Fans of challenging platformers will love this Steampunk remake of traditional runners! Guardians of Victoria features chase mechanics, upgrades, training, and 3 unique playable characters across Victoria's sky city, who's story will be changed forever!
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Mostly Negative (67 reviews) - 22% of the 67 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 29, 2016

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April 29

A Massive Thank You

Thank you so much to all the 30k+ players of this game, especially those of you whose kind words and useful reviews made the game what it is. We have now finished Early Access and the game is now fully released! All known issues are fixed and the game has been thoroughly tested. I will be on the look out as an active developer for any issues should they arrive, of which there will be super quick fixes if so!
Look out for Tall Story Studios in the next few months though, as we head into more exciting games to bring to you here on Steam. Don't forget you can also play the Brella's Run minigame online for free aswell! Guardians of Victoria is my very first game and the result of my first go at programming, it was been a long process full of learning.
This game is brought to you by Katherine Riverwood (Kenthria) of Tall Story Studios, please follow myself on facebook /tallstorystudios and /kenthria and check out www.tallstorystudios.com where we are currently renovating the website and there is also an unlock story cheat!
If you have already left a review there is a large chance that it is out of date, please update your review for the latest version so that the score reflects the current game!

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April 18

Massive update!

We are very happy to announce that the final big update will be available soon! It will be followed by a weeks wait while we respond to all new useful feedback and work on any further issues, there will be an update coming slightly later for level Z order improvements and a quit button to bypass Steam's game close issue.
A list of updates:
- Many bug fixes from tutorials to levels.
- The last level is created, take control of Cutlass' ship for a final confrontation with Ripper.
- Even further lag reductions.
- Some menu controls that were causing issues have been removed (keyboard/gamepad) and so the game has changed to 'Partial controller support'.
- General clean up/edit of menus and UIs!
Thank you so much to the support players have given myself over the past few months, it has been a huge learning curve and has taken Guardians from a buggy, laggy mess into something to be proud of!

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About This Game

Guardians of Victoria is a running game with multiple twists, taking conventional running gameplay and creating something unique! Testing your reactions, planning, and timing in an action-packed multi-tasking race to the end without being caught by Jack the Ripper.

Play as the Guardians as they fight their way through the Steampunk city in the clouds, collecting items and defeating the allies of the ever-chasing destroyer- Jack the Ripper. You must stop him!

The game features:
  • Free-Roaming: Unlike most running games you can actually stop, and run left!, allowing you to explore the environment a bit more. Not recommended on the hard mode!
  • Racing against a chaser: To keep you moving along and fighting tooth and nail, The Ripper chases with his giant cloud of thunder. The higher the difficulty- the faster he moves. Be wary though, as Ripper can shoot electric bolts!
  • Using mechanics: To keep you in the sky and alive and well, you must avoid gas leaks, control crane platforms, put out fires, and more!
  • Multi-characters: There are three characters with their own uniquely designed levels across various locations. Brella, Cutlass, and Firearm- members of the Guardians. The leader of the Guardians, a small flying robot called Zeal, also follows the characters on their missions. Each character has their own back-story, personality, and platforming ability (such as Brella using her umbrella to glide)!
  • Shields-up!: Utilise the player shield by collecting the fireflies for their dust around the city. Using the shield protects you from Ripper attacks, enemy blows, fires, gas leeks, and anything else that might damage you!
  • Tactical fast combat: Each character has a very unique fighting style. You can test them out in the arena/tutorial area, and really be tested in the city.
  • Multiple replayable levels: Platform your way across many levels including ‘The Factory’, and ‘Daylight Victoria’. Each level features 3 different difficulty star ratings and a timer system! Simply survive to the portal at the end!
  • Indoor running: Forget traditional rooftop running! Run indoors too! Some floating buildings can be entered! Jump in through windows or tunnels or use and find the secrets within!
  • Steam bonuses: Steam users will also collect trading cards.
  • Extra levels: The game also features an arena with character selection, and a combat and platforming tutorial. I also look to addship flying levels!
  • Upgrade! Conquor! Earn skillpoints through take-downs and collectables and upgrade your characters, speed, jump, attack and health! There is lots your can do.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 Compatible ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Stereo Sound
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Mostly Negative (67 reviews)
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necromaster
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Multiple twists? Yeah sure, just wasn't expecting this mess to be atrociously buggy! Avoid at all costs unless you are into such artsy schtick.
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Romp5000
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
If you load the game you get an award for waiting through the loading process as it takes so long.

If you can figure out how to start a level, you win the "starter" award for being able to navigate the bad graphics.

When you start the first level you can get an award for restarting (or respawning after dying) and watching the instructions 100 times.

If you jump over the first two red buildings and then fall off the blue building, you've gone as far as you can. You win the "fall to your death" award. If you do that with a friend...it's co-op!

That's where the game ends, so you should stop trying to go farther. You can't. I'll update with more achievements if I even launch the game again. It consumes any RAM from any computer within a 10 block radius of my house.

Actually, I won't relaunch. I only paid $0.22 for the game with a 90% off coupon, but I'm still going to request a refund. Never mind, I've had so much fun trashing this game that it was worth it. In case you haven't picked up on it, this game is terrible.

**edit** I am not eligable for a refund because even though I closed the game it...it didn't close. Now I'm over 2 hours of playtime. It keeps taking my RAM and recording game time for me. Now I can't get my $0.22 back. :(
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Yella 🎓
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 26
Guardians of Victoria is a game that I can't recommend because:
- it has no quality
- it is boring
- it is unplayable
- it has a lot of bugs
- the soundtrack is very bad, it has no sense
- there are issues with the lag (and more)
- the design is inappropriate
- it looks more like an unfinished game
- the only good reason to install this game is for the trading cards

It is still in early access so I hope in the future the developer will adjust all the issues because there are too many. If there will be no adjustments, this game doesn't deserve a single cent, it is absolutely broken.
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Massive
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 23
A very immersive game with a very beautiful art.
Campaign is also interesting. I really like to play
The developer took care of the details and it pleased me a lot

I recommend the game and will be hoping for more content
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Doors
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 23
Best Game Ever Made
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TEZKAT LEPOLKA
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14
✘ Bought for 10¢.
✘ Read all recent reviews and still decided to buy it, cause 10¢ reasons.
✘ Start game and quickly notice there is something 'off' about it.
✘ Music reminds me of The Vaudevillains from WWE, so quickly mute sound.
✘ Start level; Die immediately.
✘ Tried playing game several times.
✘ Changed from a girl with a machine gun(?) into a guy(?) with long hair and a green jacket.
✘ Didn't understand what was happening, so dead.
✘ Screen keeps moving and head feels like it's about to explode.
✘ Game will not close and still says I am playing in Steam although am not.
✘ Must force-close Steam to stop game. Every, Single. Time.


Not worth 10¢.
Avoid like plague.
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boldinho
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 5
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Danipips The Stunned Panda
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 3
The game is broken
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LadyOberon [#GamersRule]
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 29
I'm extremely disappointed about the condition of this game. I realize that it's still in early access, but according to the news on the store page, full launch is expected by April 2016. It's because of this fact, and the posts indicating patches and updates that I decided that this was finally the time to take a look at it. I had really high hopes, even though I was expecting a minor glitch or two.

What I found instead was a game that I simply cannot play. Firstly, the game does not have full controller support, as indicated. At best, it's got partial support. I was unable to start the game, or even go to full-screen, without using the mouse. The menu didn't function correctly, and it appeared as if perhaps this was one of the features that had not yet been finished.

I began with the tutorial option, but it didn't work for me, so I decided to just try the play option. Again, I had to use the mouse to begin the game with "Book 1," and when the game did start, I experienced several difficulties and oddities.

Firstly, the screen would waver, like a mirror image or looking through water. I have no idea if this is intentional or because of a design issue, but it made it impossible for me to see my character and what I was doing. All the while, though, this side-scrolling platformer is continuing to move, so that resulted in "sudden death."

The next thing I noticed was a sudden slowing of animations and movement on the screen. This most often occurred for me while my character was in motion or in the air in mid-jump.

I attempted several times to finish the first level but couldn't, so I had the idea to see if I could go to "Book 2" without having actually finished "Book 1." It turned out that I could, though it's probably not a good thing that this was possible. Again turning to the mouse to launch the level, I made a few successful jumps, popped off a couple shots with my gun and noticed that the shots seemed to be moving much slower than they probably should. I figured that I could deal with that and just kept jumping, determined to play this game that I'd been anticipating.

This is when my screen started wavering yet again and then a very odd thing happened. I'd landed onto a lower building, but a split-second later, the building disappeared. My character remained stuck in an odd position in the middle of my screen, and everything just froze. I couldn't believe I was actually seeing what I was seeing, so I took a screen shot and then tried to restart the level.

Unfortunately, I was unable to use any of the controls or the mouse. I hit Alt+Tab and closed the game screen, but even that didn't work. Next, I tried to close Steam, but I kept getting an error message that Steam couldn't close because Guardians of Victoria was running. With no game screen to close, and no option to force quit, I had no choice but to reboot in order to regain control over my laptop.

I can't even express how disappointed I am. I love indie games, steampunk, and platformers, so I was truly excited about this game. I can see from some of the posts that the developer has had quite a struggle with this game, and I sympathize with that. Unfortunately, though, I really cannot recommend the game in it's current state. I will, however, invite the developer to reach out to me when the game is truly finished. At that point, I will absolutely give the game another try and revise my review.


*Review written exclusively for Good Games Giveaways & Reviews
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The Guardian ♛
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 23
Completely broken. I don't know how even if you set out to do so how you could make a game that looks this crude run this badly. It's lag so massively that the controls are almost completely unresponsive.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Multiple twists? Yeah sure, just wasn't expecting this mess to be atrociously buggy! Avoid at all costs unless you are into such artsy schtick.
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50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 15, 2015
Back in the days before the invention of the quantum holocube capacitor (that is, pre-2053) computers had limited random access memory. To cope with this, software engineers designed technologies such as "only loading levels when you enter them" and "not spawning four processes to play a 2d platformer". Thankfully, these constraints on a developer's artistic vision no longer apply. Now you can marvel at game over screens as soon as you start the tutorial. What an age we live in!

-- Sent from my iNeuroUplink
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 14
✘ Bought for 10¢.
✘ Read all recent reviews and still decided to buy it, cause 10¢ reasons.
✘ Start game and quickly notice there is something 'off' about it.
✘ Music reminds me of The Vaudevillains from WWE, so quickly mute sound.
✘ Start level; Die immediately.
✘ Tried playing game several times.
✘ Changed from a girl with a machine gun(?) into a guy(?) with long hair and a green jacket.
✘ Didn't understand what was happening, so dead.
✘ Screen keeps moving and head feels like it's about to explode.
✘ Game will not close and still says I am playing in Steam although am not.
✘ Must force-close Steam to stop game. Every, Single. Time.


Not worth 10¢.
Avoid like plague.
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 20, 2015
This game is just broken. I click on Start and I am taken to a game over screen. Click on Restart and get the Game Over screen again. If I ever get to play the game I may change the review, but in its current state it is just a Game Over screen with bad music.
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 29
I'm extremely disappointed about the condition of this game. I realize that it's still in early access, but according to the news on the store page, full launch is expected by April 2016. It's because of this fact, and the posts indicating patches and updates that I decided that this was finally the time to take a look at it. I had really high hopes, even though I was expecting a minor glitch or two.

What I found instead was a game that I simply cannot play. Firstly, the game does not have full controller support, as indicated. At best, it's got partial support. I was unable to start the game, or even go to full-screen, without using the mouse. The menu didn't function correctly, and it appeared as if perhaps this was one of the features that had not yet been finished.

I began with the tutorial option, but it didn't work for me, so I decided to just try the play option. Again, I had to use the mouse to begin the game with "Book 1," and when the game did start, I experienced several difficulties and oddities.

Firstly, the screen would waver, like a mirror image or looking through water. I have no idea if this is intentional or because of a design issue, but it made it impossible for me to see my character and what I was doing. All the while, though, this side-scrolling platformer is continuing to move, so that resulted in "sudden death."

The next thing I noticed was a sudden slowing of animations and movement on the screen. This most often occurred for me while my character was in motion or in the air in mid-jump.

I attempted several times to finish the first level but couldn't, so I had the idea to see if I could go to "Book 2" without having actually finished "Book 1." It turned out that I could, though it's probably not a good thing that this was possible. Again turning to the mouse to launch the level, I made a few successful jumps, popped off a couple shots with my gun and noticed that the shots seemed to be moving much slower than they probably should. I figured that I could deal with that and just kept jumping, determined to play this game that I'd been anticipating.

This is when my screen started wavering yet again and then a very odd thing happened. I'd landed onto a lower building, but a split-second later, the building disappeared. My character remained stuck in an odd position in the middle of my screen, and everything just froze. I couldn't believe I was actually seeing what I was seeing, so I took a screen shot and then tried to restart the level.

Unfortunately, I was unable to use any of the controls or the mouse. I hit Alt+Tab and closed the game screen, but even that didn't work. Next, I tried to close Steam, but I kept getting an error message that Steam couldn't close because Guardians of Victoria was running. With no game screen to close, and no option to force quit, I had no choice but to reboot in order to regain control over my laptop.

I can't even express how disappointed I am. I love indie games, steampunk, and platformers, so I was truly excited about this game. I can see from some of the posts that the developer has had quite a struggle with this game, and I sympathize with that. Unfortunately, though, I really cannot recommend the game in it's current state. I will, however, invite the developer to reach out to me when the game is truly finished. At that point, I will absolutely give the game another try and revise my review.


*Review written exclusively for Good Games Giveaways & Reviews
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
If you load the game you get an award for waiting through the loading process as it takes so long.

If you can figure out how to start a level, you win the "starter" award for being able to navigate the bad graphics.

When you start the first level you can get an award for restarting (or respawning after dying) and watching the instructions 100 times.

If you jump over the first two red buildings and then fall off the blue building, you've gone as far as you can. You win the "fall to your death" award. If you do that with a friend...it's co-op!

That's where the game ends, so you should stop trying to go farther. You can't. I'll update with more achievements if I even launch the game again. It consumes any RAM from any computer within a 10 block radius of my house.

Actually, I won't relaunch. I only paid $0.22 for the game with a 90% off coupon, but I'm still going to request a refund. Never mind, I've had so much fun trashing this game that it was worth it. In case you haven't picked up on it, this game is terrible.

**edit** I am not eligable for a refund because even though I closed the game it...it didn't close. Now I'm over 2 hours of playtime. It keeps taking my RAM and recording game time for me. Now I can't get my $0.22 back. :(
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 8, 2015
I don't really like to bash games on here to this extent but after the experience I have just had trying to play the game I think people should know how it currently plays.

This game is *very* unfinished despite claiming to be on patch 1.3 at the moment. The menus have overlapping music tracks, the buttons take 5 or 6 attempts to click, when I finally got into the game the screen stretched in weird ways over itself before dumping me onto a screen in which I could only look left and right (Tried using all three sets of movement controls from the controls screen).

On my second attempt to play the game I was able to move! (I think jumping first set it off)

I have a video below of my second attempt at playing the game to back up my claims (Yes I know I'm not very good at it, I was mainly surprised that it let me move after the first time)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X63g8r8lCUY
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 30, 2015
As of the time of this review, the game is EXTREMELLY slow (mostly due to the fact that it tries to eat all my RAM), and every input has a delay, so you're probably gonna die before your character does anything.

The objects of the scenary seem to be aesthetically disconnected, which makes the gameplay harder, as it can sometimes confuse you about the right path to follow.

It is not playable, as of now.

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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 30, 2015
--Updated review as of 6th january--

TL;DR Not recommended in current state: RAM usage problem + unfinished

--

Played a bit, tried tutorial and 3 levels

The main problem is still there. Game uses ~2 gb RAM in main menu and scales up to 3-4 gb while playing levels.

Here are some more significant problems:
- game is lagging as hell through levels. This is unacceptable for any game, but especially for one, based on precise jumping and timing
- same goes for music and game sounds - they're lagging along with visuals. Also, there's a bug with "water" platforms - using them more than 3-4 times causes "water" sounds overlapping and stopping all the music and game sounds
- various bugs (inability to jump, falling through platforms, freezing death screen, etc)
- some poor desicions with level design: too colorful backgrounds causing text to be unreadable, no clear distinction between surfaces you can and can't stand on, tips on the bottom of the screen while playing (you probably wouldn't read 'em because game is fast-paced)
- general feeling of incompleteness, no unified visual and audio style (for example, half of the music is standard MacLeod themes, there's no animation of lightnings, etc)

Still barely playable, still not recommended
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 17, 2015
As I write this review the game is currently under early access with patch 1.7

I don't know if the new update rendered the game unplayable, or if it was broke upon launch. Once I get into the game I get a Game Over screen within a few seconds. I am glad I only paid 0.29cents for the game, but they need to do some major fixes to this game. I wish the developer the best of luck, but I currently cannot recommend the game in it's current state. I will revisit it someday on my channel to see if the game got any better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW3jmkWUNtA
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