CRIXUS is a first-person single-player life simulator, Ludus manager, and a hack-and-slash game based in ancient Rome. You are Gladiator and Ludus Manager. Fight in the arena, manage your gladiator school and roam the fictional city. Win tournaments and become the most famous Ludus.
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Why Early Access?

“I believe everyone can get the best experience with the feedback of those players who play the title during the game’s development. It is vital to get the game into people’s hands as early as possible so the game can involve in the best way possible.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I plan to keep this title in Early Access for 1 year. This can change based on community involvement. As a solo developer, I want to be as flexible as possible.”

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

“Feature and content scope will grow with each update.
Content growth is the main scope of Early Access. More buildings, enemy types, gear, and so on.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable. It is in an unpolished state.
Most of the intended features are included. But I believe there are many ways this game can grow further.
List of currently available features are in the "About This" section”

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

“I don't plan to change the price after Early Access.
The only case this might happen is if the scope changes massively during the Early Access stage.”

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

“As a solo developer, I need the full involvement of the public to ensure that I continue to make the game that the community wants and enjoys playing.”
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About This Game

In the great city of Serenus, there stands an ancient ludus, where brave gladiators train and prepare for battle. You have been chosen as the guardian of this ludus, responsible for managing the training, equipping, strategizing, and buying armor and weapons of each fighter. Your goal is to create the ultimate gladiator, who will bring glory to Serenus in the arena.
You will use all your skills to ensure your gladiators are the best they can be. You will train them in combat techniques, forge armor and weapons, scout for new recruits, and manage the performance of your gladiators in the arena. You will also need to periodically visit the market to buy armor and weapons, hire workers, recruit new gladiators, and keep the ludus well-maintained.
As you progress further into the game, you will be able to unlock special abilities and upgrade your gladiators. You will also be able to fight against other gladiators as the player character. With every win, you will gain prestige and rewards that you can use to improve your gladiators further. You will take on harder and tougher opponents while also competing against other ludus owners in tournaments.
With a careful balance of strategy and management, you will eventually become the master of a powerful gladiator team that will surge through the Serenus arenas and bring glory to your ludus. The fate of the great city of Serenus lies in your hands!

CRIXUS is a single-player hack-and-slash game AND Ludus manager with base-building elements.
This game bears the name of Crixus, a Gallic gladiator and military leader, but it is not about his life. The story is yours.
The target is to accurately recreate the architecture and equipment of the Roman Empire era.


Gladiator manager / Ludus management. Get gladiators, train gladiators, gear up gladiators. Be the proud manager of Ludus.


a story-based campaign to set you up on full experience. Fight for yourself in the arena.


You choose how many and how strong your opponents will be. (limit is only your PC compute power)



You can roam around the city, see how ancient Romans lived and buy new gear and explore. This is to provide calmness in between the fights.

Current list of features
- Character creator
- first person fights
- Inventory system
- Survival stats which affects, strength and stamina in fights
- Gladiator management, training, skills
- Autobattler fights
- Autobattler tournaments
- Gear depreciation affecting damage and armour
- Ludus upgrades - to be extended
- Gear shops
- Pawn shop
- Repair shop
- Dialogs in latin language

Features to come
- Ludus improvements
- Barley field, grow your own food
- Bee hive, make your own honey
- Boss fights

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7+
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 - 4670 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 680 or AMD equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 - 6600k or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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