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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Jul 16, 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 in late 2016 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 new feature / upgrade every 4-6 weeks. The intent is to finish by the end of 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 unique vehicles, drivers, items, skills, and race types. 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 15-20% of the planned full release. For now, you begin with:

DRIVE

  • 3 Driver Types: Hobos, Urchins, and Bikers, plus items for them.
  • Driver Skills: Each driver comes with their own background and activatable ability.
  • 3 Vehicle Types: Van, Rickshaw, and Steed, plus items for them.
  • Team Management: You are able to assemble multiple teams composed of one vehicle and at least one driver. You can match and sort different combinations to surpass specific challenges, such as building a team to survive a meteor shower.

DEFEAT

  • 1 Race Track: The Countryside; race in a dangerous obstacle course against other enemy teams.
  • Obstacles & Weather: Each obstacle will hinder you in unique ways. Add different weather types on top and you got yourself a challenge.

LOOT

  • Text Adventures(Happenings): Adventures scattered throughout the island for your drivers to explore.
  • Shop Opportunities: Wandering merchants will offer to buy or sell specific items.
  • Loot & Item Rarities: We have the classic RPG mechanic of procedurally generated loot, which can drop in a variety of rarities.

REPEAT

  • World Laws: 30+ unique effects that change the game mechanics in a fun and rewarding way.
  • Playthrough: Survive a session of 30 in-game days. For each session survived you unlock a permanent World Law that will influence your next game sessions. World Laws are stackable, so you can have multiple at once (if you can keep up a winning streak that is).

We would love to add contributions from early supporters to all the mentioned features!
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.”
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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. Available on PC (Linux and Mac soon). Drive, Defeat, Loot, Repeat!

DRIVE

"A party of adventurers set to explore the dungeon". Sounds familiar? The Underground King is a classic RPG adventure disguised as a racing game.

  • Driver Types: Based on classic RPG archtypes, we reflavored their background and personality to belong in our world. Hobo (Fighter), Urchins (Rogue), Biker (Paladin), etc. Each driver comes with a unique name, backstory, body type, stats, and a random skill.
  • Driver Skills: Each driver comes with their own activatable ability. These are physic-based actions that will help you surpass obstacles, damage enemies, navigate the track, etc.
  • Vehicle Types: Vehicles have from 1 up to 4 seats for drivers and proportional bonuses depending on the seat count. Like the drivers, each car comes with a unique identity, random paint job, and random stats.
  • Team Management: You are able to assemble multiple teams composed of one vehicle and at least one driver. You can match and sort different combinations to surpass specific challenges (such as building a team to survive a meteor shower).

DEFEAT

  • Race Tracks: Procedurally generated terrain designed to challenge you in unique ways. Here are some examples:
    • The Countryside: (Currently implemented) Race in a dangerous obstacle course against other enemy teams.
    • Freefall: (In development) All teams fall from a plane. Whoever hits the ground first, wins!
    • Manhunt: (In development) Somebody is hunting the contestants. Be the last survivor or become the hunter, to claim the prize.
    • Tug-o-war: (In development) One chain, two opposing cars. Pull your weight or get dragged down.
    • Others: We have more types planned, thematic to classic adventure tropes, such as tomb raiding, fighting armies of orcs, slay the dragon, etc.

  • Boss Tracks: (In development) Occasionally, you can challenge a Boss in a more difficult version of a normal race track. They might drop unique Boss Set items, which when completed, will grant you special effects and high stats.
  • Obstacles & Weather: Obstacles are designed to hinder you but you can also use them to damage / slow your enemies. The weather influences your speed and acceleration and some spawn dangers (such as lightning bolts, meteor showers, etc.).
  • Team vehicles are physical objects that move throughout the level. They can collide with each other, activate traps, break obstacles into pieces, etc.
  • Domino effects can occur, adding to the chaotic fun that is physics-based gameplay! That goes double for EXPLOSIONS!

LOOT

  • Text Adventures (Happenings): Adventures scattered throughout the island for your drivers to explore. Rewards await for those who seek them!
  • Shop Opportunities: Wandering merchants will offer to buy or sell things from you. Some will ask for specific item types while others for are only interested in quality.
  • Loot & Rarities: We have the roguelike procedurally generated loot, which can drop in a variety of rarities.
  • Traits: Items, drivers and vehicles come with their own set of traits. These either add bonus stats or simple percent-based effects (such as "5% chance for double-damage). We have added a few already and aim to add a whole lot more during Early Access.

REPEAT

  • World Laws: 30+ unique effects that change the game mechanics in a fun & rewarding way.
  • New Week: Each week, the island changes, with different Weather, Happenings, Shops, and Racing Tracks. A new World Law will take effect and influence your experience. This stacks with any permanent laws you accumulated from previous sessions (if any).
  • Win a game: Survive for 30 in-game days. For each playthrough survived, you unlock a permanent World Law that will influence your next plays. World Laws are stackable, so you can have multiple at once (if you can keep up a winning streak that is).
  • Lose a game: By reaching 0 Coin or 0 Fame, you will choose 1 driver, lose a previous World Law and receive a new one, for your next playthrough. Hey ho!

We would love to add contributions from early supporters to all the mentioned features!

Please Wishlist and Follow to be notified when the game becomes available. It also helps us know how many people want the game, and gives us a moral boost :D

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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 to run the game at 60 fps.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: The more cores the better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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