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 (399 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.”

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

PC
Mac
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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game has potential to be perfect. As it is, it's amazing.
Also it involves lots of screaming, both from your dying hero and you.
Buy it.
Posted: October 6
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This simple dungeon-crawler is incredibly addicting and insidiously designed. With a very interesting co-op and competitive blend that keeps the action high, lovers of Hotline Miami, Gauntlet and The Binding of Isaac will appreciate the retro art style, soundtrack and gameplay. Even as an alpha release, I highly recommend Crawl.
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is possibly the single most fun game that I've played locally with 3 other people, and I've had a PS2/3 set up for it in my room for years, specifically for that purpose.

The combat is fast paced, brief and exciting, the light RPG elements have your choices affect the game significantly yet don't bog gameplay down because they're nice and simple, the art and animations are ( in my opinion at least ) gorgeous and delightfully crisp, and the sound design perfectly rounds out the frantic action, as well as the parts inbetween.

If you've got a couple of controllers and can get some people around a monitor, you would be hugely wronging yourself and your friends to not have this as one of your choices for the night. It really is amazingly fun.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I remember the good old days when I would grab a friend or two with a sibling and play on the couch. That is how games should be played, and crawl executes that beautifully, one of the greatest local multiplayer games I have ever played. The gameplay and balance is near perfect and the idea is marvelous. More content is yet to come, and from what I hear, online multiplayer as well. Well worth the money, as long as you have a buddy to play it with.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I really enjoy this title. Even as an early access I feel like i'm getting my moneys worth. All the updates will just be more goodies to play with. I hope they get to put in online mutli-player but it's not a must have for me.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is one of the best games of 2014. A wonder take on king of the hill, one player is the adventurer delving a dungeon, the other three players are ghosts that possess creatures of the darkness and control traps, all vying to be the one to land the killing blow on the adventurer to steal his humanity. Die, kill, die again, try and take back your humanity and then slay the boss monster guarding the exit. It's a hell of a romp for couch gaming.

Con if you don't have friends that will come over and game: no online at present. The local multiplayer aspect adds a great deal to the experience.

The latest update for 9/26 added new monsters, deities, and balance changes. Scorpion OP, demon lord sucks.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is a local multiplayer dungeon crawler with a twist

Pros
-Excellent Animation
-Epic soundtrack
-Detailed pixel art
-Great ideas
-Top notch mechanics
-Unlock system works wonders to keep the game interesting
-Ai is smart for a alpha release

Cons
-Not much to do
-If you dont have friends to play with, it can get pretty tedious

Verdict
This is a very fun game, but I would wait until a later stage

As of yet, I rate it a 7.2/10
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Great game if your looking for fun with friends,I've never seen anything like it, however Crawl does gets boring without anyone to play with though.
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
♥♥♥♥in' great!
If only I had 2 more controllers, this could be as enjoyable as Mario Kart! (in a way that make you wanna kill your friends)
:D
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Fast paced fun, i cant put it down
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 23
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is so much fun! Find 3 other friends, or play the AI... it's a blast. 10/10 Would SWAG again. 10/10 would YOLO again.
Posted: October 16
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
✓ Rogue-lite mechanics
✓ Randomly generated levels
✓ Good graphics, animations
✓ Interesting mechacnics
✓ Made for local multiplayer, but the AI works fine
✓ DRM-free version exists
✓ Linux support !

✘ No online multiplayer, but that's ok because local is good.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is not only the most fun rouge-like game I have played recently, but one of the best of the genre at all. Really my new favorite game
Posted: September 28
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
out of coins
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Great game to play with friends. I even enjoy singleplayer vs the bots a good deal. A must have!
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is Fantastic and keeps getting better. Perfect party game.
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is amazing. I've spent a great part of my weekend yelling and screaming at the TV with some friends as we battled against each other to defeat the one eyed hulking boss. This is my new favorite party game to play with some friends.
Posted: September 26
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is such an awesome game, even in eary access I've been straight up addicted. I love the "play as the enemy" mechanic to! I think I've had more fun causing trouble for the hero than playing him! over all this is a great game and I really hope to see online multiplayer in the future so I can play with my Steam friends :]
Posted: October 3
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7 of 21 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A great concept of a game carefully crafted and bundled into an easily set up multiplayer game. There is character progression, adversity which shifts constantly as other players take the role of the hero and the others take the role of the monsters trying to turn him into floor paste and some great bosses which allow for some nice action.

Overall, a solid concept. Now the reason for the no recommendation;

I played local multiplayer with a bot or two (not having more than one other person immediately available) and the result was a frantic scrabble after the AI, trying to figure out what to do. This itself did not take long, but the frantic scrabble continued on and on and on. Normally, frantic in a game is good, but this just felt like always playing catch-up and never progressing. At the end of each floor, regardless of character advancement, it always felt like we were not quite sure what had been achieved, what happened or what we were even trying to do. We continued on for a while, had a few boss encounters and played as both the monsters and hero a few times each. It was around the time my friend said "I'm bored" that I realized that I was too and had just been forcing fun onto the session.

The ghost characters constantly felt like they were dragged from room to room, rather than chasing the hero, often never having the chance to even attempt the various awesome traps in the corridoors between some of the rooms. The blob drops were a nice touch, enabling the ghosts to stay in the action, but not overwhelm the hero too much with mobs. But it still felt a bit bland and it was hard to relate to any of the characters with the constant control switch (mostly with the AI bots getting in there 9 times in 10). Overall, for two of us playing with two bots, it was not fun.

Other people with three friends to play with may very well have an awesome time with Crawl, but I think it needs a little more balance, maybe some humor or something, anything to bring it to life. Players need something to work with to get fun out of a game. Other than that, the devs have done an awesome job (love the boss intros, they looked awesome!) and I hope I get chance to have fun with this in the future.
Posted: September 27
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