Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped in retrofuturism, deep simulation, and swathes of sentient plants. Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through layers of thousand-year-old civilizations.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (774) - 97% of the 774 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 15, 2015

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

Caves of Qud is a colossal project. We've weaved a rich, exotic, and well-researched culture around deeply simulated physical and political systems. The world is expansive, the gameplay is unpredictable, and the plants are sentient. For example, you can:
  • Play as a turtle-shelled gunslinger
  • Play as a telepath with amnesia
  • Dig a tunnel anywhere in the world
  • Swap stories with an albino ape mayor
  • Clone yourself, mind-control the clone, and then hack off your own limbs
Before calling it done, we want to watch the community play Caves of Qud, and as the strange, unexpected stories of their characters unfold, we want to use them to refine the systems and make the game better.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We don't have a strict timeline. At the very least, Caves of Qud will remain in Early Access until you can complete the main plot. In the mean time, we'll be adding all sorts of items, monsters, NPCs, quests, new regions, new systems, tweaks to old systems, and more sentient plants.”

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

“The full version will have:
  • A completed main plot
  • Tile art for every tile
  • Improved UI and graphical effects
  • Sound and Music
  • Less bugs
Additionally, it'll feature refinements to all the game's systems, more monsters and items, new sidequests and locations, and more lore.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Caves of Qud already has a tremendous amount of game, amounting to 50-100 hours of play. There are:
  • Over 70 mutations and 24 player castes and kits
  • Hundreds of monsters
  • Dozens of overland regions with unique ecosystems
  • Scores of conversable hand-crafted NPCs and infinite procedural ones
  • Rich and varied sidequests
  • Hundreds of items and a tinkering system to craft them
  • Themed dungeons—ruined sectors of a fossilized arcology
  • Diseases, storied artifacts, history books, the poetic ramblings of a mad goatman, cryogenic chambers, and cybernetic implants
Most of the major systems are already in the game. The big missing piece is the resolution of the main plot, and that's our #1 development focus.

Also, while Caves of Qud is very stable considering the complexity of the engine, there are some late-game save corruption and crashing issues. We'd love your help identifying these bugs! If you encounter them, please give us the details so we can reproduce them.”

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

“We plan to increase the price by at least 50% when we exit Early Access.”

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

“You're going to teach us how to play Caves of Qud—from bizarre bug reports...

'I can walk even though a saw-handed robot cut off both my feet.'

—to emergent weirdness...

'Farmer Mehmet's procedurally generated backstory said he hates the Wardens for repeatedly beating him at dice, so he attacked Warden Ualraig, and Ualraig killed him.'

We can't possibly play through all the permutations ourselves, so we're asking for your help. We're active on the Steam forums, Twitter, and our website—tell us your story.”
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November 21

Feature "Friday" - November 21, 2017

Check out this update to our November patch schedule.

  • Added an Active Effects screen for viewing the details of your active status effects or the effects of other creatures or objects.
    • Renamed 'Status' screen to the more appropriate 'Character Sheet'.
    • To access your active effects, either navigate to 'active effects' on your Character Sheet, or bind the 'Open Active Effects' command in the Keybindings menu.
    • To access the active effects of another creature or object, hit 'e' while looking at it.
    • Added descriptions for all 100+ status effects.
    • Changed the name of the 'spectacles' effect to 'corrected vision'.
    • Changed the name of the poison gas effect to 'poisoned by gas'.
    • Changed the name of the stun gas effect to 'stunned by gas'.
  • We made some changes to the turn costs of managing your inventory.
    • Equipping an item in your thrown slot no longer costs a turn.
    • Automatically unequipping an item when you equip another item no longer costs an extra turn.
    • Splitting a stack of items into multiple stacks no longer costs a turn.
  • Removed snailmothers from the list of possible fungal infection cure ingredients.
  • Added an entry for Mumble Mouth to the Corpus Choliys.
  • Installed cybernetic implants that occupy an equipment slot no longer add to your encumbrance.
  • Molting basilisks now properly inject a stony poison when they bite.
  • The full message log viewer now uses the much better book UI.
  • Energy cells can now be recharged directly from the cell's action menu.
  • Baetyls no longer ask for objects you can't pick up.
  • When you uninstall the optical bioscanner, optical technoscanner, or huge hands implants, you no longer retain their effects.
  • You no longer attack yourself when you try to sleep in a bedroll that's in the same space as you are.
  • Fixed a bug that caused slender and willowy nylon backpacks not to have their weights reduced.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the player to gain reputation when an NPC equipped an item with a reputation-granting item mod.
  • Fixed autoexplore attempting to pick up objects embedded in walls.
  • Fixed an issue that caused various bonuses to be improperly applied twice during character creation when replaying your last character. These improper characters would also generate invalid character codes.
  • Fixed an issue that caused certain subtype attributes, like increased heat resistance, to not be applied to characters created via the build library.
  • Fixed an issue causing outdated true kin character codes to crash the game.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a clone of Otho to be created when it shouldn't have been.
  • Fixed an issue with achievements that prevented books from being read.
  • NPCs with multiple cybernetic implants installed now only have their names modified with the 'implanted' adjective once.
  • Fixed an issue that caused all merchants to improperly be able to recharge cells, instead of only those with the ability to.
  • Fixed a rare exception that occurred when objects with energy cell sockets were generated.
  • Fixed a rare issue that caused a 'too many heap sections' error while building jungle maps.
  • Fixed an issue causing zones to stay active in memory longer than intended.
  • Fixed an issue causing ocassional heap allocation errors during game saves.
  • Rusted Archway no longer incorrectly fills a full 3x3 world map title.
  • Lowered the amount of memory that must be in use before an out-of-memory warning is displayed.
  • [modding] Made the 'Dormant' class public.
  • [modding] Fixed an issue where .RPM files that weren't mods to existing RPM files would fail to load.
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November 16

Schedule for November Patches: UPDATE

Hello friends,

We have an update about our upcoming patch schedule. We're in the midst of implementing our cooking design. It's a strange, new system that—in a very Qud-like way—combines material that's both handwritten and procedurally generated. Part of the design is a novel system for procedurally generating recipes and status effects. We like where it's going, but we don't quite feel that it meets our standards just yet. Rather than rush it out the door, we're going to take a bit more time to bang on it & get it to a place we're happy with.

So instead of posting the cooking patch next Wednesday, we're going to post a normal patch early next week, probably Tuesday, and keep working on cooking. We'll release it after the holiday, sometime in early December. We may also release a small patch or two in the intervening time.

Thank you, community, for continuing to live & drink (and soon, eat) in Qud.
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“There’s a sense of magnificent history to dredge from its depths.”
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“Caves of Qud is one of the best roguelikes in years, packed with evocative prose and featuring a captivating world of arcane secrets to explore.”

“Narratively, this is one of the most compelling game stories that I’ve seen in a long time.”

About This Game

Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped in retrofuturism, deep simulation, and swathes of sentient plants. Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through layers of thousand-year-old civilizations. Decide: is it a dying earth, or is it on the verge of rebirth?

Who are you?

Play the role of a mutant indigenous to the salt-spangled dunes and jungles of Qud, or play a pure-strain descendant from one of the few remaining eco-domes—the toxic arboreta of Ekuemekiyye, the Holy City; the ice-sheathed arcology of Ibul; or the crustal mortars of Yawningmoon.

You arrive at the oasis-hamlet of Joppa, along the far rim of Moghra'yi, the Great Salt Desert. All around you, moisture farmers tend to groves of viridian watervine. There are huts wrought from rock salt and brinestalk. On the horizon, Qud's jungles strangle chrome steeples and rusted archways to the earth. Further and beyond, the fabled Spindle rises above the fray and pierces the cloud-ribboned sky.

You clutch your rifle, or your vibroblade, or your tattered scroll, or your poisonous stinger, or your hypnotized goat. You approach a watervine farmer—he lifts the brim of his straw hat and says, "Live and drink, friend."

What can you do?

Anything and everything. Caves of Qud is a deeply simulated, biologically diverse, richly cultured world.
  • Assemble your character from over 70 mutations and defects and 24 castes and kits—outfit yourself with wings, two heads, quills, four arms, flaming hands, or the power to clone yourself—it's all the character diversity you could want.
  • Explore procedurally-generated regions with some familiar locations—each world is nearly 1 million maps large.
  • Dig through everything—don't like the wall blocking your way? Dig through it with a pickaxe, or eat through it with your corrosive gas mutation, or melt it to lava. Yes, every wall has a melting point.
  • Hack the limbs off monsters—every monster and NPC is as fully simulated as the player. That means they have levels, skills, equipment, faction allegiances, and body parts. So if you have a mutation that lets you, say, psionically dominate a spider, you can traipse through the world as a spider, laying webs and eating things.
  • Pursue allegiances with over 60 factions—apes, crabs, robots, and highly entropic beings—just to name a few.
  • Follow the plot to Barathrum the Old, a sentient cave bear who leads a sect of tinkers intent on restoring technological splendor to Qud.
  • Learn the lore—there's a story in every nook, from legendary items with storied pasts to in-game history books written by plant historians.
  • Die—Caves of Qud is brutally difficult and deaths are permanent. Don't worry, though—you can always roll a new character.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows® XP SP2+
    • Processor: 1GHz or faster. SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.9+
    • Processor: 1GHz or faster. SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: OpenGL 3+ and DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 1GHz or faster. SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: OpenGL 3+ and DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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