of Oria, will the powers of Gan-Ti again fall into the hands of the most powerful, or can a new force arise to combat the inevitable?

Here’s the latest trailer:

Sander lists the game’s features as follows:

  • Indie Action-RPG with a story driven campaign, inspired by SNES classics
  • Explore a rich and detailed 3d fantasy world
  • Fast-paced 3rd person combat and magic system
  • Challenging dungeons and puzzles to solve
  • Full game-pad support
  • Original soundtrack
  • Unique, vibrant art-style
  • NO always-online, NO micro-transactions

The game as it now stands features only the first three chapters (one of which is a dungeon and another of which is the prologue). There is clearly still a lot of content left to be made, but the developers are enticing people to buy early by implementing a pricing structure in which the game will cost more and more as it progresses toward completion.

Divinia Chronicles is currently $14.99 on Steam; Windows only.

Movie night: Zombasite

You know what we haven’t had in a while (and by “a while,” I mean “two entire years”)? Movie night, that’s what! Settle in, folks, and let’s watch a  video!

Here’s the first sneak peek at Soldak Entertainment’s up-and-coming zombie aRPG Zombasite (previously covered here):

New release: The Legacy of Isaelius

The Legacy of Isaelius
Jack Lambermont writes in to announce the release of his new action RPG inspired by Zelda II. Its name? The Legacy of Isaelius.

The premise is pretty damned straightforward:

Take control of Dimitri, and seek revenge for the murder of your best bud, Isaelius.

Lambermont writes that The Legacy of Isaelius features towns, sidescrolling platforming / combat levels, loot, shops, bosses, and so on.

Here’s a trailer:

The game may be a bit rough in its visual presentation, but that’s pretty understandable given that Lambermont began developing this in high school. Moreover, it’s free, so you really can’t complain too much.

Get The Legacy of Isaelius for zero dollars via the game’s page; Windows and Mac.

New release: Shiny Gauntlet

Shiny Gauntlet
Hey! Remember that action roguelike-like I just wrote about two days ago, Shiny Gauntlet? It’s out now!

The game’s description and feature set hasn’t changed since Tuesday, so I’ll just let you re-read that earlier post for the basic details.

The new info concerns how and where to get it: Shiny Gauntlet is available on The Humble Store and on for $7.99–Windows, Mac, and Linux. There’s a free demo available on the page so you can try before you buy.

In addition to buying the thing, if this game sounds like your cup of tea, you can also vote for it on Steam Greenlight to make it available on Steam as well.

Dungeonsmans Fightamin D Expansion released

Andrew Aversa writes in to announce the release of a free “Fightamin D” expansion for the graphical roguelike Dungeonmans.

In case you forgot, I did a first impressions bit on the game here–but for now, suffice it to say that I like this game a whole lot. This expansion doesn’t add in the particular things that I was most dearly wishing for (namely, dynamic events on the world map), but it does add a whole bunch of other new things that are pretty hard to argue with:

* Steam achievements, trading cards, backgrounds & badges

* New outdoor dungeon type: Fallen Castles

* New monster-crushing implements: bare hands, shortbows, piercing polearms and more

* A variety of new magical, cursed, and legendary items scattered throughout the land

* All-new class – the Psychomanser – with new skill trees and abilities

* Full controller support

* New postgame content: the Amaranth Pandemonium

* Updated and rebalanced abilities across the board

* New artwork, character sprites, and tiles

Dungeonmans is doing the same thing Coin Crypt is, bundling the new expansion as a free update to the core game, which is currently on sale–33% off–until October 3rd. Snag it on Steam, or without the discount via The Humble Store; Windows only.

Coin Crypt Sea and Sky Expansion released

Coin Crypt
We’ve had a couple of expansions for existing indie RPGs drop this week; first up is Greg Lobanov’s “roguelite deckbuilding adventure game” Coin Crypt with a new Sea and Sky expansion.

He writes:

A new cast of characters land on the island, including a retired air pilot and intrepid submarine captain, opening up new paths and regions to explore in the sky and the sea. Rubo, the seventh deity, returns from hiding with a new set of coins poised to prove his dominance once and for all. And the monsters on the island grow stronger as the lootmancers uncover more secrets about the origin of the magical coins and the ancient civilization that was wiped from the island centuries ago…

There’s actually a new trailer released just for this expansion, so you can take a peek at some of the new stuff:

My impressions of the original release are here; I’m not sure if this expansion addresses any of the issues I had with Coin Crypt’s mechanics, but it definitely adds more content, including (per the developer):

  • 7 new character classes!
  • 100 new coins!
  • Unlock Sea and Sky world to have a choice between 3 different worlds each time you start a new run!
  • 9(!) new bosses to find within the levels or at the game’s end!
  • A new 7th deity to help build your perfect deck: Rubo, the deity of copy coins!
  • HARD MODE for the truly HARDCORE
  • An extended metagame–spend your savings on new equipment and unlockables after you’ve bought every class!

The expansion is $4.99 on Steam and Humble Store. Windows and Mac.

New release: Jotun

Word reaches me that the Norse mythological Zelda-alike Jotun (which we’ve covered a few times) is now out!

Developed by Montreal indies Thunder Lotus Games, Jotun borrows the explore-boss-explore-boss structure of Shadow of the Colossus, albeit with the chance to gain brand-new “god” powers through exploration.

The premise:

[Y]ou play Thora, a Norse warrior who has died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla.

I have to imagine there’s at least slightly more to it than that, but that’s all the developers have on their site. The main selling point here, though, is the game’s lovely 2D cel-shaded art and animation, on full display in the release trailer:

Jotun features 5 jotun (read: bosses) to defeat. You can fight them in any order, but there aren’t any fights other than the jotun. The devs describe Jotun as short, though they do say there’s a New Game+ if you want to try it on a harder difficulty.

Jotun is $14.99. You can snag it on Steam exclusively; Windows, Mac and Linux.

Shiny Gauntlet announced

Shiny Gauntlet
Glen Henry writes in to announce Shiny Gauntlet, an action roguelike-like in the Binding of Isaac vein.

In development by Jamaican indie studio SpriteWrench, Shiny Gauntlet features a pretty straightforward plot premise:

Select your champion and explore the Gauntlet. Collect weapons, enchanted rings, bottle and/or consume the mysterious remains of defeated foes, all the while chasing the Wily Cultist who has stolen your Shiny Shard!

Here’s the reveal trailer:

Among the game’s planned features:

  • Fight your way through a randomly generated death labyrinth!
  • 20 playable classes!
  • 60 enchanted rings!
  • Bottle the remains of your foes and consume them later for powerups (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Shiny Gauntlet is planned for release on October 1 (yes, that’s 2 days from today) for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Sunday Dreams announced

Sunday Dreams
Milo Han writes in to announce Sunday Dreams, an “action platformer roguelike” set in the protagonist’s subconscious.

The premise:

To help Sunday cope with her debilitating insomnia, players must guide her safely through her dangerous, fantastical dreams and avoid an abrupt awakening.  The story is non-linear; players will piece together Sunday’s backstory by exploring her dreams and interacting with quirky NPCs.

As with all roguelike-likes, the game will feature procedurally generated environments and permadeath, but as with recent roguelikes, this one will also feature some persistent progress in the form of unlockable abilities.

Here’s a teaser trailer:

Planned features include:

  • Hybrid combat: Fight in real time with “Active” abilities and pause the game to employ powerful limited-use “Lucid” abilities.
  • Loot! Collect abilities, stat-enhancing items, scrolls, and more as you progress through the game.
  • Risk/reward upgrade system: Use scrolls to apply randomly generated upgrades to your abilities. If the upgrade fails, your ability will be destroyed.
  • Dynamic difficulty: If you’re looking for a challenge, enter “Nightmare” Doors to ramp up the difficulty and boost your rewards.
  • Explore: Interact with quirky NPCs and uncover secret locations. Try to figure out what’s going on in your head.

Sunday Dreams is being developed solely for Windows; there is no estimated release date as of now.