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Get your spellbook ready! It’s time to protect The Counting Kingdom in this tactical math puzzler featuring strategic tower defense gameplay and a colorful cast of characters. Banish monsters and save the day!
Release Date: Jun 2, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to get feedback from our players to help make The Counting Kingdom the most fun math game on the market.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to launch the full game late summer 2014.”

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

“Before launch, we will be adding in additional small features, polishing the gameplay and art, and fixing bugs.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Playable and fun! The major features of the game are complete and all levels are available to play.”

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

“The Counting Kingdom will be offered at a discount during Early Access to thank players for supporting the game and getting involved ahead of the official launch. The price will increase with each update, with the final launch price being $9.99.”

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

“We plan on releasing new builds frequently and staying active on the forums to make sure we're getting feedback from out players!”
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New Monsters Approach: 0.9.0 Update

July 15th, 2014

This is our biggest update to date! We have two new types of monsters that you'll be squaring off against in the later levels:

The Armored Monster is protected by it's mighty cardboard box. The first spell you cast on it will tear the box to pieces revealing the monster underneath. That means you'll need to cast a spell on this monster twice to completely clear it from the playing field! You'll first encounter the Armored Monster in the Polar Plains.

The Magic Monster wields its own magical powers, but can only affect the monsters around it. Every turn this monster will cast a spell on the monsters up, down, left and right of it, increasing their number by one. The Magic Monster makes its appearance at the Polygon Peak, so you'll have plenty of spell-casting practice before you need to defend against it!

Other Updates:

  • Catapults are now battering rams. This seemed to make more sense.
  • Flags on the world map now waft gently in the breeze.
  • Bug fix: When monsters were placed onto a Doubling Tile with the Move potion, their number wasn't doubled.

Let us know what you think of the new update in the forums!
Thanks as always,
Jenna and the Little Worlds team

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Trading Cards are live!

July 14th, 2014

The monsters have jumped out of the game and into your Steam account - trading cards are now live! With monster and magic-filled trading cards, badges, profile background and emoticons, you'll be able to share your love for The Counting Kingdom in a whole new way.

Share your badge progress with us on the forums!

Thanks as always,
Jenna and the Little Worlds Team

PS - Big update to the game coming soon! ːwizardmagicː

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“Combine the fact that even I got dragged into enjoying The Counting Kingdom being a crusty adult with it’s gorgeous art direction, cute monsters and colourful scenery, and I think this is a game that’s pushing all the right buttons. I was pretty blown away by the game’s over-world map, which was a dose of eye candy so much I think even my teeth have cavities.”
Indie Statik

“Making a video game designed purely for entertainment is hard. Making a video game that can entertain and educate seems infinitely harder, if only for how rarely the goal is accomplished. It’s far too easy for the educational goal to supercede the play appeal in that sort of a game. That’s what makes it so special when a game like The Counting Kingdom, which is available on Steam early access, manages to deftly balance fun and learning.”
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About the Game

Get ready for magic, monsters, and math with The Counting Kingdom!

Writing simple spells, brewing bubbly potions… yesterday was just another day in your life as the Wizard’s Apprentice. Today, a horde of angry monsters is attacking The Counting Kingdom, and only you can defend the castle towers! Using your spells, potions, and the mighty power of mathematics, you must banish the monsters and save the kingdom!

Take up your tome of spells and save the castle in this tactical puzzler, featuring strategic tower defense gameplay across an expansive world map.

  • Each monster has a number: add them together to cast your spells
  • Rack up points with powerful combos and well-timed potions
  • Challenging tower defense gameplay that's entertaining for gamers of all ages
  • Encourage excitement about math with addition challenges made for family fun
  • Explore a colorful world with 30 levels of gameplay in five distinct regions of the kingdom
  • Dynamically-generated game levels create high replay value and guarantee a fresh math challenge
  • Serious gaming! This clever math game requires real strategic thinking

Ready with your spells? The Counting Kingdom needs you to save the day!

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista/XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card made within the last 4 years (Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0)
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: Intel based Macs only
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card made within the last 4 years (Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0)
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
307 products in account
1 review
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is incredibly fun! The simple premise of turn based tower defense type gameplay where numbered cards must be combined and discarded to match the number of a selected group of attacking monsters grows deeper as the game progresses. Potions to add or subtract numbers from a monster's power combined with spells to move them around, stop them, or get rid of them entirely will keep you on your toes.

As the numbers get bigger on enemies and cards, it gets tougher to make full screen clearing matches but it feels amazing when you do and you'll score tons of points as well! There is also a free play mode where you can jack the difficulty way up that is quite mind bending as well.

This game is highly recommended if you like numbers puzzles and/or have kids who need to practice good math skills. Can't wait to see what else ends up in the game!
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 products in account
1 review
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The Counting Kingdom has caused quite a stir in my house, as my seven-year-old son is mad at me for pulling him away from the game ater 45 minutes to brush his teeth and go to bed. He picked it up very quickly and became quite engrossed in solving the math problems and finding creative solutions to the latter levels.

If you have a child that likes math, he or she will gravitate to Counting Kingdom for sure. If your kid doesn't like math, it's a great way to change that. The addition problems are simple, but how they get solved is addicively fun!
Posted: June 2nd, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
498 products in account
3 reviews
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I have to admit, I was not expecting to have as much fun with this game as I did. It's a kids game targeted at children ages 6 - 8 or so, and this review largely is as well (or moreso: any parents reading this)

The game is polished & adorable, with bright colors, pleasant music, and cute monsters that are largely nonthreatening and quite imaginative.

At its core it's a puzzle game using pretty much the most basic of addition/subtraction- and while the difficulty/complexity of the math problems never really increased, it would have felt out of character for the game to do so.

The gameplay is solid & bug free, with a simple premise (matching the values of monsters on the field with "spells" in your spellbook. You can modify the values of the monsters, and add your spells for greater sums to be used in combos, not as a requirement- just for a higher score. Though clearing 7 monsters at once with a well placed spell is fairly satisfying, even as a 24-year old adult.

It's fairly long too, which is a pretty nice plus for a $4 game.

If you have kids learning math, I'd highly recommend this one. It's pretty easy to pick up, no stress, and just as fun as any of the more mindless apps on the market (Angry Birds/Temple Run, that kind of time vortexes.) Seriously, I would have loved to play this as a child, and still had fun with this as an adult. So if you're an adult that's bored and would like a time-waster, this is actually a fairly decent/low-commitment game as well!

I also did a video review if you'd like to see gameplay/more in-depth impressions (kid friendly): http://youtu.be/QVl0dvIv3zQ
Posted: June 6th, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
411 products in account
1 review
2.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is absolutely amazing!

The gameplay is straightforward: Select adjacent monsters on the grid and match their sum to one of your available spells. Spells can be combined into larger numbers to take out more monsters at once, and potions alter the values on the monsters. It's easy enough for anyone to figure out, even for somebody as mathematically challenged as myself. As you progress through the levels, the numbers get larger, and new potions with effects like freezing a row are gradually added. The end result is an experience that's both simple and challenging, and most importantly: fun as hell.

The only way The Counting Kingdom can disappoint is if you miss out on playing it. If I was still young, this game is the kind of fun that would have made me late to school, but since I'm a an adult, it makes me late to work.
Posted: June 12th, 2014
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
248 products in account
1 review
0.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Seriously a fantastic game, for all ages. I just spent a few hours aimlessly counting and destroying monsters.
Besides that, it's super cute! The art is absolutely amazing, and really well thought out.
The AI also seems really well done. The game won't leave you hanging with your last couple monsters on the map and wrong cards - it will start giving you correct cards.

For all those who loved games like Treasure Mathstorm or Math Blaster when they were younger, this will remind you of those good times.
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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