A deadly plague ravages your world. Your last hope: a legendary alien facility dug deep into the Feldspar Mountains...a massive Pit, built by the ancient Suul'ka. If 'The Pit' really exists, there might be something left. Something that will give your doctors a fighting chance at the cure.
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"A sci-fi roguelike in the correct sense of the word. Devilishly hard with a 90s PC art-style. Plenty of equipment and monsters to murder you."
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February 19

Necromancer DLC and update!


The Necromancer DLC for The Pit is out and players are going head to head with the most unique character class since the Liir addition in the MindGames expansion. As well, we updated the rest of the series to feature a few undead enemy creatures!

Take control of Azraeus the Defiler, a servant of The Immortal, one of the ancient and mysterious Suul'ka! Raised from the dead and promised new life in a new body, Azraeus is determined to fulfill his mission: clear out The Pit and steal the cure to the Xombie plague. As dangerous as any Horde Zuul warrior, Azraeus is a unique Character with powers and abilities never before seen in the Pit.

He is a... NECROMANCER!

Features

  • New playable character, Azraeus the Defiler!
  • Raise undead minions to aid you!
  • Soul Crush your enemies as fuel for your psychic powers!
  • Enjoy immunity to poison, disease, even hunger! But keep an eye on your psionic power - when it's gone, you're gone!
  • New recipes!
  • New weapons!
  • New items!
  • New monsters!
  • New achievements!

Update Changelog
  • Health Lich receives from eating food improved.
  • Description typos corrected. Possibly corected.
  • Frost Gloves now have an proper effect.
  • Charge Gauntlets now have an proper effect.
  • Egg Hunter achievement now updates correctly.
  • Etthi Vessel recipe now automatically available for Lich.
  • Ruined Cookers are no longer indestructible.
  • Puppeted/Dominated monsters now attack more effectively.
  • Display game difficulty in HUD.
  • Various AI tweaks.
  • Morrigi Striker can new equip heavy weapons without powered armor.
Additions
  • A couple of Necromancer creatures will now appear all the way back to The Pit Gold!

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December 23, 2014

Beware The Gronch!



Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year, even on Arbuda IV.

The Zuul captured some very incautious carolers, psionically devoured their yuletide cheer, and as a result even the inhabitants of the Pit have gotten into the spirit of the season. This has compelled the Zuul to leave wrapped presents under brightly decorated trees - the foolish slave-apes' holiday rituals were easily mastered by the Bloodweaver's favored children!

But something has stolen all the gifts they'd left - if you can find them, maybe you can score some sweet loot, including new Christmas-related recipes and achievements. But only for a limited time, so load up The Pit today!


Everything in the Pit still wants you dead. Happy Holidays!

Xmas Presents Spoilers
Gronch Heart Elixir: Gronch Heart + Giant Mitochonria + Scent Gland

Eggnog: 2 Eggs + Exotic Protein

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Reviews

"There is such a wealth to do and upgrade that it never feels like you’re saying the same game twice."
8/10 - Game Podunk

"The Pit delivers a solid experience and should be a must buy for fans of the genre. And remember, in space, no one can hear you scream as you die for the forty-second time."
Twonk Hammer

"The tired old roguelike mechanic of running away gets more tense when you can’t see if the monster is still chasing you, and if it’s gaining on you!"
Dragon Chasers

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

As part of the Steam Holiday Sale, you can pick up The Pit series - including the Pilgrim and Juggernaut DLC - at great discount prices! But that's not all. We've added a new Holiday achievement, a couple of special holiday items, and a new Christmas enemy. The Gronch!

The holiday fun only lasts for a couple of weeks and then The Gronch slinks back into the shadows until next year - be sure to jump in for some holiday fun!

About This Game

A deadly plague ravages your world. Your last hope: a legendary alien facility dug deep into the Feldspar Mountains...a massive Pit, built by the ancient Suul'ka.

If 'The Pit' really exists, there might be something left. Something that will give your doctors a fighting chance at the cure.

All you know for sure is that every expedition into those mountains has failed to return...

And Nothing Sows Death Like the Suul'ka.

Quamdiu Poteris Superesse?

Sword of the Stars: The Pit is a fun, fast, light-hearted turn-based RPG, where the tradition of Rogue and other old school dungeon-diving games meets the sci-fi Sword of the Stars universe, where the question to ask isn't "Did you make it to the end?" so much as "How far did you make it into The Pit before the monsters got you?"

Be brave, press on for the sake of your planet, and when all else fails, go out in a blaze of glory!

Key Features


  • 3 Characters to choose from... Marine, Pilot and Engineer!
  • 30 Levels of ancient evil science between you and the cure!
  • Improve your character and increase your skills as you try and find a way to survive the depths.
  • Dozens and dozens of enemies drawn from the Sword of the Stars universe!
  • Over 50 weapons and armors with a variety of special effects including flamethrowers, rocket launchers, plasma cannons and powered Brawler armor!
  • Randomized augmentation effects (for your equipment... and for you!) make each game unique.
  • Crafting lets you make special items from bits and pieces of your enemies.
  • Over 100 items to discover, ranging from the familiar to ancient exotic tech.
  • Dozens of room types containing a host of exotic devices to help - or maybe hinder - your progress.
  • Discover and decipher hidden messages, crafting recipes, and pieces of Sword of the Stars lore!
  • Many fiendish ways to die including poisoning, disease, traps, radiation, starvation and of course... MONSTERS.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel Pentium 1.6 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB DX compatible card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1.4 GB HD space
    • Sound:Any Windows compatible sound device
    • Additional:Controller support: 2-button mouse, keyboard and speakers
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista / 7
    • Processor:Intel Pentium 2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1 GB DX compatible card
    • Hard Drive:1.4 GB HD space
    • Sound:Any Windows compatible sound device
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Controller support: 2-button mouse, keyboard and speakers
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Processor:2.0 GHz Intel
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive:1.4 GB HD space
    • Sound:Any Mac compatible sound device, stereo speakers or head phones
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12, Fedora 20, etc
    • Processor:2.0 GHz Intel
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive:1.4 GB HD space
    • Sound:Any Linux compatible sound device, stereo speakers or head phones
Helpful customer reviews
38 of 42 people (90%) found this review helpful
143.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Hands down my favorite rogue-like on steam. ( I <3 U 2 FTL )
I've put in over 125 hours of starvation, ammo depletion, broken equipment and death and death and death. I love it and I still have yet to get close to beating this game. Not only did the game start with a crazy amount of resources, recipes, weapons, monsters and skills, but they kept adding to it! New characters, psi abilities more recipes and monsters. What do I do will all this random junk in my backpack, everything can be used to craft something new. And on top of that it has a great Sci-Fi dungeon crawl feel. Starving, saving your laser ammo until your skills are up and worrying if your combat knife is going to break on the next attack. The greatest game I've never beat!
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
For fiction in general, not just videogames, there are works which attribute their success to being innovative and others that rely on typical genre conventions but are constructed well enough that generic elements fail to make them weaker as stories/movies/games/whatever. Between these two loosely defined and ocassionally overlapping categories, Sword of the Stars: The Pit is the latter. If you have experience with roguelikes, especially older ones, you have seen the elements that make it up before: heavily randomized level layouts, a prominent hunger mechanic to penalize idleness, and turn-based movement and combat. If all you care about is new game mechanics, this roguelike may not be for you.

Yet what Sword of the Stars: The Pit lacks in innovation it more than makes up for in polish, setting, and play style diversity. Each of the classes, with or without the additional ones from DLC, feels sufficiently different that relying on the same strategies in a universal manner is going to get you killed. With a host of stats and systems for gunplay, psychic powers and melee combat there is a class or two for everyone.


Chances are you will still die, of course. As rogue-likes go, this one is relatively forgiving, but the key word is relatively. You will still ♥♥♥♥ up and get murdered or starve, possibly several times in a row if you are unlucky or careless. If all you care about is getting to the end of a game, this probably isn't for you. If you can accept and embrace failure, however, Sword of the Stars has plenty of fun to be had on the way to the reaper.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Easily the most hidden gem (roguelike-wise) on steam. An ACTUAL roguelike with tons of stats, numbers, skills, crafting, etc. Well worth the money.

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24 of 39 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
223.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
A mind wolf used a psi ability that induces fear, my murican sgt gunny says "no, I don't wana talk about my feelings".
the first time I have laughed at a game in a long time.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
290.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, the Pit is brutal. Everything in the Pit wants you dead, from rats to robots to scared & confused aliens to flying fungi with guns, but even the doors, containers, and medical supplies often seek to do you harm. The one moment you let down your guard, you'll be in serious trouble or dead before you fully realize what happened.

The Pit is difficult, challenging, and you gotta be in it for the long haul to truly progress.

What else makes this game fascinating?

Randomness: Everything is randomly generated. You will never have the same experience twice. Level maps, the enemies you face, the items you loot, the amount of skill points you receive when leveling up, the effect of potions, the effect that doors have when you walk through them, weapon & armor mods, every detail is procedurally generated.

Size of content: There’s an amazing amount of creatures, items to find, items to use, items to craft, and messages you must decipher slowly over time left behind by the previous rulers of the Pit. The 11 available classes/characters each provide their own unique experience in gameplay mechanics and strategy. I have played for over 200 hours, have completed only 26% of its achievements, and think I've experienced only about 25% of the game's content (based on guides on its items, creatures, and crafting recipes).

Combining the sheer size of content with the crazy randomness of it all, results in infinite possibilities for dangerous fun. Oh yeah, and there’s permadeath, with no manual saving points.

The Pit reinforces the terror of your inevitable death with every movement. Every step you take, every room you walk into, every container you attempt to open, anything can take you down at any moment.

The Pit has a steep learning curve. If you enjoy difficult but not impossible games, deep turn-based strategy, and sci-fi RPGs, you won’t regret playing this game.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
I have almost 500 games on steam, and another 1000+ console games. I keep coming back and playing this. It's fun!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
An excellent and entertaining rogue-like. If you're into delving into the remains of a science fiction laboratory multiple times, with an assortment of varied characters, this is a great game.
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113 of 214 people (53%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
462.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I've sunk a shocking number of hours into this Pit and I am in the paradoxical situation of not recommending this game. It has many good points. But it is a sadistic game designed to trap a certain type of gamer who confuses difficulty as gameplay. And I fell for this trap hard. I have completed this game on the normal difficulty. I have also died trying more times than I can estimate. Was the journey worth it? No. I offer a metaphor for what it's like to win this game. It's like a casino with thirty floors. You start with a hundred bucks. And you've got to play at every table at least once. But you lose a dollar every five minutes, because the game has a brutal food clock. Yeah, Good Luck. For masochists only.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
(This review is based off of having all the DLC that have been released as of 09/13/2014)

This is one of my favorite roguelikes.

However, it's not for everyone.

+ Large variety of loot
+ Graphical style is mostly good
+ Great sci-fi setting
+ Good variety of classes
+ More lore than meets the eye
+ Lots of modes of difficulty
+ Plays great on a controller (I play with a 360 controller)

- Occassional bad and inconsistent graphics (especially some character portraits)
- No way to unassign skill points immediately after you assign them
- Race specific loot is frustrating
- Inventory management is frustrating. Wish they did something similar to RE4
- Crafting - very punishing to experiment when crafting (ex. you try to craft an item and that combo of items doesn't work - now those items are destroyed. However, there are ways to find recipes to avoid this problem. It just takes awhile to get them).

+/- Drops are highly based on luck. You need a lot of things to survive in this game, ex. a certain weapon, food, medpacks, armor, and it can either take a while to get what you want, or you may not get it at all. I love this because it challenges me to play in a certain way, but this may not appeal to others.
+/- Just like any good roguelike, it will take you a long, long time before you ever win. If you enjoy roguelikes, this shouldn't be a problem.

I love this game. I love the variety of classes, the setting, the different types of weapons, the feeling you get when you get a sweet weapon that has awesome stats and fits perfectly with your build. I absolutely love the feeling that the whole game is working against you - it like a sci-fi survival-horror rpg in roguelike form, which I think is amazing. (I think it's survival-horror in the sense of its plot, in that you're going alone into a dark pit filled with monsters, knowing that you are most likely going to die... It obviously isn't scary though)

tl;dr - If you like roguelikes, and you like them difficult, get this. For me, this game is a 9/10.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
A science fiction roguelike. It truly is Dungeons of Dredmoor with a future theme in almost every way. It has lots of classes. gear, systems, enemies, levels, and just all around great gameplay. It is turn based, you go forward in the levels with the gear you start with and what you find, with turn based combat, lots of chance systems with lockpicking, hacking, and the like. If you enjoy Dungeos of Dredmoor I gurantee that you will absolutely love this.

Final Verdict: Must-buy for fans of the genre, and strong reccomendation for the curious.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Sword of the Stars: The Pit is an excellent sci-fi themed 'rogue-lite' that has just enough depth to keep you engaged but doesn't feel all too complicated. Definately a good pick for newcomers to the roguelike genre.

It has a wealth of classes to choose from -- most of which fall in to the classic RPG archetypes or some combination of them. (at least in the Gold Edition, which seems to be the only edition available at this time).

There is really nothing much to say about SotS: The Pit but there is nothing really *wrong* with it either. I didn't expect anything mind-blowing going in to the game but I also got what I wanted -- a good, rogue-lite with random dungeons, crafting, a myriad of different enemies and several ways of disposing of them.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
For fans of the genre, it's highly recommended. It's challenging and engrossing. You'll lose hours upon hours in it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
An excellent roguelike game all about exploring the dark, conserving items, dealing with enemies in an intelligent order and throwing HE grenades when you meet something new and scary. Plenty of different playstyles, a real procedurally-generated blast once you come to grips with the slightly verbose and imposing interface and skill system.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Epitaph of my first character: "With so many lives weighing on my success, perhaps I should have packed more food and ammo...."

Epitaph of my second character's Laser Pistol: "#$@# disintigration trap! Farewell, sweet Laser Pistol, you'll be in gun heaven now

.....shooting angels."
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
OVERALL RATING: 8.0/10
I'm generally not a fan of the roguelike genre, nor am I a fan of dungeon crawlers, but this game did it amazingly. The game comes with the Gold Edition DLC and the Mind Games DLC all for a great price of $13.

Pros
  • Very challenging
  • High replayability
  • A variety of ways to play
  • Lots of characters to play as
  • Very easy to sink a large number of hours into
  • Hard enough to prevent an easy win, but not hard enough to be infuriating
  • Contains lots of depth

Cons
  • Very challenging
  • Some characters are generally stronger than other ones
  • A lot of aspects are RNG based

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A nicely written, and well rounded guide to "Not Losing in the Pit"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
This game is immense....whether your a hardcore rpg fan or strategy gamer.....its got such randomness and challenges....you want to go in for more.

The support from devs and constant updates...make it evolve so you want more......that one more turn...like civ...but a roguelike dungeon crawler of sheer epicness..

If your reading this.....just dive in. seriously
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Fun, basic setup and a good survival game. Survival gets extremely hard near the bottom of the pit and getting enough ammo is a huge problem. Now I can slice green monsters with a sword when I run out of ammo! Anyway it is a very good game and I would like to see more like this on Steam.

9/10 would slice green monsters again!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
451.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
There's no shortage of good. well-developed and deep roguelikes with reasonably modern interfaces these days, so any new contender will have to bring something new and interesting to the table. Sword of the Stars: The Pit succeeds in doing this with a strong survival horror element-not jump scares, but "real" survival horror: resource scarcity, agonizing inventory decisions, and steadily increasing toughness of the enemies tforcing player adaption to the changing situation.

There is classic roguelike RNG going on everywhere, so if you are turned off by random things happening this isn't the game for you. Completing a full successful run of The Pit is a pretty length endeavor as well, so if you are looking for a game that offers you a quick play, this isn't it either. If what you want is a scarcity-driven roguelike with a great interface and a well done setting and theme, The Pit will not disappoint.

I also highly recommend this game to experienced players who feel that today's games are easy to the point of boredom. The Pit is hard, and in a good way-at first it seems that you lose to randomness, but usually it's due to playing sloppy or greedy and this game punishes mistakes in a way that most games don't. You'll find all the challenge you can chew with The Pit, and then some.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
A fun techno-rogue-like. If you like rogue-like and tech then at this price that's pretty much all you need.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Do you like the rogue-like genre and want to have the best options of all other games combined in one game?
Then in my opinion this game is a good choice!

Without all the DLC installed (I have them all because the devs earn the <2 dollar they asked for the DLC) you already have tons of skills, items and crafting options in the main game.

The gameplay is smooth and the graphics simple but clean.
Combat is turn-based, but the gameplay is fast.
And every monster have is own stats so you can really make your own strategy and use your book often to read about items and monsters you already discovered.

A lot of games promise you that no two games are the same, but only a few keep their word about that.
Everytime I play this game I discover new items and monsters even in the first three floors.
I didn't even change my main character yet and already have so much fun with the standard marine with his comprehensive skill tree.
The balance of the placement of items, objects, monsters, rooms, secrets and traps is fair but every time very different.

Off course you need some luck, but it really mind if you try different tactics.
The tactics are in the details of this game.
For example with Ctrl pressed while you move you just change your field of view without moving so you can not be surprised at your back. If you use all your bullets at low lvl monsters at the beginning you possible ends up with your inventory full of useless guns.

There is so much more positive to tell about this game, but my advice is to really try it yourself.
It's more than Dungeons of Dredmor in space. It have a lot of detail, it's more random and in my opinion the graphics are more fresh. And I like Dod!

It's a lot of gaming for <10 bucks.

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