The game brings you far into the future of a post-apocalyptic Sweden.
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Mixed (634 reviews) - 58% of the 634 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 12, 2012

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About This Game

Krater is real-time squad based dungeon crawling adventure. The game combines fast paced combat, tactical squad management, crafting, and questing all seen from a classic RTS perspective.

While the game’s campaign can be played offline, there are also hours of specifically designed co-op missions to tackle with friends online.
Since release, there have been tweaks/improvements to just about everything else, from game balance to improved loot/item generation to a reworked HUD and smoother graphical performance.

The game universe brings you far into the future of a post-apocalyptic Sweden. Once home to IKEA, Vikings, and Minecraft, today its primitive inhabitants scavenge the broken overgrown world for technological artifacts.

At the rim of an impact site known as the Krater, three factions vie for control over the wound opening up into the world below. Consisting of an endless series of caves and tunnels filled with old world treasures and perils, the Underside stretches into the depths of the fallen Swedish civilization. You arrive at the Krater with your team of freelancers to take part in the gold rush where people come back rich or don’t come back at all.

Key Features:

  • Co-Op Adventure - Loot together through hours of specially designed co-op missions. Conquer tough co-op bosses together and bring your spoils back to the main campaign.
  • Unlimited Exploration - No matter how deep you crawl, there is always more to explore in Krater’s open world. Packed full of randomized dungeons and events, more than 60 handcrafted original locations, and 200+ quests. Locations range from small settlements to large urban areas like Solside City, a sprawling regional hub where you’ll find all sorts of NPCs and services.
  • Achievements - Earn over 40 achievements online or offline.
  • Uniquely Persistent Characters - Watch your team of odd personalities evolve as they level up and gain new abilities, equipment, better stats, and even incur injuries.
  • Face the Consequences - Your characters must cope with the dangers of Krater - if not they will face the threat of gameplay affecting permanent injuries or even death!
  • Craft Everything - From items and weapons, to gear and abilities, you can craft it all with an extensive crafting system.
  • Unique Graphical Style - Krater makes great use of the new Bitsquid engine, which sports pleasing DX11 graphical features and lighting effects to create a one of a kind universe full of sun soaked towns & amazing environments, colourful effects, and complicated characters.
  • No mandatory connection to an online service - For those who would rather stay clear of online gaming services and login screens, Krater provides the entire Single-Player campaign in ‘offline’ mode.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS:Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor:Dual Core 2.4GHz processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader 4.0 compatible card (minimum: Nvidia GeForce 8xxx, AMD Radeon 2xxx)
    • DirectX®: DirectX11 drivers (the game support DX10 hardware)
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB HD space
    • NOTICE: : Krater requires DirectX 10, a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7. There is no support for Windows XP or DirectX 9.
    • OS: Windows 7 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 13GB
    • Video Card: DirectX 11 compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI card, ATI Radeon HD6870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or higher. Graphics card memory: 1 GB
    • DirectX®: DirectX11 drivers (the game support DX10 hardware)
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800, ATI Radeon HD 2600
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I was both happy and disappointed by this game. If you are looking for a fullfilling single player top down hack and slash with some rpg and strategy, then this will do. However if you wanted this for co-op. forget about it. They released a "co-op" Krater update that put the word "co-op" to shame. There is no co-op story gameplay. There are specific missions you can do together and they don't take very long to complete.
Single Player Rating: 7/10
Multiplayer Rating: 1/10
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162 of 171 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
The game is unfinished, and is no longer in development. I find it very unethical that the game is for sale without any warnings.
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173 of 190 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
This game is unfinished and production was cancelled. It should NOT be in the Steam Store. Sucks because this was looking to be good one day, but it just isn't anything worth paying for.
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137 of 147 people (93%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
A lot of discussions have been going on about Krater. While some players praise the fresh rpg setting and the challenging quests, others critisize the imbalanced powers of the monsters.

Here is what I experienced:


- easy to get started, self-explanatory game mechanics, well-made learning curve
- a solid story about abusing power, elite leaders and supressing the masses, set in a post-nuclear Sweden, with a good sense of humour
- long-time motivation for those who love challenges, as there are perfect builds to find, the limbo (a 45-level-dungeon) to raid etc.
- Nice graphic style, clean and fitting sounds and soundtrack


- Disastrous balancing: Some enemies are way too weak, others will bring your team down in no time. It takes a lot of time to find a good build for the final battle - but it does not depend on your own skill, but more on puzzling together different boosters (that improve strength, defense, stamina etc)
- Boring quests, standard rpg loot & collect tasks
- The coop mode is only three levels - well, for a game that calls itself a coop game, it's sparse, to put it mildly

In the first ten hours of playing, I was about to tell friends to try out the game, as it had this fresh setting and things went on pretty well, absolving quests and looting dungeons. But then I was stuck more often due to strong enemies, no money to buy upgrades, and misspent boosters. The final battle got pretty frustrating as I did not find a build good enough to beat the final boss. Also, until today, I never found a single player in the coop lounge to join a game.

Concerning that, I would not recommend to buy this game until one is going for a challenging rpg.
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107 of 117 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Abandonware - Should be removed from Steam.
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69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 4, 2015
Krater is a game which can neither be wholly dismissed nor whole-heartedly embraced. The tactical team-based RTS/ARPG hybrid battle-system is exciting, innovative, and well-implemented, while various tweaks to the typical ARPG formula show the thoughtfulness of passionate game design. The graphic design is consistent and thematically appropriate throughout. Sadly, Krater plays like a concept demo - a few hours of fun as you acclimate to the control scheme and unique design elements, followed by a steep drop-off in variety. The crafting system is essentially a grinding-incentiviser, and character progression is bizarrely limited in ways which are obviously designed to conjure up more grindplay. While the four classes do allow for some interesting combinations and teamwork, each class has only two skills. Although these skills can be tweaked in a variety of ways thanks to the unique augmentation system, the actual gameplay is largely unaffected by these tweaks and runs together in a wash of habitual button-mashing.

In many ways Krater succeeds - the writing is quirky, the world interesting, and the graphics stimulating. Unfortunately at the core of it all is an exceedingly repetitious experience. If your love for grinding or your desire to explore outweigh your distaste for repetitive gameplay, there is a unique and rewarding experience to discover here. Otherwise, avoid investing yourself in Krater: its innovation is only skin deep.
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55 of 61 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
This is one of those "maybe" games but I'm erring to "Not Recommended" just so people are aware of the issues it has.

Most obvious - it's clear they intended this game to be large or even multi-part story but that never happened so it doesn't feel like a completed thing as-is - that doesn't mean it's not fun at times, it just means it's not "all of a piece".

I've had issues around alt-tab since Beta and they're STILL THERE even now. Alt-tabbing will almost certainly leave the game in an immovable/hard-to-interact-with window - it may cause the game to just stop responding entirely - it's almost never a good idea to do it.

Saving is limited - you always restart from the nearest quest hub - and I've lost progress after a hang/crash a few times - I've lost progress after exitting properly a few times too - add that to it's dislike of alt-tab and you have a recipe for frustration which has led to me stop playing more-than-once.

Difficulty varies WILDLY - you'll spend a lot of time doing really easy stuff and then hit something REALLY hard - often just a random mob which is super-tough or whatever - it clearly needed more polishing.

All of that is a real shame because I like the setting, music, voicework, concept, playstyle, itemisation - it had a tonne of potential and ever time I come back to it I enjoy it for a while before I hit yet another pothole/crash and quit again!

tl;dr lovely idea about half polished/finished and just a bit too crashy to recommend as-is.
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84 of 110 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2015
This game is like a rushed EA game.
There will never be more content updates.
There are even parts on the worldmap where you can read that the content there will be added in the future.
The game is more than 2 years old now and there will never be added something...


I will never buy a Fatshark game again after this scam!
Its a pity that more and more games end like Towns and Cube World...

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66 of 83 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2015
With a broken heart i do not recommend this game.

It had the potential to be a better title than borderlands.

It had great setting, exceptional soundtrack, humour and story.

And then... everything just froze. And we have another example that
backing early access doesn't always pay off. Or should I say 'rarely pays off'?

It's an unfinished game that most probably will never be finished. As of now (2015) i'd say it's stuck not even halfway.

I tried launching it after almost two years. Thought that I'd just play it for a moment and spill a tear or two.

Now it crashes even before the tutorial.
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57 of 70 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
3 out of 10

I stopped playing this game still far from finishing. Hence the thumbs down. It seems like a lot of development went into the basic world design and not enough into specific character, combat, quest and dungeon design. This makes the game very repetitive.
This is a top down RPG where you control a bunch of characters in a post apocalyptic world.

The good:
1. Quite nice basic design. It had a lot of potential.
2. It seems like the game is huge. Which is also a bad thing considering the simplicity of the combat system - you will get bored sooner or later.

The bad:
3. Character development is very simplistic. Each character has 2 skills. Forever!
4. Extremely repetitive action.

The ugly:
5. You have to pay to enable you to develop your characters past a certain level. Really irritating.
6. If you die (a lot on medium) you have to trudge all the way back from town through it all to where you died. Some sort of fast travel system would have made a world of difference.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 8
Krater was a promising game with a unique aestetic that took place in a weird world I genuinely wanted to explore. I use past-tense there because this game will sadly (seemingly) never be finished. I get it, stuff happens in game development but a game this dead should at least have a note that it's in an Early Access state even though it's really just as done as it's going to get. A shame.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
Tired of abandoned and "Not actually Abandoned" abandoned games. Wish there was a policy for this but guess it's jsut a gamble. At least I wasn't in love with it in the first place.
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16.9 hrs
Posted: September 5
Some sort of multiplayer, multi-party, diablo-esque game.
Fun. Flavorfilled.
Post apocalypticly good.
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Randolf Mayhem
30.7 hrs
Posted: September 3
Great Post Apcolytic world setting, interesting concept for combat and controlling 3 units at once. A bit repetitive and challeging at times. If you like top down action RPG's in a postapocolptic world then I would recommend that game.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: September 1
Unfinished, not a lot of content, and abandoned.
Overall, a game with some nice sceneries, but not enough to justify a purchase.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: August 12
Dumb game. Waste of money.
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15.5 hrs
Posted: July 27
fully enjoyed the game. worth the money, tho replay value and multi player was lacking.
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10.2 hrs
Posted: July 15
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2.3 hrs
Posted: July 7
I wanted to love this game so much more but the controls are just not good.
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