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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,504 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 24, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"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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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.forced2.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
    • 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
156 of 239 people (65%) 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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17 of 22 people (77%) 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. :)

[END OF EDIT]

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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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17 of 22 people (77%) 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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13 of 16 people (81%) 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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16 of 23 people (70%) 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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70 of 129 people (54%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
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.

Really good game.

9/11 - would bang.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
One of the great indie games published.
Betadwarf looks to be a promising studio with really unique ideas.
The realisation is pretty solid, and the game is a blast to play.

Mixing Puzzle Elements with battle tactics (including a good selection of spells for 4 differents classes), it's a game that you should really play with friends, and not alone.

Beating the various levels perfectly (including Time Trial and small challenges) is hard, but it stays interesting.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Imagine if someone combined Gauntlet with Lara Croft and the Temple of the Life and you'll get Forced. A hack and slash game with puzzles that require team work to solve. The idea is great but the game only gets a recommendation with the caveat that you must have 3 or 4 friends to play co-op with as the game is simply not balanced for single player which is a huge oversight.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Buy it today, buy it tomorrow! :thumbs:
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
trying to stay alive while solving puzzles in a limited time. you should use a cheap keyboard while you playing this game. in case you failed / died too many times, you won't lose too much because hitting your cheap keyboard
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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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8 of 12 people (67%) 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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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
55.2 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
A great coop multiplayer game, with a unique play style. Interesting mix of hack'n'slay and puzzle games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
LOVE IT AS SIMPLE AS THAT!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Friend bought me the game and i was FORCED to play it. 0/10 Not COD
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
This game forces you to the brink of insanity. Fun times, lots of dying and lots of frustration.
Oh boy.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Fun game, multiplayer was broken forever (which is the whole point), but it was fixed in the last few months, and we beat the game. Really well done and underappreciated, it's a shame this was unplayable for so long.
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