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 (1,373 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, 2014

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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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
214 of 227 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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68 of 83 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
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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53 of 61 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
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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135 of 196 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Just know that while there is a single player option, you will need friends or you will have a bad time. The first few trials are fun, but then you hit trial 5 and 6 and realize that not only will you be facing off against multiple enemies who move faster than you, but you will need to try and fight them while trying to move the orb around. The enemies will surround and overwhealm you. Maybe I just missed something, but the youtube videos that showed how to do these levels were people who had already earned the crystals needed to unlock more advanced abilities. I'm disappointed but hopeful that I can get a friend to play this with me and maybe my experience with the game will be different.
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
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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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
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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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
the game 'Forced' is a very well playaible game.

the art of this game is stuning
When I first played this game I didn't know what to think of it.
But when I started playing more I fell in love with the stuning game art, It looks great!
I like the nature overgrown in this game it really makes the arena's intresting to enter.

Nice combat system
I also like to way your character fights in this game, you can just slash your opponents with your sword or shoot them trough the head with your mighty bow, but you may also use some neat skills you gain when you set down your roots to victory! these skills are very nice it's not just a button you press so your character slashes more differently than normal, the animations of these skills are just lovely I really like it when you teleport with your green assassin your character fades for a second cause he is to fast for tracking him, the game desingers really had there minds at this game they didn't just made a new game that looks like all those others it is a little bit different than a normal RPG game, I really like the arena's in this game.

I would recoment this to you if you like gladiators or rpg games.
you need to try out this game, it is in the sale now so be quick -75% that is a very very very good deal if you ask me!

go ahead and try it out yourself!

I will rate this game a great 4 out of 5!
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Simply the best 'Diablo 3' style local arena game I've ever played.
The more local players you have with xbox controllers connected the better your experience will be but this can still be enjoyed by yourself.

The story is well done, the gameplay never gets boring and is fair, the enemies are challenging but too much and the traps and obstacles are intense and will make you think.

Just a really top game I would recommend this to anyone looking for a game that won’t disappoint!
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
One of the best co-op arcade puzzle games ive played.
It has challenging and entertaining puzzles and will really test your teamwork on some challenges.
Pick it up now when its 85% off, its well worth it.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Love this game, can (and have) played it for hours without realising. Very fun, continually challenging and great for the teamwork aspect. Can't rate it high enough!
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64 of 115 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Details on store page are incredibly misleading. This game is about beating short challenge levels and replaying them again and again until you beat the time limit to get more rewards. Still a promising concept but it's badly executed. It's also hard, but not in a good way. Expect getting frustrated with your co-op partner a lot over stupid levels. Gets repetitive fast. Also has a lot of problems and bugs. Do not be fooled by massive amount of positive reviews. You may still enjoy it more than I did, even love it maybe, but even then this isn't built for single player and connecting to your friend is problematic. Even playing local co-op has problems as it was really buggy to play with my Logitech F-710. So that "full controller support" on store page, is also misleading.

Also I've played this game with friends for around 5 hours. Not 1.6 hours as Steam says. So I gave it more than enough chance to be entertaining. Unlike people who say it's the best game ever but only played just enough to get all the card drops. I don't know why people do this. Even if they love the concept of the game, the game has problems. Thus it is hard to recommend.

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19 of 31 people (61%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Awesome game, addictive, clearly made to be played as a team, singleplayer is also decent though. want more levels!
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Absolutely Positive, regardless few minor bugs (but since it's an indie game, i guess its fine). The boss fights remind me of WoW raid boss(which is fun and chanllage), and this game is not time consuming at all. (due to the fact that it is not a grinding game)

Buy a 4-pack for you and your gaming friends (friends who had experience on video games, since this is not an easy game), you will have a wonderful 20-30ish hours gaming experience!
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26 of 45 people (58%) found this review helpful
208.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
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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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Edit #1: This game is pretty hard. When I play this, I get quite frustrated, but I like a good challenge.
Some of the challenges seem impossible, but it might just be because I'm a newb.

In this game, each "level" is referred to as a trial.

Each trial has 3 achievements you can unlock:
-Completing the Level
-A unique level challenge (such as beating a level without killing monster spawn points, etc.)
-And beating the level with a speed run aspect to it (Time Trials).

When you beat a trial, you earn "crystals" which are basically level ups for your gladiator.

Crystals unlock active and passive skills to make your hero stronger.

There are 4 Heroes (weapons), you can choose from, and that you can change at any point in the game:
-Volcanic Hammer (Warrior class)
-Spirit Claws (Rogue class)
-Ice Shield (Paladin class)
-Storm Bow (Hunter class)

It plays like an arcade game, but man, it is pretty hard, and my frustration is a 9/10 most of the time. lol

The cool thing with this game, is that the puzzles and monster spawns scale with the number of players in a game.

So the more players, the harder the game is!

For completionists, the good thing is that you can compare your rankings with other players from around the globe to see how well (or poorly) you've done.

All in all, a good game, and would recommend even at full price. :)

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So far so good!

I've been eyeing this game for quite some time now, and have passed up various Steam sales, either out of forgetfulness or laziness.

66% Off, 50% Off, I finally picked this game up for $2.24 (85% Off), and the initial game play is decent so far.

Initially, the game has a Gauntlet Legends/Warcraft 3: Custom Map/Use Map Settings vibe to it.
The game plays similar to StarCraft 2 Challenges, mixed with some Gauntlet Legends-Arcade style vibe to it.

I've read the reviews prior to mine where the difficulty ramps up as the game progresses, and isn't fair towards the later stages of the game... (Dungeon Defenders suffers from that, where you HAVE to play with people)

I haven't gotten that far yet, however, when I get to that point, I'll be able to update this review and give my whole-hearted opinion of the game.

There is one thing though: the story/voice acting, albeit, is minimal thus far, is very lacking/dry. (Supposedly the game was created with a team of 7, so it's just a side thought. You aren't playing the game for voice acting, you're playing it for the fun factor!)

All in all, the Trials are challenging... it gets me frustrated trying to race the clock and I get killed in the process. lol.

I promise to update this review as I progress in the game. :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
You like to have friends? Then dont play this game. 5/5 would lose friends again
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
if you wanna play alone, dont buy this game because this is almost impossible to complete the game.
this is hell fun to buy with your mates or other players, team communication is very important to kill the boss or finish some hard missions.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
It's a hacker slasher that's a ton of fun. Especially if you always play with the same people. There's definitely an element of skill in the game. With this game it's definitely more fun and easier with more people. I give it a 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
11/10 would let my friends die
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