The Forbidden Arts is an action adventure platformer with a focus on discovery and exploration. You play as Phoenix, a young boy who seeks to master the element of fire in a grand adventure of ancient magic.
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Mostly Positive (11) - 72% of the 11 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Aug 7, 2019
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August 11

Patch 1.0.2 is here!

Ever since we first launched in Early Access a year and a half ago, we have been striving to improve The Forbidden Arts.

Now that we're in full release, even though it's only been a few days since launch, we made a few changes to the game that are much more user friendly for a lot of players, without taking away the challenge that the game presents. Although I am personally a fan of old school platformers, with hard difficulty (TMNT on NES anyone?), I realize that difficulty does not necessarily equal fun, and thus there's a few things that have been removed from the game that didn't add to any "fun" factor:

1. Fall Damage. It's gone. If there was a demon in you that longed to fall from great heights and watch Phoenix collapse on impact, well, that demon is now laid to rest.
2. You can now double jump when falling/rolling off a ledge etc. This is pretty standard in a lot of platformers and has been suggested by a few people. Took quite a bit of re-coding, but it's in there now and I hope you guys enjoy it.

A lot of other things are patched, so here's what's new since the original 1.0 release:

- Added the ability to perform a jump when falling off any surface, so long as the player has not already performed a double jump
- Removed falling damage. Player will no longer take damage when falling from great heights
- Removed some flickering from the trees in the Abandoned Mines entrance
- AI animation adjustments
- Disable siphoning if player is siphoning fire during griffin cutscene
- Audio settings will now be properly saved when switching to different options sub menus
- Fixed some font display issues when changing from Japenese back to English
- Added a hint for how to unlock the swamp treasure chest
- Modified Chiromancer boss fight
- Minor level design modification in The Hives
- Various Bug fixes

Thanks for your interest in The Forbidden Arts. We are going to be focusing on finishing the Playstation 4 port of the game, but we will continue to improve the game and work other content into the game as people request it. We're open to ideas, and nothing is set in stone. We do have the final decision of course, but we listen so don't hesitate to reach out.

Sterling Selover
Stingbot Games
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August 7

The Full Release is here!

Short and Sweet:

After 4 years in development and 1.5 years in Early Access I'm happy to say the full release is here! I'd like to thank everyone who contributed feedback throughout Early Access. You know who you are, and the game wouldn't be what it is if not for you.

If anyone finds any bugs, needs assistance or anything else, do not hesitate to reach out. We will continue to support the game and ensure you are getting the most of what you pay for.

Thank you again, and we hope you enjoy The Forbidden Arts!

Sterling Selover
Stingbot Games
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Reviews

"This game is a must-buy for fans of 2D action platformers!" 9/10 - GameTyrant

"The Forbidden Arts is an equally demanding and rewarding platformer." 9/10 - GamingCypher

"I think Stingbot is on to something with this game" 8/10 - MulehornGaming

"There’s no questioning that it’s challenging, but the reward is worth it." 8/10 - Chalgyr's Game Room

"Side scrolling action at its best, it also brings a tiny bit of nostalgia along for the ride." 7.5/10 - Xbox Tavern

"A demanding platformer with a gorgeous art style that oozes with nostalgia from the era of 2D action adventures." 7.5/10 - PixelatedGamer.com

"The Forbidden Arts is a fun 2D action platforming adventure with short 3D exploration sections that offer a nice challenge for fans of the genre." 7.5/10 - Ps4Blog.net

"The Forbidden Arts blew me away with its addictive gameplay and gorgeous art style." 3.5/5 - Mkaugaming

About This Game

**A game controller is not required to play The Forbidden Arts, but is highly recommended**

The Forbidden Arts is an action adventure platformer with a focus on discovery and exploration. When the hero of the game, Phoenix, seeks the counsel of a druid to make sense of his visions, she awakens the latent pyromancy within him. This begins an epic journey from Phoenix’s humble beginnings as he seeks to master the element of fire.

Key Features:
• 5 Worlds with multiple levels
• 6 Boss Fights
• 30+ different enemies
• 12+ hours of gameplay
• High quality hand-painted art style

• Channel your pyromancer flame to cast devastating spells upon enemies and bosses, protect yourself from harm and manipulate the environment.

• Explore massive worlds with the ability to save your progress nearly anywhere and any time. You will alternate between 2d gameplay while in dungeons and 3d gameplay while exploring the world map.

• Test your agility as you scale walls, jump gaps, climb vines and maneuver through several distinct environments filled with obstacles and challenges.

• Progress through a captivating storyline following a young man who seeks the truth about himself and finds a grand adventure of ancient magic.

• Embark on quests from friendly NPCs and solve puzzles you encounter along the way.

• Discover long-forgotten secret items and locations to unlock abilities and earn achievements.

The time has come to summon your inner fire and prove to the world you have what it takes to be called a pyromancer. Play The Forbidden Arts today.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 - 32 Bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 5th Generation or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 450 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 5750
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: High Quality game settings are not designed for minimum system requirements
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10 - 64 Bit
    • Processor: Intel i7 6700k or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD R9 290
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.12
    • Processor: Intel i5 5th Generation or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card with Direct X 10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: High Quality game settings are not designed for minimum system requirements
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.12 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i7 6700k or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon Pro 580 or better
    • Storage: 3 GB available space

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