Paper Sorcerer is a stylish single player turn based RPG focused on strategy, party-building, and environmental puzzles. Fight with the skills and spells you've learned in a battle system that emphasizes strategy over grinding. Assemble a party of monsters and dark creatures to fight alongside you.
User reviews: Very Positive (376 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 21, 2013

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"A Wizardry-style RPG that doesn't hold your hand. It's got some issues, but hardcore RPG fans ought to dig it."
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Recent updates View all (7)

May 14

2.5 Update for Steam

Changes:

  • Added Arms and Armory section to menu, displays all weapons and equipment in possession, as compared to Equip menu that only shows what each character can equip
  • Edited some switches to get out of hidden doors/doors that use keys on 9-2 and elsewhere to make them easier to notice and understand what they do at first glance
  • Edited training descriptions to remove typos, including Defense training description
  • Blind II feedback fixed for levels 2-5
  • Skeleton's absolute defense fixed
  • King Demon fight not always triggering fixed
  • Basic and Master Tower Runes fixed, stats now match description
  • Added minor event to 1-1, hint for later puzzles
  • Amethyst Secret achievement tweaked to trigger more often
  • Demon's Solution achievement adjusted, should trigger after talking to demon again after requirements are met
  • Master of Secrets bug ironed out, should trigger when in town once requirements are met

Known issues:
  • No sound volume options
  • Graphic options not saving (windowed/fullscreen and resolution)
  • Sometimes enemies aren't woken up from sleep how they're supposed to
  • When fighting large groups of enemies, some of them are situated at the edges of the screen. When you hit those enemies, damage numbers appear in the wrong place -ameliorated, but still on non-16:9 resolutions
  • Sometimes status effects expire unexpectedly
  • Invert mouse doesn't always save between sessions

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Reviews

“This looks like a very interesting combination of old-school turn-based RPG, with a very interesting modern first-person aesthetic, fantastic use of blank space and unreal design.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Come on people, it’s only FIVE BUCKS and it’s one of the best overall gaming experiences I've had in 2013. Pick this up; you won't regret it.”
Diehard Gamefan

“Paper Sorcerer nevertheless doesn't lose an ounce of its incredible gameplay and in this way maintains an incredible classic charm.”
Indie Locus

About This Game

Paper Sorcerer is a stylish single player turn based RPG focused on strategy, party-building, and environmental puzzles. Fight with the skills and spells you've learned in a battle system that emphasizes strategy over grinding. Assemble a party of monsters and dark creatures to fight alongside you. Explore and solve environmental puzzles to unlock secret paths and find extra loot! A double-sided adventure, an RPG with adventure game elements.

Initial Steam release is for PC, Mac and Linux are in the works.
If you'd like to play it on Mac or Linux right away, you can pick it up on the website http://ultrarunaway.com, and we'll send you a Steam key later.




Save files from the demo transfer to the full version!

A powerful sorcerer is on the cusp of dominating the land. A group of heroes bands together and seals him away inside a magical tome. Now as the sorcerer you must escape from this ancient prison and find a way to regain your magical powers using your wits and an array of summonable creatures to aid you. There may be more powerful forces at work as you navigate the dungeons and fight the heroes sent to subdue you...

Key Features


  • Play as a renegade sorcerer as he struggles to escape the book prison and regain his powers.
  • Escape a magical prison filled with heroes hunting you down at every turn.
  • Leave behind mana and to-hit rolls for an exciting new battle system that emphasizes strategy and tactics over grinding.
  • Strategically manage an energy pool to unleash devastating special attacks in battle.
  • Assemble a party of fiendish creatures to join you as allies in battle.
  • Numerous different creatures and fiends to unlock, further customizing your party; including a healer Witch, a trickster Imp, assassin Troll, and a berserker Minotaur.
  • Discover fiendish puzzles and solve them with a combinations of spells, items, and your wits.
  • Hand-drawn high-resolution sprites
  • All-inclusive game, promise to never make you pay for DLC content.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 1300 MHz 1.3 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce2 MX 400 64/128-bit SDR, 64-bit DDR or better
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Yes, the visual style is great. Yes, it's nice to see an old-school turn-based dungeon crawler being made. Yes, it's really impressive that it's pretty much all the work of one guy. Mad props to him.

But none of that changes the fact that Paper Sorcerer is a glitchy mess with serious balance issues. That these glitches and balance issues remain after the game has been out for so long is surprising. There are many game-crashing bugs - seriously, if you ignore this review, save often - especially before you try to leave your room in the game's town area, as there's a glitch there that will randomly crash the game. And the first three bosses will kill you, while the rest will meekly let you by - one of them will literally refuse to fight you.

What really killed the game for me, though, and what prompted me to write this review, is that there's this neat minigame within the game where you're solving puzzles and opening secret doors throughout the dungeon, in anticipation of a big payoff near the end of the game. That payoff, the thing you put in the extra hours for, the thing you put your characters at risk for, is glitched, such that when you finally get to the end, you can't get it. When you get to the final set of doors that the big reward lies beyond, the game forgets you have the key to those doors. You get nothing - no in-game reward, no achievement, nothing. From perusing the forums, this is a huge bug that has been around for a long time, and which the developer has refused to fix.

Glitchy, unbalanced, plays all of its neat tricks right up front, wears out its welcome. I'm disappointed.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I am extremely impressed with this old-school dungeon RPG that it's been taxing on sleep as its "one more level" kind of game. While its old-school turn based combat would seem boring its unique Skill & Energy system changes everything, so you no longer mash Attack and instead encourages you to find combinations of debuffs, buffs, effects, and damage type that is very satisfying. Love the minion collection and random loot with some great Skills & Spells, as well as the set monster placement with only random encounters in a "special optional (but recommended) dungeon levels".

The art style blends well into the creative narrative of being trapped in a book, while the music is quite fun and as soon as it becomes repetitive new music enters at the right time. The puzzles are not overly difficult and the writing is simple but never becomes a bore to read.

My only want is more information on my enemies & the effects I put on them.
If I knew how good it was it would be worth the normal $5 for a couple weeks of play, but I scored it in a Humble Bundle and it is easily my favorite in the pack.

Would be willing to get trapped in magic book again: 10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Delightful art style, Fun twist on the normal dungeon crawler story/gameplay.
dont believe my hour count, this game is amazingly fun and it'll keep you coming back for more.
Its a bit slow starting and you might be put off by the art style at first, but if you keep at it, this game becomes pretty amazing.
8/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Reminds me of old school RPGs. Fairly simple, sometimes unfair, sometimes not challenging enough, but fun. If you played RPGs in the 80s like shining force or Ultima Underground, this is a fun game for the price. I recommend it if you sometimes find too much bling and not enough substance in the newer titles out there. This game stays true to what it is, a dungeon crawler. And I mean that in a positive way.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I didnt believe it was able to play a roleplay Game on this Way. I had an intense interessest on this Game because it looked totally different, later i recognized, you move your Charakter in first Person view. The Fights are going like classic RPG roundbased Style. i tried this Game out and in my Mind, its Unique. It looks cool, like everything is wroten like a Comic, the Music is Chill and smooth. Basically you need Imagination too, because this Game is telling its History like a Tale from a Book.
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