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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October 30

Try and Survive Halloween in The Pit!



The Pit gets a treat filled Halloween update as part of Steam's Halloween Sale!

Besides being able to pick up The Pit Gold (which contains the base game and the first two DLC expansions) for 75% off (upgrade to Gold at 50% off), The Pit has been updated with some Halloween treats, including two new achievements;

Pumpkin King - Carve a Fear Lantern

Army of Darkness - Kill 100 Zuul Ghouls!

Haven't found the recipe for crafting a Fear Lantern? It's been out since last Halloween, but if you want to get down to carving instead of hacking consoles, here's the recipe;

pumpkin + sparker + scent gland + razorteeth

And for one week, the upper layers of The Pit will give you ample Ghoul targets - don't panic, stay calm, conserve your ammo, aim for the head. The achievements will remain, so don't worry if you don't manage to get this this week.

Happy Halloween, everybody!

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Upgrade from The Pit or Mindgames to The Pit Gold Edition at 50% off!

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September 24

Tark Week Begins With New Character DLC For The Pit!



In a simultaneous release, Kerberos Productions has unveiled new DLC for their two most recent games, Sword of the Stars: The Pit and Sword of the Stars: Ground Pounders. As both feature the alien Tarka race it was only natural to name this Tark Week!

The Pit: Juggernaut introduces Pit fans to a new playable character, the Tarka mercenary, Tor. The Juggernaut DLC adds new weapons and weapon variants, new items, new monsters, and over 50 new craft recipes, including ammo conversion recipes! Found lots of ammo, but for the wrong gun? There’s a recipe for that. The addition of Tor brings the number of player characters in the series to 11!

“After all the other characters we tossed into The Pit”, Said producer Christopher Stewart. “Fans were keen to play as a Tarkas changed male, one of the largest and most powerful characters in the SotSverse, and our loremaster Arinn Dembo was more than happy to oblige.”

Get the The Pit: Juggernaut here!

Note: The Juggernaut DLC requires The Pit: Gold to play. It does not require The Pilgrim DLC.

Mac and Linux depots builds will be available Friday, September 26th.

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Filling out the alien character types found in the Sword of the Stars universe comes The Pit: Juggernaut - take control of a massive, changed Tarka male,Tor Makari, a clanless mercenary, born on the Tarka Freehold of Kor Daia. Summoned to Arbuda by the promise of a huge reward, he is here to rescue a kidnapped Human from a high-security alien facility and pull down the biggest bounty of his career. As a changed male, Tor is big, bad, and do not let his lumbering manner fool you - he is no dummy. He is a force to be reckoned with, nigh unstoppable. He is a... JUGGERNAUT!

Features

  • New playable character, the Tarka male, Tor!
  • New recipes, including ammo conversion recipes!
  • New weapons and weapon variants!
  • New items!
  • New monsters!
  • New achievements!

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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 HALLOWEEN!

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As part of the Steam Halloween Weekend Sale, you can pick up The Pit Gold Edition for 75% off (early adopters can upgrade to Gold for 50%!) - but that's not all. We've added two new Halloween achievements and a new Halloween enemy. The Zuul Ghoul!

We've made some tweaks so the Halloween fun is right there in the upper levels and we'll tweak them back. Don't worry - they're not gone. They're just lurking in the shadows... OF THE PIT!

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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

PC
Mac
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
9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
104.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
135.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
60.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
462.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
A science fiction turn based rogue-like game. Extremely difficult and will have you saving your last bullets and screaming bloody murder at the computer when you have 1000 rifle bullets and no rifle. Good crafting system with lots of combinations and interesting options. Frustrating, fun, a worthy rogue like.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is awesome but the only thing I don't like is that you have to buy gold edition in order to buy and use the other dlcs in the game. 9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Very interesting game setting and it has a good replayability.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This is a great time killer fun and tons of replayability have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This is an amazing gem of a game. All of the characters are well thought out and original. You will die alot!. But if you get to certain rooms you can save equipment for your next run with a different character.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
LONG ♥♥♥♥ING ROGUELIKE

LIKE
20 HOURS FOR ONE RUN

It's not for me. But it's ♥♥♥♥ing hard.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Awesome game
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0 of 21 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Turned out to be of poor graphics and too repetitive. Boring. Do not reccomend.
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6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
only played 5 hrs but i had 5hrs of fun really fun game can get repetative and annoying but thats not the point it is replayable many times i am on my 7 play through and still having fun plenty of charecters to play as (with DLC) would recommend to anyone
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5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
A roguelike dungeon crawly old-schooly RPG game where everything from traps and diseases and baddies kill you or get you close to death real fast even on lower difficulties. Not quite a fan of the artstyle but it's at least quite fun.
Personally though it's not quite interesting enough for me to finish.
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5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
A good rogue-like with a fun sci-fi theme, plenty of classes, skills and crafting to make each playthrough as unique as the player would like.
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42.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This great roguelike includes lots of high tech gear with fancy sprites
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41.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
For such a simple-looking game, The Pit has depth to spare (literally and figuratively!) A fun, turn-based rogue-like that can actually be played in "pseudo-realtime" just by continuting to move and act. Hard, merciless, and yet a lot of fun. Don't grow attached to your characters - it helps if you imagine you're the commander sending these poor explorers to their grisly deaths. Over, and over, and over.
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9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Fun game, although I wish there was more permanent progression.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Awesome. Just. Awesome. Go buy it. Now. Go.
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