The Underground King is a RACING ROGUE-LITE set on a mysterious island where racing is the bread-and-butter of life. Lead your carefully handcrafted teams in chaotic racing events for glory and fortune. Drive, Defeat, Loot, Repeat!
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March - 2020

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Last game on Greenlight, first racing rogue-lite. This project started 3 years ago and we’ve fought tooth and nail to both earn a living AND create the game that we envisioned. It is time for our fellow gamers to experience The Underground King with us.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

Roadmap: a content update every 2 weeks and a BIG gameplay upgrade or new feature every 2 months. The intent is to finish by the end of 2020 / early 2021. Please Wishlist and Follow our game page so Steam can notify you when we the game is available.”

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

“We plan to have 12 bosses, each unlocking a unique vehicle & driver class, city district, and racing level type. The core gameplay will remain the same in the final version. Also, something hush-hush that will come as a bonus for our early community.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We are feature complete and content-wise about 25% of the planned full release.
  • 3 out of 12 Bosses: Each unlocks a new vehicle, driver, items, city district and racing level.
  • Text adventures: 50+ events. We would love to add contributions from early supporters!
  • World Laws: 30+ effects. The full version will have 100+ including player submissions.
  • Gear & Swag: We have around 5 different items for each equipment slot for all drivers and vehicles. Each of the bosses also has a set of 4 set items to drop.

Please read the store page for full details on the features listed and more.”

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

“Yes. During Early Access, the game is available for a cheaper price than the full version. We strongly believe you should pay for the fun you are getting NOW and not for a promise of fun LATER.”

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

“We want to build lasting relationships with our community. Everybody has their own way of enjoying the game, and we want to accommodate different play styles.

With your help, we can resolve balancing issues, tune art problems, find more bugs and even add new features to the game, suggested by our beloved fans.

Join our community! Head over to our Discord server here.
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“Very nice hand-drawn artwork! The final game to be submitted to Steam greenlight and what a nice story that it's actually a good one worthy of entry into greenlight.”
Jim Sterling

“The final Steam Greenlight game actually looks pretty cool!”
Kotaku

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About This Game



The Underground King is a RACING ROGUE-LITE set on a mysterious island where racing is the bread-and-butter of life. Lead your carefully handcrafted teams in chaotic racing events for glory and fortune. Drive, Defeat, Loot, Repeat!

Features:

  • 12 Bosses, each unlocking a unique vehicle & driver class, city area, and mission type.
  • Text adventures: 100+ events where you and a chosen driver explore the city and its mysteries. Sometimes you will find LOOT, but most of the time, TROUBLE!
  • World Laws: Over 50 effects that change the game’s mechanics in various ways. One permanent per the entire playthrough and another that changes each in-game week.
  • Vehicles: What’s a racing game without cars, right? You start with a basic class and unlock more of them as you defeat different bosses.
  • Drivers: The cars don’t drive themselves. You need at least 1 driver in a vehicle to do a race or a city event. Equip them with "swag" to boost their stats and personalize how they look!
  • Items: They come in two forms: for drivers and for cars. Each driver has 5 equipment slots while the cars have 4. Equipping an item will boost stats and reflect the change visually.

RPG, with cars!

A party of adventurers set to explore dungeons. Sounds familiar?



  • The Underground King is a classic adventure RPG disguised as a racing game.
  • Your drivers are the adventurers and the vehicle they drive represents their equipment.
  • We are diversifying what racing levels are to simulate different "dungeons". Examples:
    • Countryside: Race in difficult terrain to cross the finish line first.
    • Freefall: All participants fall from a plane. Whoever hits the ground first, wins!
    • Manhunt: Somebody is hunting the contestants. Be the last survivor to claim the prize.
    • Tug-o-war: One chain, two opposing cars. Pull your weight or get dragged down.
  • Racing levels (dungeons) will have thematic to classic adventure tropes, such as tomb raiding, fighting armies of orcs, slay the dragon, etc.

Rogue-lite:

Death is permanent and it might happen a lot, but who cares?! You will have fun either way!
  • On the off-chance you lose a game (by reaching 0 Coins or 0 Fame), you will choose 1 driver, 1 vehicle and 1 World Law for your next playthrough. If you WIN you get to pick 2!
  • We use procedural generation to keep things fun and fresh:
    • Drivers: Each driver comes with a unique name, backstory, body type, stats, and a random skill.
    • Vehicles: Like with drivers, each car comes with a unique identity, random paint job, and random stats.
    • Racing levels: Each day, the city generates new racing levels. Story progression, weather, map events, world laws and a certain degree of randomness will shape and mold the racing track and enemies.

Physics Gameplay:

Everything reacts to everything!



  • Vehicles are physical objects that move throughout the level. They can collide with each other, activate traps, break obstacles into pieces, etc.
  • Domino effects often occur, adding to the chaotic fun that is physics-based gameplay! That goes double for EXPLOSIONS!
  • Some skills generate projectiles that have physical effects, or modify the race track in some way (like an oil slick).
  • Example: Someone in the crowd throws garbage at your car, but the aim is bad. So instead, they hit a trap nearby that triggers a spike wall, which blows up a barrel and destroys your car. The burning wreck is hurled through the air, passing the finish line. Hey, look! You won!

Interested in joining our community? Head over to our Discord server here.

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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Game has video settings to allow low-end PCs from running the game at 60 fps.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: The more cores the better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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