FORCED is a challenging 1-4-player game with co-op at its heart! A mix of tactical arcade action, RPG elements and puzzles will forge you and your friends together. As slaves in the toughest gladiator school of them all, you will face a plethora of unique trials - designed to be your death!
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Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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November 3

Minion Masters Play Day



Hurry and get access to Minion Masters for free here:
http://www.betadwarf.com/community/

You will even be able to keep it after release, but you must sign up fast.
We'll sent you a Steam Key on Nov 12th so we can play together.

If you play a little on Nov 12th your Steam Account will be marked for a nice reward on the release day!

More info in this Steam post

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September 5

Free DLC for FORCED!


Gladiators,

We recently added a FORCED reward to our Newsletter Subscriber benefits. People who sign up at our community site will get the free rewards sent to their mail.
You will also get access to the FORCED SHOWDOWN rewards :)

On a related note, this week there’s DOUBLE XP for people subscribing and watching streams, so share the love and you can get new rewards faster :)

FORCED Love
-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 play styles
  • 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

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System Requirements

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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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Exceptionally well designed 4-Player-CoOp. A true CoOp behaviour is forced upon the players with the control of Balfus.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
This game's 'Co-op of the year' is certainly not misplaced. You will need to play with your good friends, as each level is challenging and most rewarding when completed together. If you enjoy co-op at all, you need to try this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
This is an awesome example of an action, puzzle coop game. A solid selection of diverse characters, good combat and plenty of challenge. The UI and netcode can be slightly buggy at times, but its never impacted the gameplay in the slightest. Couldn't recommend this game highly enough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Played it duo, and it was pretty much the best co-op experience I've had. I can definitely recommend you to try.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
It was okay as a single player for a bit so I can't give it a non-recommend. That said it got pretty meh pretty quick, I'm sure this would be much more fun coop.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Amazing Game for Play with Friends in Coop mode!!
Thanks so Much to the Developers and Publishers!

Regards! ;) ^^
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Game is needlessly hard because of lack of good controls.

Idk maybe it's just not my cup of tea; maybe twin stick games aren't my thing but yeah that's my opinion.

I don't mind a good challenge, but the challenge shouldn't be in how you point your character at target but rather in how you tackle those targets with good controls imo.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
244 of 260 people (94%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Do NOT buy this game if you plan to play single player. It's miserable.

That said, I absolutely recommend this game for co-op with 3 or 4 players. This game is a very tough gauntlet-style game, with puzzley elements frequently thrown in. Yes, you are smacking monsters and trying to stay alive, while doing puzzles at the same time. It's freaking hard.

But, it is very satisfying to complete the levels.

The only downside is that the netcode still isn't rock solid. For whatever reason, I have a 20%ish game freeze rate when trying to start a group game, requiring me to totally shut down the game and restart. Other than that, it seems ok.
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235 of 277 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Forced is a co-op tactical arena game. It can be compared to games like Diablo, but it's not another Diablo clone - there's no loot in this game and its more co-op than any Diablo-like games I played.

In this game you play as slave gladiator who is forced to fight to amuse god-like creatures. Thus this game is based around Trials - rather small arena-like challenges. They can vary from "kill everyone" kind of thing to puzzles, mazes and boss battles.

You have 4 classes(or to be more precise - 4 weapons) - Volcanic Hammer(AoE melee damage), Frost Shield(Tank), Spirit Blades(Single target melee damage), Storm Bow(Ranged damage) (Each of them have skills to heal each other). In each trial you can get a maximum of 3 crystals (1 for the completion of the trial, 1 for challenge(these will vary from trial to trial) and 1 for time attack). These crystals will unlock new skills(you have a total of 8 active and 8 passive skills for each weapon with only 6 slots(3 for active and 3 for passive)). Also note that your progress is shared among all weapons, so you will get all skills for all weapons simultaneously,

Another thing is Spirit Mentor(named Balfus) who is one of the key features of the game. Balfus is your way of interacting with environment and is vital to every trial. To spice things up, you can't just order him to go somewhere. Instead, you can only call him on your current position, which makes everything a bit harder.

And about the difficulty - this game is hard. Like, really hard. Not once have I found myself stuck and not once did I go back to gather some more crystals.

As a closing note - this game is heavily co-op oriented and I don't know how good it plays in single player. So it will be better if you have some friends to play with.

As a downside of this game I can say about quite unstable net code, but devs are constantly working on it.

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136 of 154 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2015
Don't try this without friends, you'll go mad in singleplayer. Extremely difficult, we've spent over an hour on certain trials (still not done with all of them), especially difficult if you want to do the challenges. Controls work great on a controller, gameplay is overall interesting. The orb idea is a neat one, makes for fun and interesting puzzles, although you might kill your friends over it at certain times. You WILL have to go back and revisit previous levels to do the challenges, which provide the upgrade gems for abilities. I personally like this, challenges are usually fun and they really need teamwork, but I imagine it may bother some people playing the same levels over and over.

Plays best if you have friends over, you really need to communicate (yell, actually). The main reason why you really need friends for this. Everyone should have a mic and lots of patience, really difficult to have this with strangers.

Got a 4 pack in sale a while back, money well spent. We're at roughly 23 hours so far and still has a lot to offer, so I'm pretty sure you would be happy with it even at full price.
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xPepperChan
1.8 hrs
Posted: December 2
eh.
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RoflCopter
10.5 hrs
Posted: November 30
Amazing Game. Could not clear the 2nd Boss yet tho :D
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MaDwEeSeR
4.8 hrs
Posted: November 27
Great CO-OP game, does get tricky quiet fast, but alot fun playing with friends
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Tag You're Pregnant
8.5 hrs
Posted: November 27
Nominated this for the extra steam award I made up called "Because you don't always like playing wtih yourself" award, due to the excellent co-op gameplay of this game. Grab a few friends and you'll have a fantastic time playing this game together, as long as everyone invests in the value of teamwork in every situation and tries hard. Great game, especially after they worked out the disconnection kinks.
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inthastixxs02
0.7 hrs
Posted: November 27
just plain good
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solid cobra
16.3 hrs
Posted: November 27
One of the few true co-op games.
You actually have to work together to succeed.

Be warned though: this game will ruin friendships.
Every tiny mistake will gnaw at your bond until there is nothing left.

Some of the optional challenges are insanely difficult and will wreck nerves of even the most steadfast player.
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Melotto
0.5 hrs
Posted: November 26
Couldnt play it for more than 37 minutes.
Poor grafic
Poor jogability
Bought it at 2 bucks, not all sad
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