Go forth little forest spirit and make your way through River of Life. Forge a path through thick forests, dark caves, and vast seas. Fight bosses and master elemental alchemy with your friends in a beautiful Ghibli inspired scenery.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We're a small team working on an ambitious game. We need feedback from the players to help improve the game. We're especially interested in hearing back about network testing, and our particle interactions for our sandbox engine.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to release the full version of this game in late 2024. This date is an approximation and is subject to change.”

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

“We want to add more nicety features mostly focused around multiplayer and sandbox particle interactions. For example we'd like to have our game be more heavily integrated with streaming services allowing real-time chat interactions in the game. We also need to polish all the various edge cases surrounding our particle physics system.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is currently completely playable, including having a competitive solo and multiplayer roguelike experience. We also have finished all intuitive interactions for our sandbox particle engine that allow for the most creative problem solving that we can currently think of.”

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

“We will gradually increase the price of the game as we release more features and finally the full version of the game.”

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

“Please join our discord server to help us gather more feedback!
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About This Game

Return to the River of Life

Into the Spiritwell is a hand-drawn roguelite 2D action platformer with online multiplayer.
Use elemental alchemy magic to traverse the lands. Use fire to melt ice! Evaporate the water to make steam! Ride the wind from the steam to float to out of reach platforms! Our sandbox particle physics engine allows your forest spirit to fight corruption and shape the environment around you however you want. Experiment with your friends to discover all the elemental combinations!

Lost forest spirits must heal the forest and return to the Spiritwell. Can you and your friends finally make it home?

  • Elemental Alchemy Reactions: Sacrifice your character to produce elements and combine them for powerful results!
  • Roguelite Progression: Evolve your magic between runs. The game will unlock new levels and biomes depending on the magic you discover.
  • Singleplayer and Online Multiplayer: Play the game how you want! By yourself or up to 32 friends in a single run!
  • Boss Fights: Bosses are both straight up fights and complex puzzles. Take advantage of their weaknesses with your elemental transformations.
  • Hand-drawn: The game is both hand drawn and animated. Enjoy the nature as your dive deeper into different biomes.
  • Cosmetics: Collect all the different forest spirit animals. Or just unlock the one that matches your favorite animal.

Unlock Your Potential

Your progress isn't completely lost if you don't make it home to the Spiritwell. You will progressively learn the magic of the forest and use it to push through more difficult challenges. Play through Into the Spiritwell as a chaotic and casual experience with friends, or as a hardcore singeplayer adventure to make it home as quickly as possible. There is no limit to the alchemy sandbox engine, so have fun tinkering while you play.

This game is for lovers of platformers with quirky mechanics... Or just people who think it looks cute!

Have fun in the forest and enjoy the journey home.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • Processor: 4 Core 3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Processor: 4 Core 3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
* Starting February 15, 2024, the Steam Client will no longer support 32-bit games or macOS 10.14 or lower.
    • Processor: 4 Core 3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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