Apotheon is a heroic action game set within the vibrant world of Ancient Greek Mythology. Ascend Mount Olympus, wrestle the divine powers from the Pantheon of Gods, and save mankind.
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Release Date: Feb 3, 2015

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February 22

1.3 Fixes

- Now automatically switches to the dedicated graphics card over integrated - so if the game was running poorly on your gaming laptop, this could fix that
- Fixed a few problems with connecting to bad servers
- Fixed some start up crashes - and better logging for when start up crashes happen

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“The atmosphere created in tandem between the visual style and the music makes Apotheon one of the most captivating and stylish games in recent memory.”
9.5 – Destructiod

“During your journey, you get a pretty good notion of what's at stake through the minimalist artwork and the ominous sounds accompanying you, and you feel immersed in the two-dimensional world, eager to take on the gods and fight for mankind.”
8.5 – Softpedia

“Not only is Apotheon a tireless devotion to ancient Greek art and culture, it’s also a damn fun game and one of my surprise early favorites of 2015.”
9 – Game Informer

About This Game

The Gods of Olympus have abandoned humanity, leaving you to perish without their benevolence. Take up arms against the Gods, climb Mount Olympus, and take their divine powers for yourself to ensure mankind’s survival!
Apotheon is a fast and brutal 2D action game with a striking art style and heroic narrative based on Ancient Greek Mythology.

Features:
-Brutal and bloody bronze-aged combat! Slay your enemies with swords, spears, arrows, and other ancient weapons of war.
-Explore the massive open world of Mount Olympus! Battle mythical beings and search for divine treasure across the Forests of Artemis, the Palaces of Apollo, and other sanctuaries of the Gods.
-Guide the rise of Nikandreos, humanity’s last hero. Interact with a colourful cast of fully voiced legendary characters throughout a rich single-player experience.
-Challenge your friends to single combat! In one versus one local multiplayer, pit your skills against other would-be heroes of Greece.
-Learn a little about Greek Mythology! Apotheon tries to stay true to its source material. Read an excerpt from the Iliad about Diomedes before you stick a Xiphos through his Aspis.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual-core processor (Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 5200+ 2.6 GHz)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound cards
    Minimum:
    • OS: Lion 10.7.5, Yosemite strongly recommended
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC is NOT required.
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
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Nickaragua
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
fun game but can get a little boring inbetween boss fights
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wilsonhuang2314
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I got stuck on one of the parts.
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Concrete
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
PROS
  • Art Style - The biggest hook of Apotheon (IMO). The ancient greek clay pot style is very well done. I was initially worried if it is one of those styles that looks amazing only in screenshots but it looks great even in motion!
  • Music - Both the combat music and the mellow BGM are fantastic. The soundtrack has everything you would expect from a game like this - cheesy greek chanting goodness and everything.
  • Combat - Takes a bit to get used to but after I got into the groove of things I was switching between melee, ranged, potions and utility items in combat as the need arose. Everything feels very satisfying with the graphics and audio adding to the effect.
  • Gameplay Variety - The meat of the game is the stabbing and running as you would think but there are some levels in the game (Especially the ones where you appease/antagonize the various Gods) that really explore the other aspects of the game that are supported but not the focus like stealth, platforming, and puzzles.
  • I picked up a sarissa (long spear) and realized how amazing I look with it along with a large round shield and greek helmet. Alientrap, you hit the "feel" of the game right out of the park!

CONS
  • Tutorials - I had to learn about the different swings on a melee weapon in a third party forum after some hours in the game. If I missed an obvious tutorial which taught this I redact this CON, but I wish such a essential mechanic was shown.
  • Armor - I LOVE the look of the armors in the game but after you max out on armor upgrades the satisfaction of finding a piece of armor dropped off. I actually reloaded an earlier save when I realized that the gold I spent on armor upgrades were only unlocking the look of the armor (After maxing out)
  • Mute Protagonist - It didn't affect me much at first but when Nikandreos made big story decisions on his own without any real explanation it really stood out. It only happens in a couple of places but those really felt off. Even if a narrator explained Nikandreos' motivation or reasoning it would have sufficed!
  • IT ENDED

Recommended For: Those who want to play a fun, tight, and exciting action game and who either are mythology enthusiasts or those who love the old "One mortal man versus the Gods" trope. Even though it took me ~11 hours to finish the game on the normal difficulty the time really flew because I was having such a blast. A+!
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KingDom #TeamHoovey
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
"Videogames are legitimately art."
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LanOrhan
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
It was pretty good IMO, both gameplay-wise and storyline-wise. At first voiceovers felt a bit dull but as the game progresses you get used to it, I mean it wasn't terrible but could've been done better I guess. If you're into Greek Mythology (I used to read a lot about it in high school) you should most definitely give it a try.
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Ser Darlene
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Great looking game. The fighting mechanics are a lot of fun, each weapon has its own style. The game forces you to be clever about what weapons are suited for a certain job. You can end up in some great shield-blocking, roll-away and slash kind of duels.

Other highlights include simple, but thoughtful puzzles; lots of people talking in really dramatic fashion; and some cool boss battles.

This is definitely a "BUY"
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Zhyxx
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
a quite good semi-open world 2d combat platformer. very cool art direction and music. immersive.
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(ISIG) Legoguy9875
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I have so far gotten to what I assume is the halfway point of the game, if not the second third, and I can already say that this game is worth the price (even though I only got it for $3 over on Humble Bundle)

The story is basic, but enough to keep you engaged. This game takes place during the times dypicted in Ancient Greek Mythology (if you haven't learned much about it, you can get a basic idea from the Disney movie, Hercules, since you don't need to know much to be familiar with the lore this game covers). You play as Nikandreos, a warrior who is sent by Zeus' wife, Hera, to climb Mount Olympus and destroy the gods that abandoned mankind. Like I said, there isn't much to the story, but it does give you the motivation to pursue the task at hand.

The presentation is very well done. The artstyle perfectly replicates the artwork of ancient greek, both in environments and characters. Just a quick heads up, however, that the artstyle matches a bit TOO well; like ancient greek artwork, character models and environmental statues and paintings will feature nudity, such as genitalia (both the male and female variety) and breasts, so if you don't like seeing that sort of thing, it's best to tread lightly. Rest assured, however, that it does not go any further than that. I also like some of the more subtle details, such as the glossy shine that follows your mouse, implying that the game is played out on a clay pot or jar similar to most ancient artwork of the time.

Gameplay is just about what you expect from a Metroidvania: Expansive levels with numerous secret passageways and goodies to find, special abilities that you can unlock as you defeat more gods of Olympus, and the ability to take on the objectives you are given in any order. What makes the game a bit more unique, however, is the weapon and crafting system. To any Anti-Minecraft people out there, don't worry, crafting is neither required or even complex; there's only a handful of items you can craft, such as your basic potions and bombs, as well as consumable weapons like traps. The weapon system is also unique; unlike most other Metroidvania games, you're not just stuck to one weapon, with there being numerous weapons to find ranging from knives, arrows, spears, swords, and sheilds, with each type having their own varied range of weapons; some weapons do high damage when used a certain way, others have elemental abilities like burning damage, and some even provide explorative uses, such as lighting your way through dark areas. It's a bit like Dark souls in that regard, as you also have to keep in mind that some weapons are heavier than others, meaning they have slow attack rates but high damage capability. It's also worth noting that all weapons have stamina, meaning they break after significant use. Thankfully, though, you can purchase any weapons or sheilds you find in the field via the black market, so getting your favorite weapon back isn't too much of an issue if you have the gold to purchase it.

Overall, I can easily call this one of my favorite Metroidvanias so far. It may not be as good as Ori or Dust, but it does what it intends to do very well.
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Undertaker Infinity
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Nice fast action with either mouse or twin sticks.

Beware: cloud saves are broken. I lost quite some progress to this.
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Seranth
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
An action platformer that goes all-in on the Greek mythology theme. Uses an art style that reminds me of ancient Greece's black-figure pottery.

The game has main areas with doorways that lead to realms of gods you have to defeat and eventually you can reach the big boss, Zeus. That's a pretty simplified but accurate description of the game but they use several things to give it more depth: side quests/crafting/simple upgrade system/large variety of weapons/simple puzzles.

Controls feel a little different from regular platformers because there is momentum in your movement and the arc of your attack changes based on your position, angle, and weapon choice.

If you enjoy the idea of Greek mythology, the theme will pull you in. If you're very familiar with Greek mythology, this game is based on and refers to the mythology but isn't something that really goes deep into it. It's a challenge the gods story and that doesn't really lend to very deep storytelling. There are references and (hopefully accurate) quotes from ancient Greek literature scattered about that give it a little more credibility.

Worth a look if you like action platformers and a try if you're into Greek mythology.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Apotheon is an action adventure that even casual fans of Greek mythology can appreciate. I’ve always had a relatively cursory interest in Greek mythology. The plays and stories are important for literature because they are the stories we continue to tell. I could easily get lost in the family trees and names, but I love the stories that I can remember, and that’s more than enough to appreciate Apotheon’s setting.

The black-figure pottery art style is delightful and timeless. It translates the action and feel of the game incredibly well. It effortlessly brings to life all the classic mythos and godly figures of Greece. The music pairs together nicely, but the visuals steal the show. While other games can plunge further down into the uncanny valley, Apotheon can relax comfortably in its mountainside estate.

The main plot is that Zeus is having a bad week and tells all of his many children/inbreeds to stop blessing mortals with their gifts which include just about everything they need to survive. Hera enlists our protagonist Nikandreos to fight the Gods of Olympus. The story is predictable in its major points, but I suppose that’s just how classic tales go. The game really shines in its attention to mythos, or so I have heard from those more versed than I. The pacing of the game works in the narrative’s favor as I never found myself listless: I was either enjoying the ride I was on or I was hopping on for another to hunt down secrets and side quests.

The gameplay all around is really enjoyable. The game has a good sense of adventure, and Apotheon is willing to commit to the feel of the various areas and scenarios, which makes them all the more satisfying. Having to find a buried treasure sans waypoint, fighting a master huntress as both predator and prey, traversing a spinning labyrinth to lead a small squad against the goddess of wisdom are just some of the many great moments of the game. While it may average around a dozen hours for some, those dozen hours feel expertly designed. Almost every new area I went to felt like an enjoyable spinoff of what was already a fun game, and that’s what makes Apotheon so engrossing: the boss fights and various areas are constructed so well that they can stand on their own but easily fit into the rest of the game.

With all the praise out of the way, it’s time to strain out some of the weaker points. While the situations that the game throws you feel fantastic, the game itself does not really grow. You get some new abilities, but otherwise your armor increases and weapons feel the same. There is not much to tweak around with apart from special weapons, there are not skill points and the like. This game keeps the mechanics simple and then surrounds the player in exciting scenarios. Along with this, the main narrative takes a backseat against the different deities the game showcases, which can be a downer for some. The game is not stuck-to-the-rails linear to where you just move forward through set pieces, but rather the player is free to explore the game. These are rather small details that I would not call negatives, but notable qualities.

While players should not go in expecting the visceral, veiny phallus of vengeance that is God of War, Apotheon is a delightful action adventure.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
A visually and mechanically interesting action platformer. Combat can be a bit frustrating at times when enemies are either hugging you (causing hit detection to fail) or trying to stay out of your reach, but once you conquer the learning curve the game becomes quite fun. As you progress through the game you'll gain new abilities and weapons and empower your character. The campaign took me about 10 hours to complete on my first try, going for 100% item collection, which is a good size for a game like this.

Worth checking out, but as mentioned earlier, the combat mechanics will take a bit to get used to.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
86.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Pros: 5
- Great combat system, rather easy to control.
- Beatuiful graphics style.
- Incredible boss fights, each boss fight seems rather unique within the game.
- Has quite a bit of replay value, especially if going for a 100% achievement run.
- The game often rewards you greatly for working towards achievements.

50/50: 1
- Some gods and bosses have good voices to accompany them, others don't.

Cons: 2
- Depending on platform, constant crashes may occur. (I recommend frequent saving.)
- Occasional glitches involving bosses getting stuck can happen. (Same suggestion above.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I bought the game, because it’s visually appealing. Every scene and background has been beautifully hand-drawn, offering a different experience than what we are used to in these type of 2D video games. Love the ancient Greek art style and I was pleasantly surprised about how much fun the game and how beautiful the soundtrack actually is.

Runs great on Linux and is a must have for any ancient greek buff!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Amazing game. Fast movement, slow attack animations and stamina force you to think your fighting patterns through, and of course, the major allure is the wonderful style. The story and soundtrack fits perfectly with it, the atmosphere is consistent and immersive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Very enjoyable experience with some minor issues. It definitely has one of the finest art-style I've seen and gameplay wise it's also great, but there are some things that would be welcome in sequel if that ever happens. It's definitely not one of those Art >> Gameplay situations. Premise is really simple and quite similar to God of War games - Ancient Greek mythology + overthrowing gods

You have a wide range of weapons at your disposal and combat involves attacking and blocking/dodging. Nothing complicated, it just works. Would be great if there would be light/medium/charged attack system (instead weapons themselves replace this system) or better directional attack system. Weapons lose durability over time so when your favourite fiery sword reaches 0, it's gone.

There are numerous destroyable objects, that can contain ether health/armor replenishers, ingredients for crafting potions/bombs or weapons. However if you destroy these objects with your weapon, durability is lost which is a bit annoying. You can still break everything with your fists so gameplay-wise disabling durability loss when not attacking enemies would be much better than just cycling between primary weapon and fists.

You can't repair items, but plenty are lying around and you can easily buy them (rare weapons are actually more easily acquirable, since every time you find a rare weapon/shield, it's added to stock). Buying things from black market merchant also involves the biggest bug in the game - If you unlock enough rare weapons, you can't see bottom items when trying to buy from black market merchant (at least on 1366x768)

Feeling of the game itself is entirely positive. It looks perfect for the setting you are in and it's not repetitive. Locations differ and feel unique from each other. And it's not just looks, gameplay/platforming differs in each location. Some acquired powers/gifts from the gods however feel a bit uninspiring. Who cares about +X % when using potion trait?

Multiple secrets that gives you a bit of a boost in your journey. Some feel a bit disappointing, but who does not like hunting for secret locations?

Super minor, but a really smart element in the game - when you collect new armor, you can change to previous look if you don't like the new one without sacrificing stats.

Achievements are gathered as you play along + side objectives, so there are no "Kill 12 wolves in 1 second" medals

In conclusion - an instant recommendation, feels like AAA platformer with some polish would make this an AAA+
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I have so far gotten to what I assume is the halfway point of the game, if not the second third, and I can already say that this game is worth the price (even though I only got it for $3 over on Humble Bundle)

The story is basic, but enough to keep you engaged. This game takes place during the times dypicted in Ancient Greek Mythology (if you haven't learned much about it, you can get a basic idea from the Disney movie, Hercules, since you don't need to know much to be familiar with the lore this game covers). You play as Nikandreos, a warrior who is sent by Zeus' wife, Hera, to climb Mount Olympus and destroy the gods that abandoned mankind. Like I said, there isn't much to the story, but it does give you the motivation to pursue the task at hand.

The presentation is very well done. The artstyle perfectly replicates the artwork of ancient greek, both in environments and characters. Just a quick heads up, however, that the artstyle matches a bit TOO well; like ancient greek artwork, character models and environmental statues and paintings will feature nudity, such as genitalia (both the male and female variety) and breasts, so if you don't like seeing that sort of thing, it's best to tread lightly. Rest assured, however, that it does not go any further than that. I also like some of the more subtle details, such as the glossy shine that follows your mouse, implying that the game is played out on a clay pot or jar similar to most ancient artwork of the time.

Gameplay is just about what you expect from a Metroidvania: Expansive levels with numerous secret passageways and goodies to find, special abilities that you can unlock as you defeat more gods of Olympus, and the ability to take on the objectives you are given in any order. What makes the game a bit more unique, however, is the weapon and crafting system. To any Anti-Minecraft people out there, don't worry, crafting is neither required or even complex; there's only a handful of items you can craft, such as your basic potions and bombs, as well as consumable weapons like traps. The weapon system is also unique; unlike most other Metroidvania games, you're not just stuck to one weapon, with there being numerous weapons to find ranging from knives, arrows, spears, swords, and sheilds, with each type having their own varied range of weapons; some weapons do high damage when used a certain way, others have elemental abilities like burning damage, and some even provide explorative uses, such as lighting your way through dark areas. It's a bit like Dark souls in that regard, as you also have to keep in mind that some weapons are heavier than others, meaning they have slow attack rates but high damage capability. It's also worth noting that all weapons have stamina, meaning they break after significant use. Thankfully, though, you can purchase any weapons or sheilds you find in the field via the black market, so getting your favorite weapon back isn't too much of an issue if you have the gold to purchase it.

Overall, I can easily call this one of my favorite Metroidvanias so far. It may not be as good as Ori or Dust, but it does what it intends to do very well.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
The art style very atmospherical like ancient greek figures!
Combat system is awesome and hardcore little bit.
It's a good game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
PROS
  • Art Style - The biggest hook of Apotheon (IMO). The ancient greek clay pot style is very well done. I was initially worried if it is one of those styles that looks amazing only in screenshots but it looks great even in motion!
  • Music - Both the combat music and the mellow BGM are fantastic. The soundtrack has everything you would expect from a game like this - cheesy greek chanting goodness and everything.
  • Combat - Takes a bit to get used to but after I got into the groove of things I was switching between melee, ranged, potions and utility items in combat as the need arose. Everything feels very satisfying with the graphics and audio adding to the effect.
  • Gameplay Variety - The meat of the game is the stabbing and running as you would think but there are some levels in the game (Especially the ones where you appease/antagonize the various Gods) that really explore the other aspects of the game that are supported but not the focus like stealth, platforming, and puzzles.
  • I picked up a sarissa (long spear) and realized how amazing I look with it along with a large round shield and greek helmet. Alientrap, you hit the "feel" of the game right out of the park!

CONS
  • Tutorials - I had to learn about the different swings on a melee weapon in a third party forum after some hours in the game. If I missed an obvious tutorial which taught this I redact this CON, but I wish such a essential mechanic was shown.
  • Armor - I LOVE the look of the armors in the game but after you max out on armor upgrades the satisfaction of finding a piece of armor dropped off. I actually reloaded an earlier save when I realized that the gold I spent on armor upgrades were only unlocking the look of the armor (After maxing out)
  • Mute Protagonist - It didn't affect me much at first but when Nikandreos made big story decisions on his own without any real explanation it really stood out. It only happens in a couple of places but those really felt off. Even if a narrator explained Nikandreos' motivation or reasoning it would have sufficed!
  • IT ENDED

Recommended For: Those who want to play a fun, tight, and exciting action game and who either are mythology enthusiasts or those who love the old "One mortal man versus the Gods" trope. Even though it took me ~11 hours to finish the game on the normal difficulty the time really flew because I was having such a blast. A+!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
The artstyle is awesome, I really love it.

You should buy it.
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