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: Overwhelmingly Positive (693 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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"Old school dungeon crawler experience for up to 4 players. Kill the hero to become a hero! Makes sense, right? Absolutely worth buying and supporting!"
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Recent updates View all (4)

February 25

Update v0.4: Bone Warden



Delve into long forgotten mines, discover rare new rooms, and evolve your skeletons into a new monster- the Bone Warden. There’s a new music track from Alex Yoder and a bunch of bug fixes too!



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

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January 15

Update v0.3: Plague Mushroom



Strange new monsters and gods have been summoned to the catacombs. Ready yourself with powers from our new interactive props – a second hulking boss creature has been discovered!

Among the huge list of changes:
  • New boss battle– cooperate with your friends to walk a giant hydra around the battle field, firing ice, flame and goo, while the hero works to chop off your heads!
  • Control 5 new monsters– be a spear-wielding servant, a putrid mushroom, a gluttonous tentacled abomination, a possessed priestess, or a magical hooded haunt.
  • Worship 4 new deities, each with new a unique hero buff.
  • New Interactive Scenery– read from magic tomes, risk a drink from an ancient fountain, or deface a tombstone to enhance your abilities.


We’ve rebalanced existing monsters based on your feedback, and there’s a huge number of other tweaks, improvements and bug fixes - check out the full list of changes on the community forums!

Have fun!

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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
    • 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
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Early Access Review
Excellent and unpretentious top down roguelike dungeon crawler that's over the top when it comes to fast paced extremely satisfying and gory gameplay. This game is especially good for when you want to sit down and have a quick instant fix of fast action, because matches mostly range between 20-45 minutes, and can even last longer depending on how much you want to level up before facing the boss.

The atmosphere is on point in terms of making you feel as if you're exploring a dank dark dungeon that's haunted by an ancient evil presence, the spirits that haunt you, follow you and possess traps and summon monsters only add to this feeling... there are some references to Lovecraft's work in the level names which is always a nice touch, the rooms and map layouts are randomly generated and every playthrough is different, but unlike many other games with randomly generated rooms you don't start noticing the same variation of a room being repeated until maybe 5 or so hours, there isn't an arbituary set pattern in which you experience rooms either, the only thing that's consistent is that each floor has one store (with each floor having randomly selected different items, making way for different character builds which further ensures each playthrough is unique), one portal that leads to the final boss and one exit that leads to the floor below.... anyway regardless, even if the room layouts aren't always unique... the map layouts are always unique, the repetition of rooms isn't something you're bothered by because you're too busy trying to get the final shot on the hero or you're the hero desperately trying to cling to every last inch of your humanity and you really become absorbed in the addictive gameplay... it's also worth mentioning that the developers are awesome dudes who are very responsive to the community, always respond positively to ideas, negative criticism, and are still constantly showcasing screenshots of different environments / room layouts that are in progress so you can expect to see much more variation in that department in the future, at the rate I see them posting screenshots of new room types, my point on rooms repeating themselves once or twice per match will probably be completely and utterly void by the time this game gets a release... it's also really fun to play single player even if it's designed for co op!

Recommended!

PS: I love the skeletons to death, whenever they laugh or use their ranged attacks where they throw a bone at you, I get a flashback of Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness where the skeleton says to Ash; "I've got a bone to pick with you!" :P
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Early Access Review
Crawl is a beautiful combination of teamwork, skill, and luck.

In Crawl, your job is to venture through various rooms, where you try to find monsters, which are spawned by other players. Upon slaying these monsters, you gain experience points, which you can use to fight the boss after you have collected enough.

If your friend (a monster) kills you, you swap places, meaning you spawn the monsters, and they fight them. When you kill the adventurer, you gain "hero blood" which you can trade for gold to spend at a shop, spending it on weapons, allies, and abilities.

When you eventually fight the boss, the game doesn't stop being multiplayer. Oh, no. The non-adventurers must actually possess parts of the massive boss and work together to defeat the adventurer. If the adventurer kills the boss, he/she wins. If the boss "kills" (you teleport back aways) the adventurer 3 times, the game is over.

When a game is over, you can unlock new monsters which players can transform their previous monsters into. You also unlock new abilities for monsters and adventurers, etcetera.

Overall, I think that Crawl is a masterpiece. The pixel-art blends very well with the shifts in scene, the soudtrack is amazing, and the gameplay itself is one-of-a-kind.

I rate this game 10/10, and it's still in development. I highly suggest you buy this game if you're even remotely interested.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Early Access Review
It really is a fun game. and a really interesting game mechanic....but they really....and i mean really need to make it online playable through steam so you can invite friends to play. causeits not as much fun by yourself. especially when you have friends in other countries who have the game and wanna play with you, but cant
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Early Access Review
Awesome gameplay. When you aren't fighting for your life as the rouge, you're teaming up with the other ghosts trying to kill him! A bunch of monsters, traps, and bosses to battle and play, it's been really addictive. Can't wait for multiplayer!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Early Access Review
amazing game!! to truly enjoy you have to play with friends.Some things i want crawl to include is
-different classes
-more monster/bosses(i know they are coming)
-Online multiplayer
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Early Access Review
Love the game, been hyped with it ever since the teasers.

Crawl is a really competitive dungeon CRAWL-er (sorry) that brings in the original concept of your friends playing the monsters and fighting to play as the hero to gain levels, equip weapons and buffs to eventually challenge the big boss to achieve freedom.

Overall this game is great and would hugely reccomend it to anybody!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Early Access Review
One of the best asymmetrical games I've ever played. Down with Kuorok!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Early Access Review
This is a good concept as well as a fun game. I thoroughly enjoy it with or without playing with friends and is really well made. I just wish there were more different bosses; hopefully more will be added in the future considering it is an Early Access Game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Early Access Review
my body was like, YUSSS!!!!
but my mind was like, no I wanna go to bed!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Early Access Review
This is best multiplayer game EVER!!!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Early Access Review
REALLY FUN ! .....just no online coop.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Early Access Review
this game would be beater if it was online multiplayer
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Early Access Review
fun if playing solo or multiplayer, fight bots or your friends. be the first one to kill the boss or fight along side it! the game is soo versitile, has mega replay value and well worth the price its set for.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Early Access Review
It's like a drug. Buy it!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Early Access Review
The ultimate party game. When humanity is stolen from you, go beat your friends up.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Early Access Review
This game is great..But its overpriced.

I feel like they really should have made more out of this game. It starts out great.. you trucking along and oh.. whats this portal.. hmm level 10 to use portal gotchya... then you make to level 10.. omg portal takes you to boss ... ok... kill boss... game over... 10 mins... beat the game... wtf i have only played the game for 1.8 hours and i have beat it like 6 times.

i get that this is supposed to be more of a couch game and a multiple person game but the bots do a good job.
The game play is fun. upgrading weapons is fun. and the currency system feels great.

but the game is SOOOOOO short. i was super pumped that the game was level based... then you kind of realize that each level is kind of the same... and it almost seems like they are random generated. so there is no outside... there is no travel or anything like that. i would have loved to see this in a more open style with armor upgrading aswell.. toss in a minor storyline and some different worlds and more bosses and you have youself a hell of a game.


so... overall i would still recommend it... but i feel like 10 dollars is too much... 4 dollars seems more legit for the amount of gameplay you actually get out of it. but still pick it up for the expirence lol
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92 of 98 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Early Access Review
Great game but they really need to put in an online version so that you can play with your friends like over skype and stuff because none of my friends live near me but we all enjoy this game.
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56 of 60 people (93%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
The Recipe for Crawl goes something like this:
• a dash of inverted D&D (one player, three DMs)
• a sprinkle of Tag
• a cup of Legend of Zelda
• three tablespoons Altered Beast
• 20 pounds of arcade nostalgia

The goal is simple: kill the final boss and regain your humanity. However, there's only one soul to have and four greedy dead paws trying to grab it. Who has the humanity now? Everybody gang up and kill him. Killing blow takes the soul. This pattern repeats itself until somebody becomes powerful enough to face the final boss. Whether they succeed or not depends on the skill of all involved.

This is some of the best couch entertainment I've seen in a while. It tickles my heart with its presentation, seeming so serious but hinting at its self-awareness.
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Early Access Review
NOTE: This game was reviewed using a code given by the developer.

EARLY ACCESS REVIEW – CRAWL

Details
Developer: Powerhoof
Engine: Unity
Genre: Action / RPG
Mode: Single-player / Local Co-op and Multi-player
Release year: 2014 (Early Access)


I don't usually recommend Early Access games for others, simply due to fact that most of them are in really, really bad shape, despite being under the development for a long time, even for a year or two. Good news for you, because Crawl is an exception!

Crawl is a local co-op dungeon crawler roguelike game for up to 4 people. That's right, it's a roguelike game more or less, which means that everytime a game is over, you will have to start again from the beginning! Sounds fun, doesnt it? It really is, trust me.

Point of the game is that one person gets to be a "Hero" while your friends and / or AI will be monsters and are trying to kill you. When the hero is killed by a monster, that monster becomes the hero and everybody else are fighting against that player, and so on...

The intense battles happen in randomized rooms. As the hero goes to a new room, the monsters are able to choose their spawning points by floating around as ghosts. After that the deadly battle begins! Every player are able to do regular and special attacks. When the monsters get slayed, they will become back to ghosts, which basically just a "spectator mode".

Every now and then you can go to a shop room and buy some weapons and upgrades for your hero. There are also traps all over the rooms and you can use them for your advantage. These mechanics will make every battle feel unique and different from each other.

Each stage is finished by going down and deeper for the next stage through the trapdoor, similiar to how The Binding of Isaac works in that regard. When a stage is finished, players are given a chance to evolve their monsters to become stronger. The better you fight, the more points you can spend to upgrade your abilities.

Once the player reaches level 10, he is able to challenge the game's "Final Boss" by going to a portal room. There are currently only two different bosses in this build, but there will be most likely more in the future. Also there are some unlockables such as weapons and it feels rewarding when you get them.

The game has really a classical feel, thanks to the old school graphics and soundtrack. There's already a good selection of monsters and weapons and a solid variety in levels. Despite all that though, more content to the game would be welcome, just to make the whole experience bigger, better and replayable, so that you and your friends would come back for more!

All in all, the game's concept is excellent and it has potential to become a modern day classic. It is already in a very good state, but let's just hope that it'll be even better after the official release!

The Good
☺Extremely well developed and smart AI
☺Simple and fun gameplay with really unique concept
☺Great pixelated artwork and graphics
☺Fantastic oldschool sound effects and soundtrack
☺Smooth silk performance without bugs and crashings

The Bad
☹Currently lacks on content, which is understandable
☹No online multiplayer, even though it MIGHT happen

Worth Noting
  • A reminder once again, the game is an Early Access title, which means it's a work in progress and isn't finished yet.

  • The game has a local co-op mode and there's a chance that the game might receive online multiplayer update later on. As the developers stated: "Online multiplayer is a possibility, but if your purchase depends on that feature we recommend you wait."

The Verdict: "Worth supporting"

"A rare Early Access title that is in a great shape and actually worth supporting. Give us more content and online multiplayer mode and this will become a classic."


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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Early Access Review
Crawl: Antagonistic Cooperation

If you’ve never heard of Crawl, stop what you’re doing and run, don’t walk, to youtube and watch the trailer. It is the best trailer for any video game I have ever seen. Don’t worry I’ll wait.

No seriously, watch it.

If you have no idea what kind of a game Crawl is, let me tell you…

Crawl is a four player local co-op dungeon crawler. One player is the Human and the other three are the Monsters. Simple concept. Amazing execution.

You might be thinking, “One guy is the Human? Sucks for the other three!” Not really.

I’ve had the game since Early Access release (August, 6th 2014), and in that time I’ve learned this game is fun by yourself, but it shines when you have four living breathing people to play together. It is a lot like Super Smash Bros: great by yourself, but best with friends. And it’s completely possible to have a wonderful time never even playing as the Human. The Monsters are that interesting and fun.

As the trailer showed (seriously you should watch it), when a monster kills the Human their ‘Humanity’ is transferred to the killer. Just like how gold is awarded in DOTA, rage upon last hit stealing is also included, which ensures everyone is going to be the Human at least once per playthrough. And as the Human player(s) level up, everyone else gains ‘Vitae’ which is used to level up your Monsters, ensuring there is always a challenge.

In some cases, Human players will take an early lead and level up too quickly, causing the Monsters to scale up faster than the player can cope. Meaning at level 10, Humans might have a similar experience to a player at level 1 (they can still get their teeth kicked in with relative ease). There have been many cases in which I’ve skyrocketed to level 6 or 7 and suddenly I’m fighting all 2nd tier Monsters with starting gear. This usually ends how you would expect; weeping in the fetal position.

The only way to actually gain gold is to draw blood as a monster. Mechanically speaking, that means damaging and/or killing the Human. This creates a desire to play as both the Human and the Monsters. The only way to improve your Human is, ironically, to hurt and kill other Humans. Many times I have thought “I wish I had blood” whilst doing my best to prevent the others from taking my Humanity. In my experience, you almost always feel like you’re about to die when playing as the Human. And when playing as the Monsters, you’re working with your friends one minute and then actively working against them the next. The fluid nature of the cooperation in this game is amazing. There is nothing else like it.

The main goal of the game is for the Human player to reach level 10 as quickly as possible, find the Eldritch Stones, and challenge the boss. If they win, they win! If they lose? They have to continue further into the dungeon with about 1/10th of their HP. After a total of three loses, the current Human loses the game. They’re ‘CONSUMED FOREVER,’ and the game deletes their account.

Dark Souls would be proud.

There is never a dull moment when playing Crawl. Whether you’re the Monsters or the Human, there is always pressure. If you wait too long, the Spirits will collect ectoplasm and summon blobs on you. There’s nothing worse than fighting tooth and nail to get through a room only to have all of your buddies summon nine blobs to finish you off.

Trying to fight three other players who are working together to kill you but against each other to kill you first… is very hectic. And with so much happening on screen, it can be difficult to keep track of who and where you are. For the most part, it isn’t too hard to parse your position. It’s definitely harder to find yourself after you’ve lost track than it is to lose track in the first place. Perhaps something like an aura with your color could be added?

Losing yourself aside, Crawl has an incredible lo-fi feel, while still letting you know it’s a modern game. The sprites are evocative of older games, yet they still feel fresh, new, and lively. The animation is fluid. The colors are deep and have good contrast (Thanks to the v0.3 Plague Mushroom update, released 1/15/15). Seriously, this is some of the best pixel art I’ve experienced.

Also the music is superb. That’s all I really have to say. It’s great.

Overall, Crawl is an exceptional game with great gameplay, amazing art, and outstanding music. It’s simply dripping with flavor. Powerhoof managed to cram so much style into a “simple” game. It is refreshing, fun, and one of the best $10 games I’ve ever had the privilege of purchasing.

Buy it and play it with all of your friends.

The dudes over at Powerhoof are going places. They have created such a great game and deserve more recognition.

And, seriously, that trailer was amazing.

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