Darkness sleeps just beneath the cracks on the ever-changing planet. The curious will uncover powerful artifacts and forge them anew. The strong will take the nanosword and crush galactic giants.
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July 19

Ekzerra Update

"Though men determine, the gods do dispose: and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup and the lip." -- Robert Greene

[NEW] The Cup Dungeon (swordless)
[NEW] Toggle switches, toggleable pillars, downward buttons & upward buttons
[NEW] Puzzle patterns: the sky bridge, the one-way junction and three shield-related puzzles
[NEW] A statue falls & blocks your path getting into the first swordless dungeon, explaining why Jib is gone
[NEW] Getting the meditation skill is explained by Zero
[NEW] Enemy: the shade
[NEW] New scenes and music added to the intro

[+++] Both swordless dungeons each have a hidden cactus container
[+++] Better feedback for hitting invincible things (feels different from hitting damageable things)
[+++] Fire pillars go away when lit, ensuring that puzzles are still solvable if leaving the area
[+++] Sky bridge remembers if it was already triggered when returning to an area
[+++] Puzzles prefer not to be placed at dead ends
[+++] Water has depth, looking a little darker in places
[+++] Brighter ice dungeon fog

[FIX] Fixed a bug which sometimes caused fire chains to stop in the middle
[FIX] Fixed a world seed fail where a swordless corridor could get blocked

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July 11

Lassaurium Update

Lassaurium is an ancient lizard who destroys planets by seeding ice ages. She brings and keeps the night.

[NEW] The Ice Dungeon
[NEW] Boss: Lassarium, Keeper of the Night
[NEW] Enemies: the Ice Midge and Hive, the Ice Dragon
[NEW] Sky bridge block (triggerable)
[NEW] Dungeons can be thicker or thinner
[NEW] Ice dungeon is slippery, slidey
[NEW] Junction dungeon pattern

[+++] When healed, a green particle animation is played around the subject
[+++] Fire armor not only blocks ambient heat damage, it reduces fiery damage
[+++] Jib's light goes out when he dies and turns back on when he recharges

[FIX] Healing works while invincible

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“Millions of unique worlds? Zelda-style exploration, combat, and puzzling? Be still, my beating heart.”

“As they say, there's no such thing as a free legendary sword.”

“Zelda goes beautifully procedural.”

About This Game

Songbringer: Procedural Action Adventure

Explore 308 million procedurally-generated worlds. Take the nanosword, awaken sleeping evil and quell the nightmare before it happens.

You play the role of protagonist and accidental hero, Roq Epimetheos. With a propensity for partying and making music, he cruises the galaxy with his skybot Jib aboard the ship Songbringer, searching for verdant planets absent the presence of galactic police.

When Roq finds the nanosword hidden in a cave on Ekzerra, he unwittingly awakens an ancient evil. The sword is pretty fraggin' sweet though. It... hums.

Jib, the Skybot

Jib's story is quite long. He began life as a human boy on the skycity planet Yuerder. Growing up, he took an interest in programming artificial intelligence, eventually making a career for himself. On his deathbed, he illegally transferred his consciousness into a skybot, destroying the consciousness link thereby preventing overwrite.

7500 years later our story begins...

Jib scans the bodies of your fallen foes, sometimes uncovering valuable loot. He can also gain the ability to stun foes. Jib is automatically controlled by AI, or player two can play Jib in local co-op mode.

Lacking the ability to grow one as a human, Jib is obsessed with mustaches.


You choose a 6-letter world seed when beginning a quest. This seed is used to procedurally generate the planet, overworld, secrets and dungeons.

Entering the same world seed will always generate the same world. Thus lore and competition can be shared with others.

Play a new seed and surprise yourself with a new world. Or enter a seed you are familiar with for a speed run.

Open / Non-linear

The generated overworld is open and non-linear. Head in any compass direction you like or play dungeons out of order.

Of the nine dungeons Roq and Jib can uncover in each world:
  • Some are thematic, containing puzzles and items integral to completing the world.
  • Some are secret, hidden side quests in which abilities can be gained.
  • Some are tough as nails with overwhelmingly difficult foes, mobs and bosses.

Secrets of the Cacti

Everywhere one looks, there is much that is not seen. Concealed treasures abound. By eating cacti, Roq gains psychedelic powers and is able to perceive the secrets that lurk in plain sight.

Some items Roq discovers can be combined to create distinct artifacts. Find a blink orb and a fire cube? Take these to the droidsmith aboard Songbringer to craft a fire orb enabling Roq to teleport forward a few steps while turning into a fireball.

Being a Zelda-inspired game, Songbringer features no experience points (no XP). Progress is made by crushing mobs, vanquishing bosses and claiming lost technological devices.


On completing a quest, several factors are quantified to produce an overall score:

  • Time to complete
  • Percentage of map uncovered
  • Percentage of items obtained
  • Game mode: regular vs permadeath

Your score can be saved to a global leaderboard sorted by world seed. This leaderboard cycles through seeds by popularity and freshness. You can manually override to view a particular seed.


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Official Website
Kickstarter (successfully funded)
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System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.10
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu or equivalent
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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