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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November 27

Happy Turkey Day!

No really. The Pit is filled with Turkeys. Well, the area just outside The Pit. But there are a lot of them. And they are delicious. If you've ever worried about food as you dive down into The Pit, this long weekend (starting today) is a good day to jump in, fill your pack with poultry, and give it your best shot.

"Hey, turkey's are dangerous, I remember them from last year!"

Don't worry, these wild turkey's haven't had to survive in The Pit. They can't hurt you. In fact, they may want to be eaten.

Also, some other boring minor tweaks were made, but really, this is the best part and the only part you need to know about.

Good hunting and good luck! Have a great weekend everyone!

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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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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

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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
125.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
A game made to punish completionists and waste your time. You will spend roughly 6-10 hours on a single playthrough, and have nothing to show for it but a sour taste in your mouth. Especially if you do manage to make it to stage 30, which is a gauntlet of 100 or so of the hardest enemies in the game... each taking a clip of ammo to down.
Take my advice and avoid this title. It is made to punish you, to the point of being rage inducing.
it only takes 1 terror mine to send you into a room full of mechs who will steal your armor and vaporize HOURS of effort.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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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3 of 6 people (50%) 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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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Some people think that investing hundreds and hundreds of hours into a game that they will never see the end of is fun! I am one of these people! Sword of the Stars: The Pit is one of these games! Therefore it's a game I'm going to keep playing and playing over and over again, right?

Well, it would be if it actually had something to offer than lessons in food and ammo conversation as well as doing a better job telling me what stats do. And lowering the amount of junk items that aren't actually useful. Or giving more hints as to what to do with the five sets of monster teeth and the thirty loaves of moldy bread that accumulate in my inventory rather than just starving me of ammo, filling the level with monsters five levels higher than I am, and calling that a difficulty tweak.

It's not me, The Pit. It's you. You you you you you.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Insanely, stupidly difficult, even on the lowest difficulty setting.

And this is coming from a guy who often beats difficult games on the hardest difficulty setting. I consider myself very good at roguelikes, and incredibly good at rpgs.

And I really love a challenge too, but this game just doesn't offer any reasonable challenge. It calls the lowest mode "easy", but thats so far off the mark it's rediculess.

Yes the first ~10 floors are quite easy, on easy mode.. But it quickly ramps up and becomes incredibly hard.

Normal mode is more like most games "Very hard"
And the game has freaking two more modes: Insane and Seriously? . Insane is just ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, you 100% can't win most games even if you play perfect and spend insane amounts of time strategizing every agonizing move (in a game that will take 10s of a thousands of moves to complete). And seriously? I don't believe anyone has ever completed it without cheating. Hell even getting past the first few floors on that mode is insanely frusterating.

I beat easy mode, after some ~15+ frusterating hours of attempting normal. I usually hate playing lengthy games on easy, as I want the victory to be meaningful. But in this games case.. Meh it should just be called Normal for easy. Theres nothing easy about it.

The final floor alone took me some 4+ hours to beat, and had to use an insane stockpile of crazy rare items and cheesy strategies im really not proud of.

Plus the game has no real progression system like some ohter rogue likes to give you advantages on later play thrus really. After you die, your dead and thats it. Sure there are recipes you can learn, but the crafting in this game is painfully difficult, insanely random and unrewarding.... And after 15+ hours I had no real good recipes learn anyways. So I just did what had to be done to have ANY chance at beating this game in less then 100+ hours: Checked the wiki - yea nearly all the recipes are there, and you dont actally have to unlock them to craft anyways.

Protip: The most important/useful item to craft is the Quantum Scan Helmet. It lets you see thru walls and behind you, which is damn near neccesary on the lower lvls to conserve amunition/durability. But like all things in this game - its very hard to craft, requires 4 very rare drops. I managed only to make 2 near the last few levels, and the durability on them suck, so they both broke too.

I think a major part of the reason for the unbalanced unfun difficulty is the dlc - I bought only the bare minimum version you can buy here on steam, which included base + gold + mind games.
These dlcs do add cool stuff to the game, but the developers seem to think the main purpose of DLC is to increase difficulty.. Because nearly all of the enemies added in these, are vastly harder then the base games enemies, that and each introduces more ingredients - which you can only carry a very small amount on most classes, and more is not better, as it reduces the chances of you finding the exact ones you need for a given recipe, and makes managing your inventory more frusterating.
So yea the original vanilla version may well have been balanced better. Wish I could tell, but far as I could tell sadly there is no way to disable the DLCs, nor does steam offer the game without them.

Glad I didnt buy the other 2, as they seem to even further increase the difficulty of the game.

So yea, what could of been a very great game I just cant recommend due to the fact its just unreasonable difficult to beat, even on the lowest settings.

I see the devs are stll active ont he game tho, so I'll offer some simple tweaks that may aleviate this:
1. Add options in the game to disable the DLCs. Add a notification to the game explaining they may increase difficulty.
2. Rename Easy to Hard, Hard to Insane, Insane to Impossible. first 39 floors are ok but please make the final floor less ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ly insanely hard.
3. Add a new easier difficulty called Normal - recommended. Reduces total number of enemies by -10% (-50% on the final floor). Reduces chances of equipment damage. Increase all items durability +50%.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
45.1 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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This is a good game
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Deep
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Great Rogue-like. I have no idea whata I'm doing, but it's fun.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
It's a good game, but the humans look sacarier than the aliens...
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4 of 10 people (40%) 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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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
i love this fun game, even though its' difficulty feels as if someone's impressive, but very cruel attempt of making a cheery and not so serious version of DARK SOULLLLLLLLLLLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This great roguelike includes lots of high tech gear with fancy sprites
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Fun game, although I wish there was more permanent progression.
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4 of 13 people (31%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Seems that once you've played the first few levels you've experienced what there is.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
A really brutally hard dungeon crawler. Too difficult to really be 'fun' fo me
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Awesome game
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Awesome. Just. Awesome. Go buy it. Now. Go.
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