A shooty, slashy, RPG-y game mixing retro and modern sensibilities. A blend of influences from Gauntlet & Smash TV to Zelda & Angband, Ampersat is a handcrafted adventure with appeal to Roguelite fans. Battle ASCII creatures in colorful areas & free letters to return language to the village!
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“If you love games that continually surprise you with clever design and old-fashioned RPG grinding that isn’t ruined by monsters that simply scale up in might, you’ll definitely want to grab Ampersat”
N/A – IND13 Games

About This Game

Ampersat is a shooty, slashy, RPG-y game mixing old-school/retro and modern sensibilities. A blend of influences from Gauntlet and Smash TV to Zelda and a dash of Angband, this is a handcrafted adventure with much appeal to fans of Roguelites. A labor of love from a solo developer, Ampersat distills some favorite childhood gaming experiences into a fresh, fun hybrid that sees you killing a lot of monsters, finding a lot of loot, freeing captured letters (um, what?) and growing from a world-weary warrior mage into a powerful smashing/blasting machine!

Main Features

  • more than 50 handcrafted levels
  • an optional endless procedural area
  • environmental puzzles and strategic challenges
  • original gameplay elements based around freeing and capturing letters
  • dynamic Bestiary cataloging over 50 unique creature types with individual AI
  • over 10 fiendish bosses
  • hundreds of unique pieces of loot and plenty of secrets to discover
  • flexible character progression with extensive skill tree
  • tackle stages in the order you choose
  • upgradeable town hub
  • drop-in local co-op (and online using Steam Remote Play Together!)

You may notice the main character and enemies are ASCII letters - yes, this is an aesthetic throwback to the original Rogue games, and the blending of these with colorful 3D top-down environments was the idea that first spawned Ampersat. Likewise, Commodore 64 SID chip sound effects are used alongside real-world music for a distinctive experience. But just what is an "ampersat?" It's the leading contender for the official name of the @ symbol, of course!

Overview


Gentlheim has been invaded by Lord Z, who has surrounded the village with 5 extraplanar towers and the dungeons beneath, filled with evil creatures. Even worse, he has stolen language itself from the townspeople! As the warrior mage Ampersat, you must venture deep into the dungeons and high above the land in the treacherous towers, defeat countless minions and restore language to Gentlheim so the townsfolk can communicate properly and help you defeat Lord Z himself.

Gentlheim


Gentlheim has Shops to buy and sell goods; an Inn to heal up, level up, and stash gold to retrieve after death; and a deep Well leading to randomly generated procedural levels. There are various structures you can pay to upgrade and, as language returns to the village, townsfolk who may need something... Gentlheim hides a few surprises for the inquisitive gamer and provides a hub area to approach different stages in any order you like, or revisit levels you’ve already beaten.



The Well is where the “roguish” aesthetics are turned up to 11, providing short, sharp, loot-gathering deep delves. There’s an old rumor that something very special is buried at the bottom of the well… but no one has ever reached those depths.

Co-op


Ampersat’s co-op is true drop-in, drop-out at any time. The second player controls a fairy that hovers around Ampersat and also launches attacks. Will you trust them with your best spell? No? They might steal it anyway... While the fairy’s shots aren't as powerful and contribute to overheating, it has the huge advantage of being invulnerable. The perfect partner... if you can get along.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 64bit
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 980 or AMD equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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