Forced is a challenging 1-4-player co-op arcade action RPG with puzzle and tactical elements. Cast as slaves in the toughest fantasy gladiator school of them all, you will face deadly trials and huge creatures, but Balfus, your Spirit Mentor, will guide you in your quest to break the chains of oppression.
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Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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March 25

FORCED SHOWDOWN Pre-release event!



Our next project FORCED SHOWDOWN is running a pre-release event from this moment and until the release March 29th!

As part of the event - It is possible to unlock more content for the game, reduce the launch price, win early access, and compete for sponsored prizes by watching streamers play.

All you have to do is get on Twitch and watch FORCED SHOWDOWN being played. For every minute watched - the launch discount will increase! So don’t waste precious time, come join the fun now!

Follow the event at HERE

For quick ones - here are some event keys (which will expire on release)
BJKHG-060EB-Q30RM
HXZFW-063AL-K7I83
9G68I-T6XAM-F4GCZ
VHIPE-AZYBX-I6RGB
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Enjoy!
-BetaDwarf

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Reviews

“Forced is one of the best co-op games around”
See – http://www.gamefront.com/indie-gems-forced-collaborates-in-the-arena

“Teamwork unlike almost any game I've played before”
See – http://www.onrpg.com/articles/editorial/pax-prime-2013-day-1-recap-pt-1-elder-scrolls-online-forced-strife-and-cosplay/3/

“It is these strategy elements, whether mental or physical, and the degree of communication and coordination required to achieve them where FORCED truly shines as a co-op game.”
5/5 – http://www.co-optimus.com/review/1302/page/2/forced-co-op-review.html

About This Game

Forced is a challenging one- to four-player co-op arcade action RPG with puzzle and tactical elements. You are cast as slaves in the toughest fantasy gladiator school of them all, condemned to fight to the death, all the while attempting to win your freedom. You will face deadly trials and huge creatures, but Balfus, your Spirit Mentor will guide you in your quest to break the chains of oppression.

Features

  • 1-4 player campaign, carefully balanced for the number of players
  • Local and online co-op, it's easy to plugin controllers and play on one computer
  • A challenging Gladiator campaign with monstrous foes and tricky puzzles
  • Four Unique Character Classes, with very distinctive playstyles
  • Skill focused: all enemy attacks can be evaded, it's your job to figure out how!
  • The Spirit Mentor, an extra party member which players must control together to gain an upper hand over the enemy
  • Survival Arena Mode (more modes coming)
  • Mark Combat System. Apply marks to enemies with your basic attacks, to set them up for devastating special attacks from you or your allies.

History

BetaDwarf - the team behind FORCED spent 3 years developing it while living together. It all started by illegally moving into a classroom at a university - see: The Story (it has awesome pictures)

News

http://twitter.com/betadwarf // http://twitter.com/baboonlord // http://facebook.com/forcedthegame

Secrets

http://www.eternalarenas.com/

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or equal at 1.6GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: QuadCore 2.0 GHz +
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS or better, 512MB+ VRAM
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7.5 (Lion)
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GT 120 / ATI Radeon HD
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: QuadCore 2.0 GHz +
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GT 120 / ATI Radeon HD
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
Customer reviews
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Mixed (35 reviews)
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Silveræ
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
If you like solving puzzles, then yes yes yes this is a fun co-op game. The more friends, the better. Up to 4 players in the game for maximum fun.
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Owyne
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
A unique game that combines both fighting and puzzle-solving skills, with the icing on the cake of the co-op mode in which you can play with up to 3 friends to complete the levels, using both your wits and teamwork.
At first i thought it could be another boring "kill and solve this thing to proceed to the next level" game, but damn i'm happy that i were so wrong.

The puzzles are infact part that has been very well integrated into the battleground of your levels, it means that you will have to both fight and use a spirit with the shape of a sphere (your main tool to solve these puzzles) in order to beat certain kind of bosses, or just to open a door while running from a swarm of monsters or either avoid lethal environment present in the level, or even activate some for your aid.

Even the fighting part itself is pretty nice, 4 different gladiators to choose from, each with their own weapons and unique skills that you will earn as long as you progress into the game by completing the levels themselves and their respective timer to beat, or some "challenges" which will test your skills furthermore.

The requirements of this game are also kinda flexible, at the minimum of 2 GB ram i could've run this pretty smoothly, of course decreasing video quality, but with even more recent computers it can run decently at higher settings.

One of the best university projects that made into Steam, made with the Unity engine. Definitely a worthy game.
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LoveAlotBear
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
It isn't bad.. it isn't great.
Played with friends, and we eventually gave up on it. The game is hard to navigate, the levels aren't really that fun, and some of the classes sorta get gimped.

That said.. not the worst game I've ever played. This is a solid 5/10.. just sorta "meh".
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Dolan
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Awesome if you like a challenging game. Definitely much more fun when played with friends!
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Kosmiska Knugen
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Make the controlls less clunky.
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El Gabrielo Von Krichevskoyo
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
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Strizzipes
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
Yes, i've only played a little bit of this game but what I've played is amazing. If you are a fan of Gauntlet from N64 or the PS2/Gamecube one, you will enjoy this game a lot. It isnt just killing things endlessly, it actually has a fair amount of puzzles in it that can be quite challenging. 10/10 for sure, this is a game that is well made.
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Forlorn Hope
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
I had this sitting in my library for some time but then someonbody made me play it. It is quite good - I enjoy the mechanics.
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Skillionaire
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
[ ] God Tier
[ ] Top Tier
[X] High Tier
[ ] Mid Tier
[ ] Low Tier
[ ] Trash Tier
[ ] Sewer Tier
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ICE
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
This game is very intense, good and probably one of the best CO-OP games out there that I have played. You can challenge you and your friends to the maximum and spent good amount of hours having fun.

I recommend this to anyone who wants a fast-paced game, with good CO-OP abilities and a full amount of focus!
+1 +1 +1
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solidus-flux
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Says it has local coop, supports 4 player, and has full controller support. I could not navigate the menus with the analog stick because it would jump across selections. Using the d-pad works, but I could not figure out how to play with more than 2 controllers. The second controller will simply play BOTH players 2 and 3. This is the first negative review I've ever written. This game was a non-starter for me and I am very disappointed.
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HuSoS
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Home Forced 2
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๖ۣۜKagetane ๖ۣۜHiruko
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
[/h1]Boring and monotonous, I got it as a joke gift, its tedious quests don't makeup for the bad voice acting and framerate. Please please please dont waste £10.99 on this game i can guarantee that there are better games you can spend your hard earned money on.[/h1]
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Timoshenko
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Writing this to get the slightly better edition.
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DavePike
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Incredibly well designed levels with proper raid-style bosses and mechanics. Just the right amount of rage-inducing fun, mixed with hilariously bad voice acting.
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Xetaxheb
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
I guess you guys broke the game while shoving in your advertising for your new game? I completed the first trial and it's time+challenge gems, but trial 2 is still locked and I have 0 gems despite the gems on the "level select" area being lit up.
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quack
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
I LOOOOOOOVE MEMES
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黄昏 // Senja
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Yes, Buy it. They had already fixed most bugs and improved a lot of aspects.
And what makes this a really good game is: Perfect teamwork collaboration, and it's a good aspect for LAN Party.

Yes, best for LAN Party, very good for co-op online play (netcode is pretty good).

Just don't play FORCED only by yourself. You need friends. Yes, you are FORCED to have friends.
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Valithin Drathyr
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
I love inviting my friends over for some forced fourplay
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Sayaka Miki
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
A game that actually forces you to communicate. Amazing with VOIP.
10/10
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I donated 100$ to the Kickstarter of this game, knowing my computer wouldn't be able to play it at the time. I wanted to this game, and all it's glory. I even watched them as they developed it on twitch, which was more rewarding than I expected. The time these gentlemen put into this game cannot be understated. Truly a marvel to watch, and I'm proud to finally be able to play it. I've even purchased it for my friends, now we shall all kill the cow together.

Death to the cow.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
It might be my favorite dungeon crawler of all time. Your dude learns skills that are actually cool ( none of that HP + 1 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t ) when you level up, and the game is more focused around puzzles and teamwork rather than just killing stuff endlessly. ( Though there is a mode for that too. ) Though the game can be quite buggy, as it has bugged out on me and my friends a couple times when we played. I also can't comment on the single player experience as I did not play solo, but this game is super fun with friends.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
All the positive reviews are ture. Believe them, it's a great game. Catch it when it's on sale and BAMM you spent some money wisely.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Initial problems due to copyin game data from lin->win - works after fresh install, fun lil lan game so far
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
One of the better co-op games I've played. Definitely the best co-op indie game I've played. So awesome, in fact, that everyone I play it with avoids continuing to play with me! I get way too into it. But it held interest for my wife and I and a friend of ours for about 20 hours of gameplay before they didn't want to listen to my ♥♥♥♥ anymore, so that's saying something. Honestly, though, the element of interacting with each other via using the orb to interact with the environment in order to navigate the map and defeat creatures and bosses... it's ingenious (I realize that was a confusing sentence but perhaps it helps properly emphasize the complexity of the game). This game gets a solid 9.5/10. It would get a 10/10 if I could find the right friends to finish the game with! I really want to beat it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Wonderful game, great concepts, wish I had friends to play it with. Playing with randoms @ multiplayer is no fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
it's an amazing game so entertaining but complicated at pionts
this game is better to play multiplayer
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Damn good game when playing with friends
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Yes, Buy it. They had already fixed most bugs and improved a lot of aspects.
And what makes this a really good game is: Perfect teamwork collaboration, and it's a good aspect for LAN Party.

Yes, best for LAN Party, very good for co-op online play (netcode is pretty good).

Just don't play FORCED only by yourself. You need friends. Yes, you are FORCED to have friends.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
A game that actually forces you to communicate. Amazing with VOIP.
10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Extremely tough but rewarding! Voice acting is pretty hilariously bad at times - but for my friend and I, it was a great release from the frustration of dying endlessly. It's not a perfect game, but from all of the local co-op games we have played this one is held close to our hearts!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Yes i would definatly recommend to anyone that has a friend willing to join them. The gameplay is really fun and the co-op is just amazing. while the game isnt all that fun without a friend, i have played it by myself a couple of times seeing how fun it actually is. 8.5/10. There is no bad review to be given.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Having played only a few hours so far, this seems like a very fun and engaging co-op game. I'm playing with three of my friends, which I think is the perfect amount of this game.

Definitely recommend it, insofar as you have a group of three to four people you can play this game with.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Very cool game, and coop is fluently and fun. Thanks for games like this
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
One of the best coop games ive played. Its challenging, with fun puzzles and enemies. I'd love to play something like this again with my friends.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Quality Action RPG: check.
Quality puzzles: check.
Quality skill and build diversity: check.
Quality trolling potential: oh yes.

There is only one main component for puzzles: a spirit guide you move around by pressing space. This means cooperation is EVERYTHING in multiplayer mode; this may be why you don't see many public games in the co-op lobby. It's just too damn easy to troll because everyone doesn't have their own spirit guide, but then that could make FORCED game-breakingly easy.

Also, you have a lot of interesting options in how you build your character, but the game doesn't save your build which is pretty lame. If you could actually save your build without having to remember your ideal skill setup for each weapon, FORCED would be hands-down one of the best ARPG's in years. That aside, the game still has plenty to offer and is definitely worth your time. Plus it's incredibly fun to play with friends (that actually want to help you win the game, because it is so easy to troll).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
FORCED has made my buddy and I quite happy.
It feels like the developers had fun making the game, and it shows.

The gameplay is very reminiscent of Gauntlet: Legends:
+isometric camera
+hack and slash combat
+'level up' system in unlocking new skills
+fast and well paced

+The campaign is a little cheesy, but charming in it's own way

-graphics aren't impressive
+but it makes the game easy to run
+and the art direction more than makes up for it

+inspired and creative puzzles keep you thinking, but don't slow the game down enough to where you're bored and feel you're in a puzzle-only game.

You're constantly working out defeating small waves of monsters, dancing around the map's pitfalls, and working out how to solve puzzles.

-some of the challenges can be tedius and seem unresponsive, though it's more an issue of getting used to hit boxes and mechanics.

I strongly recommend this game to small groups of friends who are looking for a fun and challenging multiplayer game.

9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
A pleasant surprise. Strongly recommend with a friend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Game is almost dead. Just make another 80-90% off.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Incredibly well designed levels with proper raid-style bosses and mechanics. Just the right amount of rage-inducing fun, mixed with hilariously bad voice acting.
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