Darkness sleeps just beneath the cracks on the ever-changing planet. The curious will uncover powerful artifacts and forge them anew. The strong will take the nanosword and crush galactic giants.
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June 13

Soundtrack Release



At long last, Songbringer's soundtrack has been released. The game's glitchy, somewhat-procedural bass music has been codified into the form of an album for the pleasure of your ear drums.

This is a gapless album. One song flows into the next to create a seamless, coherent whole. As such, it plays best start to finish rather than being shuffled.

Did you know the game actually has all music in procedural form? The rhythms remain constant yet the melody can change slightly depending on your world seed and dungeon number. For example, world seed PEANUT might have a dungeon 1 in the key of A while world seed YELLOW might have it in the key of C#. Additionally, the game's music is adaptive, so when there are more enemies on screen the music gets more intense by adding layers.

In a way, this soundtrack is like a snapshot of Songbringer's procedural music content. It starts with the first song in the key of F# then using harmonic mixing takes steps of five to arrive at the next song in the key of C#. Thus the circle of fifths is used to lend the soundtrack a sense of cohesion and continuity. Note that some of the original songs have been split into multiple tracks.

23 tracks, 50 minutes.

Track list:

01 - Zephyr Perspective - F# - 73.5 bpm
02 - An Old Ship - F# - 73.5 bpm
03 - Ekzera - C# - 65.94 bpm
04 - Sindraphon - G# - 69.54 bpm
05 - Radruiel - D# - 69.54 bpm
06 - Metatron - A# - 109.99 bpm
07 - Murmuroth - F - 94 bpm
08 - Puriel - C - 92 bpm
09 - Lassaurium - G - 151 bpm
10 - Eiael - D - 88.8 to 120.97 bpm
11 - Deep Along Orion - A - 65.94 bpm
12 - Nearby Bellatrix - A - 65.94 bpm
13 - We Laid Anchor - A - 65.94 bpm
14 - A Planet Named - A - 65.94 bpm
15 - After the Great War - A - 65.94 bpm
16 - Kiel - E - 91 bpm
17 - A Hidden Stone - B - 69.54 bpm
18 - Velle - F# - 69.54 bpm
19 - Bath Kol - C# - 110.76 bpm
20 - Hemisphere - G# - 120 bpm
21 - Victorious - D# - 65.94 bpm
22 - Zero - A# - 69.54 bpm
23 - The Helix - F - 42.66 bpm

This album is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 license.

Feel free to remix, mash-up, tweak and share this album non-commercially as long as you provide credit and license your work under identical terms.

Cheers,


Wizard_fu
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April 24

Free DLC Update v1.2.0



Songbringer now has a free DLC. Own Songbringer - The Trial of Ren to unlock a bunch of fresh stuff including the new boss, Ren. It also features new achievements, items, crafting combos, boss special attacks and even a new language (Simplified Chinese).

Ren, Brother of Kiel

Once a member of Roq's scout team, and brother to the infamous Kiel, Ren awaits you in the mysterious depths of Ekzera. But somehow he's different than he was before. This will be one of the toughest boss fights yet. Can you take him down and claim the new ability?



The Cursed Ring

Those hungry for a challenge will find satiety through Eiael's Snare, a cursed ring that significantly boosts your final score yet grants special attacks to every boss. It also increases the damage and health of all enemies. Claim this item for the ultimate confrontation.



Hyper Boots and Flamethrower

There's two new item crafting combos: The Hyper Boots and Flamethrower. Both of which are wicked sweet. The Hyper Boots make Roq run incredibly fast while leaving a trail of Lightning Mines. The Flamethrower spews out jets of fire.



What Else

Besides the 5 new achievements and the Simplified Chinese language, what else are you getting in this release versus the original 1.0.0 launch version? Remember the following stuff:


Changelog

Here's the complete list of what is new, improved and fixed in the current version:

[NEW] New Boss: Ren, brother of Kiel
[NEW] New language: Simplified Chinese
[NEW] New ability: Battle meditation
[NEW] New item: Hyper Boots (run even faster and leave a trail of lightning mines)
[NEW] New item: The Flamethrower (shoots out a jet of flames)
[NEW] New item: Eiael's Snare (makes all foes more difficult and gives all bosses special attacks)
[NEW] Sindraphon's special attack is a double hammer swing
[NEW] Radruiel's special attack is splatting out acid when dividing
[NEW] Lassaurium's special attack is filling most of the floor with ice whorls
[NEW] Puriel's special attack is a ring of fire
[NEW] Murmuroth's special attack is a horizontal slither strike
[NEW] Eiael's special attack is eye lasers
[NEW] Bath Kol's special attack is a moving wall of lightning
[NEW] Kiel's special attack is an automatic freeze if he is frozen
[NEW] Kusanagi's special attack is a ghost sword
[NEW] Metatron's special attack is a double sword strike
[NEW] Waves of enemies to fight in the Trial of Ren
[NEW] New foes: Raazub, ViperFire, Drobth3, DragonAcid, Blob4
[NEW] New enemy mobs if you have Eiael's Snare
[NEW] 5 new achievements
[NEW] New parallax scene overlooking the Tower
[NEW] New song to go with the parallax scene
[NEW] Boss switch / miniboss music is now procedural

[+++] All music has been refined with better bass, mids and highs
[+++] Swordless music now has an additional layer when foes are near
[+++] Frozen water is now remembered across area transitions
[+++] Refined the display of Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese languages
[+++] Underground swordless entrance and Tower entrance are easier to walk into
[+++] After using Ferret Drones previous item is auto re-equipped
[+++] Added missing characters such as '¡' to fonts
[+++] Improve the display of keyboard keys, allowing longer text to be visible

[FIX] Fixed Jib's shield crafted elements not being applied to Ghost Hat
[FIX] Fixed scanner drones inneffective if used back to back
[FIX] Fixed scanner drones sometimes launching from the wrong start point
[FIX] Fixed setting fire to swordless 2 puzzle causes shield pillar to be destroyed
[FIX] Fixed Drobth Miniboss sometimes not moving to within range
[FIX] Fixed having to "Hold to Skip" twice on first cutscene
[FIX] Fixed HUD not updating buttons if controls are remapped
[FIX] Fixed settings menu labels going off the edge in some languages
[FIX] Fixed profane seeds being shown on leaderboards
[FIX] Fixed pressing A / X button immediately closing the leaderboard
[FIX] Fixed pause menu background lightening too much when switching to "Okay" video performance
[FIX] Fixed some world seeds having blocked stairs
[FIX] Fixed being able to walk through a short section of mountains in some world seeds
[FIX] Fixed some fire pillars not retracting when others nearby set alight
[FIX] Fixed Velle stuck unanimated after using some courage refills
[FIX] Fixed some glyph language dialogues invisible if switched to at run time
[FIX] Fixed accidentally being able to use sword in swordless dungeon if accidentally auto re-equipped
[FIX] Fixed alien dialogue and item descriptions missing in glyph languages
[FIX] Fixed waterfall statues showing as dungeon entrance statues
[FIX] Fixed save icon being paused on pausing the game
[FIX] Fixed re-mapped Nanosword switches back to A button on continue
[FIX] Fixed controls sometimes getting stuck when pausing and unpausing
[FIX] Fixed pillars flickering on some area transitions
[FIX] Fixed double Puriel boss starting music twice
[FIX] Fixed water being added and possibly blocking the Tower entrance
[FIX] Fixed shield glow disappearing when switching video performance setting
[FIX] Fixed Ferret Drones revealing Enlightenment
[FIX] Fixed meditation revealing the same secret walls multiple times in the same room

That's all for now,


Nathanael
@wizard_fu
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Reviews

“I absolutely loved Songbringer. It’s a the type of game that is addictive and fun and you can easily start playing it at midnight and next thing you know it’s 5:30 am and you have to get the kids up and ready for school in half an hour. [...] This is great in nearly every way and has put itself on a short list for consideration once it’s time for Game of the Year awards. Yes, I went there and you should to. This is a must own.”
Big Boss Battle

“Songbringer is quite simply brilliant. [...] It’s a feat of technical skill in more ways than one and offers countless hours of dungeon crawling potential. [...] For anyone who enjoys a good adventure or the old LoZ titles, Songbringer is the game for you.”
9.2 – N3rdabl3

“A combination of action RPG and rogue-ish exploration of a wonderfully detailed yet procedurally generated world. [...] I think it’s hard to underplay just how successfully the seeded world feels coherent and complete – something on which a lot of procedurally generated games can easily fall short.”
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About This Game



Songbringer is a procedurally-generated scifi action RPG with swords, secrets, dungeons, bosses and stuff.

You play the role of protagonist and accidental hero, Roq Epimetheos. With a propensity for partying and making music, he cruises the galaxy with his skybot Jib aboard the ship Songbringer, searching for verdant planets absent the presence of galactic police.

When Roq finds the nanosword hidden in a cave on Ekzera, he unwittingly awakens an ancient evil. The sword is pretty fraggin' sweet though. It... hums.

Jib, the Skybot


Jib began life as a human boy on the skycity planet Yuerder. Growing up, he took an interest in programming artificial intelligence, eventually making a career for himself. On his deathbed, he illegally transferred his consciousness into a skybot, destroying the consciousness link thereby preventing overwrite.

Jib scans the bodies of your fallen foes, sometimes uncovering valuable loot. He can also gain the ability to stun foes. Jib is automatically controlled by AI, or player two can play Jib in local co-op mode.

Lacking the ability to grow one as a human, Jib is obsessed with mustaches.

Procedural


You choose a 6-letter world seed when beginning a quest. This seed is used to procedurally generate the planet, overworld, secrets and dungeons.

Entering the same world seed will always generate the same world, no matter which platform you are playing on. Thus lore and competition can be shared with others.

Play a new seed and surprise yourself with a new world. Or enter a seed you are familiar with for a speed run.

Open / Non-linear


The generated overworld is open and non-linear. Head in any compass direction you like or play dungeons out of order. You aren't even required to pick up the sword.

Of the nine dungeons Roq and Jib can uncover in each world:
  • Some are thematic, containing puzzles and items integral to completing the world.
  • Some are secret, hidden side quests in which abilities can be gained.
  • Some are tough as nails with overwhelmingly difficult foes, mobs and bosses.

Secrets of the Cacti


Everywhere one looks, there is much that is not seen. Concealed treasures abound. By eating cacti, Roq gains psychedelic powers and is able to perceive the secrets that lurk in plain sight.

Some items Roq discovers can be combined to create distinct artifacts. Find a blink orb and a fire cube? Take these to the droidsmith aboard Songbringer to craft a fire orb enabling Roq to teleport forward a few steps while turning into a fireball.

Songbringer features no experience points (no XP). Progress is made by crushing mobs, vanquishing bosses and claiming lost technological devices.

Leaderboard


On completing a quest, several factors are quantified to produce an overall score:

  • Time to complete
  • Percentage of map uncovered
  • Percentage of items obtained
  • Game mode: regular vs permadeath

Your score can be saved to a global leaderboard sorted by world seed. This leaderboard cycles through seeds by popularity and freshness. You can manually override to view a particular seed.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.10
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.12
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu or equivalent
    • Processor: 1.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu or equivalent
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ Compatible Card
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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