Basement is a strategy game, where you play as a desperate scientist who chose the wrong path in his life. That path seemed easy, but turned into a deadly one. You have no choice but to build the most effective enterprise and stay alive in a cruel world of illegal business.
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Release Date: Apr 30, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“The reason why we’ve decided to show the game so early is to make it way better with your help. We don't just listen to your feedback; we actually put it into use.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect it to be about six-eight months until the full game releases.”

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

“There are a lot of things on our roadmap, but the key features are:
  • Random events
  • Research
  • Loot items and powerups
  • Dialogue system
  • Storyline

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“For now, the game demonstrates its core gameplay and lacks in lots of content and features mentioned above. Fortunately, lots of our kickstarter backers find this version interesting and noteworthy.”

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

“The release version will be priced a bit higher than the Early Access version. Exact pricing is not yet set.”

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

“We've been involving the community since the beginning of the game’s release on Ludum Dare in April 2014. Your feedback has been extremely useful in refining every part of our game. We believe that through Steam discussions and the feedback process, we will be able to slightly improve Basement. So, after you've tried the game and finished a few sessions, please leave some feedback on the game’s forum for us. Thank you!”
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April 16

Halfway done! Version 0.5.0



Hello everyone it been so long since our last update and we're so happy to push it now. First of all, we'd like to thank everyone for your patience, hope you'll enjoy new features we've been working on.

The main feature for an upcoming update is *Character Items*. It opens door to lots of tactics in game as you can equip character with different weapons, use drugs as buffs, heal, read books and increase stats with special clothing. Basic items can be acquired directly in character context or item shop room. With upgraded shop you'll get more, and the most rare - drop from enemies. Weapons have different ranges, attack effects (like shocking or bleeding), hit cooldowns.

The next thing is combat system. It was completely rewritten, supporting character control and many-to-many fights.

It been asked and it's done: Sandbox configurator

New stuff:

  • New gameplay track!
  • Female employees
  • Revamped character UI
  • Upper floors
  • New speed controls x0.5-x4
  • Stamina-bound movement speed
  • And many more
Have a nice game!

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January 31

0.4.1 Hotfix update

We've fixed some annoying issues found in yesterday's update. We hope everything will go smooth after.

* Fix issue when sales were not counted as income
* Fix level restart on mission fail
* Fix error after switching locale in main menu

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About This Game

Basement is a drug-dealing strategy game where you play a scientist who is forced to do illegal stuff in your basement. Actually it’s all about management. You build your own enterprise producing several types of drugs, find the right place to sell them, invite scientists and security, avoid federal agents and build the most effective company.

You start in your own basement. Since the police has no interest in a small dealer, you have the chance to grow. Once your expansion becomes noticeable you’ll be allowed to sell at higher rates, get better workers, upgrade your production and access new technologies. But be careful! This growth will attract the cops. With rapid growth, your enterprise will become fragile. If it survives all the troubles it faces, you will become invincible. Otherwise, you will lose money, workers and respect. While your influence in the city shortens, you risk being imprisoned in the end.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP+
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X9.0c Compatible Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ Support, with 256MB of RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ Support, with 256MB of RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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TrueWOPR
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 28
JESSE! WE NEED TO COOK!

(game severely unfinished, will change review when more complete)
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That one guy you know
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26
>5000 Dollars
>Buy lockers
>Buy a Stand
>Buy growbox
>expansion
>Hire Worker
>Worker hired is weak
>assign to growbox
>buy storage
>hire strong worker
>assign to stand
>Junkies
>30 minutes go by
>Junkie dies
>Cops
>Fail to bribe
>Kill Cops
>Get raided by competitors
>Die
>-500 dollars
>Quit

10/10
"Knock Knock"
Would get raided again
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MoSeS
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 19
This is a great game, I enjoy it very much but it can improve a lot. I suggest people reading this, to get the game and try it for yourself. Basically hire drug dealers to sell drugs and take over other territories in the neighborhood. So you can have a neighborhood of drugatics.


It would also be cool to see this game add a multiplayer battles, take over other territories till your opponent has no territories left.
Sandbox mode can improve by actually making it unlimited everything.
Maybe even add some missions and a storyline.
It would be a lot better if they added different games and give the gangs names.

Easy 4.3 stars for this game at the moment.
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Nibbles
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 15
Rather fun in a micro-managing sort of style but the game is currently very much a WIP. Not a bad thing, mind you, just not completed yet and it shows. The game has a gulf in replayability after the first few wins. Wait a while and pick the game up when a few more updates come forth.
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Novocaine://
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 13
Awesome game! Can't wait to see what future updates hold.
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๖CHESHIRES͡H̶R̴̷O̶OM
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 11
A sim in which you build your very own Eisenberg empire. Reminiscent of 'drug wars' and other games you might have played on your TI-83.
Also recommended by Psychonautic Gaming Collective
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Deepakgangahar
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 9
*Starts my drug empire
*Everything goes well, making my way up
*On a conquest slowly but surely taking over buildings
*Police incoming to sell point
*PLS GIVE 1,400 OR FIGHT THE WHOLE HOMELAND SECURITY
*No money
*Fight me
*A swarm of police take over my whole sell point
*Has no more money to hire anyone or make a sell point to make money
*Reset
*Repeat
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Alphaskater09
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 9
It was fun for a bit, but i pretty much experienced it all within the first 30 minutes of gameplay. You pretty much put a person in a room to make the drugs, and you put a person in a another room to sell drugs. You can even go out and take over other buildings to get more space to put people in rooms. Long story short, it feels like an overpriced app i could get on my phone, not a $9 steam game.
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ggmannubb
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 6
i love this game but here are some pros and cons

pros,

1. its a fun game.
2.you make drugs for crackheads.
3.you can build a empire and get torn down by gangs! happy!
4. the price is fair


cons

1. there is no real sandbox. (it would be cool if you could make your own map type thing and then play it. or play the game with unlimited funds)

2.the gangs need to be watered down a bit.



in the jist of it its a good game. you should definatly buy it and try it!
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Eddie long legs
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
hire guys, make drugs, sell drugs, make money, buy more guys to sell more drugs to make more money and buy new guys.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
hire guys, make drugs, sell drugs, make money, buy more guys to sell more drugs to make more money and buy new guys.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 6
i love this game but here are some pros and cons

pros,

1. its a fun game.
2.you make drugs for crackheads.
3.you can build a empire and get torn down by gangs! happy!
4. the price is fair


cons

1. there is no real sandbox. (it would be cool if you could make your own map type thing and then play it. or play the game with unlimited funds)

2.the gangs need to be watered down a bit.



in the jist of it its a good game. you should definatly buy it and try it!
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147 of 172 people (85%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 6, 2015
It's time to break a little bad.

Basement is a drug empire strategy game which is currently available through Steam Early Access. In Basement your aim is to create a successful drug empire by building facilities to produce drugs and taking over drug selling business to sell your product. But tread lightly, the larger your business grows the more attention you will attract from the police who will attempt to raid your facilities unless you 'persuade' them otherwise.

I'm not in the meth business. I'm in the empire business.

A word of warning, Basement, in its current stage, is more of a proof of concept than a game as most of the planned features are not present in the game yet. Despite the lack of content I, as a huge fan of Breaking Bad, enjoyed my time playing the game and look forward to seeing it develop. My review will be updated as and when this game is updated.

+Awesome pixel-art style
+Simple building mechanics, similar to XCOM or Smooth Operators
+Four different types of drugs which can be produced using science, b**ch!
+You can order your employees to attack the other businesses in the area and take control of them, you are the one who knocks
+Your products are automatically collected from your base of operations to be delivered to your distributors
+Taking over other facilities gets gradually more difficult as you get further away from your base of operations
+The devs have set up a trello board so you can track their progress and they seem to be pretty active on the Steam forums, they're also very friendly
+Good AI
+Character descriptions are rather amusing
+Nice soundtrack
+Randomly generated cities

-As mentioned there's not much to it, I won't mention everything and most of it can be discounted since it's Early Access but the main things are there's no tutorial so you have to learn for yourself and there's no objective other than make money
-No way of speeding up time

Verdict:
8

An interesting strategy game with an awesome art style, simple mechanics and a good variety of products that is somewhat let down by its lack of content. If you're a fan of Breaking Bad this is not one to miss out on.

***This review was written using a key provided by the Developer for review purposes***

El K.
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72 of 80 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 4, 2015
Hey love the game. Only a couple of things to change atm but I know there are more.

1. Mouse wheel should make the screen slide left or right.

2. Bribe and fight only! Add in something like "dump stock". Cops leave you alone but you lose all the drugs in that house the police search.

3. There needs to be upgrades:
A. upgrade the cars that deliver the stock.
B. Upgrade the storage shelves.
C. Buy weapons and items for your goons.
D. One on one fights between police and goons/ cooks need to change so that your goons/ cooks can gang bash the cops vice versa.

That’s it for now but there is more to come, let me play a bit more. good luck

I think the drug theme is funny
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157 of 207 people (76%) found this review helpful
205 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 8, 2015
JESSE WE HAVE TO COOK
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50 of 55 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 1, 2015
Ah! Nothing like waking up to the aroma of meth cooking in the morning!

The Good
  • Fun. Hiding from cops while cooking up all sorts of nefarious product in underground labs is delightfully entertaining
  • Straightforward UI. There's no tutorial (or at least not one that I found), but its pretty easy to just sit down and GO.
  • Graphics / Artwork. It feels a bit dodgy and run down, almost like graffiti art people, which is appropriate considering the subject matter.
  • The minion AI isn't stupid. For the most part, it does precisely what it should be doing at a particular moment.
  • Creepy music that I think works for a game like this

    The Bad
  • No save-game? Seriously? I realize that they're probably trying to prevent players from saving before raids and then loading if they fail, but what if I have conquered the sandbox and want to play again, but don't want to throw away my awesome conquest?
  • Super easy. I was able to beat it pretty-much the first time I picked it up. The strategy is very straightforward. If you don't have a line of junkies spilling out onto the street, and nobody dies, the police don't show up. Its all about managing that flow. Once its managed, the game becomes simple, and you can start training your conquest armies in peace.
  • Overflowing money. Towards the endgame, you have too much money and nothing to buy. Part of this is because the money-stashes only hold $1000. When I beat the sandbox, there were whole houses that were nothing but money stashes because the game nags at you irritatingly every time you get money but have nowhere to put it.
  • I am playing this during early access, so take these with a grain of salt, but there are some bugs. The delivery trucks didn't work for me. They would get to a place and stop and then never move again. The controls are also a bit finnicky when it comes to assigning workers to rooms.

    Suggestions
  • Guns would be good. Considering the subject matter, I don't think devs need to worry about violence influencing children
  • Competing drug labs would also be good. It might be fun to try and get the cops to go after them, as well as bust up their operations yourself
  • There's no real difference in the drugs aside from market value. I would have liked some kind of tangential side effect, like Acid-takers tripping out and becoming erratic, pot smokers becoming mellow, speed users getting into more fights (etc)
  • I think it would also be more fun if there were a bonus to providing a selection of substances, rather than really just wanting to provide the most expensive one.

    Conclusion
    Good game already. I have high hopes for the final product being even better! :)
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50 of 56 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 19, 2015
This game made my dream of Breaking Bad like "Heisenberg" almost a reality. It is in Early Access so i am hoping for things like upgrading production facilities for more efficiency, to arming your bodyguards or even more illegal items to produce.

Interested to see how it develops

Overall 7.5/10
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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27, 2015
I love this game!
There are a few errors, like I dont get buyers at my new places, but this game is very new and is still growing.
I'd really like to see a better map and being able to build deeper.

Upgrading goes a long way, allow us to upgrade our workers and the rooms. Even the supplies we use..
In real life there is Low Quality and High Quiality drugs of the same type. Like there's weed that gets you high, and then theres weed that gets you HIGH.
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55 of 66 people (83%) found this review helpful
68 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 14, 2015
Even though, this product is still growing and not ready to be shipped.... its highley addictive....
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30, 2015
Basement, so far, has a very strong proof of concept. I can see the hard work the developers have put into it so far, so I have no trouble recommending it for people who are fine with bare bones gameplay that will be improved over time. The game satisfies an itch for me that I've had since watching breaking bad, a drug dealer simulation game.

Right now, there isn't much to the game. You hire some drug makers(sorry, not sure what the proper term is), some bodyguards to protect your product from police, and you force dealers to deal out the type of drugs you're making. Thats pretty much it at the moment, you can build different types of drug labs, for Weed, Acid, dope, ect. You have to find dealers for each different type though, you can't just have one dealer that does everything. You also don't really have much control over the dealers(yet anyway).

I won't go into too much detail, just that with the base game being what it is, I have enough confidence to recommend as I'm sure this game will be finished. It has enough to it to warrant the purchase now, and I'm sure there will be plenty of content updates to come.

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