Gurgamoth is a flying fighting game where the level is your weapon. Each match is lightning quick and focuses on intense flying combat and getting in your opponent's head. The controls are simple, but the mechanics and interesting levels bring out the game’s depth.
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Release Date: Feb 16, 2016

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August 16

Six Months of Sacrificing Sale


Gurgamoth has been unleashed on the world for six glorious months!

Here's some of our favorite clips of watching people play:

Jesse Cox:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deq7B3PlRwM

Stumpt:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtjobAavT1s

Far From Subtle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjPGin5QDrU

Alaab (in Arabic):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWvITsgLR3c

To celebrate, we're putting Gurgamoth on sale for $0.99!

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April 19

Bots are here! Sacrifice the unliving to Gurgamoth.



One of our most requested features since launching has been bots and the ability to play Gurgamoth singleplayer. We're happy to announce you can play against bots starting today on Steam!

Bots come in two varieties: Normal and Hard. Normal is perfect for those of you who are just starting out. They'll give you a good chance to practice your juking, aiming your attacks, and using power-ups. Hard is meant to give a challenge to our more advanced players who are working on their timings and positionings. You can toggle the difficulty from the character select screen.

If you're attending Pax East this weekend, we'll be in the Indie Minibooth. Stop by, say hi, and take the opportunity to play against us!

And, finally, for those of you who've been waiting to buy Gurgamoth, it's on sale all week for 50% off!.

Change Log
- Added normal and hard bots
- Disabled the screen split power-up
- Removed countdown and sped up match restarts

Bug Fixes
- Fixed a bug where distortion shaders persisted after power-ups

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Reviews

“It’s one of those games that makes you say 'just one more round,' over and over until it’s way past when you should’ve gone to bed”
PixelKin

“My current favorite exception is Gurgamoth, an admittedly modest battle game that stands out based on its mastery of round-by-round flow.”
Ars Technica

“I am old and one of my first games was pong. and Pong looks a lot better then this game.”
Youtube Commenter

About This Game

Note: Gurgamoth requires controllers to play

Gurgamoth is a flying fighting game where the level is your weapon.


Gurgamoth is the perfect mix of party chaos and competitive strategy, ideal for sitting around on the couch with a couple of friends.

Your only weapon is the level itself: a shifting battlefield with different hazards. Gurgamoth is fast, relying on quick timing, but also your ability to read your opponent. Will they dodge your attack and send you flying into a spinning saw blade? Will they spend their attacks on a power up, leaving them temporarily vulnerable? Will they anticipate your attack and stun you while you're recovering?

Get inside their minds and earn the honor of awakening Gurgamoth.

Gurgamoth features:
  • Unique levels, each with their own dangers
  • Game-changing power-ups
  • Tight flying mechanics
  • Fantastic visual design
  • Fast, party-friendly matches
  • Full controller support
  • The most fun you'll have summoning an elder god

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Positive (33 reviews)
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gigapool1
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
Great couch coop fun.
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spacebutcher
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 19
Do you have a bunch of controllers? Do you have a bunch of friends, enemies or homeless people attached to those controllers? If so, whack them over the head and suggest that they play a few rounds of Gurgamoth.

I've had this game on my radar for a while, and at $0.99 it was an instant buy.
Great fun so far! The combat was simple enough to pick up, and feels balanced. Some solid art and a decent soundtrack back it up nicely.

If I had one nitpick, it would be a lack of arena variety. Even some additional color scheme variants for each arena type would help the game to feel fresh for longer.
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Sky
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 17
Played this game at PAX east with one of the devs, awesome people and awesome game. No multi plyaer which im a bit salty about but hey, can have everything lol
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DangeR
1.0 hrs
Posted: May 20
Amazing game 4 players... don't miss that one ....many laughs. Great multiplayer.
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Warwick J.
6.9 hrs
Posted: May 2
Galvanic Games is a Seattle-based full service creative studio that specializes in design, development, and services for games. The team led by C.J. Kimberlin have already developed two other games in Rust Belt and Moderne Artiste. Gurgamoth is the team’s debut title on Steam. It’s a local multiplayer fighter that has recently undergone a greatly appreciated update that has seen the introduction of bots into the game. This has given the game an enormous boost in playability because, obviously, those who wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the game previously are now in a position where they can play.

Before I begin to praise the bot game – the one mode that I’ve been able to play to this date – I want to pinpoint a negative. The game, for whatever reason, gave me the ability to control multiple players in each game. Given that the starting point for each round can position the characters at either side of the screen and there are deadly traps on the sides of the screen the game almost demands that you will kill off one of the characters before you begin. The only time that you score a point is if you win the round and only one character can win the game. Therefore I would have much preferred the standard ability of controlling just a single character and playing against three AI controlled players. I’m not sure whether this was the intention of the devs or not when they introduced this mode for single players but it was more than a little frustrating.

With that said I can see how this would be a wonderful game for those who have the ability to play the game in a multiplayer environment. The game has the potential to have a great competitive scene and local competitions would be an enormous amount of fun. Unfortunately that isn’t me at this current time but when we have my partner’s best friend’s family up during school holidays it will be a game that I load up for a bit of fun. There’s been a few games such as The Hauntsters and Dwarven Brawl Bros that we have already featured and that I will be endeavoring to play with them but I believe that Gurgamoth has the potential to be at the head of the list.

What I enjoyed most about Gurgamoth is the presentation. I quite enjoyed the design choices in the color palette and the sound. The game controls very well and with the fast pace of the game and the traps deaths feel very fair but also exciting and challenging. It’s a very clever mix. There are a number of different effects that can kill you, the player can use the environments to their advantage and everything seems to be in keeping with the pace of the game.

A minor disappointment is that the only differences in the characters that I can notice at this stage are cosmetic. It may have been nice to implement different strengths and weaknesses to the characters but I admit that given the environment of the game that may have altered the competitive balance of the game and players may have felt that they were at a distinct advantage/disadvantage if forced to choose one character over another.

Gurgamoth is half price for another couple of days. Therefore you will not find a better opportunity to purchase the game at a better price for some time.
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Ziggy
0.2 hrs
Posted: April 24
I couldn't even play the multiplayer mode because it requires specifically an XBox controller. If you don't own one, don't even try.
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SethFromAbove
0.7 hrs
Posted: April 23
A well crafted, visually appealing, and tightly balanced game that had me shouting with excitement as I played it with my friends. Compares favorably with other hits in the genre like Towerfall.
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DJSF
5.8 hrs
Posted: April 5
I received a copy of this game through Keymailer and was excited to try it because I enjoy combative local-multiplayer games. I was very satisfied with my gameplay experience. Be advised: this game works optimally when played with a controller.

If you enjoy arena-based local-multiplayer games, killing your friends, and fast-paced gameplay, then you will enjoy Gurgamoth.

The aesthetics are good - the amount of detail in the environment, characters, and different special effects is very high. There are a number of different characters you can play as, however, this offers only a cosmetic change. The music and sound assets are appropriate for the quick playstyle of the game.

Controls are very simple and easy to learn, however, I must again stress the importance of using a controller when playing; you can use the keyboard and mouse, but Gurgamoth is optimized for gamepad use. You can also play with up to three people using the keyboard and mouse, but it can be quite clutter-some to set things up this way. There is a pop up tutorial of the controls whenever you begin a match, but the different stage hazards/items (appear in the form of asteroids) are not explained anywhere, and must be learned the hard (and fun) way. The learning curve is mostly minimal, but mastering gameplay can take some time. The most challenging part of Gurgamoth will probably be perfecting your timing - a well-executed dodge+boost combo can end with your opponent's death (or yours).

Gameplay consists of you trying to kill your opponents by boosting into them, usually pushing them into some type of environmental hazard that varies depending on stage. For example, one stage has spikes along the edges of the map, but a covering layer must first be hit before the hazard is active (you can do this by boosting into it yourself, or by pushing an enemy). Other hazards include electricity towers that periodically turn on and laser-spitting meteors. The first player to 3 rounds won takes the cake. You begin the game with 3 boosts - there is a cooldown that will slowly recover - and the game handles balancing very well because if you are losing by a lot (ex: 0-2), it will give you 4 boosts and handicap the person winning to 2 boosts.

Other asteroids will offer you temporary bonuses - like infinite boosts, a one-hit shield, slowing down time, and warping the stage perspective (ex: shrinking the map). These, along with the different hazard set up of each stage, help add a lot to the game's replayability.

Overall, the game plays really well for an arena-based local multiplayer game, so long as you have enough controllers handy. If you enjoy fast-paced gameplay, then you should definitely give this title a try.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews

My Website
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TOPOman
0.2 hrs
Posted: March 10
Simple to pick, simple to learn, light, fun to play WITH friends, sadly, even when the local play is awesome, don't buy it if u don't have a group of friends to play and drink some beers.
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[FuT] Sandpuppy
1.9 hrs
Posted: March 10
fun little game, not a lot of content, but good controls and a fun concept.
local multiplayer only!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Do you have a bunch of controllers? Do you have a bunch of friends, enemies or homeless people attached to those controllers? If so, whack them over the head and suggest that they play a few rounds of Gurgamoth.

I've had this game on my radar for a while, and at $0.99 it was an instant buy.
Great fun so far! The combat was simple enough to pick up, and feels balanced. Some solid art and a decent soundtrack back it up nicely.

If I had one nitpick, it would be a lack of arena variety. Even some additional color scheme variants for each arena type would help the game to feel fresh for longer.
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 16
This game has a fantastic visual design, good audio and a really fast fun gameplay style. Being Local Co-op only doesn't let the game down. You just need to make the call if it's viable for you. If you are a lone wolf, probably not worth getting this title. If you are a social butterfly this will be a real hoot! An indepth review is below, as well as a brief tutorial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orQPiF5Qa7o
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Gurgamoth is an ‘unforgiving’ party game. The game excels (well only excels) when you have people who can play with you locally. Great for events when you have friends over as this game provides a brutal experience and dying seems a common experience when playing.

Positives:
+ Gurgamoth stays refreshing from it's awesome level designs and level interactions. Level hazards such as spinning blade and enclosing walls keep the players vigilant.
+ Art style is great and reminds me of games such as Binding of Isaac.
+ Soundtrack is really good and matches the tempo of the game well.
+ Plenty of characters to choose from.

Negatives:
- No Achievements
- No Single Player
- No Multiplayer

I feel though single player is a huge opportunity missed in this game. I am often playing games by myself as I dislike much social interaction. If the game had AI and some sort of single player mode it would be much more accessible for players like myself who are often alone.

The game really does shine as a party game though and if you do have a group of gamers you constantly play local games with then I’d highly recommend this game. If you are more Lone wolf like myself then I’d avoid it unfortunately.

The game is solid overall and for that reason I’d recommend it.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
A 2-4 Player Local-Multiplayer Fighting Arena
https://youtu.be/cvHZyBCZBJ4
+ I loved the Rave / Techno background music
+ The arena's look great, very nice art-style and background animations
+ Unique mechanics in each stage giving you a different experience as to how you play, some have spike walls, some close in on you, some have death lasers or a giant spike ball of doom.
+ Quite a few power-ups that can be game-changing
+ Playing with friends is fun, and the social experience really adds tot he game itself.


- You can NOT play this game alone
- No AI or bots to play with or add-to the party
- I felt like it's designed to be played with 4-players so you need 3-4 controllers
- Gameplay is pretty simplistic, it is essentially "bumper cars", you can lunge at someone, pass through them, or stun them.

Overall it's a great party-game, but I would NOT recommend this to someone who mainly plays games alone or does not have multiple controllers laying around. This is intended to be played with 4-players, and the social experience is what really adds to the game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
A quick and fun 4 player co-op arena

About

Gurgamoth is a simple but fun party game to play with up to 4 people. Sit down on a couch, grab a controller and become the one to awaken Gurgamoth.
Each of you controls a cultist. One of the characters in the game. Your goal is to beat your enemies to get the honor of awakening Gurgamoth... whoever the hell that is.
It's one of those games which you start up, beat a friend a couple of times before dropping the controller and leaving satisfied.

Gameplay

NOTE: PLAY THIS WITH A CONTROLLER IF YOU HAVE ONE

The gameplay is very basic. Dodge, attack, anticipate when your enemy is going to attack, watch out for the map itself (sawblades, spikes etc) and try to beat your opponents. Your only weapon: the map itself.

The controls are responsive and the game is fast paced.
There are power-ups and every level has their own dangers to watch out for next to your opponent.
You have to be smart and rely on quick timing to win the battle.

PROS

  • The visual design
  • The soundtrack
  • The unique levels which keep it refreshing with its own dangers
  • Colourful characters to choose from
  • Easy to pick up and play when you and your friends are bored
  • Local co-op
  • Love the animations

CONS

  • No campaign or story behind Gurgamoth
  • No singleplayer of any kind which is a bummer, would love to know more about the colourful characters!
  • Only local so no multiplayer.

Verdict

When you have friends over who enjoy games, have them bring a controller to play this. It's fun, fast and it looks great. It's perfect for a fun time with your buds.
The visual design is great and the soundtrack fits the quick gameplay. I enjoyed smashing my mates into a sawblade and so will you. If you have controllers lying around that is. I do recommend this to any of you who are looking for a fun game to play with your friends.
A great game. Having a laugh while playing is really what adds to the game experience.

Final verdict: 7.5/10 Great for what it is! But in my opinion a missed opportunity in the story behind the characters and Gurgamoth, That could make an interesting game.

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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Galvanic Games is a Seattle-based full service creative studio that specializes in design, development, and services for games. The team led by C.J. Kimberlin have already developed two other games in Rust Belt and Moderne Artiste. Gurgamoth is the team’s debut title on Steam. It’s a local multiplayer fighter that has recently undergone a greatly appreciated update that has seen the introduction of bots into the game. This has given the game an enormous boost in playability because, obviously, those who wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the game previously are now in a position where they can play.

Before I begin to praise the bot game – the one mode that I’ve been able to play to this date – I want to pinpoint a negative. The game, for whatever reason, gave me the ability to control multiple players in each game. Given that the starting point for each round can position the characters at either side of the screen and there are deadly traps on the sides of the screen the game almost demands that you will kill off one of the characters before you begin. The only time that you score a point is if you win the round and only one character can win the game. Therefore I would have much preferred the standard ability of controlling just a single character and playing against three AI controlled players. I’m not sure whether this was the intention of the devs or not when they introduced this mode for single players but it was more than a little frustrating.

With that said I can see how this would be a wonderful game for those who have the ability to play the game in a multiplayer environment. The game has the potential to have a great competitive scene and local competitions would be an enormous amount of fun. Unfortunately that isn’t me at this current time but when we have my partner’s best friend’s family up during school holidays it will be a game that I load up for a bit of fun. There’s been a few games such as The Hauntsters and Dwarven Brawl Bros that we have already featured and that I will be endeavoring to play with them but I believe that Gurgamoth has the potential to be at the head of the list.

What I enjoyed most about Gurgamoth is the presentation. I quite enjoyed the design choices in the color palette and the sound. The game controls very well and with the fast pace of the game and the traps deaths feel very fair but also exciting and challenging. It’s a very clever mix. There are a number of different effects that can kill you, the player can use the environments to their advantage and everything seems to be in keeping with the pace of the game.

A minor disappointment is that the only differences in the characters that I can notice at this stage are cosmetic. It may have been nice to implement different strengths and weaknesses to the characters but I admit that given the environment of the game that may have altered the competitive balance of the game and players may have felt that they were at a distinct advantage/disadvantage if forced to choose one character over another.

Gurgamoth is half price for another couple of days. Therefore you will not find a better opportunity to purchase the game at a better price for some time.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
I received a copy of this game through Keymailer and was excited to try it because I enjoy combative local-multiplayer games. I was very satisfied with my gameplay experience. Be advised: this game works optimally when played with a controller.

If you enjoy arena-based local-multiplayer games, killing your friends, and fast-paced gameplay, then you will enjoy Gurgamoth.

The aesthetics are good - the amount of detail in the environment, characters, and different special effects is very high. There are a number of different characters you can play as, however, this offers only a cosmetic change. The music and sound assets are appropriate for the quick playstyle of the game.

Controls are very simple and easy to learn, however, I must again stress the importance of using a controller when playing; you can use the keyboard and mouse, but Gurgamoth is optimized for gamepad use. You can also play with up to three people using the keyboard and mouse, but it can be quite clutter-some to set things up this way. There is a pop up tutorial of the controls whenever you begin a match, but the different stage hazards/items (appear in the form of asteroids) are not explained anywhere, and must be learned the hard (and fun) way. The learning curve is mostly minimal, but mastering gameplay can take some time. The most challenging part of Gurgamoth will probably be perfecting your timing - a well-executed dodge+boost combo can end with your opponent's death (or yours).

Gameplay consists of you trying to kill your opponents by boosting into them, usually pushing them into some type of environmental hazard that varies depending on stage. For example, one stage has spikes along the edges of the map, but a covering layer must first be hit before the hazard is active (you can do this by boosting into it yourself, or by pushing an enemy). Other hazards include electricity towers that periodically turn on and laser-spitting meteors. The first player to 3 rounds won takes the cake. You begin the game with 3 boosts - there is a cooldown that will slowly recover - and the game handles balancing very well because if you are losing by a lot (ex: 0-2), it will give you 4 boosts and handicap the person winning to 2 boosts.

Other asteroids will offer you temporary bonuses - like infinite boosts, a one-hit shield, slowing down time, and warping the stage perspective (ex: shrinking the map). These, along with the different hazard set up of each stage, help add a lot to the game's replayability.

Overall, the game plays really well for an arena-based local multiplayer game, so long as you have enough controllers handy. If you enjoy fast-paced gameplay, then you should definitely give this title a try.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews

My Website
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I love local multiplayer games. I played this with some friends, and its bad ♥♥♥. You must have game controllers. The orange dude is my favorite.

Its quick, fast, perfect for drinking and parties.

i love the death animations.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Played this game at PAX east with one of the devs, awesome people and awesome game. No multi plyaer which im a bit salty about but hey, can have everything lol
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Amazing game 4 players... don't miss that one ....many laughs. Great multiplayer.
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