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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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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March 23

Patch 0.612 is out on Frontline!



Frontline only! Click here for Frontline instructions

Patch Info

Main Stuff

This update adds a bunch of side content to Mt Bloom, including infuriating phase shift puzzles and a few sidequests! And... a... new... pet!

Players who played the previous Frontline update, be advised that a new zone has been added behind Steve, so be sure to check inside there in order to not miss any content!

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, wait for the Stable update, which should arrive next week!

Additions
  • Added a few quests to Mt Bloom
  • Added a couple of optional areas in Mt Bloom
  • Added a new pet!
  • Added card effects to all Mt Bloom enemies
Changes
  • Defeating a Larvacid now shortens the duration of its acid trail by a lot
  • After defeating the Power Flower, you must now patiently wait while watching the epic death animation before proceeding
  • All annoying stuff (poison, gas, etc) will despawn after Power Flower has been defeated
  • A small input buffer has been added to autoattacks, making chaining them easier and reducing the feeling of the game 'eating' inputs
  • Pressing the shield button together with a direction now has some timing leniency (you can turn the first shield frame)
  • The large Crystal Hat now requires 15 large crystals, down from 25
  • Translations can now be subscribed to from outside the game, and they will be applied on startup
  • Almost all shop titles have been fancified a bit
  • Nerfed the Season Temple cards a bit
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed numerous issues related to displaying languages with custom fonts (such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
  • While doing the 'no health orb' challenge in Arcade Mode, the map won't display the health orb icon
  • Lantern Jacks no longer says weird stuff in chat when they fire projectiles at you!
  • The mirror puzzle in MtBloom will now refuse to rewind if one player stands inside the puzzle
  • When returning to a certain poisonous cavern after finishing it the first time, you no longer walk through the environment
  • Canceling a Spinsect spin with a knockup no longer makes them glide around all over the place
  • Titan's Throw no longer flies completely the wrong way in certain rooms
  • The Season Temple map marker is now displayed properly on the World Map
  • Using the Smash skill with certain weapons no longer looks super weird
  • You no longer get to keep Amalet and a certain batch of honey in your inventory after completing the related quests (though you'll still keep them if you already have them)
  • Tracking recipes no longer shows unknown ingredients

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?

With Mt Bloom fleshed out, we'll spend a week on implementing all the sound effects as well as fixing bugs as they appear. Then we're going to patch both Frontline and Stable with those additions, and after that it's finally time to move on to the temple!

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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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shinyxoxmuffins
( 10.6 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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InfiniteYield
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 30
10/10 would definitely die and let my friends fight the boss again
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O B E R O N
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 30
amazing game.
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Pixel
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 30
This game is adorable.
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Jimzydoodah
( 19.8 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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Meeba#1151
( 6.1 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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Antwoniiee
( 13.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
Best arpg game ive played so far!!!
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Alix Specter
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
A fantastic throwback to top-down action adventure RPGs of old, a forgotten relic that stands up quite well in this day and age.
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Kung Fu Hung-Su
( 31.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Game isn't finished. Don't care, enjoyed every second.
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Remagamer
( 19.2 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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
82.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 5
Secrets of Grindea will graphically take you back to the SNES era of action roleplaying games. An early access game, but with frequent patches and new art on developers blog, Secrets of Grindea is starting to bloom. Gameplay can be as long or as short as you want it to be. However, if you wish to collect all the goodies, including mob cards, you'll want to grind often.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
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Posted: May 31
This is probably one of the best games I've played in quite a while. It's story is fantastic, gameplay is fluid, building your character feels unique and each skill is so much fun to use.

The developers have great communication with the community and are currently still adding some really nice feautres to the game. Can't wait for the housing system!

This game is absolutly worth the purchase.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 22
Yes!... But no at the same time(well at least no for right now)

It's very reminiscent of the ARPGs of the past and definitely reminds me of the GB Zelda series (like the oracles series) and for those really needing to scratch that itch, it scratches that itch... halfway. I really REALLY want this story mode to be finished and figured I put in a bit of money for early access to help entice the devs a little and signed up for the front-line beta to see what's up and coming. Seeing as how consistent they've been on their dev blog, I'm suret hat my money hasn't been put out there in vain.

What is present of it rn though, I think it could flesh out to be a really nice and unique experience especially with how out of the ordinary your companion is XD. (and no! it's nothing like Navi or Tatl kek)

The only reason to buy it now is to experience the arcade mode, which btw is ♥♥♥♥ing fantastic with other people!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 9
Some of the best fun I've had in a long time with a game. The only downside is the frusteratingly slow updates to it. Outside of that, for newcomers, there is a solid 5-7 hours of playtime, with another 10-15 if you are a completionist. and the challenge mode is quite fun if you've beaten the story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 8
If you like the oldschool ARPG Snes games like Secret of Mana/Evermore or Terrinigma, this game is for you.
Solid game with different playstyles and coop = winning.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 21
Great Game, one of the best SNES Style ARPG ive ever played! Cant wait for full release.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.8 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 30
10/10 would definitely die and let my friends fight the boss again
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
It would be better if it was finished
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 16
For an early access product Grindea is well polished. Though many of the zones were not yet available during play, those there are quite a lot of fun. Plays like Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2) from the SNES era, quite clearly a homage to the classic. If you enjoyed games like that, or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, this should be right up your alley.
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