Battlepaths is a loot-centric and addictive 2D-RPG featuring neat monster hacking, an excellent loot system, and great variety in character development. Learn skills, use powerfull potions, and hunt down the Chaos Overlord.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (532 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 28, 2012
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"A surprisingly fun game given the simplistic nature, you will not be disappointed. I spent hours upon hours enjoying this tile-based retro RPG."
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July 24

Version 1.73 Now Available For All Platforms

Finally, both Windows and Linux users have access to the latest update for Battlepaths. There were a few issues with the Linux version which we actually didn't update since 1.7. Besides several fixes for the Linux version, version 1.73 allows you to rebind your key settings, which so many gamers asked for.

If you are interested in what we are currently doing at Key17 check out our homepage. There's quite something going on!

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April 13

Version 1.73 In Public Beta

Players can now opt into the public beta branch and play the most recent version of Battlepaths. Among several minor changes, you will now be able to rebind the keyboard controls. During beta, this has to be done by editing the file "keymapping.txt" in the install folder.

Also, the game got a little more verbose and you'll get informed when your hero receives any enchantments, e.g. when getting slowed, weakened, or poisoned, but also when you receive temporal boosts from your equipment.

You can opt-in using this password: srdfs978fw23f

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About This Game

Battlepaths is a loot-centric and addictive 2D-RPG featuring neat monster hacking, an excellent loot system and a huge variety of character development. Learn skills, use powerfull potions, and hunt down the Chaos Overlord. The battle begins in Babatula, the first of three big realms to explore.

Battlepaths offers a sophisticated drop system that generates countless different items along with more than 50 unique items. The character customization allows you to create a unique hero with its own strengths and weaknesses. You can build a heavy, damage dealing tank, a deadly ninja that utilizes high speed and agility to attack his victims from out of nowhere, a true master of mind who crushes his foes with powerful combinations of special abilities, or something in between.

You can choose to play in different realms that each have their own landscape and their own set of creatures. The many superior items you will find can be exchanged between different characters, one of which will eventually become the first powerful enough to face the Chaos Overlord.

Prepare yourself for Battlepaths!

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct3D support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 175 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2 support
    • Hard Drive: 175 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: Monogame framework required
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I got this game as a bundle and really cheap so I didn't start with very high hope for this game.

Well I was right! Don't put very high hope for this game.

On Steam review I can only choose Yes to recommend and No to not Recommend. But sometime like this game i would love to have an option "Neither".

This is not a terrible game but it's just too simple. It's simpler than the old Windows 3.2 Game Castle in the Winds. Which i played over 20 years ago.

The graphic is decent for indie, The Combat is very simple and there are not much choice for spells and ability.

Basic you build up your character and use ability to cover the short coming in order to get though tough fights.

You had to save and exit many times to level up and get items to win the tough fights.

I have just played 1 game of hardcore to get achievements and 22 hours later, right after I get the last achievement that require me to play hardcore I died on the last floor of Brutal challenge room.

This means i have to start over. But since i already achieved over 60% achievements and all the rest ones are just more grinding of exact same content over i don't think i will play this game for a second time.

Over all I would rate this piece 5/10. If you can get this game cheap and there are no other game for you to play... Give this piece a try.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Battlepaths is a 2-D, Dungeon Crawler game with RPG and Turn-Based Strategy elements.

Let's go straight to what makes this game unique: whenever you encounter a monster, you will enter a turn based mode, where every move or attack any of you make consumes Movement Cost. Also, each time you attack, a Special bar will refill of a tiny bit of it length; when the bar is full you will be able to use a special attack.

These are the main features of this game, there is no more depth than this, and what will keep you playing for hours, will be decided by how much you like this simplistic gameplay. Other than this, it's the classic Dungeon Crawler, comprehensive of the usual Hardcore mode (where if you die the character you made is gone for good, and you have to start over), its need for a better gear, +%Magic Find builds or +%Special Ability builds or +%Physical Damage builds... Clean the dungeon, slay the boss, get the drops and repeat!

For a better and more detailed overview of Battlepaths' gameplay, I recommend you taking a look to this guide, written by a developer, will help you to know anything you may wish to know about Battlepaths' characteristics.
While it may look like I'm linking this guide out of laziness, I find it an easier way to inform you only about what you want to know, keeping the review short for a fast reading while enclosing anything you may want to know about the game.
You can find the aforementioned guide here:

The game plays quite well, being balanced enough to let you reach the end of it without much struggle, given that you'll be carrying few dozens of good health potions with you along the way.

However, I did find the game excessively grindy, especially when it comes to get more gold to buy more potions to explore the harder levels, and even more grindy when it comes to reach the top level or the maximum skill level for the weapon you're using. It literally takes dozens of hours of grinding, and I found this obnoxious, therefore why I'm not going to recommend this game.

Regardless of its bland graphic and the mediocre sound department, this game doesn't stand out among the dozens of dungeon crawlers out there. Buy it only if you struggle to find new Dungeon Crawlers to brun some time.

Graphic: 6/10
Sound: 6/10
Longevity: 7/10
Gameplay: 7/10

Overall: 6/10
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
A simple little game of haack-n-slash, exploring, and sorting through piles of loot.

Easy to pick up and play, albeit the controls are a bit clunky.

For the price it's an enjoyable, casual romp in Fantasy RPG land when you want to whack some mobs but not be bogged down with a lot of micro-managing or other heavy elements. This is the perfect game to play for just those times.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
A pretty simple turn-based rpg, Very simple.

You'll start by choosing one of the five sets of attributes and the first realm, but if you complete the previous you'll unlock the next, for a total of 4 available realms.

You start moving around the map, get quests, explore other areas, fight monsters and complete the quests. Pretty few skills and thus pretty few mechanics if not normal attacks.

Surely not worth to buy, since it has been free a while ago from the writing of this review, but surely nice to give it a casual try.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
This game is fun, but gets repetitive at times in terms of quests and such. Very short game though, wish it could be longer or add more game modes. 5/10 it has great potential, but fails to execute it effectively. I would recommend this if it was less than one dollar, else its best to skip.
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