The reimagined roguelike deckbuilding experience. Build two separate decks every run to find overpowered combinations and discover unexpected synergies. Discover a sci-fi world, face hostile fauna and experience unique and challenging runs.
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Positive (18) - 83% of the 18 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 11, 2022

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The Underscore lets you to dive deep into the game mechanics, while participating in the game’s development. All the feedback and run data will have great effect on the future balancing and features.
I hope to achieve a great balance, while still having memorable situations and unique combinations that make the experience exciting.
Your ideas are always welcome and your feedback is extremely important to make The Underscore an even better experience than it is today.

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Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“It is hard to give exact estimates regarding the new features and content, but my goal is to leave Early Access within the next 12 to 16 months.”

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

“In the future updates we plan will include:
  • More playable characters
  • More usable items
  • New exploration events
  • More lore texts, descriptions and stories
  • Secret encounters

Current plan is to release new updates, fixes and balancing patches on a regular basis throughout Early Access until launch.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version contains a full campaign with three chapters and a finished first playable character.
For now, the game has a full deck with over 80 cards to use.
The game balance is still being reviewed, so playthrough data is of utmost importance right now.
You might encounter some bugs or unexpected behaviours, but these issues are given the highest priority in the update cycles.
There is also very modest tutorial, so I plan to expand this experience in the upcoming updates.”

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

“The price is likely to increase after Early Access. The game will never have microtransactions at any stage”

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

“The main reason for early access is that player feedback is vital at this point of development.
I want to achieve a perfect balance of variety, difficulty and engagement, so that every run can be memorable and inspiring.
This can not be achieved with raw data and analytics, so I created a Discord server where we can communicate and discuss ideas, concepts and suggestions together.”
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About This Game

The Reimagined Deckbuilding Experience

The Underscore introduces unique mechanics to the genre, adding a new depth to tactical decisions.
  • Plan multiple steps ahead and beat the odds: the game has minimal randomness within cards and character actions. No cards like “do 1 to 5 damage on a rainy day, no dodges, no random criticals
  • Card queue instead of draw pile: cards come in a predictable queue, you know how soon that much needed card will come into play
  • New tactical opportunities: carefully balance your upgrades or minmax all the way
  • Build two decks every run: build Exploration deck to navigate the world and Battle deck to survive the encounters

Face the sci-fi alien world

You are a backup copy of a veteran pilot's mind, put into a hi-tech powersuit.
Complete your task, discover the source of anomaly and find the reason why you were created.
Uncover more and more details every run, try to make the cycle stop.

Assemble the Exploration Deck

Every run you construct not only your battle deck, but also your exploration deck.
Remove dangerous events and add synergetic improvements to form your path.

Gain more options

Every card has three possible actions associated with it. Pick one depending on the circumstances

Build perfect combos

Break the rules and find outrageous synergies: build an optimal deck where you get triple value out of your every action.
Supplement your battle deck with exploration cards that boost your strengths or weaken the deadly enemies.
Risk it all to get powerful submodules – a multi-purpose items that can be used once per battle.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 (SP1+), Windows 10 and Windows 11
    • Processor: x86, x64 architecture with SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 (SP1+), Windows 10 and Windows 11
    • Processor: Intel core i5 1.60Ghz or similar
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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