Niffelheim is a 2D action exploration game in a Nordic fantasy setting, with a huge hand-drawn world. Battle monsters, build castles, explore dungeons and conquer enemy lands. Triumph against the ancient forces that rule over this harsh world.
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Release Date: Apr 28, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We'd like to invite gamers into the fantasy world of Niffelheim as soon as possible. We see the Early Access program as an opportunity to join forces with active community members for further development and polishing of the project. This is our chance to test a variety of multiplayer modes and gather valuable player feedback. We are keen to hear user suggestions and comments on GUI, game balance, AI behavior and other game play aspects.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Early Access release is scheduled for Q1 2016, with the full release to follow next year. Overall the game will spend about a year in Early Access.”

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

“The full version will include final visuals for three of the four playable worlds: each location will feature unique hand-drawn graphics. We also plan on adding an Arena for battles between players. During Early Access, we plan to focus on further optimization and bug fixing, correcting the errors revealed during player testing. We will take some time to polish multiplayer modes, perfect gameplay balance and improve AI scripts.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, Niffelheim runs on Windows, Mac OS, Steam or Linux. Control options are keyboard and mouse, gamepad and Steam controller. The current build showcases all core gameplay features: exploring the game world (travelling on the surface or underground), building the player's castle and workshops (to craft weapons, armor, potions and food), resource gathering and fighting hordes of enemies, a unique character development system and the item store. Shrines in the game world activate special charms. The "ultimate charm" allows you to tame a mighty dragon, giving you the chance to beat the game.

Currently the game features final visuals for one playable location (Ancient Bear Mound) with the remaining locations replicating the same graphics, but in the final release all locations will feature individual hand-drawn landscapes. We've also implemented a quest system to introduce game mechanics and help players find their way in the vast world of Niffelheim.”

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

“You can get NIffelheim for a lower price during Early Access compared to the final version.”

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

“We aim to take into account valuable player feedback as we further develop and perfect Niffelheim. The game will be updated with every major change. We will be fixing errors based on player bug reports and will take into account player comments on various game aspects. A user-friendly interface, precise game balance and enjoyable multiplayer modes are all top priorities for us. Player suggestions will be implemented as much as feasible. Purchase early access, post your feedback and comments on Steam forums and get directly involved in the development of Niffelheim.”
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March 7

0.9.011 Dungeon`s Maps and Portals

Dragon statue issues fixed

Hi everyone,

Please welcome Niffelheim update 0.9.011 introducing the long-awaited dungeon map and portals. About 90% of the gaming community requested these features, and we have implemented them based on your feedback.

But first, let's cover the gameplay improvements.
1. We've improved loot pickup at the feet of the playable character.
2. The cursor hover area for loot items has been increased.
3. The Esc key can now be used to close inventory.
4. If you are playing via keyboard, you can walk to the left and to the right (but no running) with your inventory open.
5. Digging and tree chopping now also work via E keyboard key, Use the combination S+E to build doors.
6. The T key is now used for teleporting.

To update control settings press the "Default" button and save the settings.

Bug corrections:
1. Mobs no longer get through the walls.
2. Legend and Trader achievements have been fixed
3. Death in the Store.
4. AI names are now displayed correctly.
5. Quest completion in the Store.

New functionality
1. Underground map. Now during exploration of underground dungeons, you will be able to see what parts you've already visited. Use the M key or the on-screen button to display the map. Each dungeon has its own unique map.

List of objects displayed on maps:
walls for digging
mob spawn points
caves with bosses or priests
bosses and priests

2. Portals. Now you will be able to craft a Portal Scroll in the Alchemy workshop. The portals can only be placed underground and connect you with your workshops. Activate a Portal Scroll to set up a portal in a dungeon. A portal works until you set up a new one. All players will have their own portals in the multiplayer mode.

Currently, the following tasks are in implementation:
1. Gamepad controls and tips system.
2. Migration to a new multiplayer engine to get rid of restrictions concerning players' countries of residence.
3. New features for weapons and ammunition (for further balancing of the game).
4. The introduction of a new character – the Valkyrie.
5. Activation of the Witch in Witches Burrow and introduction of new NPCs (more info to follow soon).
6. Localization of storyline quests to 10 languages.
7. Creation of a new game balancing system.
8. Consideration of resources in chests during crafting.
9. Animations for the new characters (Berserker, Shaman and Jotuns).
10. Art for three remaining locations is 50% complete.

Dear players, we are going to update the game further as we implement new features.

Happy playing,
Ellada Games Team

PS> Press left Shift and keep LMC to run:)

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March 4

0.9.011 coming next week

Hi guys,

we already have draft of dungeons maps and update will be next week.

Nice weekends,

Ellada Games Team

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About This Game

Niffelheim is a 2D action exploration game in a Nordic fantasy setting, with a huge hand-drawn world.

GAME CONTROLS (mouse and keyboard)
1. Use (activate) an item in inventory - RMB
2. Drag&Drop full stack - LMB
3. Drag (half stack), Drop (1 piece) - L.ALT+LMB
4. Sell/Buy 1 piece - Ctrl + RMB (also drop a full stack)
5. Move/Sell/Buy a full stack - Shift + RMB
6. Attack - F
7. Shield defense - С
8. Pick up item - Q
9. Dig a door/Build - E
10. Chat - Y
11. Map - M
12. Dragon - R
13. Dig/Collect/Chop/Open craft menu - Space
14. Inventory - I
15. Fast Run - Left Shift

Death means nothing to the Gods. Arise and face the demons of death. Fight against the blind rage of spirits. Triumph against the ancient forces that rule over this harsh world. Your path is steeped in blood and sweat, for it is the path of the true lord of these lands.

Immerse yourself in darkness and face the evil that lurks below. Dig deep beneath the earth, explore the underworld, harvest food and resources. Fight your way through ominous caverns, build up your stronghold. Battle, trade, hunt and build farms. Craft unique weapons and tools. Enslave an ancient force to conquer enemy lands. March against demons of death.

Key game features:

• Huge open world of ancient burial mounds and gravesites, sinking players into the world’s darkest corners;
• Beautiful hand-painted visuals with astonishing levels of detail.
• Four playable locations, each with its own unique look;
• Great freedom of action: explore a world ruled by ancient spirits, complete priests' quests, battle foes and conquer territory in the struggle for supremacy – the possibilities are virtually limitless;
• Uniquely implemented random generation of the underworld with endless dungeons and caverns swarming with extraordinary creatures and monsters as well as countless treasures;
• Struggle for survival in a ruthless world of treacherous spirits: gather resources, hunt animals, build up your stronghold, craft unique items, weapons and tools in workshops;
• Unique character development system based on demon sigils;
• Shrines and charms allowing you to tame an ancient force and triumph in the battle against fierce demons;
• Various game modes: single player, PvP, team and co-op.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 9800 GTX+ or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 16:9 recommended
    • OS: OSX 10.9+
    • Processor: 2,7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6100
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 16:9 recommended
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650Ti
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 16:9 recommended
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