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 their turn to crawl. It's a race to gain enough XP and loot to take on the hulking final boss!
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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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August 10

Update v0.10: Giant Rat



Hack and skewer with the vermin soldier's blighted halberd, or spawn a writhing rat army to command with our rodent summoner. New ways to trick your friends await in the murky depths, with devious artifacts and powerful new magics.

Major changes:
  • New Monsters:
    • The vermin soldier wields a vicious halberd
    • The rodent summoner commands a writhing rat army
  • Reworked Store Teleporter system helps new heroes get to the store for upgrades
  • Expanded Magic Weapon system with magic all magic now displayed in weapon art, and new magic types:
    • Cosmic Strikes
    • Explosive Strikes
    • Life Steal Strikes
  • New Artifacts:
    • The Medal of Honour makes your spells recharge faster on a kill streak
    • The Monster Hand makes your monsters' special attacks recharge faster
    • The Hymn of Betrayal robs the leading hero of a random artifact



And as usual there's a whole heap of smaller tweaks and bug fixes this time too, see the full list of changes on the community forums!

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May 19

Update v0.9: Kevin The Destroyer



Grind heroes in your beak as the hulking bird abomination, hurl flesh-seeking skulls as the skeletal magelord, inhabit fish, squids and gargoyles or just soak in the stories from our new intro sequences, complete with voice-over from our unhinged narrator.

Main Changes:
  • Hero Battle Intros: The starting hero is no longer up to chance. Players battle it out in short randomized intros featuring our ghastly narrator.
  • New Monsters:
    • The gigantic bird abomination grinds heroes in his beak
    • The mind squid draws hulking tentacles from the earth
    • The gargoyle defends by turning to stone
    • The skeletal magelord throws flesh-seeking skulls
    • The tiny fish is... kind of useless. Or is he?
  • New Artifacts:
    • The Vampire Tooth drinks health from striking enemies when you're bleeding
    • Cadaver Burst triggers a last-ditch explosion from your monster's corpse
    • The Emerald Signet heals you when poisoned
  • New Traps
    • The Dart Array spits a sequence of darts from an array hidden in the decaying walls
    • The Spike Train triggers a course of spikes that pierces the sod, and the flesh of any who stand upon it
    • The Dart Trap fires a cruel dart at any intruder that dares to cross in front

Check out the full list of changes on the community forums!

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Reviews

“The concept – a dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters – is as brilliant as it is elegantly simple, and it’s got oodles (or blob monsters, as it were) of style to back it up.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Grab three friends and gather round; this is a dungeon crawl you won't forget in a hurry.”
US Gamer

“Crawl takes its inspiration from the arcade cabinets of old and plays exactly like a distilled, quarterless version of those experiences.”
PC Gamer

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!



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.


  • 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
    • Storage: 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)
    • Storage: 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)
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad highly recommended
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 3
You may be thinking, "Hey, my life is depressing and I don't have any friends. Is this any good single player?" As someone with a bleak existence also, I can say yes. This game is great Singleplayer.

It's got a lot of replayability, even with single player, and the pixel art is phenomenal. You unlock more items, enemies, and weapons as you play, making the game better the more you play it. Despite the simple controls, the game is ♥♥♥♥ing hard. The only thing I'm good at is gaming. My social skills suck, and all my experience gaming and stroking my ginormous yet lonely pickle has never quite managed to get me a job, so i've had a lot of time honing my skills. I still struggle to beat this one.

Overall, buy this thing, even if you're lonely. You won't regret it as much as you regret your life.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 1
It's hella fun, but needs online multiplayer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 2
I love Crawl. This game is so good.

I got a co-worker to play Crawl, after hearing that he loved couch multiplayer games. I raved about it, and he was skeptical.

The next day at work, he comes up to me and goes "OH MY GOD, CRAWL. It is SO MUCH BETTER than you could EVER have explained. It is SO GOOD."

If that's not a recommendation, I don't know what is.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 7
SHUT UP GET IIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTT
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 7
Only lacking online multiplayer. Amazing concept, gameplay, sounds, music, & design. IMO.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 31
I hardly ever do game reviews but this game rules. Get some friends over, crowd around the computer, yell at each other, make a drinking game out of it, this game is perfect. 10/10 if you're looking for perfect local multiplayer and are sick of Mario Kart 64
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 21
an insanely fun game to play by yourself or with friends, but no matter what i do no one can beat me, seriously ive never lost a match, pls help
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 15
I have found this game to be very entertaining and in many cases hilarious when I play with friends. The couch co-op is something in gaming that AAA gaming companies seem to be shunning lately and quite frankly that is a mistake. This game is a breath of fresh air in that regard. Crawl is a fun game, a game that(at least in my experience) has no broken combos to use, has plenty of monsters that are all really fun to use, and traps that are not overpowered but not useless.

The only downside I can imagine that this game has is the fact that it doesnt have a playable soundtrack to listen to for the Steam Library, because the music is one of the great things about this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 25
Really great party game. Super simple to play but a lot of fun. I'm very pleased with the AI in this game. While it isn't the same as playing with other people, they do well enough that the game is still fun to play alone. A game with 3 AI takes me around a half hour to complete so it makes for a perfect game when you need a little break. Would totally recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 23
Um, there's a dragon boss. Is that normal?
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Russia
3.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 27
10/10 the best thing since sliced bread

if it gets online multiplayer itll become 11/10
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TheArti666
5.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 26
This Game is just sooooo cool, nice job guys !
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Chumpis
13.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 25
Listen. If you read the other reviews you'll find that the only, and I mean ONLY drawback that this phenominal game posses, is no online multiplayer. So do me, yourself and everyone else that loves this game, and the company that made it (Which is literally just two guys. ♥♥♥♥ing two guys made this whole freaking amazing game by themselves) a favor and buy this game. So they can earn some well deserved cash and hopefully implement online multiplayer.
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Invader Zim
4.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 19
This game is the ULTIMATE PARTY GAME!!!

Whether you love trying new monsters evolutions, or slay with new exciting items, you'll have an amazing time with your friends. You can still play against bots, but the huge surprise come while trying to steal that last hit against the hero, or rushing to buy something before anyone can.

Are you into traps, go ahead, there are monsters and items that help you with that. You can even troll with a jelly on a traps-only room. There are only two bosses, but the fun of trying different parts of the behemoth is awesome. Unlockable content and challenges for further enjoyment and the classic arcade style will rock your games with your friends.

The music is great and, since it is still a beta, go ahead and ask for an online mode!!!

Support this gem!!!!
Go slay your friends!
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Donldof .H Trumpler
4.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 18
Product received for free
Console peasents say you cant have multiple people play yon the same PC.
PROVE CONSOLE PEASENTS WRONG!
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Gerappa
16.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 18
Great Game!
Gives you the right to kill your friends over and over for xp, even if they slaughter you you can be a monster and make them pay for it, there is a big selection of monsters and weapons but they should add more bosses i've only encountered 2, its on early access so im hoping for updates.

9/10
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Bubberdub
7.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: September 17
Alright, I have played this for like three hours in the last ten minutes. This game is fantastic with a group of friends, and it's a very refreshing experience. If you have money and a few friends, buy this immediately.
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