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Nov 17, 2007 | 3:01 AM EST
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*** UPDATE TO 1.6.5 ***
Corrected the awful bug that screwed up with saves.
Unfortunately old version saves are useless with this one... I am truly sorry.

As always: Play it and keep voting/reviewing, As you can see I respond to everyone, and often follow your suggestions. Thank you everyone!!!

*** MAJOR UPDATE - V.1.6 ***
Wow! Frontpage!
I worked on the game to update it with some new features. I think it's a good way to celebrate!
Here is a list of what changed:
(They are quite a few things... your old saves will not work with the new version. Sorry!)

*** In the menu where you distribute your points, added some useful hints explaining what the abilities do. (Also changed the position of some buttons)
*** Added Charisma: a Skill that slows down crowd enthusiasm diminishment. If it increased combos effectiveness, it would have been too easy to reach the Maximum... hope it suffices.
*** BETTER COLLISIONS with monster: you should not get stuck in between them... but don't let them surround you or you cannot pass!
*** Added a graphic effect to show how much the combos increase public enthusiasm
*** Difficulty recalibrated a bit: the first enemies should go down easier
*** Now the malus for saving games applies correctly at the end of the game
*** Corrected the error that prevented the Archer from buying Elven Arrows
*** Now you can see what you have already bought in the shop!
*** If you want, you can HOLD the mouse button to autoattack as soon as you can... but beware: it will be more difficult to time the attacks for the combos!
*** Changed color to potions to match those of the bars...
*** In survival mode, the crowd now doesn't throw just the money (but remember: money increases score!)
*** Corrected the glitch with some special abilities when you level up in survival mode.
*** Now that combos are easier even at low levels, money should be sufficent...
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I've tried to make something different from the usual battle games based on turns... it's not a real time strategy game, nor an rpg... I tried to keep it in the middle, pumping up the action like in an ARCADE game.

You are a prisoner in an Arena, you have to fight for the public's amusement, and try to survive and gain enough power to break free.
Choose between 4 different Characters, earn money, entertain the public for money and xp bonus, level up, buy better weapon and equipments, pick up monsters drops... and stay alive!

It is really action packed, with lots of enemies on screen (more than a dozen sometimes), pushing a little hard on the CPU of old computers. I've put a FPS counter in the bottom left corner, with three buttons for changing quality: please use them to keep FPS at least around 15 FPS (the game is designed to run at 20 FPS).

You can play in Story Mode or Survival Mode. The first features 12 levels (+2 bosses), the other one will never end. Highscores are obviously separated.

CONTROLS:
Mouse for Hero's orientation, left click to attack.
WASD or ARROWS to move
Press CTRL or SPACE to activate the Special Ability of the Character.
click SHIFT to raise the shield (Warrior and Cleric only), click it another time to put it away.
(you can choose between the two key sets in the menu and in the pause screen. default is WASD + SHIFT + SPACE)
M to toggle Music, X to toggle sounds, P to Pause.
*** NOTE: There is a training mode, where you can gain confidence with the controls, which are difficult at the beginning but allow the maximum effectiveness in combat: you can walk in a direction and attack in another. Training mode is available after you select your character.

A final note about the difficulty: This game is HARD, i know. It is not meant to be finished the first time you play it, but to grant some degree of challenge.

Have Fun, and please Vote/Review!
Thank You

Reviews


TimzillaTimzilla

Rated 3 / 5 stars

well...

Its okay, but after a while it just kind of got boring. Its to repetitive. Its a good concept with lot of need for inprovment


Kelemas responds:

Thank you anyway... I'll do my best to improve the game, and will use many of the suggestions received in the sequel.
Have you got anything to suggest?


keinve1keinve1

Rated 4 / 5 stars

weird

never got past lv 5 or so on story, though i went for a few hours on survival.


Kelemas responds:

Well, that's weird indeed... usually is the opposite!
If you want, I've put up a page on my site dedicated to the game, where you can find the latest version (without waiting for NG staff approval) and where you'll find 4 videos that show a suggestion on how to pass the first levels. Check them out if you want: I show that it is possible to end the first 3 levels even without using drops!!! :-)
http://www.circolofantasy.com/arena

By the way: Thank you for the review!


kr8tokr8to

Rated 2 / 5 stars

eh...

good idea for a game, but it got repetitive fast. I only have one good stragtegy. Be an archer or mage and go in a circle; the enemy will follow you while you shoot them. There were to few buying options and than some.


Kelemas responds:

mmm... it seems your comments is cut.
What where you about to say?
As for the strategy, yours is surely a winning one, but very boring... try the warrior and go face to face with the enemy! :)
I've put up a page dedicated to the game, where you can always find the latest version (without waiting for NG staff approval) and where you'll find 4 videos that show a suggestion on how to pass the first levels with all the 4 characters.
Check them out if you want: I show that it is possible to end the first 3 levels even without using drops!!! :-)
http://www.circolofantasy.com/arena


Dead-Man-WalkingDead-Man-Walking

Rated 3 / 5 stars

eh, ot that great

it was alright, i had the same problem with money. just never had enough


Kelemas responds:

Try to score some combos to increase your earnings. At the first stages it's not easy, but if you've time to spend, you can go to this page: http://www.circolofantasy.com/arena and check the 4 videos where I show How to pass the first stages without even using the drops... Check them out

Ah! Almost forgetting... thank you anyway!


flamewolf393flamewolf393

Rated 5 / 5 stars

....

Really good game, but it did get kinda boring fairly quickly. And I never had enough money, i always had to spend it on shield, and then about half my health.


Kelemas responds:

As I said to someone else:
Try to score some combos to increase your earnings. At the first stages it's not easy, but if you've time to spend, you can go to this page: http://www.circolofantasy.com/arena and check the 4 videos where I show How to pass the first stages without even using the drops...
Anyway, thank you for the vote/review!