Enter the world of Ahkranox - the first ever genuinely infinite first person roguelike. Become the incarnate form of a sentient Sword, protecting a realm of dreams from the shadows of its own tormented soul, and stand as an eternal guardian against the infinite darkness that threatens to consume all.
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Release Date: May 9, 2014
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“We're selling the game for 20% off full price during the Early Access period as a way of saying thank you to the early adopters who have the patience to overlook a few rough edges while we get the game in tip-top shape. Once the game is totally finished and hits v1.0, the price will be going up to the full $24.99, So get in while it's on sale and become a part of our amazing player community!

This game is mostly done, very playable and has an active and wonderful community. We put out updates as often as we can full of new features and extra polish to improve your gaming experience. It won't be too long before we're done, so your patience is appreciated!

What's coming?
- More dungeon types
- More quest types
- More dwelling types
- Weapon and armour crafting
- A totally new, improved magic system
- Boss monsters
- More global multiplayer functionality
- More bug fixes and enhancements
- And more!

To become an active part in our awesome community, be sure to visit our forums at http://www.malevolencegame.com/forum/
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November 19

Shiny and New!

So the test team have started playing with the latest bit of sexy online interaction functionality of the game which is going to tie in VERY closely with the new magic system. I'll be announcing what this functionality is when I make the announcement about the new magic system.

As you likely know from playing the game already, all of Malevolence's multiplayer/MMO features are 'passive' features, meaning that there is no direct, real-time connectivity between players, but at the same time you are interacting with every other player in the world. We're continuing that tradition with all of our future features as well and this one is no exception. We believe it's a great way to handle multiplayer in an RPG environment and you guys seem to enjoy it given that you've between you managed to find and claim almost TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND unique locations in Ahkranox (over thirty times the number of unique locations in Skyrim!). That being said, though, this new piece of functionality is - in my mind - one of the most exciting new features that this game has seen, and it will give you something SUPER cool to obsess over now!

Thanks again for all your patience and kind words, we'll be back with more awesome content over the Christmas break as I'm taking a bunch of time off my day job to really get stuck into this!

Keep on keeping on, and stay out of pit traps!

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November 1

Tumbleweeds

Hi guys and girls, sorry I've been so quiet lately. I HAVE been doing work on the game, working on a couple of particularly large bugs (hence no Trello changes lately) and have been making good progress, but haven't quiet nailed them yet.

Add to that some health issues and other family commitments to deal with and it's basically meant the spare time I've had has either been for posting updates OR coding, and I've opted for coding :)

So you'll see a new update soon once I finally crack these few large bugs, but they'll help the game be much more solid once they're fixed!

Just so you don't think I've abandoned you!

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Reviews

“Old school RPG with modern technology? Check. Looking for funding? Check. Is Malevolence: The Sword of Ahkranox worthy of your money? Check.”
The Indie Game Magazine

“As a huge fan of games like the Might and Magic series ... I am pretty excited for this game.”
Capsule Computers

“There’s a glowing green circle on the dungeon floor. Should I stand on it? Of course I should. Green means go. Nothing bad is ever green. So I step into the circle, and it poisons me. But look, that’s OK. Hit points are falling off me in clumps, like hair off the elderly, but over there on the wall is a font of pure, life-giving water. I race toward it and drink: it is also poisoned. Stumbling and reeling, I step back from the vile stuff onto a spike trap and die.”
VentureBeat

About This Game



Enter the world of Ahkranox - the first ever genuinely infinite first person roguelike. Become the incarnate form of a magical, sentient Sword, protecting a realm of dreams from the shadows of its own tormented soul, and stand as an eternal guardian against the infinite darkness that threatens to consume all.

In development since 2010 and meticulously inspired by the classic RPG experiences of the early 90s, this turn-based roguelike drops you into the infinite realm of Ahkranox, a dream-world in the mind of a sentient sword. The world is infinite, the loot is infinite, the quests are infinite and the possibilities are infinite. Relive the classic adventure experience of the past in this modern day salute to the pioneers of modern role playing.



Features:

  • A procedurally generated, yet permanent, world to explore.
  • All players experience their own copy of the same world. Share your finds with friends!
  • Plunder an infinite amount of procedurally generated loot.
  • Compete against your fellow adventurers to prove yourself the greatest hero to have lived.
  • Choose from a never-ending supply of quests.
  • Interact with your fellow players through rifts in time.
  • Relive the brutal difficulty and merciless game mechanics of the golden age of video gaming.
  • Claim undiscovered locations as your own for other players to stumble upon.
  • A game without an ending and with no level cap! You live to reach greater heights than your fellows, or you die gloriously!


This game is in early access. What does that mean?

While very playable, and quite feature-rich, this game is not 100% complete yet. We still have some bugs to iron out, and we still have a few features left to complete, but we're not far off! Join the action now and get access to each new feature in our regular updates! Get in early to discover places that no other player has yet found, and make a name for yourself on the leaderboard as one of the mightiest heroes that Ahkranox has yet seen.



So what else do you have planned to add to the game?

  • More dungeon types
  • More quest types
  • More dwelling types
  • Weapon and armour crafting
  • A new, totally updated magic system
  • Boss monsters
  • More global multiplayer functionality
  • More bug fixes and enhancements
  • And more!


What's Next For Ahkranox?

Malevolence was the result of a wonderfully successful Kickstarter campaign, whose stretch goals allowed us to begin early work on Malevolence's first expansion pack, which we will be diving into as soon as the base game is done. Sales from this base game will also go to furthering the development of the expansion pack!



So come on in and join the hundreds of players already enjoying the game, and while you're here, jump on our official forum to share what you find! Remember that if you can see it in your game, everyone else can, too!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or better (1024MB graphics memory or more. Shader Model 3.0 needs to be supported). Minimum supported resolution 1024×768
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2000 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.8GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: (DirectX 9.0c) ATI Radeon HD 2900 or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or better (4096MB graphics memory or more. Shader Model 3.0 needs to be supported). Maximum supported resolution 1440x900.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2000 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Early Access Review
Fantastic 90s style RPG with some incredibly immersive dungeon crawling.

First of all, the game is still under development, and as such it isn't very well optimised. I'd ONLY recommend getting the game if you have a pretty good gaming PC.

Graphics: Not state of the art by any means, but stay true to what exactly the developers are trying to achieve with this game.
For people with older/less expensive PCs there is a low detail mode, which I can't say I really like the look of, but at least it's there.

Sound: Fantastic music; especially the piece in the loading screens while waiting to enter towns. The sound effects also stay true to the feel of the game and sound similar to what you'd expect in the 90s. You'll hear monsters grunt and groan as you make your way through dungeons and it really adds to the atmposhere of the dungeons.

Gameplay: Turn based. Each map is marked by a squared grid. Each movement uses a turn. Pretty simplistic, and really easy to pick up and play.

Dungeons: By far the best part of the game; this is what the game is all about after all. The dungeons are dark and eerie, requiring a lit torch to see where you're going. They range from small narrow corridors with many twists and turns to great halls filled with pillars. The dungeons of Ahkranox are also incredibly dangerous. You're never too far from some sort of monster, or even worse, a trap!
Yes, traps play a big part in the dungeons. They range from explosion and poison traps to boulders and spikes, and if you're not careful, they just might be what kills you. When a trap is in your vicinity, your purple gem will glow and you can search by clicking in front of you and attempt to disarm it.
Monsters also require some thought as to how you'll approach them. You'll hear their groans and when you get close your green gem will glow. Whilst combat is simple, it still requires some thought. You know the monster is there, but can't always see whether it's only a little imp or a man stomping ogre.
Dungeons also have secret passages which are indicated by your red gem glowing. You just simply click the correct wall and it opens up.

Loot: There is tons of loot in this game. From new weapons to books to potions to troll pubes. (or something like that)
Loot can be found both outside dungeons and inside. It can be obtained from barrels, chests, crates, monsters, urns, tables, and so on. As for monsters, you'll often debate whether or not the loot is worth the risk.

Difficulty: Malevolence is an incredibly difficult game overall. However, it is only really as difficult as you make it for yourself.
Everything comes down to being prepared, forward thinking, being careful and knowing when you're beaten. You really are your own worst enemy in this game.

Permadeath and Leaderboards: By selecting permadeath, your save data is deleted when you die. (obviously) But when you play a permadeath character, there's a chance that if you can survive long enough to reach a certain level, that you'll make the leaderboards.

Land Claiming: Any time you find a new area you can hit f11 and see who who discovered the area first, or claim any already unclaimed land. The world is infinite, so there's always a chance that you can put your own name to something.

In short: If you're looking for an immersive, challenging dungeon crawler with a retro feel, this is it. It's already fantastic to play and can only get better with time. :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Early Access Review
Malevolence: The Sword of Ahkranox is worth buying if you like classic RPGs, rogue-likes with the ability to reload if you want, or if you just want to explore a huge world. The game is in a pretty early state, which is obvious from the graphics, but it can last you a very long time if what is already available interests you.

Video preview of Malevolence:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGA0Z11A5gA

Follow my curator list for future early access game recommendations:
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6856568-Should-You-Play-This-Game/
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Early Access Review
Awesome - The potentiel here is VERY significant. Even in early access, this is definitely a MUST buy -
Keep up the great work dev!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Early Access Review
EDIT: Please don't mark this review unhelpful just because you like the game. If you have a valid argument against what I say here, leave it in the comments. When you blindly mark reviews down it discredits reviews that would have otherwised helped somebody.


There was a TON of potential in this game, but the creator's vision is flawed. I'm walking through a town and I can't even see the wall at the end of an alleyway because the render distance is so small. They've said it needs to be that way in order to do this and that, but it really just ruins the immersion. They sacrificed many potential gameplay options in order to pay "homage to the 90s era FPRPGs."
Older RPGs are great. They have depth and variety, unlike the current games that pander to the lowest common denominator. The creators should have taken these great old things(which they did), and make a game with a current engine that could also support enhanced gameplay.
Long story short, there have been improvements and detriments to gaming, and I thought this game was going to take the great parts of both eras and make a game as deep as they used to be while improving by way of using modern technology.
btw- Most of the things they say they are missing because the game is "a homage," are actually missing because their engine(which runs poorly because they chose a larger world over improved gameplay) can't handle it. Or because they simply won't put in the time to implement them(and keep in mind this game got like 500+% of the funding they originally asked for, so that is an unacceptable excuse).


I wanted to like this very badly, but I just can't. If you want to play a game that plays and feels like it's from decades ago, get an actual one from decades ago(legitamate advice, those games are great). This (sometimes even intentionally)fails to improve on those ones, so there is no point in spending your money on it. This could have been great, had they put more effort into mixing in some modern technology and ideas.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Early Access Review
Very hard & good game. Recommended for dungeon crawler fans!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Early Access Review
This is probably one of the most worth-while buys in a long time, that and Endless Legend. This game is an amazing hardcore/old-school RPG. Incorperating some of my favorite features, such as FPS view, grid-basedness among other things but adds new features too. Including a infinite procedureally-generated world, but that world stays persistent for everyone plays once its generated. I will warn though, for the niche gamer, not everyone. Do beware as the graphics and other things are out dated but that shouldn't matter too much if you dig it. But well worth it, I reccomend to RPG fanatics.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Early Access Review
Infinite replayability, the game never ends, randomly generated towns, quests, an infinite world.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Early Access Review
This game is awesome! I get scared pretty easily while playing this game, a few times I've jumped from my seat, something about knowing that if you die its all over takes it to a whole new level. Nothing like sinking hours into a game, just to die at the hands of a hidden trap. When they say its infinite they mean it, MILLIONS of places to explore, everytime you play the game can be a new adventure, or you can choose to start out in the same area.
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2 of 27 people (7%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Early Access Review
this game sucks
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6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Early Access Review
Let's see if he can swim in a cement suit™
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84 of 94 people (89%) found this review helpful
140.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
I cannot begin to quantify all the reasons this game appeals to me.

That being said, here are a few things I really enjoy:

It's obvious to me that the people behind this game, have put their heart and souls into it.

It's single character (which is a huge + in my book), First-person, 3D.

The world is persistant. This means if you find a cool location, you can tell others where it is. They'll be able to find, see and experience it themselves.

It is turn-based (huge + for those like me that suffer from tendonitis (carpal tunnel syndrome)).

The world is infinite -- really! No caps on level, and no 'end of the world' to fall off of or bump into.

It has permadeath - only way I play.

Very active developer, updates are released frequently, along with new features.

There are certainly more I have not listed here.

I highly recommend giving it a try
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52 of 57 people (91%) found this review helpful
110.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Early Access Review
I've been playing Malevolence since the Kickstarter release and loving every minute of
it. I'm a great fan of RPG's and roguelikes and Malevolence definately scratches both
itches. I also love when games are unpredictable and you don't know what to expect on
each playthrough.

The game is very old school with some innovative modern touches, the world all
the players play in is truly infinte with each player adventuring in the same version
of the world but discovering areas other players haven't been to yet. When players
discover new areas with online functionality it's possible to claim locations so if other players adventure to the same place it will say who claimed the location. Other online functions are planned and the game has a great community sharing gameplay experiences and finds.

All the loot, quests, dungeons and the world are procedurally generated but the dungeons and world are the same for everyone once an area as been discovered so if players find really cool/difficult dungeons they can share the coordinates and challenge others to clear the dungeon.

Travel in such a vast world is by Griffon and once players have enough gold they can leave the starting area and explore freely going to places far away that have not been discovered by anyone else.

Something else I love about the game is the emergent nature, things just seem to happen to throw spanners in the works and problem solving is often required to complete a quest or dungeon.

The best way to play is permadeath with the gamma turned to zero so the dungeons are truly very dark and torches are essential. With the lights down low exploring can be very intense and I find myself getting drawn into the game. Permadeath also means your name is entered onto the leaderboard so others can see how your adventures are going.

Finally I have to mention the dev team who are the icing on an already delicious cake, updates come frequently and the forums are a hotbed of ideas and player posted challenges which will only grow as the games audience widens. I've seen the game progress from a basic dungeon crawl to something very special indeed and if you value fantastic gameplay and love retro rpg graphics and enjoyed the golden age of RPG gaming then perhaps Malevolence is for you.

I certainly recommend it and wish it all the luck in the world as it goes live on Steam.
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
46.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
Walked into the Dungeon of Anhus, slaughtered some orcs and goblins, fled from a minotaur, then promptly fell into a pit trap (instant death). I love this game!

Its challenging and fun and brings back all those old-school feels. Highly recommend!
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41 of 46 people (89%) found this review helpful
142.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
Lots of fun, I've been playing this since the Kickstarter Beta. Wicked loot, infinite exploration and enemies that can be a real challenge. It's a game full of 'just one more': I'll do just one more dungeon level, I'll just find the next town, I'll just see what's over the next hill... and 2 hours later you're still going.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
154.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Early Access Review
This game is freakin' EPIC! I am completely hooked. It is a really awesome nod to the old school RPGs that I used to play back in the day but brought into today with a modern slant. If you are looking for a game to lose several hours of your life without realising it, then grab this game.

Also? As a side note, there is something about it that really tickles my OCD. Anyone else find that?
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
632.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Early Access Review
Ok, not gonna hide the fact that im IN the game(which i paid for on kickstarter), nor will i hide that i was made a tester.

I am NOT a roguelike fan at all. In fact, i hate permadeath.

I play this game on high resolution, and gamma high to see whats coming at me.

ive ragequit this game numerous times........that means A ♥♥♥♥ING LOT.

It can be hard, it can be easy. BUT, its ALWAYS addicting.

even as a tester. I find myself playing the new tomb raider, borderlands, far cry 39(GOD LOVE THAT GAME)

but i always come back to malevolence in my spare time. *(and i pay for and love ESO but still play this more)

why you ask? risk and reward, plus sometimes i just tire of rt games.

and yes, the world is infinite, FOR REAL. how you ask? ♥♥♥♥ if i know, im not a programmer. I do know however, that over the almost 2 years that ive backed this game, ive seen it evolve and loved coming back to it.

Pretty much the only game ive been a part of and keep playing. (btw i also reviewed rift for a professional game site and was involved in alpha of bioware the old republic, not to be a name dropper lol) cant say that for other ones. (looking at you SoTA_)

So overall, i love this game. Turn based games with this much heart and effort are impossible to come by.

TAKE MY MONEY.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Early Access Review
Having been a long-time follower of Malevolence and one of the first backers on Kickstarter, I am very excited to finally see this game take it's place on Steam.

Malevolence is a blend of old-school RPG-style difficulty blended with modern systems; for example the various online elements. While you will never see another person in the game with you, if you are online while playing the game you will be able to interact with other players in a number of ways, for example the permadeath ladder where you can compete against other permadeath players, the claiming system where each major part of the world (Such as cities, dungeons and so on) can be claimed, and upon other players visiting that spot, they will see that you were there first.
Some online functionality is even a bit more secretive and should be discovered in-game.

The combat is turn based and gives the player the option of using melee, bows or spells, or mixing them to make a more balanced character.
The equipment is procedurally generated, not just the looks of weapons but also effects and values of armor, weapons and spells.

Aside from that there is an array of quest types (The quest system is still being expanded upon), special epic loot for those that brave the deepest of dungeons and take on the dungeon boss, various guilds to join and much else.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Early Access Review
I died, it was fun.

I tried again, I died again, it was even more fun.

Sometimes I think Alex (the Dev) is punishing me, other times I know it!

The game is a work in progress, but even in its 'Beta' state at the moment it is far more enjoyable then pretty much any game I have played for a very long time. Don't be fooled by the 'early access' the game is a complete product, The main things to come or only bonus extras (more tilesets/monsters/spells etc.) and tidying up what is already there. If you want an old time, retro experience then this is the game for you. Be warned, if you have no experience of the RPG's of the mid to late 90's you may find this a bit of a shock, there are no holds barred, the game wants you dead, at it will get its wish in the end.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Early Access Review
I've revised my review. For a Beta game there is a lot of content here. I think this game has alot of potential. I didn't realize that you would start at pretty much ground zero in each new dungeon you go into. I like to grind it's a way to veg out, You can constantly improve your character, but it seems like as soon as you finish one dungeon and are slaughtering everything the next one kills you with ease. I like to progress my character in game I want a powerful character not one constantly getting beat up by goblins. I'll recommend it just for the time I've played it.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Early Access Review
This game scratches that itch. I grew up playing the old ones- I think the first might have been Wizardry 1 on my Apple IIc iirc. Malevolence has the feel of those games but it really isn't one of those games. Ultimately, for me at least, the core being of Malevolence is that it is infinite and has an infinite number of ways to kill you. In almost all cases I abhor scaling in RPG's but it works for Malevolence- in fact there is really no other way it could work that I can think of.

I heartily recommend this game for anyone who relishes a challenge that could potentially never end. I really, really like this game despite some of the bugs that exist now (none of them show stopping for me). Alex has done a tremendous job and continues to develop and support a labor of love.

This is not a 'AAA' title and that is for the best. So if you are looking for infinite Oblivion/Skyrim this is not it. Malevolence is it's own beast and doesn't make any allusions to being something it is not.

Prost!
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