The Curious Expedition launches free Arctic expansion

Ace adventure ’em up The Curious Expedition [official site] has added the Arctic in a big free update, full of new places to explore, new mysteries to uncover, new treasures to find, and more awful ways to die. Developers Maschinen-Mensch released the Arctic Expanse update on Friday with a bucket of tweaks too, which is grand considering The Curious Expedition was already our favourite roguelike of 2016.

“You’ll finally be able to explore the north pole and all the dangers it brings,” Maschinen-Mensch say. “We’re also adding brand-new new events, enemies, items, disasters, characters, explorers, perks and more for all the expedition, so even if you hate the cold, you’ll still find plenty to like.”

Those new bits look to range from riding polar bears and standard murderous snowmadness to Lovecraftian lost civilisations and… heck, huge events I wish I hadn’t accidentally read about. This might be the wrong pole for At the Mountains of Madness shenanigans but given that H.P. Lovecraft himself is a playable character (with the risk of spreading racism, no less), everywhere can be Lovecrafty.

Maschinen-Mensch haven’t yet shared a changelog of everything the update has changed but they do say:

“We have fine-tuned the balancing, added many UI and Interface improvements, added new treasures and godly curses and items and perks, sound effects, events, ailments, quests … it’s too much to list.”

Smashing stuff. Expect a changelog soon-ish.


  1. Snowskeeper says:

    Can we discover any ancient Viking outposts at the north pole?

    • trjp says:

      You mis-spelled Underwater Nazi as Viking there? :)

      History Channel yo!

  2. Shiloh says:

    I really feel like I should like this game more than I do. I still much prefer Renowned Explorers, but an Arctic setting might get back into this one for a while.

  3. Gothnak says:

    I found this game a lot of fun until i finished my first career on normal mode. Then i had to up the difficulty and it became a lot less fun.

    I assumed the enemies trickier, the decisions harder, but it just meant you consumed more food, or had to return to the ship, both things that just weren’t fun.

    I just wanted harder easy mode. :p.

  4. Panther_Modern says:

    Can say with conviction that this is one of the best indie games I’ve ever played and every bit as deserving as joining FTL, Spelunky ect in the canon.

    It constantly gives you meaningful strategic choices and exudes charm.