Armed only with your grappling hooks and fearless nature, run, leap and swing your way across a dreamy skyscape to reach the pillar of light. Welkin Road is an elegant, first-person puzzle-platformer that combines parkour and grappling-hook-powered aerobatics.
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Mixed (40) - 67% of the 40 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Apr 13, 2016
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The single-player part of the game is mostly finished, and we want to use Early Access to refine it and address any remaining issues. Additionally, we believe the game would benefit from certain community-driven features, which is why constant community feedback is essential.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“It is difficult to predict how long the new features will take to develop, but we estimate the game to stay in Early Access for up to 4 months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“After balancing and refining the existing gameplay, we plan on adding features that focus more on the speedrunning elements, multiplayer and community interaction.

Currently planned features include:
  • Race against friends live
  • Viewing and sharing replays
  • Race against a "ghost" of your past runs or of the runs of others
  • Level editor and steam workshop support

Note that this is only a plan, and may change depending on how the community receives the game and which features players want the most.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game currently features 11 levels that are playable from start to finish. It constantly introduces new, diverse gameplay mechanics and combines them in a way that makes every level feel different. Also present is a speedrun mode where players try to finish levels as fast as they can to compete on leaderboards.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, the game might cost slightly more on full release to reflect the added features.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“While the single-player is for the most part complete, the gameplay requires balancing, which is best achieved with the help of the players. If the community feels strongly about changing certain elements of the game, we will do our best to incorporate the proposed changes. New multi-player and community driven features are planned, but are open to changes and will be developed with a constant dialogue with the community.”
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About This Game



Soaring amid the clouds, Welkin Road blends free running with grappling-hook-powered aerobatics, challenging you to reach the end of each level using only your wits and the abilities available to you. The road ahead will test your resolve, your concentration and your reflexes, forcing you to master your swings and movement as you learn new techniques to overcome the obstacles in the world… or plummet to your doom.

The gameplay is driven by two core components: grappling and parkour. Make use of the two grappling hooks to swing from point to point, creating momentum while using parkour-inspired movement to explore the world. Sprint, leap, balance, run on walls and hold on for dear life as you perform incredible, high-altitude, acrobatic stunts.

You have full control over the grappling hooks, as well as the direction, speed and timing of your swings. Master and blend all of these elements into fast, fluid and elegant runs. Challenge yourself further by competing against the clock and the time of other runners around the world.

Main features:


  • Grappling hooks: With full control over two grappling hooks you can chain swings together and use your momentum for fluid, elegant movement.
  • Parkour: Use wall running, wall jumping, crouching and wall grappling to overcome obstacles and find the best route to the pillar of light.
  • Different grappling mechanics: The game is full of different types of grappling mechanics which will impact the way you move and solve puzzles.
  • Challenges and puzzles: Levels require you to master swinging, movement, various abilities and to discover new ways to use and combine them.
  • Speedrun mode: Race against the clock or try to beat the times of other runners around the world, and compete for a spot on the leaderboards.
  • Intelligent checkpoints: Frequent checkpoints and manual resets mean you can get back into the action as fast as possible. This allows you to practice sections and master an entire level without having to constantly restart. Improve on sections, find the most efficient route and set the best time.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Q6600
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 275
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Adjust settings to get an acceptable framerate.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Q6600
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 275
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Adjust settings to get an acceptable framerate.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ 64-bit, SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Q6600
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 275
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Adjust settings to get an acceptable framerate.
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