Vacant Kingdom is a synthesis of bullet hell and story-driven action-RPG. Explore a whimsical yet desolate land and uncover the mystery of why everyone disappeared.
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April 18

Steam Launch Update (Patch Notes)

Hey gamers!

Prologue For A Vacant Kingdom is launching on Steam today, did you know? About a month ago the we launched on itch.io, but the version that's launching today has been updated with new content and changes. I'll highlight them here for those of you who are curious!





A New Optional Boss

A brand new boss has moved into Spectral Suites. She's a little bit hidden, and actually fighting her involves a small side-quest of sorts. I won't say much more than that so as not to spoil anything. I hope you'll all have fun tracking her down and battling her!

Technically speaking, I'm very proud of her. In particular, she comes with a new dynamic music system where the music builds up and becomes more dramatic as you get further and further into the battle. It's a touch subtle, but I think it'll make things seem more intense when you're at her last phase, with 1 HP and just barely managing to hang in as you work away at her last sliver of health.





Masochist Mode

You "learned the ropes" of Easy Mode. You conquered Intended Experience. Are you ready to take things to the next level on the new hardest difficulty setting: Masochist Mode?! Statistically speaking, probably not... but that won't stop me from telling you all about it!

Masochist Mode makes bullets fly faster, patterns more dense, and lowers the amount of time you have to catch your breath between waves of fire. Besides making existing patterns more difficult, Masochist also features exclusive boss phases: some which are totally new, and some which are variations which put a new spin on existing phases.

I don't expect Masochist will be for everyone, but it'll provide a truly challenging gaming experience for the Core Gamer Demographic. This is for those of you who love to brag about your herculean gaming feats like: attaining a 6 figure GamerScore®, defeating The Bed of Chaos, or reaching 99 in Mining and Runecraft.



But Wait, There's More!

One other thing that I've taken a look at is performance, and I think I've made things run a good deal better. I think that Easy and Intended Experience (Medium) should be a smooth ride through and through for anyone on relatively modern hardware. It's still not 100% at where I'd like it to be though, in particular, when playing on Masochist, Mandrake (the 1st boss) can get choppy during a couple of its phases.

I also added achievements! I somehow simultaneously managed to not add achievements at the same time. You'll see.

Some bullet sprites have been modernized too, in case it bothered you before that some of the bullets were just single-color circles before. Now with 50% more epilepsy triggers!

Also, you can now keep firing while lunging/dashing. Pretty insignificant, but it feels better to me.

And of course, some new "jokes" and some good, old-fashioned bug fixes have been peppered in as well!



Thanks for reading (and playing?!),
shru.
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April 15

Launching On April 18th, Mark Your Calendars!

I'm very excited to finally be able to release this!

I'll be making a post later this week detailing the changes which have been made since the itchio version.

With many love, shru.
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About This Game



Vacant Kingdom is a bullet hell action-RPG for PC and Mac. Its combat takes inspiration from Japanese arcade shooters, but the story and world are structured like an action-RPG. Bosses will put your skills to the test, but you'll only have to defeat each one once.

In Vacant Kingdom you explore a whimsical yet desolate land and try to uncover the mystery of where its inhabitants went. On the way you'll meet a colourful cast of characters. Like a chef who only knows one recipe, a nefarious wizard who wields the dark power of obtuse riddles, and a robot who is programmed to teach the world about insects.

Why "Prologue"?

Prologue for a Vacant Kingdom is a slice of a larger game which will eventually be released as Farewell for a Vacant Kingdom. You can think of it as a demo designed to gather feedback so that the final game can be as great as possible. However, even though Prologue is a demo, it does contain a lot of content. Most players can expect to spend 2-3 hours completing it.

Key Gamer Features

  • Challenging bullet hell gameplay in a unique action-RPG framework.
  • Three levels of difficulty to suit beginners and veterans alike.
  • Explore a haunted resort and uncover its secrets.
  • Meet a cast of quirky characters.
  • Created all by one person.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista
    • Processor: Intel i3 or AMD Equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics, GeForce 6xxx, Radeon HD 2xxx, or newer
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any should work perfectly.
    • Additional Notes: Blue LEDs inside case.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista
    • Processor: modern-ish Intel i3 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Anything made in the last decade.
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any should work perfectly.
    • Additional Notes: Red LEDs inside case.
    Minimum:
    • OS: macOS 10.12+
    • Processor: Intel i3
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics, GeForce 6xxx, Radeon HD 2xxx, or newer
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any should work perfectly.
    Recommended:
    • OS: macOS 10.12+
    • Processor: Intel i5
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Anything made in the last decade.
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any should work perfectly.

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