Dungeon-Crawling First Person Shooting at its finest! Fast-paced combat! Dozens of perks, spells and enemies! Level ups! Random Dungeons! Traps! Badass bosses! Carrots!
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Release Date: Oct 23, 2014

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June 3

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June 2

Ziggurat Update #14 - Featuring the Gauntlet

Welcome back, fans of fast-paced wizardry!

Today we are releasing a new update for Ziggurat (it's been 8 months since the last one, wow!).

The Gauntlet



This update's main highlight is the new Gauntlet game mode. This mode puts you in a single room with no chance of escape and throws monsters at you until you are finally dead.

Moreover, it's a race against the clock, since enemies will keep spawning over time. Even bosses will want to take a piece of you!

Of course, you keep leveling up while picking up knowledge gems, and weapons and amulets will appear from time to time.

This mode is intended for shorter runs (10-20 minutes at most), and we may do some balancing changes after getting some feedback on it.

Agnes 2.0

We've also improved the skillset of Agnes the Witch based on player feedback and suggestions, so it's more interesting to play.

And a plethora of minor fixes

On top of that, this update features many performance improvements and bugfixes that were found during the port for the console versions, so it should perform better on lower end computers.

That's all, folks!

This is probably the last content update for Ziggurat. It may not be the last , a bugfix/balance update could be released at some point. It's almost 2 years since the game was released in Early Access in August 2014, and it's been a hell of a ride!

A big thank you to all of you for your support. Stay tuned for further updates on our developments (by the way, have you checked our latest game Pharaonic?), and feel free to keep sharing your impressions on the game forums, we'll always be there to answer your questions or give a hand :)

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About This Game

Dungeon-Crawling First Person Shooting at its finest! Fast-paced combat! Dozens of perks, spells and enemies! Level ups! Random Dungeons! Traps! Badass bosses! Carrots! Ziggurat is the best combination of First Person Shooter and Rogue-LITE you have ever seen.

Become a neophyte sorcerer, and get ready for your rite of passage: Enter the labyrinth and face dangerous challenges to prove your worth and become a powerful wizard!

The game focuses on fast-paced first person shooting, with an old-school vibe, and updated handling and game mechanics. Dungeon crawling and RPG/Roguelike elements are added into the mix, resulting in a fun, challenging and varied game, with lots of content to discover.

Fight almighty bosses, get through rooms filled with traps, and treasures that may help you in your journey... Each game is a whole new experience!

Unlike most Rogue-thingies, on Ziggurat your combat skills will be the most important asset to keep advancing. Leveling up and randomly generated content is there to improve variety and make each game different, not to make the game a roll dice or an unbearable grind.

Most perks are designed to change the way you have to play or the weapons you'll want to use. Do you want more speed in exchange for less health, or maybe is better to have mana regeneration? Increase drop rate, or refill ammo here and now? No number game here, simple and direct choices.

We've also ensured that, as a proper FPS game, the experience is quick and direct. There's no inventory to manage or the need to compare two almost equal item drops, just weapon selection, and mana/health are usually the bargaining chip.

A whole arsenal of magic and alchemic weapons will be at your disposal. Wreak havoc among your enemies, but watch your mana reserves or you might regret it later!

Magic staves, spellbooks, magic wands... dozens of weapons with different attack strategies that help keeping the game fresh!

System Requirements

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SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 capable hardware
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 64bit OS recommended but not required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Quad core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 460 or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2 Graphics card
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.10 or newer
    • Processor: Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2 Graphics card
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: For AMD Graphic cards, MESA drivers newer than 10.1.5 are recommended.
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 460 or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Illuminaughty
84.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
It looks and plays a bit like Heretic or Hexen. It's procedurally generated. It looks and plays a bit like Heretic or Hexen. I don't know what else to tell you. It's worth your time and money.
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Punk Queen
7.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
It may look a bit silly, but it's a very fun and solid game. It is much more difficult than it looks.
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cjpchief
8.9 hrs
Posted: September 21
I bought this game for the artstyle and found a fun shooter that runs well at high resolutions.
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King_Isard_of_Io
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 20
It's fast paced, frantic, and fun.
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CrunchyCon542
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 14
ziggurat is a very exciting arcade rpg. I found it challenging but simple, and would very much reccomend it to anyone. I do however,wish there was a certian feature. dodging. since its already a acrcade style game,why not add dodging? other than that, i really didnt hvae to many issues, its a fun game
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Fra. Gabriel
29.6 hrs
Posted: September 8
Majestic game. You should buy it even at his full price. And my review could end here.

But! ButubutubutuBUT! There ain't no review of mine that ain't got no "ain't"s.
So, I'll exeplain better myself. If you like rougue-like games, specifically Binding of Isaac style, and you like Skyrim, you're gonna love this game. Plenty of monsters, weapons, cards, object of the most various nature will keep you stuck on this game for a terrific number of hours. It also has very good graphics and obviously an excellent gameplay.
There are very few cons easily solvable:
-Lady Audrey (or how the heck is she called) it's an extremely boring boss, not challenging but with the longest fight time in the game. It just ain't funny. And it is the only one.
-The translations are improvable, since at least the italian translation (my first language) is not that that good, for it has some grammatical error and most of all It ain't particularly close to the original meanings.
-The soundtrack is great, but the track included are not a lot and so they could become repetitive after a while.
These are the only cons and one of them is only for italian people.
Wat da heck are you waiting for? Buy it moron!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
I love and hate this game.

There is a LOT of room for improvement. The tedious back-tracking from boos room to key room to boss room, the "traps" that lie between rooms which are of no challenge you just wait them out, the myriad of baffling UI choices that hide meaningful information.

All in all I'm loving the heck out of this but if I didn't think the gameplay was so compelling, I would not be able to overlook the annoyances enough to keep it - I literally would have refunded. It hurts me to say it because this game takes me back to the feel of Quake I.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Really fun fps dungeon crawler. Great variety of weapons and enemies. The main annoyance is that drops from enemies despawn at an unreasonably fast rate, meaning you focus on running around grabbing XP instead of strategically clearing the room. Great time-waster and you can save your progress.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
140.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
I give it a solid 8/10. Gameplay is smooth yet simple, addictive, and most importantly fun. Sound design is good, the game world is basic but solid, and the core gameplay loop never really gets old. My only gripes are the lack of variation in dungeon "rooms" that can be randomly placed, as there are only a handful, as well as an odd "height" of the player character (it feels like you are two feet tall). There is one bug that seems to have existed since launch for me, and that is occassionally enemies go invisible when they shouldn't. Sometimes rooms have special rules and this can include invisibility, but every 1 in a 100 rooms or so I get invisibile enemies despite there being no special rule for it. I love that the world is fairly colorful and doesn't take itself too seriously.

I highly reccomend for anyone who are fans of rogue-likes, 90s era arcade shooters, and most especially the Hexen series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
A twitch shooter featuring randomly generated dungeons and tons of unlocks. Well optimized and really fun for this type of game. Similar to "tower of guns" and "paranormal activity", but the clear best of the three.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Solid old school shooter in a fantasy world. If that sounds good get this, you'll get $15 worth for sure.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
121.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
I just love this game and how it mixes some old-school FPS gameplay with modern mechanics:

-The movement is fast and arcadey, there is no aim down sights, each map is a maze you have to explore and feel your way around.

-Maps are procedurally generated in a way that makes sense (well-designed arenas arranged randomly to form a maze)

-14 different characters along tons of weapons and perks force you to re-think your strategy every game

-A well-rounded cast of enemies forces you to never get complacent, the game will throw curve-balls at you
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
You run around and shoot things with your magic wand. It is a solid shooter. Either that premise appeals to your or it doesn't. I'm not sure what else to tell ya.
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287 of 302 people (95%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
Recommended
52.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
This is a fantastic game. The gameplay is extremely tight and responsive, which is good because it is also very challenging. Skillful play is rewarded. In this respect it feels similar to the old style FPS like DOOM where you would find yourself with little health, no ammo and a roomful of baddies, hoping that one of the vanquished will drop you 10 hp to keep you going for another room.

There are also roguelike elements. The ziggurat is different on every playthrough, and the weapons you find are randomised. Sometimes you will find a grenade weapon and then encounter a room with hordes of little enemies. You will have an easy time. Other times you will find a crowd control staff and a few massive bulletsponge enemies. Tough luck. When you level up, you can choose one of two randomly drawn perks. Some will be very useful, some will replenish your health in a one-time deal, some will make you stronger over the long term. There are also treasure rooms and shrine rooms, where you can sacrifice health and ammo to the gods, who might reward you or if you are Superjunk punish you every time.

I definitely recommend this game. It's good old-fashioned FPS goodness with a healthy serving of roguelike on the side. But if you are skillful, the roguelike elements can't doom you from the start like in other titles, where you might keep restarting the game until you get a good starting item. There are also evil carrots in this game that try to bite you. I hate carrots in real life, they are an awful vegetable. So it is good to shoot them with my stick.
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168 of 180 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
74.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Plays a bit like Heretic, a bit like Serious Sam, a bit like Doom, a bit like Painkiller, a bit like the old arcade Robotron and Smash TV games, a bit like a bullet-hell Cave shmup.

If you love Doom and Heretic, you will appreciate how well designed the enemy attacks are. The game gets chaotic, but always remains fair. Sometimes you will find the map filled with projectiles.... But you believe that if you keep practicing, and improving your spatial IQ, you can dodge them all. Some day. (Probably never, though.)

Heretic fans will appreciate the weaponry. Try the Doom Cannon against a cluster of Lost Souls.

If you like to move fast, use the Harlequinn class.

This is my dream game fully realized, so I'm trying not to be too complimentary.
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101 of 107 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
70.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
My favorite game of 2014. A glorious mixture of concepts / mechanics, and a very high replay value.

I'm a big fan of the Heretic / Hexen / Doom / Quake / Unreal games, as well as Serious Sam. I don't think Ziggurat is a rip off or a copy of Heretic, but you can basically imagine it as a Heretic RPG, rogue-lite, dungeon-crawler, etc. Basically, it's a really great game and worth the full price.

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It's been quite some time now and the devs have probably concluded any new development of Ziggurat, considering their low frequency of updates and more focus on other projects. That being said, there is not and most likely will not be any form of Multiplayer. Will we perhaps see it in a future Ziggurat sequel? I really hope so.
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