Epistory immerses you in an atmospheric action/adventure game where you play a girl riding a giant fox who fights an insectile corruption from an origami world. As you progress and explore this world, the story literally unfolds and the mysteries of the magic power of the words are revealed.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (57 reviews) - 98% of the 57 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (355 reviews) - 98% of the 355 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 30, 2016

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Epistory - Typing Chronicles

Buy Epistory - Typing Chronicles Soundtrack Edition

Includes Epistory and the Original Soundtrack

Downloadable Content For This Game

 

Recent updates View all (24)

June 29

Epistory is 34% off

Hi Fox Riders,

Seems like Summer forgot to come by Belgium! Thx God the Steam Sales will warm our hearts! Hope the weather is better in your countries. Please let us know, we are curious :p

So, we just wanted to remind you that Epistory is 34% off during the Summer Sales. The offer ends the 4th of July.



6 comments Read more

June 21

New update

We just pushed the new version of the game. No new features, just a bunch of fixes for the most recent bugs.

Fixed:
- "Blue void" save error. Most, if not all, of you who were affected had slightly different symptoms but we believe the root cause was the same for everyone. It is now fixed but unfortunately the saves are not always compatible/retrievable. If you still have problems starting the game, either reset the saves or send us the corrupted save files and we will try our best to fix them.
- Crash at launch on Linux.
- (Silent) Errors when deleting the last profile
- Various small details

That's all for today.

6 comments Read more

Reviews

“a really sweet, superbly atmospheric action RPG where all the controls are on your keyboard.”
RockPaperShotgun

“I loved every frustrating moment.”
Kotaku

“Epistory – Typing Chronicles is differentiating itself with regards to gameplay mechanics and visuals.”
HardcoreGamer

About This Game



Epistory is an atmospheric adventure typing game that tells the story of a writer lacking inspiration who asks her muse to help write her latest book.

In Epistory you play the muse, a fictional character in a world where everything is untold. Your adventure begins on a blank page, but the world will soon become larger and livelier as you gather inspiration, solve its mysteries and defeat its enemies. From movement to opening chests and fighting in epic battles, every element in the game is controlled exclusively with the keyboard.

As you progress and explore the fantasy origami world, the story literally unfolds in the writer’s mind and the mysteries of the magic power of the words are revealed.

Features


  • Explore a beautiful paper craft world: play as the muse riding a giant three tailed fox, lost in a fantasy 3D world
  • More than just typing: solve mysterious puzzles, unlock magic powers and defeat enemies in adrenaline pumping epic combats
  • A writer’s block? Collect fragments and inspirations points to unfold the story as you explore the origami world in the writer’s head. But there is more to the story than meets the eye…
  • All in keyboard: from movements, combats to even menus, control everything with a keyboard
  • Adaptive difficulty: if your hands fly around the keyboard or if you are a slow typist, the game features a dynamic difficulty system that evolves to fit each players’ skill set
  • Competitive Arena Mode: challenge other players for the top spot in the arena leaderboards
  • Play in your own language: game texts are localized in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Polish with voice overs in English. The game supports several keyboard layouts (QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, BEPO, Dvorak, Workman and Colemak)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2400 -OR- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD4850 -OR- GeForce GTX 295 (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Tested on a 2010 MacMini
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2400 -OR- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD4850 -OR- GeForce GTX 295 (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Tested on Ubuntu 14.04.
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (57 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (355 reviews)
Recently Posted
Luawolfie ᐛ
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Product received for free
It's a very well polished game, the graphics and animations are beautiful! The voice acting is pretty good in my books and the gameplay, which consists of only typing words, is actually quite challenging at times. I wouldn't view it as an edutainment game but you might improve your vocabulary and typing speed after playing this. The game has small puzzles and a lot of hidden treasures. The pacing is pretty good in regards to the upgrades and there's some cool (optional?) dungeons aside from the main ones.

The closest thing I can compare the gameplay to is Typing of the Dead, but I suppose that's fairly obvious. Anyway I recommend this game if you like pretty and simple adventure games. Just be ready to type violently at times.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Arky
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Totally impressed with this game. It is simple, yet stunningly beautiful and relaxing. For the ones who likes typing, this game should be fun for you.

Gameplay is excellent. I expected some bugs yet it is running smoothly, out of the box till the end of the story. We kill monsters by typing, almost like Typing of the Dead, added with some "powers". It makes typing more fun and not boring.

For typists with different layouts, don't worry. This game covered at least the most common layouts (I myself used Colemak), and you can simply use WARS to move instead of WASD. No headaches involved. At all.

Graphics wise, I find it sometimes lags, but only in the starting screen. I have not tried, but I think it can be easily repaired by adjusting some settings. It will not lag in the midst of battle (e.g. typing monsters' words), though, so no worries.

I praise the developers who puts so much efforts in this game. They have obviously considered every aspect that a typist would like.

Overall experience is excellent. After you complete the story, there is still Arena mode in which you can challenge yourself. Greatly recommended for typing maniacs 10/10.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
novalinnhe
( 28.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Epistory: Typing Chronicles is a stunning action-adventure game - although "stunning" does not do the visuals of this game any justice. Based on storybooks and origami, the richness in colour, texture, depth and life that this game manages to create is just mindblowing. Honestly some of the most breathtaking graphics I believe I have ever, ever seen from an indie title.

In terms of gameplay, the premise is simple - you are a girl riding atop a fox with magical powers, seeking to rid a forgotten kingdom of a mysterious darkness that has befallen it. To use your powers, you type; each correctly typed word sends a powerful bolt of magic straight at whatever you were aiming for, be it monsters, chests, gates or switches.

The main challenge comes in the enemy nests dotted around Epistory's various worlds, with waves of progressively harder enemies throwing longer and longer words at you INCANDESCENT! ACCOUTREMENTS! SESQUIPEDALIAN!. These arenas are by far the most challenging part of the game, although Epistory comes with its fair share of puzzles, too; and with the experience-based upgrade system and the game's generous rewarding of exploration, it's actually all very typical action-adventure fare. Yet the way everything is done coupled with the unique typing mechanic (and the insanely gorgeous visuals) makes the whole formula feel new, exciting, and original.

Epistory has become one of my favourite titles in my Steam library very, very quickly, and I cannot recommend this enough; I'd genuinely pay more than the asking price for it. If you haven't picked it up yet, I sincerely hope you do!

Oh! And if you're worried that your "two-finger peck" typing style will make this game impossible, don't fret. Along with the usual Easy, Medium and Hard there is also an 'Adaptive Difficulty' mode, which works out how fast you type and sets your challenge accordingly. This mode is also useful for those who can type above 100WPM and are looking for a hardcore challenge.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Juicalicious Niblets
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
PSEUDOCRYSTALLINE
Helpful? Yes No Funny
snowkissed [TRS]
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
This game is amazing. I've always loved typing games, but this has an extra charm to it. It tells an interesting story, it has beautiful art, and the music is fantastic! Highly recommend it :)
Helpful? Yes No Funny
madness
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Product received for free
Great game. Beautiful world to explore and an interesting narration. Some cool puzzles and trying to type as fast as possible to kill enemies was quite fun. :D
Not very long though, finished it in just over 4 hours.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Hallucinating Butterflies
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
So I really wanted to get a game that was similar to Typing of the Dead. I got this game and it's waaaaay better than I thought it would be. It has a really good story line, intersting way of how typing is used in the game, and an arena where you can fight as many enemies as you can. I highly, highly recommend this. And I would love to see more games by this creator.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
PKCoralissa
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I have played Epistory - Typing Chronicles quite a bit and even seen the credits rolled. So I shall share my experience playing this game and perhaps a tip or two for those interested.

I love this game. I never expected to fall in love with a second game but I did.

VISUALS
The visuals were beautiful. I loved the origami idea, and as you unlocked each new region they unfold like an origami present which was very lovely to watch. If you look closer, as I did towards the end, each tile that makes up the land is actually a stack of paper, which is a really neat idea reminding me on how an author's words alone create all the fantastical landscapes I see in my head as I read.

STORY
I also loved playing as the muse riding on her three-tailed fox. At first as the words appear on the land narrating a story, I thought that the unfolding story was about the muse on the fox, but as I kept progressing through the different landcsapes and unlocked more of The Bridge, I realised that the unfolding story was also about this unnamed girl. As I collect the fragments of each landscape and unlocked more regions, I learned more of her. It is never explicitly said what exactly happened to her in the end, but I believe that the fragments and the words on the land do give enough information that I can fill in the rest and construct my own interpretation of her story. This is the best part of Epistory -Typing Chronicles, discovering the story as you go along and feeling invested in it throughout the game.

KEYBOARD SKILLS
Now it may be a typing game. In fact you can operate everything using the keyboard alone. But there is also the element of puzzles which features quite a lot in this game, as well as a few cleverly-hidden spots. I won't spoil it for you, but if you do want to progress, a decent mastery of your keyboard will go a long way, not just for navigation and running away when you need to and killing insects by typing. That's another highlight. Ah, how I wish I could kill insects with my now-improved typing skills in real life :P

ICE NAVIGATION
In terms of navigation, I have previously read how some users struggled with navigating on ice. I did too at first, but once I figured it out I found ice to be very helpful at certain points in the game. Two things I learned
1) For me, I like to see my navigation keys of WASD like a compass. Going up is the W key, then it is my North, and so on for the other keys. Now in a compass there are also four more directions of northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest, which are combinations of the north south east west directions. I just treat my keyboard the same, and the eight directions afford more than enough precision to navigate smoothly across the land.
2)Also, the law of inertia applies on ice. A moving object continues to move unless being stopped by a wall or by a piece of land. Always remember this when on ice and you should be able to go wherever you need to go.

ORDER YOUR UPGRADE
Another thing I would like to point out is that despite reaching the end of the story, i.e. the credits, I did not unfold the story in its intended order which was a bummer for me. After unlocking the first few landscapes in the right order, I unlocked the rest in a haphazard order and completely missed one! I think that this was because that at certain parts of the game I had enough points to unlock more than one region at a time so I cluelessly went wherever I did. My advice would be to use your upgrade points on the Instinct upgrade as soon as you can, lest you go down the wrong path like me. I discovered too late that the Instinct upgrade is actually VERY USEFUL as it leads you to the next point in your journey. Besides that, I would also highly recommend the Velocity upgrade, but of course it will depend on your gameplay to choose which upgrade you need more urgently than the others.

EXPLORATION IS KEY
Also, before I forget, exploration is a key part of Epistory - Typing Chronicles. You will be rewarded if you have a penchant for exploring every nook and corner like me. I have stumbled upon chests placed off the main path as well as solutions to some puzzles by insisting on exploring my surroundings. I would not have found many of the chests and solved many puzzles in the relatively short time that I did if I did not constantly stray off the main path to explore the land, because boy oh boy there are so many goodies hidden off the main path.

So yes, in short, Thank You to Fishing Cactus and Co. for the epic Epistory - Typing Chronicles <3
Now please tell me how to find the prickly fisherman, I want that achievement but haven't figured it out yet hahaha :D
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Nicolas
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Gets old fast. Nice visuals.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
SeriousBug
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
A very nice game that revolves around typing. The main mechanic of the game is typing the words that appear above the enemies, or the various objects around the levels. The game includes some puzzles, as well combat situations that require you to type quickly.

The game is very forgiving when it comes to typing, as typos do not cancel what you are currently writing, allowing you to continue despite mistakes. Even on the highest difficulty, I did not have a any problems, even though I'm not a very fast typist. Even if you are not very good at typing, you can absolutely enjoy this game, altough I don't think it would be very helpful at learning to type faster if that is what you are after.

Story-wise it was unexpectedly enjoyable. I was surprised to see the story was as deep as it is.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I didn't pick up this game with intention to get better at typing, I picked it up to look at very pretty papercraft worlds. This game delivered on that and then much more.

What suprised me about this game is that it has so much in common with a metroidvania or a zelda game. Epistory takes place on one map. But, the way you progress through the map is by either gaining enough experience to activate these points that build new paper additions onto the map, or by the powers you gain throughout the story that allow you to open gates or teleport to new destinations. This system ensures that you always have a goal and that really helps to keep the game from getting stale. And the rewards for opening new parts of the map usually felt substantial with the main rewards either being a new dungeon to explore (and likely gain a new power from) or a large combat encounter (which will give you a ton of XP).

The dungeons are the highlight of the game. They are filled with puzzles, gigantic combat encounters, and tons of hidden trinkets. Dungeons usally acted as test beds for new powers, balencing both puzzles and combat alike to take advantage of the power you most recently gained. This helped make each one feel different. Also, it helps that the dungeons tend to be the most visually stunning sections of the game because of the variety and environmental creativity (for example: one dungeon takes place in a forest fragmented into small islands by a tornado). I think most of the dungeons were so good I would have recommended this game even if they were the only part of it. But the overworld connects them all in such an interesting way, which makes this game go from good to great.

But despite it being a great game, it's not perfect. I have two complaints. The first one is that there are no boss battles. This complaint is a little petty, but I think a few good boss battles would have elivated this game from from a great game to a game the level of limbo/braid. My second complaint is that the large combat encounters that are in the game can sometimes go on for a bit long. While fun, you are not able to pause the game during these so if you have to go do something in the middle of one of these encounters, you will have to eat a loss and then spend 5-8 minutes doing it again.

But these are small complaints in the grand scheme of things. I'm overall just impressed that a typing game elivated itself so far above that gimmick to become just a good game in it's own right despite the unusual mechanics for interacting with it. It's damn good.


Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game feels like a poem. Music, design and gameplay offer a great blend of escapism with a touch of challenge. I'd buy a RPG with these looks anytime.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game looks and plays beautifully. The graphics and level design are top notch and had me sitting in awe as the world literally unfolded in front of me. I wasn't sure how I would like a game that is centered around typing, but this game somehow managed to make me forget all about it. The story, music, art style, and gameplay kept me drawn in from start to finish and kept me wanting to explore. I highly recommend this game. It is a masterpiece of its genre that hit me with more original content and ideas than I've seen from a game in a very long time.

Great work from Fishing Cactus.
10/10 for me
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Just finished the main game in 8.5 hours, loved every minute of it even when I was super frustrated by complex battles and my own typos. Try it out!!!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
The graphics on this are lovely - reminded me a bit of Okami and a bit of Tearaway. Lovely music, fun game play, imaginative environments. I wish there had been maybe one more level to really explore using all the powers, but I suppose it's a sign of a good game when the only drawback is wanting more of it. Great game, have already recommended it to friends.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
It's a really sweet game. Sweet as in "aww, that's so sweet" not sweet as in "sweet keg of mountain dew, bro". Basically you ride around on a fox in a top down RPG where you interact with everything (including combat) by typing words floating over the objects/enemies. There's a story as well, but it's rather cryptic and you'll probably need to collect the fragments that are hidden in the game's 8 dungeons to really figure out what the game is talking about the whole time. Even then it's vague. I won't go too much into the story since it's the real substance of the game. Let's be honest, if you wanted a typing objective then you'd be at work.

A bit on the shorter experience. I've got about 5.5 hours as I write this and I just finished the game. Apart from some back tracking because I missed a dungeon, that was from start to stop without too many hangups. There's an arena mode, but really the substance of this game is in the campaign. It's a fun, if easy, experience.

The combat is interesting. There are four modes of firing your words, with certain enemies and objects only responding to certain firing types. Each type has a special effect when used against enemies, adding a thin layer of "strategy" to the game. Essentially, one of the firing types is VASTLY superior to all of the others when killing an enemy one-on-one, but the game rarely pits a single enemy against you as a challenge. Usually you just bump into them while wandering. Rather, the combat generally happens from fixed locations where enemies walk at you slowly in a circle or arc shape and you have to keep them at bay Beachhead style. Some of these are actually tricky, but not exceedingly so. The most I died on any one of these obstacles was about three times. Again, if you're looking for Dark Souls, then play Dark Souls. This game is very casual.

However, I do have a complaint about the game's difficulty. While I may be a bit of a completionist, I wasn't turning every stone to collect experience points in this game. There are about 20 levels or so, and by the time I was out of the 4th dungeon I was at max level. Since the game unlocks new zones and dungeons based on how much experience you've collected. By the time I finally reached the end of the game, I have almost x2 the max experience, and nearly x3 the experience required to complete the game. As such, the game unlocks late dungeons by the time you've only completed a few of them. Since it doesn't demand that you complete dungeons, theoretically you could accidently finish the game while only having played half of it. It doesn't really matter what order you go in after the first four (since they unlock the new firing modes as you go through them). Because of this, I didn't realize that I was about to walk into the end credits until the game literally narrated "There's no turning back from here" and my boss fight light started flashing. The game could stand to add a bit of direction if it expects you to get the narrative in one playthrough. As a side effect of the experience points being shoved down your throat, you also unlock all of the upgrades (some of which make the game VERY easy) halfway through the game as well. The game only got easier as I progressed thanks to this, which was strange but ironically fitting when juxtaposed with the story it tells.



Overall, pretty good game, 7/10.

(TL;DR)
Pros:

-Touching Story
-BEAUTIFUL Aesthetic
-Easy to learn and master


Cons:

-Slightly short for the asking price
-Late game excessively easy
-Lack of direction means late game content can come earlier than it should
-Story hard to understand without collecting all picture fragments
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I bought this game this morning, went to try it out, and played it through to completion (4 hours), watched the credits, then went back in to the game to finish the stuff I had missed.
Epistory is a cross between the Game of Thrones opening credits and Typing of the Dead, and Zelda. Ride a fox across a gorgeous papercraft world restoring the world and defeating attacking insects by typing in words. It's weird to describe, but it absolutely works. The gameplay is surprisingly varied, especially when you get different abilities you can apply to your attacks (ice to freeze enemies, spark to remove some of the attacking words, wind to blow them back, etc). There are 'boss fights' where you're facing down dozens of enemies, which hits that sweet spot of being challenging without being frustrating.
Two dings - the story behind the game is less than absorbing, but it really doesn't matter in the long run, and the method of its telling is interesting. Also, the game is a little too open - when I beat it, I actually had missed two of the eight major subsections, and had to go back to replay them. But those are both very minor complaints - for anyone that likes typing challenges at all, this is a must-buy. And if you're not up for the challenge, at least watch some video of the game to appreciate it's very unique visual style.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Epistory: Typing Chronicles is a stunning action-adventure game - although "stunning" does not do the visuals of this game any justice. Based on storybooks and origami, the richness in colour, texture, depth and life that this game manages to create is just mindblowing. Honestly some of the most breathtaking graphics I believe I have ever, ever seen from an indie title.

In terms of gameplay, the premise is simple - you are a girl riding atop a fox with magical powers, seeking to rid a forgotten kingdom of a mysterious darkness that has befallen it. To use your powers, you type; each correctly typed word sends a powerful bolt of magic straight at whatever you were aiming for, be it monsters, chests, gates or switches.

The main challenge comes in the enemy nests dotted around Epistory's various worlds, with waves of progressively harder enemies throwing longer and longer words at you INCANDESCENT! ACCOUTREMENTS! SESQUIPEDALIAN!. These arenas are by far the most challenging part of the game, although Epistory comes with its fair share of puzzles, too; and with the experience-based upgrade system and the game's generous rewarding of exploration, it's actually all very typical action-adventure fare. Yet the way everything is done coupled with the unique typing mechanic (and the insanely gorgeous visuals) makes the whole formula feel new, exciting, and original.

Epistory has become one of my favourite titles in my Steam library very, very quickly, and I cannot recommend this enough; I'd genuinely pay more than the asking price for it. If you haven't picked it up yet, I sincerely hope you do!

Oh! And if you're worried that your "two-finger peck" typing style will make this game impossible, don't fret. Along with the usual Easy, Medium and Hard there is also an 'Adaptive Difficulty' mode, which works out how fast you type and sets your challenge accordingly. This mode is also useful for those who can type above 100WPM and are looking for a hardcore challenge.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Wonderful game, great atmosphere, unique genre, a bit on the short side but that way you don't have time to get bored. Really enjoyed it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Very unique game. I loved it!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny