Soulblight
Release Date: 15 Mar, 2018
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Soulblight is a dark, unforgiving, top-down action roguelike luring you to cross the thin line between good and evil. Instead of XP grinding, it introduces a Tainting Mechanics. While traveling through the shattered reality of the Sanctuary, you will receive personality traits based on your choices. These will be the main source of your strength. To harness them, you will have to act accordingly. Becoming an alcoholic means that you will be rewarded for getting drunk, but from that point being sober might prove to be unbearable.

Main Features

  • A unique Tainting Mechanic designed to encourage role playing
  • Tons of weapons, armor, and utility items
  • Dynamic and tactical combat build around stamina management and distance control
  • Optional stealth approach that complements fighting
  • Randomly generated, visually breathtaking levels
  • High difficulty level emphasized by permadeath mechanics
  • Gameplay­-driven narrative

Gameplay

Before entering each level of the Sanctuary you get to choose a Taint that represents a certain personality trait. That choice will shape your future experiences as each Taint unlocks a new way of gaining power - a custom mechanic designed to encourage role-playing. Tainting Mechanics channels your will to survive into actions that are aligned with your hero’s personality. Let’s have a look at some examples:




As you go deeper into the Sanctuary you’ll be able to add more Taints to your character’s personality making the shifting levels of the dungeon itself a skill tree of a kind. However with each new Taint you’re a step closer to the point of no return. Are you sure you know where it is?

The Idea Behind Soulblight

We look back with nostalgia at our pen and paper RPG memories. Back then, gaining XP and leveling up was only part of the fun. The thing we were most excited about was actual role-playing. For a brief moment becoming a character with all their merits but also with all their flaws. Sometimes their shortcomings would stand in the way of solving a quest at hand making the game more difficult. But because of that the characters felt more alive and that’s why we wouldn’t have it any other way.




The situation with video games is different. For the most part players can’t miss an opportunity to get precious loot or XP knowing that the game will penalize them for it. That’s why no one expect players not to fight a giant spider just because their character might have arachnophobia. So if we want players to actually role­play there needs to be a special mechanic that will encourage them to do so. That is how our Tainting Mechanic came to be.


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Open GL 3.2+ Compliant
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
Prying
Prying
Choose the Prying Path
Gluttonous
Gluttonous
Choose the Gluttonous Path
Reckless
Reckless
Choose the Reckless Path
Conniving
Conniving
Choose the Conniving Path
Cowardly
Cowardly
Choose the Cowardly Path
Impulsive
Impulsive
Choose the Impulsive Path
Acquisitive
Acquisitive
Choose the Acquisitive Path
Unyielding
Unyielding
Choose the Unyielding Path
Fierce
Fierce
Choose the Fierce Path
Impatient
Impatient
Choose the Impatient Path
Slithery
Slithery
Choose the Slithery Path
Superstitious
Superstitious
Choose the Superstitious Path
Unquenchable
Unquenchable
Choose the Unquenchable Path
Hypochondriac
Hypochondriac
Choose the Hypochondriac Path
Slothful
Slothful
Choose the Slothful Path
Stubborn
Stubborn
Choose the Stubborn Path
Romero
Romero
Defeat the boss at the end of the Observer's path
Umile
Umile
Defeat the boss at the end of the Zealot's path
Greedy
Greedy
Choose the Greedy Path
Abusive
Abusive
Choose the Abusive Path
Vengeful
Vengeful
Choose the Vengeful Path
Obsessed
Obsessed
Choose the Obsessed Path
Dr. Morikay
Dr. Morikay
Defeat the boss at the end of the Devotee's path
Sinner
Sinner
(Secret achievement)
Bloodthirsty
Bloodthirsty
Choose the Bloodthirsty Path
Paranoid
Paranoid
Choose the Paranoid Path
Soulless
Soulless
Choose the Soulless Path
Fanatical
Fanatical
Choose the Fanatical Path
Thievish
Thievish
Choose the Thievish Path
Cannibalistic
Cannibalistic
Choose the Cannibalistic Path
The Blacksmith
The Blacksmith
Help Brothr learn the secret of the Ancient machinery
The Scholar
The Scholar
Bring all the punch cards back to Quara
Sadistic
Sadistic
Choose the Sadistic Path
Knight In The Shining Armor
Knight In The Shining Armor
(Secret achievement)
Martyr
Martyr
Finish the game without using any Taints
The True Friend
The True Friend
Receive a candle from Albern... a wax candle of course
The Gatekeeper
The Gatekeeper
Convince Yarlo to venture into the Sanctuary himself
The Merchant
The Merchant
Learn why Cecil is so eager to give you store discounts
Playing God
Playing God
Choose the Playing God Path
Uppity
Uppity
Choose the Uppity Path

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