Crawl is the local multiplayer dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters! Battle through dungeons and power up your hero - if a friend kills you they take your place and it’s your turn to inhabit the monsters. It's a race to gain enough XP and loot to take on the hulking final boss!
User reviews: Very Positive (445 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 6, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We've been getting together with friends to play Crawl since the first few days of development. It's a game designed to play again and again, and it's always been a blast showing off new content - watching strategies form, alliances rise and fall, and gaining invaluable feedback. Now it's time we opened it up to everyone, so you can all watch the game evolve and contribute your thoughts and ideas like our friends have been doing over the last year and a bit.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We have enough planned for Crawl Early Access to take us through to at least Early 2015. Beyond then we'll see if we're still having new ideas for things to add!”

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

“The full version of Crawl will have more monsters, deities, bosses, weapons, items, traps, environments, things to do, and secrets to discover. Online multiplayer is a possibility, but if your purchase depends on that feature we recommend you wait.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Crawl is fully playable for up to 4 players around the same PC using keyboard, mouse, or controllers. The core experience of a crawl match is complete and ready to play with your friends, or with the AI bots. There are 3 deities to choose from, 30+ monsters to inhabit, loads of weapons and items and one huge boss to battle.”

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

“Once early access is complete we intend to raise the price, so get in early and see how the game evolves!”

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

“We're really keen to hear about everyone's experiences playing Crawl. The early feedback we've received from showing the game has already helped shape it for the better. So we'll be hanging out on the steam forums, grabbing your feedback and ideas for new monsters, mechanics and content, and using your collective experiences to perfect the game's balance.”
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September 26

Update v0.2: Demon Lord


The first big update is here! New monsters to control, deities to worship, and ways to grief your friends!

Among the huge list of changes:

  • New monsters to control! A powerful flying demon, a venomous scorpion, a ghost girl slinging a magic flame, and an undead lord able to summon zombies at will!
  • Each deity you worship now gives you a unique buff, and there are 4 more to choose from!
  • Inhabit the blobs you've spawned as a ghost. (Experimental!)
  • Improved controls for bows and crossbows - Hold down attack button to aim, then release to fire.
  • New traps, new items, and a revamped potion system.



There's also a crazy amount of minor features, bug fixes, tweaks and balancing changes, check out the full list of changes on the community forums!

Have fun!

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August 25

Crawl Minor Update v0.01.02

Just a minor update to add some more controller support and fix a few issues. Gameplay features, new content and balancing are still to come in the first major update next month!

Here's the changelist -

Features:
  • Steam Cloud support: You no longer have to unlock everything again on each machine you play on!
    NB: The first machine you play on with the update will sync it's existing progress to steam cloud. After that other machines you play on will take the progress that's in the cloud. (So play on the machine with the most progress first!)
  • Added direction control calibration (up/down/left/right). You should be able calibrate and use "retro" controllers and arcade sticks now.
  • Keyboard can now be set up to have multiple players. Choose Keyboard Setup in the options menu to set your keys.
  • You can now use the mouse to navigate the front menus.
Fixes:
  • Mouse controls no longer break after finishing a game using the mouse.
  • Fixed single controller being able to join and control multiple players. (eg: DualShock4 on Linux)
  • Fixed discounted store items marked as "can't afford" incorrectly when player had exact amount of gold.
  • Safe zone values no longer load incorrectly and mess up the GUI on Linux.
  • Corrected spelling of vampiric ring.
  • Hero arrows no longer hit the wall behind when fired.
  • Bot ghosts no longer hover over pentagram without using it.
  • Bots no longer continuously try and shoot chests/crystals with bow when there's a wall in the way.
Next up I'll be working on some of the balance issues we've been discussing on the community forums. Barney's been working on some new monsters, and he's heading off to the US for PAX Prime this week. We're not showing Crawl off on the PAX show floor, but if you're in Seattle you can wander around the corner to the free Seattle Indies Expo and play there. Barney will be hanging around so try and hunt him down for a game!

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About This Game

Crawl is the local multiplayer dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters! It’s bullet-hell beat-em-up meets old-school RPG, in an arcadey party-game for up to 4 players.

One player is the hero, exploring a randomly generated dungeon full of traps and monsters - all controlled by the other players. If you slay the hero you take their place and it’s your turn to crawl! Then it's a race to gain enough XP and loot to reach the final battle, where it's all on one as the other players collectively control the hulking final boss!

Current Features


Local Multiplayer Arcade Action for 2-4 Players
  • Play with Controllers, Keyboard or Mouse.
  • Hone your skills against bots, while you wait for your friends to arrive.

Turbo Charged Dungeon Crawling
  • Level up, increase your stats, amass powerful weapons and magic items, all in the course of one 30 minute game.
  • Evolve your monsters from spiders and rats to powerful demons, dragons and undead warriors.

Every Battle is Unique
  • Explore and inhabit randomly generated dungeons.
  • Loads of unique weapons, spells and artifacts.
  • Dozens of unique monsters to unlock and master.

Planned Updates

  • More weapons, spells, and items to collect.
  • More monsters, traps, and bosses to master.
  • More environments to explore and secrets to discover.
  • More polish - Continuing improvements to gameplay, menus, music, sound, and balance.
  • What about Online Multiplayer? It's a possibility, but if you can't get around a PC with some friends we recommend waiting until we have more news.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (sp2) or later
    • Processor: 1.66 GHz Dual Core Processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics or equivalent, capable of Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu - glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Early Access Review
Do you want to end your friendships? Then this is just the game for you.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
Crawl is a good indie game interesting in multiplayer only.
You have to get friends in order to enjoy it.
Local mode co-op is great and if the game looks a little bit fuzzy at first, you can get yourself used to it after some time.

Some unlockables, random elements, and an evolving early access makes it a fair game for its small price.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Early Access Review
One of the best and probably the most competetive local coop game I ever played.
It's worth every cent!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Early Access Review
Everyone needs to play this game. Even though it is in early access, it has very little bugs. ( so little I haven't spotted one)

The main goal is to level up to ten and defeat the boss at the end. Sounds simple until you have a three friends over with the same goal.

This game is fun alone and with your friends. The fighting is simple and easy to use. ( for both ghosts and humans) The game is also very balanced. You also unlock more items for your next round. I haven't unlocked everything yet, but everytime I do unlock something (you unlock at least one thing every game) I want to see it and test it out. This game has a ton of items to choose from. Making it very easy to fit your play style. One more thing I love is the "gods" you can pick from. The gods is like your class for your hero. They give you three monsters and a passive to help your ghost or hero. In the end of every level you can level up your monsters.

In the end, I am so pumped to see every update, to unlock every new thing, to destroy my friends in a battle with all odds against you. This game puts such a smile on my face. If this game was finished right here, I wouldn't be mad, this game is already fun, with almost no bugs.

96/100
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Early Access Review
Extremely Fun, but needs the ability to host servers Badly!
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
Sooo competative! Great fun with friends. (might ruin friendships)
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Early Access Review
A fast paced game that is enjoyable whenever you play it. 3 to 4 players offers the best gameplay.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
Great game, but for the love of god nerf that zombie spawning ♥♥♥♥♥♥bag into the ground!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
Best...Game...Ever
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
gg wp
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
Would be superb with online multiplayer think it might be on the way...
Still good without it!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
This game is great, loved the concept and the evolving. I hope they add multiple bosses with different levels
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
awesome fun for local co-op.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
Great game!
Invite friends
Get snacks
???
Profit!
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10 of 48 people (21%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
the developers should add online multiplayer, not just local COOP. other than that it's a good game.
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2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
I was fortunate enough to be able to play this for the first time with 4 players on a giant projector. We all had a blast. The game mechanics are easy to pick up because they draw upon existing games. However, the multi-player support and RPG elements are truly unique. Love it!
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21.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
I love it, this a great rogue-like to play with friends, and ton me one of the best local multiplayer games. I really appreciate the artistic work on the characters, on the backgrounds and basically every feature of the game. The gameplay is easy and dynamic, the music is exciting, and anyone can start and learn playing in a few minutes only (the configuration for controllers on the main menu is as simple as awesome.). I hope there will be more content to this game since I unlocked everything !
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22.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
Literally THE BEST house party game of all time. As good as or better than the Mario Kart series. The balance (although tenuous, because the game isn't finished with updates, I hope) is superb, and frankly I can't say enough to praise this game.

Although I will say this: Stick it to EA with their proprietary engines and decepit corporate ladders by supporting two guys that had a VISION(that didn't suck, still looking at you EA), and made it a reality. This is the best new game I've played this year, and it damn well earns the $10 asking price.

Hell yes, I recommend this game.
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11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
Just starting up this game, gives me chills down my spine.
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22.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Early Access Review
Steam needs more games like this. 4 Player local awesomeness. Very polished for an unfinished game. Needs more depth and variation in monsters/levels/traps in the future.

Very solid buy for controller playing steam users
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