Archaid is a collection of cognitive arcade games of numeral alphabetics and hexagonal grids with puzzles of memorization, pattern recognition, heuristics, hypercube navigation, complexity and strategy inspired by various ancient and modern concepts of gematria and mathematics.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Archaid is an experimental and unique game with complex mechanics, so far developed and tested with only small target groups of players. Because of this it is launched as Early Access to gather more experiences from a wider range of international players.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“From six months to no more than two years, depending on player activity.”

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

“Game rules, balances and difficulty are expected to change during the Early Access development. Other features like graphic, music and sound content is likely to be improved also.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable in it's current state; detailed list of implemented features found on the "About This Game" section. The custom core game engine is very stable and optimized, and the general game idea is culminated, but the very gameplay balance and difficulty requires more player feedback and statistics.”

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

“The price is expected to increase as more content is added to the game.”

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

“The player community is the primary inspiration and director through future development. Player feedback is gathered from Steam Discussion board and Feedback form on the game homepage.”
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About This Game

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Are you bored of video games full of mindless violence, repetitive grind of trivial tasks and overly guided, pay-to-win "achievements" without real challenge and accumulation of earned skill?

Are you interested in ancient and medieval alphanumeric systems, mathematics and divination?

Do you like challenging abstract puzzles that force you to think differently and exercise your mind, gradually rewarding with zen-like flow of (potentially) endless immersive gameplay?

By answering yes to any of the above, Archaid likely is a thing for you.

So what is it?


Archaid [Aar-Kaid] is a collection of esoteric cognitive arcade games that utilize alphanumerics and hexagonal grid for puzzles of memorization, pattern recognition, heuristics, hypercube navigation, complexity and strategy inspired by various ancient and modern concepts of gematria and divine mathematics.

The games have player-selectable sets for historical old English, Hebrew, ancient Greek, Nubian Coptic, Arabic, medieval Nordic runic, Georgian, Armenian, old Cyrillic, Glagolitic, and fictional Klingon and Zentradi alphabetic and numeral systems. Eastern game types have various presentations of the 64 I Ching hexagrams.

Most Archaid games are difficult, they require full concentration and have medium to high learning curve.
Full online guide to all the game types is found on the game homepage.

Features listed:


  • Six unique puzzle games based on various ancient alphanumeric systems.
  • Ten selectable alphanumeric systems from archaic, ancient and medieval history.
  • Two extra fictional alphanumeric systems from science fiction.
  • Smooth Ultra HD graphics at 60 FPS.
  • Intuitive controls for moving and operating in hexagonal planes.
  • Generative living ambient drone soundscape.
  • Two game types with a musical instrument mode.
  • Three difficulty levels.
  • Relaxed "Free Mode" for practice.
  • Online high scores and leaderboards.
  • Customizable player interface.
  • Partly secret and expanding content.


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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 64 Bit
    • Processor: i5 Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Storage: 121 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
    • Processor: Quad Core or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 or better
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: macOS 10.12
    • Processor: i5 Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • Storage: 91 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: latest macOS
    • Processor: Quad Core or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630 or better
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