Forced is a 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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,086 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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"Showed at PAX Prime 2013 - A co-operative arcade adventure developed by a team who lived in a university classroom for seven months of its development."
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October 10

FORCED v1.23, Fixes, fixes, fixes

It's been a while :)

This patch certainly took longer than expected, but with the help of our amazing community we've tracked down some hard to catch issues and managed to fix them.

Here are some of the highlights;

  • Fixed the bug that caused some people to get stuck with infinite loading screen.
  • Fixed an issue with lobbies that you couldn't connect to appearing in the list.
  • Updated the French translations with more words

We hope you enjoy this new patch, and please don't hesitate
to tell us what you think on the forums :)

-BetaDwarf

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June 13

FORCED v1.22, Connecting people

Hi!

We have finally uploaded the massive network solution we've been working on for months. In short it replaces the old code we had and utilizes the steam backend, which should now allow more than 99% of people to connect to each other.
Before that people might have been stuck in different router setups that we hadn't predicted, but that should no longer occur.

Minor bugs may have been introduced due to this massive update, but we haven't had any reports for days now, and we've been playing a lot as well. So we are pretty sure Forced should now offer you a great experience no matter what evil router from hell you might have in your dungeon. But if you encounter a bug please post it on the forum, we will check on a daily basis.

Playing with randoms is awesome:
While playing recently, I encountered Seolfer (rank 2 in single player), who didn't knew I was one of the developers. So I thought “I'm not gonna tell him that” and I still haven't... :)
That lead to one of my best experiences with FORCED so far. We've been playing for hours and I was treated like a random internet guy from Denmark. Even without voice communication we were actually able to get the challenge crystals in world 4, amazing telekinetic play! :)
It's quite a special experience to play a campaign driven game with a random player over the web. You share an intimate problem-solving time over several hours, and might never meet again. Well I just wanted to recommend grabbing a few crystals like that, instead of only using friends.
So if you meet Seolfer or similar awesomely behaving entities, you should definitely grab some trials with them :)

Lastly thanks for actively helping us fix the new network solution.

FORCED love!
@Baboonlord and @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 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)

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
If you are looking for a couch coop game, this one is the best or one of the best.
Levels include increasingly challenging puzzle and hack n slash level. Some levels are almost purely slow puzzly levels, some are fast paced fighting levels and rest are some combination of those two.
Game mechanics are simple and are introduced sufficiently smoothly so you don't feel overwhelmed. Later on these mechanics are combined in various ways and the game never feels boring.

Biggest con for this game would be that its not a single-player game. You can play it alone but its not even half the fun.

So if you are looking for a coop game to have fun with your friends this game is for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I played this game co-op with a friend. I have not tried single player. That said, the game was quite fun with one other person and requires a signifcant amount of teamwork to complete challenges and to fight bosses.

FORCED is an interesting take on the action rpg genre. Instead of running around solely fighting hordes of monsters, you have arenas that you must enter and complete challenges. You also have an NPC that you must guide around who is an integral part of completing these challenges, which usually involves calling him to particular locations, causing him to move over shrines or other objectives to complete objectives while monsters are there to get in the way and make things more difficult. I wouldn't go so far as to call these challenges puzzles, as it is usually pretty obvious what needs to be done and is more a matter of execution.

There are a panoply of abilities you can unlock to help you destroy monsters. They are unlocked by completing arenas, completing them quickly, and by doing special objectives in them. There are four classes and you are not tied to a particular one. You can change your class any time you are not in an arena and you will have the same tier of abilities unlocked on each character, so you don't have to level each one or anything like that.

The boss arenas are fun and each one has their own interesting set of mechanics. A few of the arenas and one of the boss fights in particular (the skeleton, for reference) are quite difficult, but that just makes beating them all the more satisfying.

So all in all, a fun game to play co-op. I'm not sure about the single player aspect of the game. Having had a multiplayer play through, I have no interest in going through a second run solo.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I strongly recommend this game if you're looking for an awesome (local) coop game, that you can spends entire nights with 1-3 friends and some beer on. The levels are challenging, but never unfair and completing a challenge is extremely rewarding.

I've played it with 3 different groups of friends so far and always had lots of fun. Even if you know the levels, your friends will still suggest different ways of solving the puzzles sometimes which makes the leves never become boring.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
very interesting game, but hardly any players online to play with (even on weekends) and single player is no fun
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
This game is AMAZING.

Play it co-op with 2-4 people and it's endlessly fun. I haven't been as addicted to a non MOBA since Starcraft 2!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
When I first got this game it was plagued with all sorts of issues. The main issue that I had was that while playing a game hosted locally it would claim that I lost connection. If you check out the reviews from earlier in the games life there are plenty of other networking issues that arose, along with other bugs. Fortunately the team that developed this game has been on top of it releasing patch after patch. At this point the game is a great hack'n'slash puzzler. Basically Gauntlet with less killing and more complicated puzzle levels. The class and leveling system are a lot of fun and Balfus, your mentor and spirit guide, is a lot of fun. I only play local co-op so I can't speak for the online co-op but I did notice that the game list is usually fairly sparce, but if you have a few friends this is a great game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Fun co-op mode. Easy way to kill a few minutes but will probably get old quick.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
YES! Such a unique, clever and ultimately FUN game. God damn, I'm so happy with this game right now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This is not really an RPG game in most of its sense; there is no actual character sheet, and when your character evolves, whatever choice you make in that regard can be undone freely. Changing your build is literally like changing clothes. There is no looting or potions. There is no choice of gear other than the 4 basic sets, which are also your "class", and once again, you can freely swap. This is nothing like Diablo (in this sense) unlike other reviewers insist to claim. Bear that in mind.

Devilishly challenging yet fair, this here is a masterpiece.

You are simply FORCED to undergo challenges in a twisted sort of arena. Endlessly spawning monsters chasing you while you try to solve a maze, or while you run away from a deadly red myst, or perhaps while you try to take cover from a laser beams (lol what?! its magic!)... figuring out how to solve each area is one thing, solving it is ANOTHER THING!

Completion of each area is required to access its respective boss, and each completion awards you with one crystal - literally one "experience point" - that unlock skills. Optionally you can solve an area while doing a special challenge (depends on the area) or while time-attacking, each of which award you another crystal. Whereas you might think "Nah, I'm not an achievement hunter, I just wanna finish the game" you might be FORCED (unexpected pun) to change your mind there as sometimes the higher level skills give you a crucial advantage when fighting the boss.

There is no difficulty tweak, you cannot switch to "easy mode". Definitely not for people who get frustrated easily.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
great gameplay storyline AWESOME
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3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Amazing game, especially in coop mode. The shared control over Balfus guarantees a lot of chaos and teamwork.

The challenge system is very motivating, interesting ideas and brilliant puzzles. Definitely a challenge for mind, reflexes and coordination.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Now this is a bit of a throwback. Remember those arcade games back in the 90's where it was a top down view and you had 4 characters, each with their own unique abilities? That pretty much sums up this game in a nutshell, but it has some really good gameplay, graphics, sound design, and puzzles. I say play it with 3 of your friends for the best experience.
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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Forced is absolutely brutal, requiring constant team communication, clever problem solving and the mastery of combat skills. It can be an incredible amount of fun and is highly recommended for any group of gamer friends.This game pleasantly surprised me: simple in concept, but with an incredible amount of depth to it.I can’t stress enough how much fun Forced is when you’ve got even just one other player. It’s a smartly designed cooperative action game with a great variety in its challenges, and a great combat system that encourages teamwork over all else.Forced is an honest cooperative RPG with some good ideas suitable for 3 or 4 players but a hard nut to crack for lone wolves.Playing solo is oftentimes more frustrating than fun.However if you’re itching for a hardcore co-op action experience, then you’ve struck gold with Forced.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Easily one of the best Co-Op experiences out there; the puzzles can seem easy at times, but at others they can easily stop you dead in your tracks. I play it on occasion with a friend and we always have an enjoyable time. Also for the price it is an easy 10/10, well worth the money and with steam sales it is a no brainer.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Incredibly solid game. Well designed, good level selection, and an impressive balance between puzzles and combat. Co-op is wonderful, and the leveling stays constant between allies and weapon choices, so you never feel like you have a hard upgrade choice thats permanent.Definitely recomend it, but dont play it singleplayer.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
I've only really tried this 2 player on a LAN... but definitely worth my money! The puzzles are challenging, the gameplay is a delightful combination of fast & strategic. There are a few bugs I've encountered (e.g., couldn't complete the tutorial, sometimes the other player becomes "stuck" and unable to move), but they really aren't that frequent (1 per hour perhaps).

It's kind of like Portal & Alien Swarm's love child. Good fun!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Great Coop game. If you liked Guantlet Dark Legacy back in the day, then you will definitely like this game. There was a ton of network errors when I first bought the game, but everything is fixed now and works great.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Incredible game. Hits the right balance between "these developers are evil!" and "holy crap I just pulled that off!". The four classes are well varied and the skill trees are very interesting. Toying with characters builds is quite fun. The story is simple but the early twist plus good characters and good voice actors make it engaging. Coop (and local coop!) makes this a great party game too. All that together and the result is a game I haven't been able to put down. I think about it when not playing and push for the "ok just one more unlock" when I am playing.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Hella sweet game, blows the gauntlet series out of the water!
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