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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April 20

Hidden Boss





Songbringer has had a private, closed beta in progress since February 2016. Backers of the Kickstarter and others that have preordered have been sent keys to unlock the beta version. Anyone can obtain a key immediately by preordering the $32 version at http://songbringer.com/preorder or by raffling points gained by watching the live stream http://twitch.tv/wizard_fu

-=: Beta Version 0.9.J :=-

[NEW] Hidden boss
[NEW] New items: Jib speed booster, flask 2
[NEW] New block types: lava, spirit blocks, spirit walls, kilobomb walls
[NEW] Backtracking doors: these require an item you will gain later on
[NEW] Many new types of puzzles
[NEW] Thief enemy that steals items
[NEW] Ice dungeon music is procedural
[NEW] Songbringer dungeon music is procedural
[NEW] Dungeons have more secret rooms and better items
[NEW] Camera zooms in a little in dungeons

[+++] Attack momentum now allows one more degree of free movement (hero won't get so locked into one attack direction)
[+++] Improved Jib's AI so he no longer gets stuck in some situations
[+++] Pathfinding uses collision system for realtime accuracy
[+++] Chest items can be picked up from below
[+++] Chests only require one hit to open
[+++] Can light Lassaurium (ice boss) on fire
[+++] Metatron cannot be hurt while growing and a few other tweaks to make him less easy
[+++] Active chests now have lights
[+++] Item rooms and extra floors use the same musical key as the base dungeon
[+++] Procedural music intensity factor is blended while transitioning between areas
[+++] Improved the loading speed between areas slightly by better usage of sprite cache
[+++] Improved the GPU performance by removing a few texture lookups in shaders
[+++] Reduced the GPU memory footprint
[+++] A maximum cap is now placed on the number of sprites

[FIX] Fixed black screen in sword cave (Mac only)
[FIX] Fixed a black ground texture that sometimes happened on the overworld and required restarting
[FIX] Fixed accidental no item drops from enemies on the overworld when at full health
[FIX] Fixed push pillars being difficult to push
[FIX] Fixed kilobomb explosion not affecting some areas of the room
[FIX] Fixed an issue where all keys could be used up getting to the boss switch room
[FIX] Fixed buttons being accidentally hidden behind walls in some rooms
[FIX] Fixed all gates into boss switch rooms accidentally being missing
[FIX] Fixed an issue where Jib could climb and climb until he was invisible
[FIX] Puzzles that lock the doors no longer appear at dead ends
[FIX] Fixed an issue where ice dragons could leave behind an invisible collision box
[FIX] Fixed hero using refill immediately if starting there
[FIX] Fixed heroes moving to lower left of screen when using the cup
[FIX] Fixed a bug where worlds could have two or more drobth miniboss areas
[FIX] Fixed missing drobth miniboss area in some worlds due to being overwritten
[FIX] Fixed enemies spawning in the middle of the sky

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April 9

The Endings



Songbringer has had a private, closed beta in progress since February 2016. Backers of the Kickstarter and others that have preordered have been sent keys to unlock the beta version. Anyone can obtain a key immediately by preordering the $32 version at http://songbringer.com/preorder or by raffling points gained by watching the live stream http://twitch.tv/wizard_fu

-=: Beta Version 0.9.H :=-

[NEW] New boss: Kiel
[NEW] Swords can clash together
[NEW] Final story elements
[NEW] Ending outro
[NEW] Alternate ending outro
[NEW] Final boss fight has multiple phases
[NEW] Procedural final boss music
[NEW] Entities can have stun resistance

[+++] More user-friendly diagonal blinks fall back to cardinal blinks if necessary
[+++] Lightning boss easier to navigate with diagonal blinks
[+++] Lightning boss reserves multiple spirals until the end of the battle
[+++] Jib shield is less expensive
[+++] Relaxed requirements so the flask quest is triggered sooner
[+++] Refined the credits
[+++] Reflections have better visual handling of high and low z values

[FIX] Fixed tophat not being able to pick up teeth in boss rooms
[FIX] Fixed a bug that was preventing bombs, cacti and kilobombs from being replenished on continue
[FIX] Fixed lightning boss and other foes being able to move while frozen
[FIX] Fixed hero getting stuck while meditating
[FIX] Fixed hero jumping widly around screen on some areas of the overworld
[FIX] Fixed visual glitch moving north past boss doors
[FIX] Fixed cave entrance appearing on top of tower moving south
[FIX] Fixed a bug where an enemy would continue to deal damage after death
[FIX] Fixed a bug where the Fire boss stopped attacking after awhile

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Reviews

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

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

“Zelda goes beautifully procedural.”
Cliqist

About This Game

Songbringer: Procedural Action RPG


Songbringer is a scifi action RPG with swords, secrets, dungeons, bosses and stuff.

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 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.

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.

Procedural


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, no matter which platform you are playing on. 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. You aren't even required to pick up the sword.

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.

Songbringer features no experience points (no XP). Progress is made by crushing mobs, vanquishing bosses and claiming lost technological devices.

Leaderboard


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.

Links


Twitter @wizard_fu
Twitch (daily live stream)
Youtube Channel
Facebook Page
Official Website
Kickstarter
Press Kit

System Requirements

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