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Stories: The Path of Destinies

Stories: The Path of Destinies

Stories: The Path of Destinies is an action-RPG set in a vibrant fairytale universe filled with floating islands, majestic airships, and colorful magic. Reynardo, ex-pirate and unintentional hero, suddenly becomes the last line of the defense against the mad Emperor and his countless ravens. Can he come up with a plan that won’t blow up in his face, for a change?

In Stories, each choice you make takes Reynardo into a unique narrative. From tongue-in-cheek takes on heroic adventures to dark, Lovecraftian scenes, Stories’ repertoire is as diverse as it is action-packed. But Reynardo’s fateful decisions won’t always come easy: Sometimes retrieving a weapon lost at the beginning of time means sacrificing the life of an old friend. But with so many choices to make, so many potential dire destinies, wouldn’t it be great to be able to come back in time, learn from your mistakes and find the one true path?Key Features:

  • Unique choice-based narrative in which players explore many different storylines to find the path to victory
  • Fluid and fast-paced combat blending acrobatic swordplay, grab attacks, special abilities, and more
  • Charming hand-drawn illustrations and a colorful storybook aesthetic
  • A deep skill tree where players can unlock powerful new abilities such as the Hookshot or even Time Mastery
  • An arsenal of magic-infused swords that can be crafted and upgraded
  • An original soundtrack that changes dynamically with every choice

Requirements:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel CPU Core i3-2500K 2.0GHz+ / AMD CPU Phenom II 570
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 8800 GTX, GT640, GT730, Radeon HD 5850, HD Graphics 530
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Stereo

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Sorcery! Part 3

Sorcery! Part 3

An open-world narrative adventure through a cursed wilderness of monsters, traps and magic. Hunt down the Seven Serpents, cast powerful spells that shape the story, and explore everywhere. Begin your journey here, or continue your story from Parts 1 & 2.

+ Explore everywhere – move freely through the world, any way you want, creating your own unique story

+ New time beacons allow you to alter the world dynamically – travel through the present, or into the past, or mix the two

+ Thousands of choices – all are remembered, and shape your adventure

+ Thirty new enemies, including seven deadly serpents, each with their own strategies – and weaknesses

+ Adapted from the best-selling gamebook series by legendary game designer Steve Jackson

+ Swindlestones is back! The game of bluff and deceit is back, with new, smarter, opponents

+ New spells to discover and new magic to master

+ Five Gods, all with different quirks and powers

+ Start your adventure here, or load your characters and choices from Parts 1 & 2

+ New music from "80 Days" composer Laurence Chapman

+ New 3D hand-drawn maps to explore by Mike Schley

"Sorcery! 3 is unlike anything you’ve ever played. Its mix of puzzle-solving, combat, and choose-your-own-adventure stylings have created a unique form of entertainment that I cannot wait to get back into" – Pocket Tactics, 5/5

"[One] of 2015’s best iPhone games", TIME magazine

"This dragon-centric chapter of Sorcery! 3 does a fantastic job of keeping things dynamic and interesting, and better yet, its new puzzle-like aspect gives it the kind of magical, surprise-filled, combat-related fun fantasy fans live for." – Examiner.com, 5/5

The land of Kakhabad is a wilderness – a ruined desert, a tangled forest, cruel mountains and fissures, all guarded by seven fearsome serpents. But you must cross this land if you are to reach Mampang and the Crown of Kings. Rely on your wits or fight your way through – play with honour, or lie, cheat and steal – the choices are all yours.

From the creators of TIME’s Game of the Year 2014, "80 Days", comes the third instalment in the acclaimed Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! series. An interactive story told through thousands of choices, all of which are remembered, where no two adventures are the same.

"Sorcery! 3 demonstrates just how wonderful interactive fiction can be." – 148apps

"A seminal moment in interactive fiction" – Gamezebo

"A vast and engaging third chapter that expands brilliantly on the first two" – PocketGamer (Gold award)

"An amazing adventure… easily the biggest and most satisfying gamebook ever released on iOS" – TouchArcade, 5/5

Adapted and expanded from the million-selling gamebook series by legendary game designer Steve Jackson, co-founder of Lionhead Studios (with Peter Molyneux) and co-creator of Fighting Fantasy and Games Workshop (with Ian Livingstone).

Using inkle’s unique inklewriter technology, the story is written in real-time, built around your choices and actions.

Praise for the Sorcery! series:

* "I love this app… better than any gamebook ever was in your head when you were a kid" – 5/5, Interactive Fiction of the Year, Pocket Tactics

* Top 20 Mobile Game of 2013, Touch Arcade

* Top 25 Mobile Game of 2013 Gamezebo

* Gold Award, Pocket Gamer

* "Some of 2013’s best interactive storytelling" – IGN

* "inkle’s adaptation of Sorcery! takes the genre to a whole new level" – Kotaku
Requirements:

  • OS: Windows Vista
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Requires OpenGL 2.1
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Storage: 300 MB available space

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The Age of Decadence

The Age of Decadence

The Age of Decadence, our first but hopefully not the last RPG, is now available. If you’ve been following it or playing it in Early Access, you know what to expect. If you’ve just discovered it, "stay awhile and listen". The most commonly asked question is:What Kind of Game Is It?

It’s a very different game than anything you’ve ever played. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the RPG genre hasn’t really been explored yet and most RPGs follow the formula that didn’t change in 20 years. While there were always games that strayed off the beaten path – Darklands, Planescape: Torment, King of Dragon Pass – such games were the exceptions that only reinforced the rule.

The Age of Decadence is an experiment, an attempt to explore a different direction, taking you back to the PnP roots of the genre. It doesn’t mean that the game is awesome. In fact, there is a good chance that you won’t like it, precisely because we took too many liberties with the established design.

So What Sets The Age of Decadence Apart From Other Games?1. The Setup

Traditionally, many fantasy RPGs are about killing things, clearing up dungeons, and being a hero. There is nothing wrong with mindless fun and wish fulfillment, but we want to offer you something different. To quote Tom Chick (Quarter to Three’s game critic):

"But Age of Decadence wants nothing to do with kobolds, just as it wants nothing to do with Doo-dads of Unimaginable Power. The overarching idea is a crumbling society divided among three noble Houses, each fumbling around in its own version of darkness to comprehend what destroyed the world. That’s the central mystery. It plays out like noir in that you are the detective, piecing together what really happened from differing accounts, all vividly written with clear voices and efficient prose. And like a detective in a noir yarn, you can’t help but become part of the central mystery, effecting an outcome you might not have intended."

The Age of Decadence is not a game about killing monsters or exploring mystical lands, but rather, surviving amid the greed and brutality of your fellow humans and carving out a name for yourself. Good and bad are purely relative. It’s a world of scheming and backstabbing in which your words and actions have the potential to forge alliances and sow discord, and your path is never certain.

You get to play with seven different factions: three Noble Houses and four ‘professional’ guilds: merchants, assassins, thieves, and the army, all fighting for power or influence; over 100 named characters, over 750 ‘generic’ characters with unique IDs taking part in violent take-overs, assassinations, and power grabs, and over 600,000 words of dialogue: a well-developed and thought through world, believable characters, realistic motivations, but no elves, dwarves, magic, and wizards in fashionable, pointy hats.2. Combat difficulty

Another design aspect worth mentioning is combat difficulty. It’s a hard game.

Combat difficulty is integrated into the setting. You can’t say that the world is harsh and unforgiving and then let the player kill everyone who looks at him or her funny. The game has to be hard, dying should be easy, and you should have reasons to pick your fights.

You aren’t a powerful hero who can defeat anyone and save the world and it is the difficulty that reinforces this notion. Make the game easier and we’re back to the powerful hero setup. So unless you’re a natural born killer, watch what you say and think before you act or you’ll end up dead before you can blink.3. Choices & Consequences

Choices are what the game is all about – crafting your own narrative via a variety of choices that alter the story, playing field, and your options down the road. From multiple quest solutions to branching questlines you’ll have plenty decisions to make and consequences of said decisions to deal with, which is what makes the game incredibly replayable.

Starting the game as a mercenary and joining the Imperial Guards will give a completely different experience, different quests, different content and points of view than, say, playing the game as a merchant (less buying low and selling high, more scheming and plotting to gain advantages for the guild), a praetor serving a Noble House, or an assassin.

The questlines are interwoven, forming a large, overarching story, so playing the game only once will be like witnessing events from a single perspective, which is limited by default. You will have to play the game several times to better understand what’s going on, piece everything together, and see the full effect of the choices you make.The Big Question: Should You Buy The Game?

Try before you buy. Even if everything I said sounds exactly like your kind of game, try the demo first. That’s what it’s there for. It gives you access to the first Chapter, consisting of 3 locations and about 30 quests split between mutually exclusive questlines and decisions.
Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Processor or better
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT / ATI Radeon HD 7290 (512 Mb) or better
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 1900 MB available space

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Dyscourse

Dyscourse

Dyscourse is an interactive choice-based narrative adventure game where you journey through a stylized world of choice and consequence. You play as Rita, an unfortunate art school grad turned barista, who is now stuck on a desert island with a crew of oddball travelers after a plane crash. That last choice you just made? It may end up being integral to your group’s survival, or it may lead you down a path to murder and cannibalism!

Stories in Dyscourse are emergent, and choices made in the game directly tie to the survival or downfall of the group. As players get to know their fellow castaways and make critical and interpersonal decisions, drama dynamically unfolds, and your choices author your own unique story.

We’ve designed Dyscourse so that players will end up with vastly different stories forged from their choices – everyone’s playthrough will have a unique story to tell. With over 120,000 words and many hours of replayable content, each playthrough allows players to explore more of the overall “story space” and learn more about the crash and their fellow survivors. There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ choices and endings to Dyscourse – how to best survive the island is a decision left up to the player. Choose wisely!

Kickstarter!
Yes, it’s true. Dyscourse is a Kickstarter success story! Thanks to over 2,000 backers, we hit our $40,000 goal back in November of 2013.

Special Edition!
We’re offering a Special Edition of Dyscourse which includes:

  • The 77-song Dyscourse soundtrack (Yes, 77 unique songs! We’re crazy!)
  • Dyscourse mid-development documentary video
  • Digital art-book of the making of Dyscourse
  • Dyscourse wallpaper

Indie Island!
Now available! Indie Island is a bonus story for Dyscourse that features 10 prominent indie game developers stuck on an island together. After a GDC-bound flight took a turn for the worse, these ill-fated indies must now survive together, for better or for worse.

Indie Island contains the likes of Tim Schafer (Double Fine), Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy), Phil Tibitoski (Octodad), Alexander Bruce (Antichamber), Ron Carmel (World of Goo), Robin Hunicke (Journey), Ichiro Lambe (Aaaaa!), Adam Saltsman (Canabalt), Will Stallwood (Auditorium), and Rami Ismail (Ridiculous Fishing).Links
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Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP and up
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 600 MB available space
  • OS: 10.7
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 600 MB available space
  • OS: Ubuntu
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 600 MB available space

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Dreamfall Chapters

Dreamfall Chapters

Your purchase of Dreamfall Chapters includes all five episodes. The first four episodes are available for download today. The final episode will be available as a free update soon!

Dreamfall Chapters is the episodic follow-up to award-winning adventures The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey: a story about choices and consequences, dreams and reality, magic and science, chaos and order, and the broken heroes whose actions will shape the course of history in all worlds.

Set in parallel worlds — one a dark cyberpunk vision of the future, the other a magical fantasy realm — the game follows two unlikely heroes on their journeys across worlds to save the very fabric of reality from the Undreaming. Dreamfall Chapters is a mature, emotional, dark, magical and heartbreaking adventure that will take you by surprise.

With a brand new storyline and a fresh cast of characters, Dreamfall Chapters introduces new players to The Longest Journey saga, while returning players will get the conclusion they have been waiting for since the end of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey.Key Features

  • Experience a deep and emotional episodic storyline that continues the epic saga of The Longest Journey — an award-winning story the New York Times called “compelling” and “terrific”
  • Sequel to acclaimed Adventure Game of the Year, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. A recap of Dreamfall is available in-game for new players
  • Shape the story and the course of your journey through your choices and actions, and live with the surprising and sometimes devastating consequences
  • Connect your game and see the choices your Steam and Facebook friends have made before making your own, and share your decisions with everyone playing the game
  • Explore beautiful, rich, detailed and original worlds that combine a stunning cyberpunk vision of the future with magical fantasy, along with a broken and decaying dreamscape

Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Yes
  • OS: Mac OS X v10.9 Mavericks or higher
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Yes
  • OS: Linux Kernel 3.0 or above
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Yes

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

Become the most celebrated detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes! Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases: murders, missing persons, spectacular thefts and numerous investigations that sometimes lead you into the realms of the fantastic.

Will you follow your moral compass, or will you apply the letter of the law?

The great freedom of action in Crimes & Punishments allows you to conduct your investigations in the manner you deem appropriate. Use the 14 extraordinary skills of detection for which Sherlock is famous, choose the avenues of enquiry you wish to pursue, interrogate your suspects and, from your deductions, name the guilty parties… you can even determine their fate! The ramifications are far-reaching, and your decisions will exert a real influence through your reputation or the surprising consequences that will arise where you least expect them…
Requirements:

  • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
  • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.4 GHZ
  • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE AMD RADEON HD 3850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600 GTS OR HIGHER
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 14 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
  • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION

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The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga

Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds. Not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered.Key Features

  • Player choice that drives your own narrative – every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds.
  • Over 25 playable characters from 2 different races, human and varl, the horned giants – embark on your epic journey with a variety of characters from 7 different classes, each with unique abilities and upgrade options to fit your play style.
  • Strategic combat with consequences – victory or defeat and even the permanent loss of a character depends on which characters you choose to take into battle and what decisions you make afterwards.
  • The journey is as important as battle – your role in building and managing your caravan as you travel the vast frozen landscape is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization.
  • An epic Viking saga brought to life in 2D glory – beautifully hand drawn combat sequences and animations, accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, will immerse you into a fantasy realm inspired by Norse mythology.
  • Multiplayer Combat Enhanced – sharpen your combat skills in the free multiplayer game “Factions”. Compete against other players with many of the character classes you see in The Banner Saga.

The Banner Saga is the first part of a planned trilogy. If you complete this game, your unique progress and storyline will carry over to the next part of the story.
Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP SP3
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 4 GB available space

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The Novelist

The Novelist

The Novelist asks one central question: can you achieve your dreams without pushing away the people you love? The game focuses on Dan Kaplan, a novelist struggling to write the most important book of his career while trying to be the best husband and father he can be. The Kaplans have come to a remote coastal home for the summer, unaware that they’re sharing the house with a mysterious ghostly presence: you.

Read the family’s thoughts. Explore their memories. Uncover their desires and intervene in their lives. But stay out of sight; you can’t help the Kaplans if they know there’s a ghost in the house. It’s up to you to decide how Dan’s career and family life will evolve, but choose carefully; there are no easy answers, and every choice has a cost.

Dan’s relationships – to his work, his wife, and his son – react and shift in response to your choices. With a different sequence of events in every playthrough, The Novelist gives life to a unique experience each time you play.

The decisions you make will define the Kaplans’ lives, but they may also tell you something about yourself.
Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP SP2 or higher
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM video card
  • Storage: 800 MB available space
  • OS: OS X Lion (10.7) or higher
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM video card
  • Storage: 800 MB available space
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM video card
  • Storage: 800 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: Built with Unity 4.3.4, tested in Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10

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The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again. This world was not made for you to understand.

But as you explore, slowly, zippity zop begins to arise, the paradoxes might start to make sense, perhaps you are powerful after all. The game is not here to fight you; it is inviting you to dance.

Based on the award-winning 2011 Source mod of the same name, The Stanley Parable returns with new content, new ideas, a fresh coat of visual paint, and the stunning voicework of Kevan Brighting. For a more complete and in-depth understanding of what The Stanley Parable is, please try out the free demo.
Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Video card must be 128 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon X800 or higher / NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or higher / Intel HD Graphics 2000 or higher – *NOT* an Express graphics card).
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 or higher required
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher

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Divinity: Dragon Commander

Divinity: Dragon Commander

You are the Dragon Commander. Your mission it is to reunite a broken empire and become the new emperor. Success depends entirely on your ability to efficiently rule your empire, build invincible armies and lead them to victory. Your secret weapons: your tactical insights, your leadership skills and your ability to turn yourself into a dragon.
Dragon Commander is not just any strategy game – it seamlessly blends real-time strategy gameplay with turn-based campaigning, role-playing an ascending emperor and controlling a formidable dragon.Key Features

  • Real time strategy: Command your sea, land and air forces in real-time. Combined operations and knowing where and when to hit are crucial elements of any victory.
  • Dragon Combat: During real time strategy mode, you can turn into a dragon to support your troops in combat and obliterate the enemy using your formidable dragon powers.
  • Turn based campaign: Direct your conquest on the turn-based world map; plan several moves ahead, build formidable armies and invest in the right technology or magic upgrades.
  • Rule your empire: You are the emperor and you make the decisions! But beware, political balance is easily upset. Each game is different and you’ll find that a Dragon Commander needs to make really tough decisions. Feel the effects of your decisions on the battlefield as the war progresses.
  • Single-player, multiplayer and co-op modes: Play the single player story-driven campaign or test your mettle against other Dragon Knights, online or local via LAN. Start your own multiplayer campaign with or against a friend. Or duke it out on a skirmish map.

Requirements:

  • OS:Windows XP SP3
  • Processor:Intel Core2 Duo E6600 or equivalent
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT (512 MB) or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 4850
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
  • Sound:DirectX9c compliant
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

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