The Hand of Merlin is a turn-based rogue-lite RPG in which Arthurian legend meets with sci-fi horror. Recruit mortal heroes to explore lands rife with otherworldly evil, make narrative bending choices in unique interactive encounters, and search for the lost fragments of your soul across the multiverse!
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Mostly Positive (113) - 78% of the 113 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 11, 2021

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Why Early Access?

“Steam Early Access is a great opportunity for our game to get into players hands so we can collect more feedback on the overall experience. The Hand of Merlin is feature complete, but it's time to get more feedback from users around the world.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're estimating for the next 4-6 months, but that could certainly change based on feedback from the community.”

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

“The Hand of Merlin already includes 9 heroes, 18 spells, 32 different enemies, and hundreds of encounters. There is already a ton of content to enjoy, but we want to offer you more before calling the game finished.

If all goes according to plan, the final version of The Hand of Merlin will include more heroes, more guardians, more spells, more enemies to battle, and other content we're not ready to reveal yet.

We'll also be aiming to improve upon any bugs or places of friction for the overall user experience.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The core features of The Hand of Merlin are all available: a roguelike experience, tactical turn-based combat, non-linear narrative, equipment upgrades, spells, alternate dimensions, and much, much more.”

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

“We have not determined whether the game will be priced differently during and after Early Access. However, the price may increase moderately as we release additional content.”

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

“We have been working with our community to gather feedback and iterate on what we can. Currently we have been using our discord for that feedback, and we're looking forward to involving the Steam community and forums in the same way.”
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“One of the best Rouge-Lite games I have ever played ... I am shocked it is still in Early Access”
5/5 – The Gamer's Opinion

About This Game

The Hand of Merlin is a turn-based rogue-lite RPG in which Arthurian legend clashes with cosmic horror. Recruit a company of up to three mortal heroes and guide them in spirit on a desperate journey from Albion to Jerusalem. Explore a richly-imagined medieval setting on the brink of apocalypse. Trade with merchants, improve your heroes and unearth ancient relics. Search for the lost fragments of your soul, scattered across the multiverse - and save as many worlds as you can.

Enjoy a compelling story inspired by Arthurian legend, the Matter of France, and the history of Al-Andalus - with an unusual twist. Make choices in interactive encounters that change every time you play. Written by Jonas Kyratzes (The Talos Principle, Serious Sam 4) and Verena Kyratzes (The Lands of Dream, Serious Sam 4).

Master the tactics of squad-based and turn-based combat to conquer both human and demonic foes. Your enemies will be tough and ruthless; make use of cover, set up ambushes and coordinated attacks, harness synergies between different Hero classes and skills.

Carve a path across the lands of Albion, Marca Hispanica and Al-Andalus. Will you take a dangerous route, risking life and limb in pursuit of a legendary relic? Or will you choose a safer path? Plan and prepare. Negotiate, barter, fight. Tackle challenges. Suffer losses. Recruit new Heroes. Earn Gold, Supplies and Renown. Be careful: your choices are permanent, as is death. But don't tarry - evil never rests.

Use Renown to level up your Heroes, and choose between a randomized set of new skills or improved attributes. But choose wisely! Select skills with great synergy and balance your party for the road ahead.

As you jump from one parallel dimension to the next, history is reshaped. Different kings rule the land, changing the encounters, characters, and events. No two worlds are ever quite the same, and each journey will be unique. And should your heroes fall, remember: defeat is not the end, only a new beginning.

Seek out towns to improve your arms and armor, or stumble upon hermit artisans in the wild. With every day that passes, the world plunges deeper into darkness, and you will need all the equipment gold can buy.

From a peasant's humble luck charm to the legendary sword wielded by Arthur himself, items imbued with magical power are scattered about the world. Some you will be able to purchase from merchants and collectors, but others will have to be earned through acts of heroism - or displays of wit.

Rain thunder and brimstone upon your foes! Seek out and gather Soulstones to restore your power and unlock new Spells. Even if defeated, your spirit will retain all of your collected arcane knowledge as you jump into the next dimension.

There are as many worlds as there are stars in the sky. In each stands Camelot; in each there is a Grail. But there is only one Merlin, and his eternal burden is to stand against the horror from beyond. Each world that is saved is saved forever; each world that is lost is lost for good.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 with Platform Update (64 bit)
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 2GB, AMD Radeon RX 550 2 GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Requirements are based on 1080p rendering resolution at 60 FPS using Balanced presets. We also have a 3rd party account system that is optional as well as a EULA that accompanies that.
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 Creators Update (64 bit)
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Requirements are based on 2160p rendering resolution at 60 FPS using High Quality presets.We also have a 3rd party account system that is optional as well as a EULA that accompanies that.

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