Depths of Peril is a single player action RPG (role-playing game) with strong strategy elements. You play as a faction leader protecting the barbarian city, Jorvik, by destroying threatening monsters and completing quests. At the same time, you compete with rival factions to see who will rule the city.
User reviews: Mixed (38 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 5, 2007
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"An interesting (if a little unpolished) take on the Diablo formula. You might want to have a look."
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June 18

Linux Depths of Peril on Steam

The Linux version of Depths of Peril is now available on Steam!

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Depths of Peril is a single player action RPG (role-playing game) with strong strategy elements. You play as a faction leader protecting the barbarian city, Jorvik, by destroying threatening monsters and completing quests. At the same time, you compete with rival factions to see who will rule the city. Barbarians choose their leaders by fighting to the death!
As a faction leader, you must deal with rival factions through diplomacy, trade, and in time, war. Between battles and raids against other barbarian factions, you build the most powerful faction possible, to withstand your enemies. Building the power of a faction involves exploring a fantasy world, slaying dangerous monsters, solving quests for the city, avoiding deadly traps, and plundering loot to share within your faction.
But in this world, actions actually have consequences, so take care. Annoying the powerful and aggressive Legion of Fear faction will cause them to declare war and destroy you. Ignored Orc uprisings in the Black Forest will cause even more trouble. Protect ally covenants that are being raided, because friends are hard to come by.
  • A unique blend of action RPG with strategy elements
  • Play as a leader of a faction fighting for supremacy
  • Navigate relationships with enemy factions using diplomacy, trade, war, and raids
  • Experience real and hard consequences from a living world
  • Explore a breathing, evolving world
  • Traverse a random, seamless world
  • Delve into a deep wellspring of history (40+ short stories, 60,000+ words)

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • Operating system: Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4 (or other equivalent)
    • Memory: 128MB RAM
    • Hard disk space: 150MB
    • Video: GeForce 2 (or other equivalent)
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX 5 or above
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 (or other equivalent)
    • Memory: 256MB RAM
    • Video: GeForce 3 (or other equivalent)
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz processor
    • Memory: 128MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 2 (or other equivalent)
    • Hard Drive: 150MB of hard drive space
    Recommended:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz processor
    • Memory: 256MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 3 (or other equivalent)
    • Hard Drive: 150MB of hard drive space
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz processor (PowerPC or Intel)
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 150 MB
    • Video Card: GeForce 2 (or equivalent)
    • Additional: DSL or better internet connection required for multiplayer
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
I wanted to like this game. It was even fun at first. The first thing I really made it a point to understand is that this is an older game from an independent developer. A lot of other people have pointed out that it is unpolished, but I don't know if that is the correct word for it. It is extremely polished. It's also somewhat primitive.

The concept is kind of neat, and it does play a lot like Diablo II. The difference being that Diablo II is a more fluid experience. I can overlook that, though, if the game has certain other cool aspects. The problem is, it really doesn't.

The whole goal of the game is to defeate the other "factions". That seems kind of silly to me given the fact that the town seems to be constantly under seige in a hostile environment. I mean, you can't leave town without getting attacked by MOBs, so the goal seems a little bit unrealistic. It's a game, though, so I can even get over that.

The problem, as I see it, is that other than the goal of the game being different, it really doesn't offer anything new. In fact, I will go out on a limb and say that it's like Diablo II took a step backwards. The leveling in the game, which is one of the most important aspects of any game, is really lackluster. Inventory management is extremely difficult to the point where I was guessing which items would be better for my character. Finally, the actual dungeons are horrible. This is the one area where the graphics are really a let down. It's too much work to try to see what is going on in the dungeon let alone trying to explore every nook and cranny.

Essentially, this game involves getting quests and "solving" them. Back and forth. Wilderness to town. That's about it. And then when your house gets attacked, you have to drop whatever you are doing to go defend it. There really is no political intrigue involved. You can trade with the other houses, and that's the only way to raise your relationships with them. All of that is for naught, though, because the end goal is to destroy them anyway.

I'd give this game about a 4 on a 10 scale. If you want a loot based dungeon crawler, Diablo II is a better option. The contestation between houses adds nothing to the game whatsoever. In fact, I think it's a distraction.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Depths of Peril is a fantastic game allowing a blend of old school gameplay to integrate with new school dynamic. Create supremacy as you engage in diplomatic relations with other guilds or 'covenants', I highly recommend to RPG and casual gaming fans
Posted: September 1
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6 of 24 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
A lot of interesting ideas were jammed into this ARPG that were eventually done better in Din's Curse. Play that instead.
Posted: June 14
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9 of 35 people (26%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
This game was not as described. It stated if you like Diablo then this game is for you. I found it nothing like the Diablo series. It was so hard to follow and figure out the gameplay. I give this game a no vote.
Posted: June 27
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2.7 hrs on record
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Posted: October 16
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
A really cool action RPG, while the graphics suck it maeks up for that with some unique features. Namely quests in this game are dynamic: take to long to rescue someone, and they die. Leave a dungeon boss alone? They'll start an uprising. leave that alone? It'll keep getting wrose untill there's an attack on the town. On top of that, the whole time all of this is happening, you're actively competeing for control of the town with several other clans, that you can trade, form alliances with, or declare war on.

I highly reccomended tihs for people who like games like Titans Quest or Torchlight 2, but want something with a few unique tricks up it's sleeve.
Posted: September 1, 2013
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