Possession is a traditional turn-based roguelike where you play as a ghost trying to make your way to the surface. You are incredibly frail, but have one advantage: you can possess the bodies of the monsters you encounter, and use their strength and abilities as your own.
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August 14

Version 1.0.7 (the zoom update) released!

Interface Changes:
  • You can now zoom in and out. This can be done using the scroll wheel, or by using the - and = keys on top of the keyboard - rebindable from settings, of course! Only applies to the gameplay graphics, not the UI (UI scaling is the next project).

Modding:
  • You can now easily add creatures to a special level by returning a levelCreatures table from a mod. Example: levelCreatures={graveyard={'graverobber'}}

Bug fixes:
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when using the scroll wheel on the spell selection screen


Having some trouble getting the Mac version uploaded to Steam, so for now only the Windows and Linux versions are on 1.0.7. If you purchased the game on itch.io, the downloadable Mac version there is on 1.0.7.

Mac version is now available.
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August 4

Version 1.0.6 (the minimap update) released!



Interface Changes:
  • There's now a minimap! It can be disabled from the settings page.
  • The stairs up are now colored yellow in ASCII mode, and have an up arrow attached to the tile in graphical mode. The up arrow is drawn on top of whatever else is on the tile, so if something is standing on the stairs it's easier to see them.
  • The default preferences are now set to show creature stats on the sidebar. (This only applies to people who haven't played the game yet)

Gameplay changes:
  • Flying creatures who move over water while on fire now have their fire put out

Code/modding changes:
  • Tilesets can now have separate colors for the ground and the walls in ASCII mode (and the Graveyard has been updated to use this feature to more closely match its appearance in graphical mode)
  • There's now a Map:get_blocking_feature function to check and return a movement-blocking feature in a tile

Bug fixes:
  • Fixed a crash in the credits screen in ASCII mode

Linux:
  • Possession now launches using your system's libraries rather than the Steam runtime's. This is to fix an issue where the game was not launching on some systems (notably running Manjaro). If this causes a problem and the game's not able to launch on your system when it could before, please let me know!
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About This Game

Possession is a traditional turn-based roguelike where you play as a ghost trying to make your way to the surface. You are incredibly frail, but have one advantage: you can possess the bodies of the monsters you encounter, and use their strength and abilities as your own. Hop from body to body as you attempt to make it back to the surface.

Features:

Dozens of possessable monsters, from the horrifying to the hilarious, with a wide variety of powers.
Special themed levels with unique hazards, creatures and layouts. Randomly generated, so each playthrough is different!
Item-less gameplay. The dead have no need for worldly possessions, they just slow you down.
Quick to pick up and play. Unlike most roguelikes, Possession doesn't require you to memorize dozens of weird key commands, or puzzle over confusing skill and ability lists before you start playing.
Entirely playable with just the keyboard, just the mouse, or a combination of the two.
Mod support! Add your own creatures, powers and special levels, or change the ones already there.
@ Choice between graphics or ASCII mode, for the oldschool roguelike fans.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or Later
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 capable graphics card, minimum monitor size 1024x768
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.7 or later
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 capable graphics card, minimum monitor size 1024x768
    Minimum:
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 capable graphics card, minimum monitor size 1024x768
    • Additional Notes: Requires a 64-bit OS that supports AppImages

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