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Crawl

2 years ago

Feature: Tipping the balance

How Crawl found the fun in unfairness

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Crawl [official site]. Crawl is a game about cooperation, betrayal and murder and accumulating enough eldritch power to kill a god. Made by Australian indie Powerhoof, it’s a couch multiplayer game played with up to three friends, but only one of you can be the hero.…

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1v3 dungeon crawler Crawl crawls out in April

Ace local multiplayer dungeon crawler Crawl [official site] will leave early access after two-and-a-half years to properly launch on April 11th, developers Powerhoof have announced. Crawl is a roguelikelike dungeon-crawling action-RPG, see, with one player as an adventurer and three player controlling the monsters and traps. It's cooperative/competitive local multiplayer, or compoerative as we definitely do say in The Business. I've not played it in…

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4 years ago

Crawl Gets Diddy Dune Worms

Crawl [official site], I think it's worth saying, gets the much lauded Gera Prize For Good Characters And Stuff. This is the game that produced the most eerily realistic albeit 2D cartoon rendering of Gabe Newell of all time. And now a nice and hefty update has come its way, bringing with it baddies of a more Dune-Meets-Ancient Greece variety. Or alternatively, Beetlejuice-Meets-Xena, or a…

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Gabe Newell Now Stomping And Stabbing All Over Crawl

Oh yes, yes, Gabe Newell's in Crawl [official site] now but mercy me the Internet's obsession with him doesn't need any more stoking. Besides, the latest patch for on 3v1 compoerative (I coined that term, you can't steal it) dungeon crawler's journey through Steam Early Access also added a new Mini Beam Eye Bat evolution. Eye Bats! Boo! All the kids are in on hot…

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Crawl Turns Gabe Newell Into The Enemy Boss From Hell

There's the Mona Lisa and there's the Venus de Milo, and then there's this beauty. The kindly Australians of indie outfit Powerhoof have turned Valve's very own high priest Gabe Newell into an enemy boss for their asymmetrical dungeon crawler Crawl [official site]. Take a look at this thing, in all the technicolour glory of an animated gif.

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5 years ago

Multiplayer Roguelikelike Crawl Unleashes Co-op Hydra

It's a while since we covered the multiplayer roguelikelike Crawl but we're no less enticed by the concept today. It's still in Early Access but released its v0.3 update on Thursday. In case, like me, your brain entered a dungeon last year and never came back, here's a refresher: in Crawl you and one to three friends take turns controlling A Hero and do exploring, fighting, looting and…

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Slowing To A: Crawl Delay Announced With The Greatest GIF

I'm really looking forward to Crawl. The concept - a dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters - is as brilliant as it is elegantly simple, and it's got oodles (or blob monsters, as it were) of style to back it up. Last we heard, it was gonna hit Steam Early Access in a week, but then The Beast, The Dragon, The Creature That…

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That Was Fast: Crawl, NIKO, 48 Others Greenlit

Seems like only yesterday that we were posting about Crawl's spiffy new hot-pink-emblazoned Steam Greenlight page, and that's because it was. In what has to be some kind of record, it's already emerged from Valve's crowd-run dungeon with keys to the Steam kingdom in hand. Why, before you know it, Crawl will probably be learning to drive, graduating from college, and serving minimal time for…

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Crawl Is A Multiplayer Dungeon Brawler With A Brill Trailer

This is how you send your game out into the public sphere. From the Crawl Steam Greenlight page, I can tell you that it's a "competitive multiplayer dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters." From its detailed three-minute trailer, embedded below, I can tell you that it has beautifully animated pixel art, fast hack-and-slash combat, and lots of hot pink fonts. Crawl is about…

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6 years ago

Beat The Dungeon And Be The Dungeon In Crawl

Dungeons are dark and full of perils. From the giant rats of yesteryear to the hyper-detailed, mega-map-o-textured giant rats of today, there's always something out for delicious adventurer blood. That, of course, is the precise reason humanity evolved the concept of friendship - as a defense mechanism in videogame dungeons. Biology, huh? It's an incredible thing. But then along slithers Crawl. It's a roguelike dungeon-delver…

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