Flamberge is a tactics RPG featuring free movement and simultaneous turns. Players plan out their moves ahead of time, then during execution, both allies and enemies will act at the same time.
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Release Date: Mar 25, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early access allows a simple method for publishing builds to both my Kickstarter backers, and anyone new who wants in on the development process.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“As a full-time student, with a soundtrack artist who is a full time worker (we're a 2-man team), development has been brutally slow. It's my new years' resolution to put the game out this year, but I've decided to not make promises.”

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

“The early access version will be iterated until it has all the features and content of the full game, then is released. The plan is to have approximately ~20 levels that make up a large singleplayer campaign, as well as a multiplayer that has several gamemodes and maps to choose from.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, the game features a polished, 7-mission chapter.”

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

“Yes. In order to keep consistency with our Kickstarter and Humble Store tiers, the Early Access will cost a bit more, and the price will be lowered on release. This is to be fair to those who have already paid for access.”

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

“Hydezeke posts frequent updates via Twitter, and only major updates on Kickstarter and Steam.

Steam is honestly not ideal for community interaction. Feel free to leave feedback for other Steam users, but if you (as a player) would like a response from the developers, please contact me at contact@hydezeke.com”
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February 22

State of Flamberge + New Update

Hi Steam!

Quick note right off the bat: as you all know, I am super, super bad at replying to Steam discussions. This is because I am one person, and a full-time student at that, haha. Please email me (contact@hydezeke.com) or contact me on Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/hydezeke ) if you want a response! Feel free to leave feedback on here for other Steam users, but also please come talk to me on a personal level! Please email me especially if Flamberge is freezing or doing something incredibly game-breaking, so that I can see the issue as soon as possible.

I apologize for the lack of content for the past semester. Flamberge has been going through a systematic overhaul, and it has been a nightmare balancing act for me between school and this game. Just remember, Flamberge is my passion project, and I will finish it even if it kills me in the process. It just might take a very long time to finally finish it, haha.

For this new build, I have put Flamberge through a major overhaul in terms of programming and also game design. Here are the 2 drawbacks:

  1. I have pulled the plains levels temporarily. They simply were not where they should have been gameplay-wise. I hope to be spending a fair amount of time creating a second chapter that feels much more fulfilling gameplay-wise.
  2. Multiplayer is disabled (very temporarily). The new systems broke it, but I'll be looking into fixing it asap.


If you own the game, and want a DRM-free copy of the previous version (because you miss the plains levels, or want to play multiplayer, feel free to actually email me for a copy. I'd be happy to send you a link. (again, my email is contact@hydezeke.com)

Anyway- on to the fun stuff in this new build.

  1. Flamberge has a completely new damage system! All numbers have been simplified, so that in-game math has become very easy.
  2. There's a new, polished UI!
  3. A new, polished tutorial! Mission 1 is now a tutorial, and the feedback we've received suggests that it explains the game well.
  4. The forest chapter has been redesigned and revised. We've taken out a couple levels and added 3 new ones.
  5. Bugfixes are everywhere.
  6. Enemy AI has been rewritten, and hovering/clicking on enemies should feel way more informative.
  7. More music available on the title screen! The title track is still in development, so I've put the music player on autoplay on the main screen. Feel free to give a listen to over 30 songs from the soundtrack.

I hope you can all enjoy/accept the new update. After debuting this build at MAGFest, I felt like I couldn't keep the old unpolished Steam version any longer. I feel like the game is finally in a place where it is naturally fun, and I don't have to go back and tweak things anymore.

If you have any questions or comments you want a direct response to, please let me know via email (contact@hydezeke.com) or Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/hydezeke )

Thanks much!

-hydezeke


(the two of us from a great MAGFest showcase!)

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Disclaimer from the Developer

Because we are a very small development team (1 coder, 1 musician), there will be long periods of stagnation for development due to school and work.

Steam provides us a method of updating our backers and those interested in seeing the game progress. Please purchase the game only if you are okay with the long waits between updates.

Thanks much, and feel free to contact us personally if you have any questions!
contact@hydezeke.com
http://www.twitter.com/hydezeke

About This Game

Flamberge is a "simultaneous turn-based tactics RPG". Players plan out multiple movements and attacks at once, and the turn is resolved at the same time as the enemy. The player must anticipate enemy actions in order to win.

At heart, though, Flamberge is mostly an RPG. Players will control many different characters with different abilities and strengths, and level those characters to add new traits and abilities.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV @ 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB graphics or higher
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.5 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4600 HD+ or higher
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, or later
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV @ 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB graphics or higher
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.5 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4600 HD+ or higher
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Positive (21 reviews)
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StratX
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 9
"Flamberge is a strong candidate to be a refreshingly unique RPG typically published by the likes of Atlus and NIS."

My full review and video http://www.zero-friction.net/2016/04/08/flamberge-synchronous-turn-based-rpg/
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Dangerous Beans
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: November 9, 2015
Interesting.

I'm giving this a tentative thumbs up because the play style is unique. It needs more work, so don't think that this a completed project; It's still an EAG.

It's a coin toss as to whether the dev is going to pick it back up. He seems to have become interested in other things for quite some time, but what's here so far - while not worth $10 - is not bad at all, and with more work could turn out to be pretty great.

If you're interested then check out the demo.
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Dizzy XL
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: November 3, 2015
Do not buy this game in its current state. The developer is on hiatus. While what is there is very promising, its not getting closer to anything worth $10. Read the updates before even considering putting the money down.
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splancer
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: October 25, 2015
Great combat mechanic. You set a path and a final action along the path. If you predict where the enemy will be you score a hit based on your stats. Map allows you to sneak around and get the jump- but if you stumble out you will be at a disadvantage. Generally you will be able to get kills without losing health, but more complex maps set you up to manage your health bar against position. Units revive if you win, but I am guessing KO units don't get experience. No farming/grinding allowed/required. Light on story at this point in my playthrough, but am not sure if more story would help.

Reminds me of old table-top games like Armor/88. Could easily be adapted for tanks etc. Good job Hydezeke
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CovertOps13
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11, 2015
Flamberge is this Indie Tactics RPG game that I actually really like, made by Michael Savage-Benoist. It uses this simultaneous turn-based mechanic (similar to Frozen Synapse) and it does it well, combining that with classic RPG mechanics like bosses, traits, and leveling up. The art style is nice, and the OST, I absolutely love (made by some dude called Ben Cohn). Though I can acknowledge that the last recent update was 5 months ago, they are indeed still developing this, and I got a lot of hope for Flamberge. I supported this in Kickstarter :P.
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Another Persona
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28, 2015
While I actually quite like this game, it is a lot of fun, we never get any updates or update logs, it seems stagnated right now and that is very irritating to me and makes me regret my purchase.
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Dietiker
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 5, 2015
I enjoy playing turn-based strategy games like I enjoy having a bullet lodged in my left lung.

However, this game... This game is better than having a bullet lodged in my left lung. Heck, it's better than having a bullet lodged in both of my lungs. My eyes did not leave the screen for a single moment while playing this. I dislike turn-based games because they aren't exciting, or they aren't interesting, or they are boring, or I hate them. But Flamberge is the best turn-based game I have ever seen. It combines every element presented in the game in perfect harmony, and I may or may not have started worshipping this game as a god. Maybe.

This game is worth it's money, even with limited content. I can't even explain why. Perhaps only the words of the immortals can convey the amazingness of this masterpiece, and, alas, I am all but immortal. UNLIKE GREGOR. That jerk killed me so many times.
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DynamoDan
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 11, 2015
saveing the game the real game come,s out WHEN!!! ??? ;P i want 2 play looks realy cool
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jpwright0
( 544.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 8, 2015
The visual aesthetics and music in this game are top-notch. The gameplay is intuitive and fun, and surprisingly fluid for a turn-based tactics game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 25, 2015
Flamberge, A challenging turn based strategy delight.

So In my first 30 minutes with 'Flamberge' I have to say it was so awesome. The pixel art is well done and the music is spot on.

However, what makes this game shine imo is the blend of tactical turn based combat and strategy.

Both you and the enemies turns are taken at the same time. You must strategically move your party around the battlefield and try to set up "plays" and dodge, parry, shield smash, charge, face stab(I'm assuming, I mean where else would you stab the guy?) your opponent.

This makes for such a different turn based strategy experience. Each turn you're looking at what the enemy can do, which abilities are on cool down and whether or not they're out thinking your dash to the right or your retreat.

I haven't tried multiplayer yet, but I can only imagine playing against a human counter-part would be incredibly challenging.

This is a game you have to support, if not for you then do it for me so I can get more content.
Check out my first 30 minutes below! It may be still uploading.
https://youtu.be/ypg4B7RaoWg


Want more Early Access/Indie reviews? Check out www.EarlyAccessPodcast.com!
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 3, 2015
Do not buy this game in its current state. The developer is on hiatus. While what is there is very promising, its not getting closer to anything worth $10. Read the updates before even considering putting the money down.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 26, 2015
There aren't really that many games in the turn-based, tactical rpg genre(tactical rpg for short, or "simulation rpg" in Japan), and even fewer that do it right imo. And that's a shame, since tactical rpgs are among my favorite types of games. Now here comes Flamberge walking in, adding another adjective to an already long genre name, claiming to be a "simultaneous turn-based tactics RPG," which sounds like it must be oxymoronic. But oxymoron or not, Flamberge's combat works, and it works well. It's a fun and fairly unique combat system, and I'm happy to add Flamberge to my "Turnbased tactics rpg" shelf.

There's a demo on the developer website if you want to try the game out first.

However, as of right now, there isn't all that much content. The story isn't there, there's no customization and you'll probably finish all the single player missions in under an hour. That will all change of course, it's an early access game after all, but as of the date of this review, the single player component might not last you long, so if you're on a tight gaming budget, you might consider waiting a while before getting this one. You'll probably get a good bit of mileage if you play muliplayer though.

So, anyway, I think Flamberge is a very promising title, I look forward to it's future, and I trust the developer will deliver.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28, 2015
While I actually quite like this game, it is a lot of fun, we never get any updates or update logs, it seems stagnated right now and that is very irritating to me and makes me regret my purchase.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11, 2015
Flamberge is this Indie Tactics RPG game that I actually really like, made by Michael Savage-Benoist. It uses this simultaneous turn-based mechanic (similar to Frozen Synapse) and it does it well, combining that with classic RPG mechanics like bosses, traits, and leveling up. The art style is nice, and the OST, I absolutely love (made by some dude called Ben Cohn). Though I can acknowledge that the last recent update was 5 months ago, they are indeed still developing this, and I got a lot of hope for Flamberge. I supported this in Kickstarter :P.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30, 2015
Sometimes turn based combat can feel a little silly. Enemies stand there and let you whack them. Somehow you mysteriously miss, even though they stood perfectly still. Flamberge challenges those concepts. Enemies are reactive and are looking to hit you and save themselves. The key word that makes Flamberge so great is anticipation. You must predict your enemies and constantly evolve your strategy. Combat can quickly change to your enemies favor with one wrong move. This, along with a whole host of RPG mechanics, traits, items, classes, bosses, and more. Make Flamberge sound like something new, fresh, and very exciting to me. With the basic concept and groundwork laid out in its Early Access. Flameberge is very simple to play and has great, detailed, pixel art.
Flamberge is a game to keep your eye on. (Will be updated on final release)

I made a video preview to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
https://youtu.be/6oVnDyD0i74
I hope you enjoy!
Martyr
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 5, 2015
I enjoy playing turn-based strategy games like I enjoy having a bullet lodged in my left lung.

However, this game... This game is better than having a bullet lodged in my left lung. Heck, it's better than having a bullet lodged in both of my lungs. My eyes did not leave the screen for a single moment while playing this. I dislike turn-based games because they aren't exciting, or they aren't interesting, or they are boring, or I hate them. But Flamberge is the best turn-based game I have ever seen. It combines every element presented in the game in perfect harmony, and I may or may not have started worshipping this game as a god. Maybe.

This game is worth it's money, even with limited content. I can't even explain why. Perhaps only the words of the immortals can convey the amazingness of this masterpiece, and, alas, I am all but immortal. UNLIKE GREGOR. That jerk killed me so many times.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 26, 2015
This game is (will be) totally worth the price, keeping in mind that it is early access and right now is spare on content. I like simultaneous turn-based games like Frozen Cortex/Synapse, and the mechanics of this game are similar. It really reminds me of The Ancient Art of War game from '84, and Shining Force. Watch the trailer video for it. If it seems like you would like it, then you will.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 3, 2015
Simply put, Flamberge is one of those games where you'll sit and play and before you know it you'll be hooked. The game features an interesting combat system where you and the A.I. pick and chose actions and then execute them simultaneously. Even though this game is still in early access I can easily recommend it with complete confidence. It's easy to play and is highly addictive. I can't wait to play the full game once it releases.

https://youtu.be/7DHUS88r4Bo
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 7, 2015
OVERVIEW:
This game has been a pleasant surprise even in its current Early Access incarnation. To me, it plays like a more open (and less tedious) version of Fire Emblem. The mechanics are simple and the difficulty is ramped up in a really intuitive way that slowly offers the player new ways to see situations and learn the mechanics.

GAMEPLAY:
As said by others, the strategy plays out a lot like futbol plays where both the player and the enemy are positioning characters and using the proper skill (parry/disarm/attack/dodge/etc.) that will put the player in a stronger position for the next turn.

You start getting accustomed to about how far parries and dodges will put the enemy and you start stacking plays to do some real strategical damage. When your plays work out you just feel so boss!

ART/MUSIC:
The game is beautiful in both art and sound and you'll find yourself zoning out to the ambient piano tracks.

VERDICT:
Overall a really solid game even in Early Access. Can't wait to see how it grows.
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