Curious Expedition is a roguelike expedition simulation set in the late 19th century. Together with famous personalities you will venture on unprecedented expeditions to regions never explored before for fame, science and treasures.
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Release Date: May 19, 2015

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September 2

The Curious Expedition 1.0 is here!

After over 15 months and 20 major feature updates it's finally time to leave Early Access! Since our first day on Steam you've welcomed us amazingly. Your wishes and invaluable feedback have let us craft a game that we're truly proud of and more importantly that would have never been possible without your guidance. Thank you so much!

We will slow down the update loops compared to the Early Access phase, but don't worry: we still have lots of ideas for this game and can't wait to show them to you. Top priority items right now on our todo list are translations, modding and achievements.

But for now enjoy the game and tell your friends if you like it! That would help us out tremendously. Adventure awaits!

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August 30

Reddit AMA

Hey, we're doing a Ask-Me-Anything over on reddit. Would be great to see some of you over there!

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“I love it.”
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“Curious Expedition has that precise cocktail of danger and beauty, of greed in the face of scarcity, of risk and randomness, that makes for a good roguelike.”

“It’s pretty much what would happen if FTL and 80 Days had a kid."”

About This Game

Curious Expedition is a roguelike expedition simulation set in the late 19th century. Together with famous personalities you will venture on unprecedented expeditions to regions never explored before for fame, science and treasures. Put on your pith helmet and khakis and make your way through a lush, procedurally generated world full of wonder and mystery. Now go explore, adventure awaits!

Gameplay overview

  • Experience your very own adventure through a procedural story which makes every game unique.
  • Explore procedurally generated worlds, each with its own distinctive set of challenges for the ambitious explorer.
  • Plan and equip your trek. A good explorer is prepared for any eventuality.
  • Manage your resources to keep your trek alive and sanity high. Balance your needs with the desire to carry all that precious treasure back home.
  • Visit and interact with the land’s natives. Enter villages, trade and communicate with local tribes and civilizations that are unknown to mankind.
  • Loot mysterious temple ruins to gain fame and treasures, but watch out for deadly traps and curses that will compromise your trek and the world around you.
  • Equip and utilize miraculous treasures to gain advantages, but be wary of unforeseeable side effects.
  • Fight and defend your trek against a wide range of wild animals, mystical creatures and even dinosaurs.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x720 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support, recommended dedicated graphics card with 128 MB of RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or above
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x720 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support, recommended dedicated graphics card with 128 MB of RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x720 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 7 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This explorer-adventurer rogue-like was well worth the $15 I paid for it. The gameplay is entertaining in a very similar fashion to Civilization without requiring several days to complete a run through the game. You start with a only few historical figures (each with their own special thematic advantages and disadvantages) as player characters and over time and additional gameplay you unlock new and interesting others. You can tell a great deal of thought and effort went into perfecting the character of this game the music, grapichs, and writing all have a very destinctive feel about them. My only problem with the game (is the same problem that I have with Civilization and many others of this sort) is that although the game is quite creative and original with the dialogue, random events, story, etc., I find the range of these components of the game too narrow. I would appreciate a broader variety of items, different locations, random events, "quests", and possibly a story (rather than competition) mode. Multiplayer would be a really cool feature too. That aside, it's a fantastic game and I highly recommend it. I will definitely be watching these guys to see what they come out with in the future.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I had alot of fun playing through this. I found there was few different ways to play. Started to get stale for me around 20 hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I've had quite a bit of fun with this game. Rogue like explorer. Worth your money. Endless replayability, the game can be very difficult also. Well balanced. I would recommend
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
309 of 341 people (91%) found this review helpful
225 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 23, 2015
During Expedition 1. I found a egg.
I planned to sell it, but then it hatched into a beautiful baby tortoise.
Then I planned to give it to the museum, but then it grew into a giant tortoise and became my closest companion.
His name was Mr. Waynes, I'd do anything to protect Mr.Waynes, so I kept my sanity up as much as possible.
But then on expedition 5, there was no place to rest and I couldn't pay for a night to rest. So my partner stole my stuff and left me, I ate my donkey. And JUST as I got to the golden pyramid, I ate Mr. Waynes.
*Cri so hard*
10/10 This game has potential.
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154 of 169 people (91%) found this review helpful
89 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 24, 2015
Everything was going perfectly on the the 5th leg of our expedition. My men were strong and well equipped, and I've collected a stash of treasures that I could either sell for fame or fortune. I was so sure that we'd be able to plow through the 6th and last expedition with this team until... I arrived at the golden pyramid only to find I lacked a key to enter it...
I panicked, but hey, this was my best team. We would just drop by at the tomb in the distance and we'd come back to the pyramid and go home in one piece.

Having planned the journey so that we would arrive at the golden pyramid with minimum supplies, (so that we could stack up on treasures) we were in no way prepared to tackle another journey. Still, we made it to the tomb and retrieved the key without much trouble. It was during the return trip that hell broke out.

Having reached zero sanity a long time ago, it was the cultist, the newest member of our group, that faded into the darkness of the night first. Fine. I was prepared for something like this. A few days later, my best man, the British soldier, murdered the sailor, mumbling something about a conspiracy... Also fine. I never really liked that alchoholic ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. I bet he really was conspiring to kill us all. But a several more days in, my best man also murdered my second best man, the scout! This time, he didn't even bother making any excuses, partially because he was busy feeding on the murdered scout. God, my best friend had turned into a cannibal right before my eyes... I bet the cultist ran away because he knew about the soldier's peculiar habits... I should have realized he was a complete nut right from the start when he talked to me about all that "Gaining sanity from fighting" nonsense!! Fearing my own safety, I ran for my life, leaving the soldier behind. I half expected to be chased down and murdered like the others, but somehow, I made it back to the pyramid in one piece, with nothing but the key and a few hyena pelts. Oh, I was so relieved I was finally able to return to British soil...

I was alone, poor, traumatized, and I've sworn many many times that I would not ever set foot on foreign soil again, but mysteriously, I found myself heading back to the explorers club. Even certain death could not quench my thirst for adventure and perhaps, such madness. Also, the opportunity to build a statue in your honor doesn't come around so easily, doesn't it?

10/10 Would pit myself into the madness and insurmountable odds again for a statue of myself.
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103 of 123 people (84%) found this review helpful
78 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 22, 2015
My translator fell in love with the prince of an indigenous tribe. We smuggled the prince out of his village and spent the rest of the expedition running from his kin. He then agreed to come to Europe with his lover, and us.

10/10 would support forbidden love again.
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69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
I played as Tesla. Found a Necronomicon, but decided to put it aside. I eventually found a raptors egg, and after it hatched I raised it to to be a faithful companion. Curiosity took over, and I finally read the Necronomicon. I cast a spell from it, not knowing what it would do. It transformed one of my companions in to an abomination. He attacked us, and my pet raptor and I cut him down.
It's a fun, historically accurate game. Maybe except for the Necronomicon. Everyone knows Tesla rode raptors, right?
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63 of 73 people (86%) found this review helpful
65 people found this review funny
47.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 10, 2015
My translator went horribly mad and ate my cook. I sent him away and proceeded with only my donkey and the British soldier I had recruited. Shortly following the soldier's mysterious death a few weeks later, the murdering translator stumbled out of the woods, laughing maniacally. I politely welcomed him back, glad to have some company other than my donkey, who had begun whispering secrets to me. Mercifully, a crocodile ate the translator before he could eat me, though I was badly wounded during the escape.

My donkey and I journeyed on. I took comfort in his presence. I greatly enjoyed his sense of humour and the way he laughed and cursed me in his horrible demonic voice. When I met a friendly native tribe, I asked them if anyone wanted to travel with me. They gave me another donkey. Now I had two loyal friends to scream at me in demonic voices.

A Persian trader came to me, asking to join the expedition. I welcomed him aboard, read a strange scroll I had purchased from a shaman, and accidentally turned him into a hulking, cannibalistic monstrosity. The creature turned out to be remarkably polite and well-behaved, though he did eat one of my beloved donkeys. It's just as well, given that I later killed and devoured the monster in a fit of karmic irony. In the end, I ate my last remaining donkey and died of starvation while trying to flee from a gigantic crab that I had angered by entering its territory.

10/10, would cannibalize again.
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63 of 74 people (85%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Wanders around aimlessly looking for a golden pyramid all the while after every place you stop at, your british soldier sets fire to it. After a while sanity is low and my Chef wanders off into the wilderness. Continue on without her. On next expedition in a new continent, meet a shaman and get rid of british soldier's pyromaniac trait, Yay!. He immediately gains the trait back and sets fire to shaman's house. At camp one night and chef returns, lol wut you were in another continent... Immediately shoots herself in front of my trek. Next day british soldier burns camp and we get ambushed by panthers and die.

10/10 Some men just want to watch the world burn.
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44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
I am reasonably sure I have never actually posted a Steam review before. I never thought it worth the effort. I know I certainly almost never buy "early access" games as I am skeptical of an unfinished product. Yet I saw a video for this game fairly early in production and thought "You know, that looks neat and it is not expensive either, why not give it a try?"


That about sums up my view. The game is tremendously deep, rich, detailed and a whole heck of a lot of fun. It is easy to get into but has depth which takes time to master. The developers have been very responsive to player feedback and have consistently added new features to the game while quickly patching bugs, errors and problems that players pointed out.

Simply put, this is early access done right.

This game is tremendously fun and well, well worth your money. If you enjoy strategy games I cannot recommend this game strongly enough, it is one of the best ones I have ever bought on steam.
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11.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
The first few hours are alright. Once you've had a few attempts, it all just feels like the same expedition over and over though. The expeditions just aren't different enough to be interesting each time.
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10.4 hrs
Posted: September 21
-Good pixel art
-Interesting combat system
-Satisfyingly difficult

-Music gets old fast
-Not enough encounters
-Explorers aren't different enough
-Expeditions are extremely repetitive

This game is concrete evidence that Steam reviews need a "meh" option instead of an up or down recommendation. The 10-12 hours it takes to learn the mechanics and memorize the encounters and actually win your first game are pretty fun, and the game is unforgiving enough that it feels satisfying to beat. But it's billed as a highly replayable FTL-style roguelike and the replayability just isn't there: the differences between the explorers are marginal, the variety of encounters is frankly pathetic, and the "procedural generation" just shuffles the map a bit without any significant effect. So I'm giving it a thumbs down for not delivering on what was promised, but if you can wait for a sale it's not the worst thing I've ever spent $10 on.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: September 19
Sorry, i played it for almost 2 hours and even in this short period it's just too boring and repetitive for me.
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5.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
I really enjoyed it. The feeling of exploration was really front and center. All the minor systems (combat, text events, missions, treasure maps, team members, etc) worked well together to enhance that 'explorer' vibe without being too overbearing. Super fun.
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78.2 hrs
Posted: September 18
IT's fun and it reminds me of the games I played when I was a kid.
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Secret Squirrel
1.3 hrs
Posted: September 17
I just didnt get into it. I can see there is depth here, but i see more randomness than strategy.
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The Gucci God
27.3 hrs
Posted: September 16
Got to kill dinosaurs as nikola tesla with a laser gun, and thats not even the craziest ♥♥♥♥ in this game.

whoever made this, you made the weirdest game, but god damn you did it perfectly.
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