Battle the enemy with your team of re-incarnating elemental warriors and try to break the delicate balance of energy in your advantage. This is the digital, expanded version of Ortus©.
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Release Date: Sep 28, 2016

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April 1

Ortus Arena, patch 1.5

Hi all,

Ortus Arena needed an update! And here it is.

Lots of bugs and inconveniences have been solved. And things should now work for all macs as well!

But there are also cool upgrades to the existing content! New multiplayer functionalities and AI Improvements.

Now is the for change and polishing. If you think there are important improvements for us to make, or if you still encounter a bug, don't hesitate to react on the community forum!

New features:

- Better AI on hard levels
- Possible to accept multiplayer matches while playing solo
- Someone-came-online popup
- You can now see the multiplayer opponent's name


- Mac 17 inch install bug fixed
- Stretching mist bug fixed
- Multiple multiplayer match-invite bugs fixed
- AI waterwarrior attack decision bug fixed

See you in battle.
Guido of the Ortus Arena development team

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February 6

Ortus Arena Improvement Underway

Hello warlords of Ortus Arena,

The fellowship of the Ortus development team has gathered and made up a plan for the coming months. Due to some company misfortunes we had put Ortus aside, but this night the five of us have put our hands together to continue to work on it in our spare time: we really believe in this beautiful game, we want to make it great!

Our goal is to create an inspiring platform where strategical gamers can have an intellectual battle with gamerules that are easy to learn, but difficult to master.
With Ortus we want players:

  • to feel pride when having won a tough battle;
  • let them live on the balancing edge of aggressive attacks and thoughtful defence;
  • discovering and increasing their tactical talents
  • to be part of a community with fierce competition, but also were everyone shakes each other’s hand with great respect.

    The coming period we are going to work on the following:
  • 1st week of March 2017 we have gotten rid om some bugs like: Ortus
  • doesn’t work on some Macs, abundance of mist on the playground.
  • 1st week of April 2017 we have made the AI smarter, added functionalities to stimulate online multiplayer battles and gather more online players.
  • Onwards from May 2017 we will work on some additional functionalities in Ortus multiplayer like different battle boards (the ones in the campaign), do some small bugfixing.
  • During this time we also gather your wishes and advice for improvements.
Help us by giving feedback and to enlist so we can approach you for some testing. Send a message to or reply in the community

Greetings from the Ortus team
And see you on the battleground.

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“Its blending of resource management with abstract strategy I found to be very well achieved and a delight to play. / I am very much enamoured of this game and its complexities right from the balance of energy from attack and defence, to the ways in which the different pieces work. I am really glad to have the chance to play this and will continue to enjoy it.”
4.5 – GMS-magazin

“it is fast-flowing and simple to learn, based around a martial arts conflict in a fantasy setting”
The Guardian

“Das' design is elegant in its aesthetics as well as its gameplay, and the physical version of the game is very easy to set up and manage.”
Pocket Tactics

About This Game

Battle the enemy with your team of elemental warriors and try to break the delicate balance of energy in your advantage.

Ortus Arena is a symmetric turn based game for two players. With your re-incarnating elemental warriors, you must collect energy and conquer the board. Spending energy to move multiple units, but also keeping energy for defense. A delicate balancing act between attacking and defending. The way you manage each of your eight warriors is of crucial importance between victory or defeat.

Ortus Arena is the expanded digital implementation of the physical, two-player board game Ortus©. It allows players with a knack for tactical gaming to challenge their friends (both local or online) or climb the ranks against others of the same skill level.

Strategy prevails! No dice rolling, no card drawing, the victory in entirely up to your logical and strategic skills.
Luck has no place in Ortus, but your brain does!

A clever AI is present to be combated in the solo game mode. The average duration of one game is half an hour.

two Difficulties:

Apprentice Mode: Fight with 8 warriors, attacking with melee or ranged attack. This mode will help you learn the basis of the game. Once comfortable enough with this mode, you can try…

Master Mode: Unleash the true strategic power of the game. Your soldiers now have powers according to the element they represent.

Multiplayer mode: Local or Online, you can try to outsmart your friends!

Solo mode: You can learn the game’s basis with the campaign, or you can try to beat the AI if you’re on your own.

Learn the strenghs of your elemental soldiers on Master Mode:

Earth: Those soldiers can hide and thus can’t be targeted, unless there is another earth soldier in the same row. Their attacks are more powerful than the other characters and they cost more energy as well.

Water: They are the only ones that can attack several enemies at once, all around them or on a line. If you don’t block the first impact, then you’ll have to pay a degressive cost of energy for all the soldiers the attack targeted.

Fire: Fire soldiers work by pair. Their attacks don’t cost anything so you just have to pay for their movements on the board. If they are correctly aligned, they can protect one ally, and have to be in a triangular position to attack your opponent’s soldiers.

Wind: They pay no Energy for flying in a straight line to the end of their Hexline. They possess ranged attacks that costs energy.

three Ways to Win:


  • Control 5 Energy Wells
  • Knock Out 8 Of Your Ennemy’s Soldiers
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  • Get Your Guide to the Center Of the Map!
  • [/h2]

    System Requirements

    Mac OS X
      • OS: Windows XP SP2+
      • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
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