A fantasy Action RPG, playable by yourself or in co-op with up to three friends! Features an unrestricted skill system, fluid and challenging combat, and an engaging story. For additional value, there's also a fleshed out, challenging roguelike mode to truly put your ARPG skills to the test!
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Release Date: Jul 13, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“For a long time we've been involving the community into our development through our weekly devblog, forums and beta testing. It has been a tremendous help in shaping and improving the game, and now we'd like to invite the Steam Community to join us in creating the best game possible!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until the game is finished! Our goal is set: Secrets of Grindea should maintain its high level of quality for the duration of the entire game. We've already put a lot of time into this title, and we'll keep working hard until it's the game it deserves to be!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We already have a stable and nearly feature complete foundation for the game, so from now on content is king for us.

Basically, we need to:

  • Finish the Story Mode content
  • Add more floors to the Arcade Mode (roguelike)
  • Flesh out the Arcade Mode features even more
  • Add the housing system, where you can furnish your player home with fancy loot
  • Make sure every part of the game is of a consistent, high quality
  • Add Steam Trading Cards

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Secrets of Grindea beta is highly representative of how we envision the final product, but it lacks much content. In other words, what's there is very playable, but a lot of things isn't there. Basically, you can't play the whole game yet, almost similar to an episodic title that hasn't released all episodes.

The game is separated into two modes: Story and Arcade.

Story Mode takes you through the game's main story, and is the "core" experience. In the current version it takes about 4 hours to complete if you skip most of the side content. If you want to do everything currently in Story Mode, expect to invest at least 10 hours.

Arcade Mode is where players usually put the majority of their time. It's a procedurally generated dungeon system, with limited healing and permadeath. For most people, developing the skill it takes to beat this mode takes dozens of hours, often even more! It's not unusual to spend 50+ hours on beating Arcade Mode, despite it containing only 12 out of the 24 planned floors.

Everything in the game is playable in co-op with up to four players! You can connect directly through Steam, or use IP based networking if you prefer that (when playing with non-Steam users, for example).

Stability wise, it's good but not perfect. The majority of players never run into crashes, but it does happen, so if 100 % stability is important to you keep that in mind.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of the game won't go any lower than it is now, and we're not planning on raising it either! If the market were to drastically change, though, we do reserve the right to set a higher price further down the road.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We're constantly asking our community for feedback and suggestions, be it regarding new features or making changes to already existing content. Your feedback is invaluable, and we plan to continue asking for the Community's advice until the game is finished, and well after release as well.”
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July 1

Patch 0.660a is out on Frontline!



Frontline only! Click here for Frontline instructions

Patch Info

Recommended Level: 18-20 for the intended experience

Summary

Well, this took longer than we had anticipated (something completely unheard of in game development)! The first part of Tai Ming is here, and the "dungeon" concept introduction and some of its enemies can now be experienced.

Details

Uploading this patch is a mixed bag of feelings, because I do feel it's quality content, but holy heck did it take a long time to deliver on. This was partly due to the roughly 2-3 weeks of personal disasters in May, but mostly it's just because this temple is so work intensive we would've been executed on the spot if we pitched it to a publisher.

I'd say there's roughly 30-40 minutes of content there, if you play the game like a normal person (dying once or twice, watching the cutscenes but not talking to everybody). If you enjoy the combat, you can probably get a lot more by replaying the area on Hard and fighting in the garden. The enemy compositions haven't been this brutal since Pumpkin Woods!

We're very interested in hearing what you think of the "temple" and its enemies/inhabitants so far!

Speaking of opinions, we'll gladly take your feedback on the patch right here in the thread! If you want to provide feedback for enemy encounters etc, please provide your character level and primary skills used!

/taimingreset will reset the entire zone except for the non-story related chests.

NOTE: In classical Frontline fashion (as the old timers know), when new stuff have just been added they are without their correct sound effects! Right now most stuff have placeholder sounds, or no sounds at all. We'll add these as we receive them from the sound crew! In other words, if you want to play Secrets of Grindea in its most pristine form, stay on the Stable update branch!

Also note: There are several items that will be craftable with the items dropped by the enemies, however, the recipes aren't in the game yet! Stay tuned.

Here are the tiny, tiny patch notes:

Additions
  • The first part of Tai Ming is now available!
  • It should now be possible to use Turkish special chars in translations
Changes
  • Shadow clone's shadows no longer cuts through environment (boxes, bushes, etc)
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a common out of bounds bug in Mount Bloom
  • Shadow Clone particles no longer appear if the player is invisible

More Insight

If you want to follow the progress and get a glimpse of the wonderful hell/heaven hybrid that is game development, you can check out our DevBlog! Be warned that it contains spoilers, though!

What's next?

We'll keep working on the second area of the temple (it will be divided into three parts, each with its own boss battle), and update the game as soon as it's ready! I hope we'll be able to bring it to you quicker this time around, since many of the systems and enemies are in place, but in this business you never know what curve balls are waiting around the corner.

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March 31

Patch 0.650 is out on Stable and Frontline



For Frontline players, there isn't much to see! You received this update yesterday.

For the Stable branch players (if you have no clue what I'm talking about you're on Stable), this update should add something like 45-60 minutes of main story, and about as much optional content. It takes you through Mt Bloom, and ends just before the next "temple"!

It should also add an improved translation support for all languages, but most notably glyph heavy ones (Chinese, Japanese, Korean).

If you're having severe issues with this new patch and just want to play, the previous Stable build has been archived and can be accessed under the beta tab in the game properties on Steam!

Patch Notes

For stable users, complete patch notes can be read by checking out these two threads:

http://secretsofgrindea.com/forum/index.php?threads/version-0-611alabama.6158/

http://secretsofgrindea.com/forum/index.php?threads/frontline-version-patch-0-612d.6361/

More Insight

If you want to follow the progress and get a glimpse of the wonderful hell/heaven hybrid that is game development, you can check out our DevBlog! Be warned that it contains spoilers, though!

What's next?

We'll go back to Frontline, and work our way through the next temple: Tai Ming! We're not 100 % sure how we'll approach the Frontline updates during the temple, but Temple of Seasons was divided into three separate updates, and it's quite likely we'll do something similar for this one. Stay tuned!

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About This Game

Hey there! Glad you found our store page! Be sure to read the Early Access information above so you know what you're buying!

Secrets of Grindea is an old-school Action RPG with co-op support for up to 4 players. It is a tribute to and sometimes a parody of the old SNES games so many of us grew up with and loved! Journey through fantastical lands and battle tons of different enemies and bosses in your quest for truth, friendship and, above all, finding the world's rarest treasures!

Intrigued but not sold? Try out the demo!

Want to get some insight into development? Visit our DevBlog!

Key Features


  • Character customization. There are no class restrictions, which gives you precise control over how your character develops! A flaming ice mage smashing faces with axes? Sure thing! On top of this, there’s a wide variety of haircuts, hats and head gears that will make your character look unique as well.
  • Co-op support for up to four players! Bring your friends on the adventure by inviting them directly via Steam!
  • A story filled with mystery, laughs and suspense will take you through dungeons and fields of all shapes in the rich and varied world of Grindea. A ton of side quests and hidden content will keep you busy for hours after finishing the game!
  • Arcade Mode features a unique experience of procedurally generated Action RPG madness, truly putting your skills to the test. Help build the town of Arcadia by rising to the challenge of this extremely tough and replayable mode!
  • A pet system that makes sure you never have to be alone, even when playing by yourself. Catch any of the cute tameable animals and have them accompany you on your adventures while also boosting your skills!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual-core processor (Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 5200+ 2.6 GHz)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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Recent:
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KingDom #TeamHoovey
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 22
It's LOZ: PC Edition, and it has co-op! What could anyone complain about?
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Fallen Angel
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 22
Addictive, for sure.
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Getninjaed
( 22.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 21
my only complaint is that this game is not finished its honestly the best RPG ive played yet. The ultiment thing that sold me on this was all the awsome loot and the story was the most worked on ive ever seen (well for now) so I definetly recomend this game.
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Evil Dave
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 21
The good:
- Well done designed: enviroinments, music, sounds & graphics
- True RPG elements: skills, magic, crafting and more
- Funny moments between characters (conversations)
- COOP! Play with your friends / wife or girlfriend with an unlimited fun
- Many quests to do: main quests and secondary quests
- Some bosses are challanging
- Nice performance (well, the engine not require a STRONG PC)

The bad:
- Is still in Early Access and some places are unaccesible (maybe in the future?)
- Playable only with Keyboard & controller. And the mouse? -_-
I really want to use the mouse for attack / block. More easy pffff

I love the game at the moment. Really enjoying

9/10
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Q.Drache
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 21
The game mechanics, ideas, artwork ... everything that's already there is GREAT. IF this game had enough content i could see me playing this several hundreds of hours.


And here we go ...

... the content isn't nearly satisfying. When i compare the content to the development time it'S VERY disappointing. I really doubt that they will ever finish this game with satisfying content. The Arcade mode is simply no option for me, it feels like a way to artificially extent the content.

Its truly a shame, cant recommend the game right now, but it could be "a one of a kind game" that you come back to and talk about even after 10 years.

IF there will be satisfying content someday, i will change my review and you will get tons of praise from me. But right now its not more than a joke when i compare the content with the development time!
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That Warm Cuppa Joe
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 19
Until this game gets some bug fixes, it will remain at a negative review from me. The bugs aren't major but the hitboxes are weird and your character occassionally refuses to block or swing and your attacks can go through enemies or spells can hit them but they are unnaffected by it. The game overall is alright but i do not reccomend buying it unless you plan to play with friends or until the game is patched
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=>Darkey<=
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 18
ive just sunk 13 hours of play into this game and i love it such a great story line just a shame the current stuff in game is quite short cannot wait to play the full game or new addtions when they are released keep up the great work
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Baby boy
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 18
Product received for free
Absolutely fantastic game! i have played 9 hours of the game and only 14% through the game! hours of fun and me and my friends love it! there is server issues along with updating issues, we can never have a server up for more than an hour because the updates for the game make the server crash, but it's fine because the servers go up in seconds. 9/10 amazing game overall
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Mr. 3.1415926
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 17
Best game I've played in ages. I feel so amazed with the game, even if the Story Mode is short. The Arcade Mode made me feel like m playing a more unforgiveable Binding of Issac. This game is pure amazing!
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Breaking Fate
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 16
I have to admit at first I had some doubts about this game- but they were instantly all put down.
Secrets of Grindea is overwhelmingly well made and well thought out, and though there is still quite a bit of work to be done, the game in general has a bunch of stellar points that make me excited for further developments.
The first thing I want to say is that it's obvious how dedicated the team is to the game right off the bat due to the artwork and the story. The pixel art for everything in general is just outstanding, detailed and gorgeous, and the level to which you can customize your character makes me beyond happy!
I also love how you're put into a really cool story right away, with really strong characters, who each seem to have a clear definition of who they are, and most of the time a past as well.
The game runs smoothly and has a bunch of cute monsters that roam freely outside of towns as well, and an easy system for fighting, equipping weapons and using different combos with quick slots.
It's a challenging game, but not too frustrating- a VERY hard balance to create.

Apart from features being unfinished (which was a given, since it's early access) and a few bugs that you're warned of (fullscreen issues with some processors), I have absolutley no complaints. Well worth the money, for sure!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28
Secrets of Grindea is absolutely brilliant!
Me and a couple friends have been playing the story mode together, already clocked 20 hours and feels like we're just scratching the surface!
Really is a great example of a modernized old school rpg. The combat system is smooth and well paced, leveling up and spending points to learn new moves and skills works great. Familiar story of becoming an adventurer in a world full of magic, combined with the soundtrack and 2D graphics bring back great nostalgic memories from the SNES era of gaming.

Recommend to all, looking forward to playing this game and watching it grow!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 30
You will get about 10 hours (more or less) worth of good content from story mode.
There is also arcade mode which could give another 10+ hours if you have someone to play with.
Along with this it's grinding system is more fun than other rpgs :p

So trust me it is worth the 15 dollars.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
I genuinely love this game. Got a wishlist, though:

1. Plz moar
2. Plz moar
3. Local Coop
4. Plz moar
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 17
Best game I've played in ages. I feel so amazed with the game, even if the Story Mode is short. The Arcade Mode made me feel like m playing a more unforgiveable Binding of Issac. This game is pure amazing!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 12
Unbelievebly awesome and its not even finished yet.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 30
I really enjoyed what is out of this game. It is a bit on the hard side since there's no health pots, which made defeating bosses a challenge if you weren't strong enough...and a lot of level farming had to happen before each boss...but over all, it was a great buy and I would recommend it for sure.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 18
ive just sunk 13 hours of play into this game and i love it such a great story line just a shame the current stuff in game is quite short cannot wait to play the full game or new addtions when they are released keep up the great work
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
In terms of other games: imagine Secret of Mana, with a structure that lets you just hop in and play with your friends, in a lighthearted Ragnarok Online setting.

Secrets of Grindea is a smooth, charming 2D hack and slash with cute enemies and a fun world to explore that doesn't take itself too seriously. Fighting mobs of enemies feels great, and there are some cool bosses. Quests and areas are easy to understand without being too straightforward. The structure is pretty linear but offers some fun diversions in the form of collectible items, crafting recipes, and short side quests. Cooperative play is well-implemented in terms of interface and networking code, but doesn't really require you to specialize your characters to fight as a team. Overall, it's fun! It's like snack food (something familiar to satisfy a craving) but it's well-made, crisp, cheesy snack food.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
:) Secrets Of Grindea is a really fun game that you can just waste some time of your life on. You play a cool story as a collector with a companion bag you makes the game and you can (as the name says) grind! You can use melee attacks or magical moves to fight your way through the game, and you dont have to stick to one group of abilities! You can be a spellslinging warrior if you want. It may not be finished yet but the beta is so much fun and I'm sure the final product will be even better! Its a great game and you should definately get it! :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 21
The good:
- Well done designed: enviroinments, music, sounds & graphics
- True RPG elements: skills, magic, crafting and more
- Funny moments between characters (conversations)
- COOP! Play with your friends / wife or girlfriend with an unlimited fun
- Many quests to do: main quests and secondary quests
- Some bosses are challanging
- Nice performance (well, the engine not require a STRONG PC)

The bad:
- Is still in Early Access and some places are unaccesible (maybe in the future?)
- Playable only with Keyboard & controller. And the mouse? -_-
I really want to use the mouse for attack / block. More easy pffff

I love the game at the moment. Really enjoying

9/10
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