Upheaval is a text-based open world roguelike adventure. Match wits with a world-hopping Magician as you explore the wilds around your remote village, track down magic treasures, and aid or disrupt factions. Be ready: Upheaval is coming!
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“Upheaval stands out for the sheer freedom you have to craft your own fantasy adventure... Each run is a chance to experiment with different choices and see where you end up.”
Family Gaming Database

“The passage of time shapes your actions, influencing gameplay in concise yet highly replayable experiences.”
Turn Based Lovers

“Upheaval has managed to capture the spirit and mysteriousness of the classic text-based genre of the 80s yet modernised it.”
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About This Game

Upheaval is a text-based open world roguelike adventure centered around a remote village.

Master the world's secrets over many short playthroughs (30-90 minutes) as you explore the wilds, use mysterious clues to track down magical treasures, aid or disrupt encroaching factions, and take what you've learned with you into each new adventure.

Your choices matter. Change the balance of power and the fates of everyone you meet! Or don't. You can stay in the tavern, go fishing, or ignore everyone and just do your own thing. The choice is completely up to you.

Upheaval is heavily inspired by tabletop RPGs. Choice and consequence are at the heart of all the design decisions.

  • Incredibly replayable! Complete each adventure in 30-90 minutes. Play multiple times to learn more about the world and explore thousands of different procedurally randomized adventures.
  • Dynamic! Non-player characters (both friends and enemies) are living, moving people for you to respond to and interact with, not just static encounters waiting for you to find them.
  • Every game ends differently! The world changes between games, so your adventure will never be the same, even if you make the same choices each game. Enemies, NPCs, and treasures are all randomized, and each one has specialized interactions with the others. The same actions in one game may have different consequences in another.
  • Accessible! Complete text-to-speech and audio description for blind and vision impaired players, plus many other accessibility features. To activate text-to-speech, press Shift + T on a keyboard, or Left stick button + Right stick button on a controller.
  • Command line version! Play like it's 1980 with the command line version, no graphics required (use the "Command Line" launch option to access it). The command line version is compatible with screen readers and other command-line-compatible software such as auto-translators.
  • You can't die! Failure doesn't mean death in Upheaval; there's always a way forward, even if it's not the way you wanted to go. If you get yourself into trouble, you'll just have to get out of it.
  • Relaxed Mode! Turn off the in-game time limit and explore the world at your own pace and discover everything it has to offer. (Available in the full game only, not in the demo.)
  • The Magician's Shrine! Use a set of immersive, in-universe cheats to adjust the game's difficulty however you like. Play the game your way. (Available in the full game only, not in the demo.)
  • Lore! A rich history surrounds your little village, its secrets hidden in the beautiful and treacherous landscape around it. Discover how magic has affected the land in generations past. How will your knowledge of the past influence your decisions today?
  • Treasure! Over 15 magical and mundane treasures and items for you to find and use, each of which can be used in multiple different ways.
  • Fantasy! Goblins, bandits, spells, curses, undead spirits, faeries, visions, true love, and more!
  • Choose from eight different starting quests to add variety to each run. All quests are available to you every game, no matter which starting quest you choose, but the starting quest you choose allows you to get a head start on one quest. Each game includes the same twelve big quests, each with multiple ways of completing them and different consequences for each strategy that depend on the situation the world is in when you do it.
  • The full game will contain all the same content as the demo, but will allow you to play for an additional 15+ in-game days per adventure. It will also include an expanded ending sequence with the Magician as well as an epilogue so you can see how your choices will affect the world beyond the end of your adventure.


Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game uses terse language to describe violence, killing, and paranormal activity; nothing is shown. The player may have the option to kill in cold blood.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS *: Windows Vista and up
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • OS: High Sierra 10.13 and up
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio
    • OS: 64-bit only
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Audio

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