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The Curious Expedition

2 months ago

Curious Expedition: Rivals is a free-to-play MMOish version of 2016’s best roguelike

"If Spelunky were a slow-paced top-down exploration game, it’d be The Curious Expedition." Adam (sob) said that back when we declared it the best Roguelike of 2016, and I can see where he's coming from: they're both games about weaving stories from procedurally generated calamities. In the beta for Curious Expedition: Rivals, other players can wriggle their way into those stories. I've been exploring new…

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7 months ago

The Curious Expedition demo ventures forth

Say, have you played The Curious Expedition, the turn-based colonial-era exploration game which we declared our favourite roguelikelike of 2016? You can't all have, as otherwise developers Maschinen-Mensch wouldn't have released a demo today. It contains two expeditions. So whoever you missing-outers are, go on, get in, give it a go. You needn't even download anything special to play, as the demo runs in your…

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2 years ago

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…

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The RPS 2016 Advent Calendar, Dec 6th –The Curious Expedition

By 2020, it's entirely possible that we'll have an entire calendar devoted to roguelikes, but this year, what was our favourite in the ever-expanding genre? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games of the year, daily, and behind today’s door is... Pack your bags - it's The Curious Expedition!

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Have You Played… The Curious Expedition?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Select an explorer, form a team, and go on an adventure in a distant, procedurally generated land in search of treasure. Make it back alive and achieve fame and glory, or die alone in some hostile wasteland. Either way, The Curious Expedition will…

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The 10 most intriguing PC gaming trends of 2016

As December approaches like a runaway sled and we prepare to say our goodbyes to 2016, it's natural to reflect on the year as a whole. Those reflections could easily take the form of laments but we're keeping our focus firmly on the world of PC games, where we've identified ten trends that may not have defined 2016, but have certainly helped to shape it.…

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The Curious Expedition review

The Curious Expedition [official site] is a turn-based game of exploration and exploitation in which you control one of several historical characters, wandering the world in search of fame and fortune. After a long trek through the wildlands of Early Access, it has emerged as a complete game today. But does it belong in a museum or should it have been left to rot in…

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2016’s Most Promising RPGs

We're almost half-way through the year, and it's not been a bad one. The finale of The Witcher 3. Dark Souls III, for those players who consider it an RPG. A couple of late-arrivals, like Dragon's Dogma. But as the nights again start to draw darker, what's up next? Here's some of the big quests still promised for 2016. As ever, don't be too surprised…

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4 years ago

Full Steam Ahead For The Curious Expedition

In the six months since I wrote about The Curious Expedition [official site], a great deal has changed. The shiny new trailer below shows some of those changes, including dicey combat, a world map, yawning great chasms that swallow expeditions whole, and a victory screen. It's possible that the victory screen was in the build I played last year but I certainly never saw it.…

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Get Lost: Curious Expedition Free Weekend

Curious Expedition [official site] is a wonderful thing. Taking on the role of a famous explorer/thinker, you'll lead a team of adventurers across randomised plots of land, packed with wonders to discover, dangers to overcome and volcanoes to tinker with. You will watch in horror as your allies resort to cannibalism and you'll celebrate as you discover salvation when supplies and sanity are running low.…

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Hands On: The Curious Expedition

The Curious Expedition is a breezy, bright and endearing game about small groups of explorers who head into the unknown to seek golden pyramids and other wonders, natural and man-made. There have been comparisons to FTL, which are understandable but not entirely appropriate. While many of the same elements are included - a journey, a 'crew', permadeath, limited resources, randomisation, emergent narrative from minimalist components…

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Marie Curie Won’t Eat Her Meat: The Curious Expedition

My first few moments with The Curious Expedition were almost misleadingly delightful. Set in the 19th century, I was told to pick from a selection of charming pixel renderings of historical figures and dropped into the world, with the only stated goal of exploring the strange new randomly generated land I had found myself in. It was welcoming, colourful, and hiding a whole host of things…

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Expedite This: The Curious Expedition Teaser Trailer

One of my favourite books is Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky's study of "fifty islands I have not visited and never will." Each spread has a clean hand-drawn map on one page and a story about the island opposite. Some of the stories tell local myths, some are factual, but all are treated with the same significance. The result is a book filled with…

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5 years ago

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DevLog Watch: Space Death, Curious Expedition, Firewatch

Patch notes DevLog Watch v0.0.09 - Fixed recurring bank holiday Monday freeze bug. - Added games from places other than the TIGSource forum. - Added game from the TIGSource forum. - Double-checked games for juvenile hate speech. - Temporarily cut 'archive' section. - BUG: Intro text gimmicks still need work. Spaceships! Procedural butterflies! And have you heard about the Firewatch sasquatch?

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DevLog Watch: Curious Expedition, Lift, Office Management

The problem with turning this into a regular column is that I have to write it regularly. I have clearly failed this week, but that shouldn't stop you enjoying day-late development blogs and GIFs from around the web. Includes: dinosaurs, Nikola Tesla, flight sandboxes, conference tables, 'game jams'.

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6 years ago

Pithy Headline: The Curious Expedition

The Curious Expedition has all the marks of a particularly fine undertaking. It's a procedurally generated sort of thing, with overland exploration of varied biomes, and battles against mystical creatures, dinosaurs, cannibals and other such unpleasantries. Inspired by the works of Verne, Darwin and Livingstone, the game is set in the 19th Century and is a 'roguelike-strategy-puzzler'. No word on a precise release date but…

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