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.
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Release Date: Mar 30, 2016

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September 16

Let's celebrate the Tokyo Game Show!

Good news everyone!

On the occasion of the TGS, we took some time add the Japanese language to the game.



Well, it's ready-ish. It's still a bit rough around the edges (one rarely-used font missing, a few minor bugs) so it is only available in a separate branch for now.

More importantly, since we only have a basic understanding of how the language works (thanks Wikipedia), we'll need your help to ensure it's readable and enjoyable.

The biggest change required was the dictionary system. Don't panic, the few mods already existing won't require any changes but since we had to support "dual words" for Japanese, we could also support the same kind of dual display for other languages. Let us know if we should spend the time to make it possible for someone to create his/her dictionary of "english & french displayed side by side"

If you want to try it here's a small guide to branch switching:
- In your steam library, right click on Epistory and then click on Properties.
- Go to the tab called "betas"
- Change the drop down to "japanese-beta".

Known bugs:
- One font missing (you'll see red XXXXX instead of words)
- "Companion word" (the one showing the translation) displayed for too long on some items.
- "Companion word" displayed for no good reason (e.g. on number chests)
- Gameplay language in the options not translated when set to "Japanese"

Thanks for playing!

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August 31

A demo for Epistory, and a promotion to celebrate it!

WIN A KEY WITH THE DEMO?

We created a free demo of the game for those who are not yet convinced of the game potential. We promise you'll be hooked! And you now what? Complete the demo, choose wisely and try to win a Steam key unlocking the full game. Not everyone will win but only those who dare win!

And fear not, the demo is a bit different from the full game so if you liked the game, starting over in the full game will stay fresh.


UPDATE ON STEAM!

Alongside the demo comes a small update on the game fixing several little bugs and now including the Czech language. During the whole Gamescom we had a discount on the game, if you missed it, we currently have a -35% discount on Steam (today only).

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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.
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anmire
3.9 hrs
Posted: September 26
I genuinely recommend this game as a treasure amongst rubble.

To me, in my 4 continuous hours of gameplay, this is an excellent exploration on anxiety and struggle; full of strife, mini accomplishments, and moving forward, it tells a grippingly, maddeningly vague story.

While somewhat dramatic at times, this game has a lovely way of allowing the user to relate to the character. Even with the gender difference between myself and the main character, I feel connected.

Gameplay requires typing...to attack you have to type the words above the monsters' heads. It has adaptive difficulty to help keep it interesting and challenging.

Give it a try someday. If nothing else, the style is gorgeous!
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the rarest pepe
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
good for typing
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DarkBeing
5.9 hrs
Posted: September 26
I never thought a typing game could be so unique, beautiful and inspiring.

I received this game as part of my monthly subscription to Humble Bundle, and I though it looked nice enough to give it a try. I was hook almost instantly thanks to the amazing music and the stylish paper-like visual design. The narration is another great part that keeps the game going forward. It reminded me of Bastion, both thanks to the narration and the way the world unfolds before you.

The gameplay itself is an interesting take on the dungeon crawler genre, but instead of swords or magic, you type words on your keyboard that correspond to a certain enemy. It's a pretty simple system, but Epistory manages to keep it versatile by adding different types of powers and puzzles. The combat can get a little repetitive at times, especially when you fight waves and waves of enemies, but that's the only bad thing I can really say.

Bottom line: great indie gem.
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viva
7.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
Epistory is a beautiful handcrafted game for which you explore an isometric landscape, exploring dungeons and of course type to destroy the infestation. How well does this work in motion? Surprisingly very well. The controls for moving your character may be a tad awkward initially -- it offers WASD but I found it to be inferior to using the game's recommended controls of ijfe which seem to be tighter. However once you get over that, you will find the game is very expertly crafted. Menu items, etc are all typable meaning that your hands will never need to leave your keyboard.

The game is challenging mostly in your speed of typing and lack of errors. If you make too many errors, your progress on a word will be reset. Towards the end of the game you are often sent a lot of enemies at once. There are powers which can help alleviate some stress however typing quickly and reading the screen quickly are very necessary.

The art style of the game is beautiful. Very reminiscent of orgami/paper mache. The animations are all very well done. Especially when revealing parts of the map.

Cons:
- Controls are initially awkward at first / WASD is less tight
- Map can be useless at times. I found it really hard to read in dungeons especially.
- Is a tad short (~4 hours for me to beat the story skipping two dungeon areas, with the rest of my hours doing achievements/completion)

[Key acquired via Humble Monthly]
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Twistedvoid
6.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
The game is set in a beautiful and creative world. Game play is addicting and becomes progressively challenging. There are enough little things to gather although most are not too challenging to find. After collecting as many points as possible, the progression can be thrown off as harder areas can open out of sync but I found it to be more of a challenge and didn't mind.
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Pelaik
11.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Beautiful!
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Nyra
4.1 hrs
Posted: September 23
I did not know much about the game but I fell in love with the art style and didn't expect much about the game. I really liked the gameplay and this was my first experience with a typing game. I am not too bad at typing and I was challenged at multiple times, which I really liked. I did not like the controls of the character and I was a little irritated at some points in the game but overall I really enjoyed this game. If you like small games who are different and unique with a fantastic art style, you probably won't be disappointed. I was also surprised that there was a multiplayer component, so that's a nice addition to the game.

Tl;dr: A fairly quick game with a fantastic art style and interesting gameplay
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Ψ Psi-Lapse
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 21
I enjoy typing. I was not expecting this sort of typing, and its actually better than whatever I could say I was expecting. Its a paper-woven story about an overreactive girl on a massive fox that casts magical spells to kill insects and only insects.

The game unfolds before you as a real story would, and it looks lovely to boot. There are ideas where you can burn away brambles to continue on, or destroy cobwebs to improve the area.

You'll never be without the inspiration that you need so like, the idea of having said checkpoints to open more of the map for you is honestly kinda silly. You get four elements though, Spark, Ice, Fire, and WInd, I'm guessing.
I'm guessing because I gave up on it.

See, after every 'level', you find this circle. You go stand in the circle, and foes will begin to attack you. Now, where I was, you gotta keep these crystals lit or else you can't see the words you must type in, to kill these bugs, and there are five crystals with pretty medium sized words, and the bugs can come in five directions.
Its fine. its a challenge. Artifical maybe, but I can go with it.

But the game hype cancels you!
You spend a solid 30 seconds waiting for the bugs to come again, and in the meantime the crystals die out. So you gotta go and re-light them and OH LOOK its a swarm of bugs that die with just a letter. Its not. Fun.
Its not fun to stare at the screen dully waiting for what you know is coming. It doesn't create suspence, cuz you've seen this done many times. It just kills your flow and creates difficultly for you.
Its not even hard! Its just dirty. They literally just....make things difficult for you.
Its like trying to cross a narrow path, and suddenly and unexpectedly, BAM a rock falls through and destroys the path. You have no way to know when its gonna happen, or why.
If i can blame the game for something, You know its serious.
And I can. I do not blame the game for my own faults. I could type faster among other things.
However. No speed will stop the hype canceling. Its just gonna keep happening, and Its truely pathetic.

Everything else is actually amazing. Including the Narration and story.

7/10
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Longbeard the Pirate Turtle
5.4 hrs
Posted: September 21
A short, incredibly beautiful and atmospheric typing game. Just look at the screenshots in the store page, then go play it.
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issodolan
5.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
this game is pretty good cause you ride a big dog the whole time
so that's cool
also it makes me realize how bad i am at typing

all in all 8/10
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
So. Humble Monthly. While it's easy to be dismissive of its offerings it consistently puts hidden gems like Epistory on my radar. My initial reaction was that this premise surely reached its pinnicle with the fun but not that great Typing of the Dead. Was incredibly surprised upon actually opening the game and digging in - Epistory has a fantastic presentation and varied gameplay with a very satisfying progression arc.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
IF YOUR THINKING ABOUT IT, DO IT

I got this game with the humble monthly so my expectations were not very high, especially since it is a typing game. After checking out the trailer my hopes went up because it looks different and possibly fun. After about 30 minutes of playing I was hooked, it looks beautiful right from the begining and gets more challenging as your progress forcing you to get better at typing. If Okami had been a typing game that would be this. The story so far is vague but is compelling coupled with the "fragments" you collect through out levels which make water coloured images of people (not riding 3 tailed foxes I might add) which makes you wonder whats really going on.

I'd highly reccomend this game if you can get past the typing gaming play which to me is refreshing.
Would pay full price for this game, I think its worth it
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
A very beautiful indie game. The soundtrack and animations are beautiful. It's a QWERTY typing game, and moving the character takes some getting used to, but with practice you'll move around like a pro. To defeat enemies you just type the words above the enemy, which also depend on 4 elements that you acquire: Fire, Wind, Electricity (Spark), and Ice. You switch between the elements by typing it. I have a WPM of 65, so I had no trouble beating the game, and only died 3 times throughout. However, you can change the difficulty setting to suit your preference and skill level. The story is very subtle and nuanced, throughout the game the character's voiceover describes both the setting/present and the past. There are a few memories scattered throughout the dungeon, find them all and you'll get a picture that depicts the past/story. Because they're pictures, the story is open to interpretation. However, I'm the kind of person that tries to figure out how the story will end--and I figured it out quite quickly. I won't spoil it for you, but it's a good ending. There are so many indie games that are cheap imitations of other games--this game, however, is different in artwork, gameplay, and story. Buy the game, you won't be disappointed, I sure wasn't.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Well, I have to say I was very happily surprised! I got this game in theh recent Humble Bundle Monthly and I wanted to try something a bit different and test it out. Figured "Oh, I'll play it for half an hour, it's probably some kids typing game?" No, no it's not at all... it's quite fun actually! It took a little getting used to but once I did I wass getting right into the game. The typing challenges are indeed that, challenging and take a bit of strategy, using your appropriate magic as you go to overcome the situations. The story I found interesting especcially in the naration aspect. It is narrated very well and I like her voice.

The artwork in this game is also super gorgeous. The Origami method of displaying is rather neat and this is a game to play as work of art, as well as being a good game.

I definitely reccomend checking out this game and they appear to have a free demo, so why not? You can work on your typing with hand eye cordination skills and have a great story right along with it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Excellent simple action RPG that uses typing instead of button clicking. If you can type quickly and accurately (60+ wpm) you can probably breeze through the game just typing what you see. I cannot type that fast, so I had to be more strategic about combat. You learn elemental powers which have different effects on enemies like freezing them, pushing them back, etc. By using these powers intelligently, you can win even if you aren't a super-fast typist. The game also has a dynamic difficulty setting (that is on by default) that I think may make a given combat easier if you fail repeatedly.

The combat is fun, but the main draw for me was exploring the world and discovering the story. The art style is gorgeous. The world unfolds like the pages of a book. The environment and creatures are all stylized to look like they are constructed from paper. Even the watercolor drawings you uncover as memories are beautiful.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the game and recommend it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Pre-TL;DR: Epistory is such a rarity in that it handles a unique gameplay style so intuitively that in no moment does the game feel overly gimmicky. Responsive controls, cathartic gameplay, rewarding world, inventive powerups, and an interesting story. When Typing of the Dead is the main competition, I highly recommend you pick up Epistory.

PROS:
- Satisfying gameplay. I have gotten the most use out of my Corsair K70 keyboard playing this game than I have doing anything else on my PC. Even if you don't have a mechanical keyboard, killing waves of bugs with efficient typing attacks feels so amazing.
- Clever controls. The game recommends using E,F, J, and I to control your character through the overworld so you can seamlessly switch between moving and typing, which feels very natural. Also, fun little typing interactions like spamming R and U over and over again to simulate forcing a lock on a chest, and ASDF for turning a crank were some of my favorite moments of the game.
- Beautiful, diverse world full of secrets. The world is made of paper and origami, with the story literally being written on the stage. It's extremely rewarding to explore and unlock new areas to see everything the game has to offer. Great game for completionists (good luck with those "Diamond in the Rough" achievements though).
- Fun powerups. Throughout the game you gain 4 powerups that not only help you progress but aid with all types of battle. Often times you'll have to switch back and forth between powerups, so no power is ever made obsolete.

CONS:
- Can get repetitive during longer playtimes. The main objectives of this game are to 1.) Destroy waves of bugs and 2.) Solve puzzles to continue through the world. I only played this game for 1 to 2 hour sessions at a time, so I really didn't mind this and found every instance to be engaging. But if you like to binge your games, this might be a drawback.
- Kind of short. As of writing this I have 7 hours of gameplay, with about 1 hour being only the arena mode (which is so fun). Again, if you like to binge your games, you might beat this in one sitting. However, an indie game with 7 hours of gameplay is generally okay in my book regardless.
- Not terribly challenging. Maybe I'm just amazing at typing, but I didn't find the game to be all that challenging. I also wish the level cap was a bit higher. I was able to unlock all of the upgrades before the last dungeon.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
First subscription to Humble Monthly and I come across this strangely worded title of a game that claims to be a typing game. Like what? So, I plod along to Steam and before redeeming my shiny key I look this game up and having never heard of it, am like "omg this is so epic, I need this in my life, why haven't I heard of it?" and redeem said shiny key. Well, I've now completed the game, got all the collectibles and took my time and died a fair bit (some of those words are so long they're surely made up!) and my game time is genuine so quite a lot longer than I thought it would be.

Now, I'd say you have to be a fairly decent typer and a decent speller to get on ok 'cause some of the words you're like are you sure this isn't made up :-\ but the graphics, art style and story are worth everything and I sincerely hope the devs release another one or something 'cause this has changed my life
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Typed until my hands were sore. 11/10.

If you're thinking of buying this, why are you waiting? Does it not look gorgeous enough from the screenshots?

This is my first proper Steam review, and I couldn't be happier that it's about Epistory - Typing Chronicles.

I was a big fan of "Typing Of The Dead" on Dreamcast (and the subsequent PC version) but this has definitely replaced that as my favourite typing game.

But, to categorize the game as a "type-em-up" seems to be a somewhat reductionist approach; while typing is the primary gaming mechanic, this simplified version of interaction is deeply surrounded in a beautifully unique graphical style, accompanied by a soundtrack that is not only fitting but at times oddly mesmerizing. From start to finish I couldn't get enough of this, and while I managed to finish the story from start to credits in one night (not all achievements, though), the game didn't feel too short, stifled or lacking in any way.

I most sincerely hope that the devs see this review and are already working on (or seriously considering) a sequel, as nothing would make me happier.

If you consider yourself to be a proficient typist, this is a game that will test that. Accuracy and speed will be your two best friends, as you face off against hordes of encroaching insects and various puzzles that at times, reminded me of a Zelda-style dungeon. The mechanics in-game will force you to make choices of which "power-up" to use at which time, adding a further layer of depth on a mechanical level to complement the already engaging story. The voice acting is well done and provides a fitting accompaniment to a story about doubt, knowledge, and realization.

Is this a game that will keep you occupied for 100+ hours? Probably not, unless you're really intent on hitting the arena mode leaderboard top 10, or you're a really slow typist looking to improve your wpm over time. But is it a game that I enjoyed? Wholeheartedly, and it's an experience I will be recommending to anybody who will listen.

To balance the review, I should mention the one negative I found and it's a very small one; sometimes, for certain puzzles, I found the positioning of the main character to be a little difficult, but it wasn't such a hindrance that it impacted my enjoyment to a significant degree. I wouldn't mark it down for this, but it's honestly the only negative I can think of. And this could just literally be my own fault and clumsiness.

In conclusion, I found this game to be hugely enjoyable, and a sequel, to me at least, would be very welcomed. If you're on the fence about this, maybe wait for a sale, but if you like typing games and shorter story-driven games, then I think this'll be for you.

TL;DR - Great game based around typing with a beautiful art style that is well worth your time.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
As someone who is into the idea of typing words at things, Epistory should be right up my alley, but it's just too clunky at basically everything.

First off, you can't rebind the movement keys. Your only choices are the extremely awkward EF/JI and WASD. Since Epistory's only gameplay involves typing words, not being able to rebind the movement to something like ESDF or IJKL, so you're on the home row nubs, is a really dumb design decision. You're going to be moving around on the map, only to come against some enemies to type against and then have to remember to re-position your hands on home row. Like I really can't understand why you don't have rebindable movement controls in 2016.

Second, movement feels a bit sluggish, and maneuvering around the map is quite boring and I think the game would of been better off toning down that aspect. You also die in one hit, and though I only died twice in the two hours I played, I can see how this could become very annoying. It doesn't help that both times I died was because I was running around the map and bumped into an enemy that appeared nearly out of nowhere.

You also have to hit the spacebar to engage and disengage typing mode and it just feels a bit tedious to do so. Switching between "types" of typing also is a thing and comes off as more unnecessary busywork in the name of adding depth to the system. Just let me type words at things.

For being a game that's somewhat about writing, the story is terrible in the most bland and purple way possible. Almost everything the narrator the says is forgettable about 10 seconds after it's said. You could not procedural generate a less interesting series of words. Just so bland and made worse by trying to sound sophisticated.

On the upside, the typing recognition is solid. The game also has a strong visual design, though it's one of those games where it looks better in screenshots than in practice, as you'll mostly see a ton of the same nondescript enemies, burnable branches, trees, etc.

I didn't hate Epistory as much as this review may make it sound, but after two hours or so, I didn't see myself wanting to play anymore of it. It already started to feel repetitive and the various clunky aspects of it made it difficult to think of it a casual, leisurely wind-down game.

In short, if you want to type words at things, maybe give Epistory a shot, but go in with lowered expectations. Also do not think of Epistory of a typing tutor sort of game, because it's not. There's no real teaching aspect to it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I half expected Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, but what I got was a decent adventure game where typing is the mechanic to break barriers, fight enemies and unlock items.

After a few simple puzzles it gets quite fast paced :D

Interesting storytelling mechanics, lovely visuals. Most enjoyable.
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