The Nightmare Cooperative is a fiendishly difficult turnbased roguelike featuring an array of characters, each with different powers to help you destroy monsters, escape levels, and collect gold.
User reviews: Positive (15 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 16, 2014
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"The Nightmare Cooperative is a turn-based roguelike in which you must collect as much gold as possible -- but doing so causes more enemies to appear."
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The Nightmare Cooperative is a strategic roguelike where you lead a group of unlikely comrades through some rather difficult situations. Your village has fallen on hard times (due to some rather reckless spending by the Village Council) and it’s up to you to bring back some gold. Or even just try and survive for a bit.

Each member of the Cooperative will bring a different power to your group; the Warrior fights hard (despite her moral objections), the Miner overcomes deep psychological issues to dig you out of sticky situations, the Necromancer is pretty creepy.

A tricky thing, though: you have to control them all together. Move left, and the whole group moves left. Activate the special power, and every member will jump into action.

And please, do your best to bring home some gold, the Village could really use it.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon x850 or comparable
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
If you go into this game expecting a grand and complicated experience, you'll probably be disappointed. The Nightmare Cooperative is a compact game, a roguelike distilled to its base elements. You won't find complex skill trees, or a multitude of loot to collect and equip, or expansive environments for you to explore and perish in. That's not a bad thing; if you're looking for something simple but challenging, simplified yet also strategic and tactical, The Nightmare Cooperative excels.

The set-up is simple, a framework for the action rather than an extended narrative. Your village is in disarray; go out, gather gold, fight monsters, survive. The core of The Nightmare Cooperative is its gameplay and that aspect proves to be much deeper and more engaging than the story. If you've familiar with Michael Brough's 868-HACK, you'll feel right at home among Nightmare's enemy-filled rooms. Similar to that game, your goal here is to amass a high score, the amount of gold you collect equaling your final score. Opening chests rewards you with gold and spawns enemy so choosing whether to rush for the exit or increase your score is a crucial choice. Enemies move when you move so each step forward is a strategic decision that, when combined with the game's mechanics and varied foes, gives The Nightmare Cooperative a methodical, puzzle-esque vibe.

You don't control a single hero in Nightmare, but rather an entire group at once, each hero moving and using their special abilities simultaneously. Each hero is unique and positioning and formation is important since their abilities are only effective under certain conditions. The Archer can only shoot enemies directly ahead, the Mage can hit enemies on diagonals, the Warrior can perform two strikes in one move, the Ninja can pass through enemies, and so on for the other seven heroes. Supplementing these abilities are items that provide special perks, such as extra life at the expense of mana or not spawning enemies when opening a chest.

The enemies you face are equally varied and cement the game's strategic puzzle atmosphere. Some enemies travel along predictable paths. Others mirror your movements or move extra spaces in a turn. Turrets rotate and fire in intervals. All this knowledge is always at your disposal and define how you position your heroes, which heroes are best for a given room. Managing four heroes at once, while timing and syncing your movements to evade enemies or get into formation to attack a desired enemy with a specific ability, is a satisfying challenge. It's best to approach each move in The Nightmare Cooperative slowly and carefully, taking the time to plan out your next steps, thinking about where you are and will be in relation to enemies and hazards. A poor decision can easily find your heroes scattered across a level, cornered, a beneficial move for one character being dangerous for the others.

The colorful distinct art style rounds out this compelling package. The Nightmare Cooperative is all about the gameplay, the turn-for-turn decisions that make the best roguelikes so satisfying. Those looking for something with more depth may find the game lacking, but the strategic gameplay, varied heroes, and one-more-go appeal makes The Nightmare Cooperative a worthy addition for fans of the genre. The developers plan to add a challenge mode that will feature rooms with predetermined heroes, enemies, and layouts designed to test your strategic prowess. A mobile version is also in the works, with an estimated release time frame sometime later this year.
Posted: July 16
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
The Nightmare Cooperative is a dungeoning crawling game that seems more fitting for mobile devices than it does Steam, but still a solid rogue like nonetheless. With a simple premise, the game is about surviving a dungeon with multiple units on screen. Similar to dungeon crawlers like Legend of Grimrock or Quest of Dungeons, you move one space at a time, and so does the enemy. A singular command makes all of your units move, thus the "Cooperative", which is where the real challenge settles into the game. Making decisive moves to help all of your units survive is vital, yet very hard to master.

For more information, gameplay footage, and more, check out my commentated video review here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS5UW3k-9vo&feature=youtu.be
Posted: July 15
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Pretty addictive! This game is very straight foward and easy to pick up (even if you are a newcomer to the Rogue-Genre). The main objective of the game is to venture to the bottom floor of a dungon claiming loot and assembling a larger band of heroes. In this game you start off controlling two random heroes, you move both of them simultaneously which at first can be a little annoying but after awhile it becomes pretty fun; no worries the game is also very straight foward, as I said earlier, at any time you can mouse-over enemies, items, and other heroes to get a rundown of their abilites or a helpful tip. The simultaneous team gameplay is pretty fun, often I found myself trying and experimenting with new tactics and strategies. After the first floor random heroes will apear thoughout the dungeon(s), each hero has their own special ability (Priests can heal, Ninjas can jump, archers can shoot at a distance, stuff like that); this causes the gameplay to become both challenging and rewarding because you'll constanly be trying to keep your team alive while progressing into the harder levels. There are also items in the game which can give your hero slight perks, but nothing groundbreaking. There is no level up system which makes it a little casual (you won't have to worry about having a good build) while at the same time hard (Enemies will feel tougher while your heroes still stay the same). All and all, its a pretty fun Rogue game with a nice unique gameplay feeling.

Anywhose, long story short, this game is a pretty fun roguelike with short (If i'm correct there are 16 floors? 4-standard, 4-ice, 4-dark, 4-desert) with challenging gameplay.

In terms of criticism the price is a little high in my opinion for such a small game; I understand that it's a new idea thats fresh to the rogue genre but for the same price you could get some of the more elaborate rogue-like games with more replayability. Future updates would also be nice, maybe a gamemode where you could take one hero into the dungeon (rather than two). Ehh- I'm just nitpicking.

7/10 (Buy it if you're a Rogue-Like-Fan, if you're new to the genre I'd suggest getting it on sale since perma death can be a little frustrating, unforgiving and discouraging to beginners but to a veteran its what makes the genre magical)

(Edit: I revised my review a little, orginally I had wrote it half awake; and I didn't expect to be on store-page when I woke up)
Posted: July 16
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-zanL4IXfc
Above is my impressions of the game.

The Nightmare Cooperative is an interesting turn based strategy Rogue-like / lite. It features a whimsical cartoony visual style, with cerebral gameplay mechanics. The game also has an enjoyable class based system, where you can gain allies who have their own special trait that you can exploit in order to progress through the game.

The Nightmare Cooperative has some pretty strong mechanics, but it is a little light on features. You're getting the game's campaign mode and that's about it. there's no multiplayer, hardcore mode, or any other game modes to try. It's all about the base game, and collecting things to fill your collection.

Overall, the Nightmare Cooperative is an interesting game that should serve well as a fun distraction from the main games you're currently playing.

Pros:
- Appealing visual style
- Cerebral gameplay
- Interesting class based mechanics
- Simple and easy to understand

Cons:
- Light on features
- No "real" animations
- Might not be for every one
Posted: July 7
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Recommended: It's a fun game which you can easily spend a lot of time on, but to speak frankly 10$ seems like a steep price for as simplistic a game as Nightmare Cooperative is. Nonetheless, if you like more casual rogue-like games, Nightmare Cooperative has a lot to offer.

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Posted: July 16
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