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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


bloodmonsterbloodmonster

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

gh bnmk,./

i think the game was okay but it was kinda a slow game



Rumble123Rumble123

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

It's...pretty good!

To be honest I didn't expect to much from this game but it turned out I actually liked it! It didn't keep me 'til the end but I still got around to try all the classes and some different tactics for each one.
I also read a few of the other reviews and must agree with the ones that ask for more stuff to be avalible in the store, there just isn't enough to make it last through the whole game. I found the difficulty challenging but that's just a + to me. Another thing you might want to consider adding is different times of the day, weather-effects and terrain like ice, mud and ordinary gravel that each affects speed and so on. It would be nice to notice that the story actually moves on by seeing the changes in season through the weather and dates etc.

Nice graphics and a challenging gameplay has created a great game! =)
5/5, 9/10

P.S Horrible music! =( D.S



CourtJokerCourtJoker

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Good!

I played as the warrior and did really well with him, i got to lvl 14 and then my cpu kep saying there was a Script causing it to run slowly do you wanna keep going? ect. anyways i couldnt play anymore after that... but still great game lots of fun could use a little diversity but fun nonethelwess



BerderBerder

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

good

i played the wizard and i didn't bother upgrading attack speed or power... instead i upgraded my special (fireball). that's way more effective.

one thing that annoyed me, seriously, was the "maximum upgrade" thing on walking speed. I wanted to upgrade my walking speed more but it wouldn't let me. even as mage you don't walk fast enough, some enemies are almost as fast as you

i think that losing points to "save game" is definitely a bad thing. the game gets too repetitive if you die and didn't save because you have to play the same levels over and over again

one other thing that annoyed me was how _few_ enemies were in the arena sometimes. sometimes there'd be like 20 enemies on screen, other times there'd be like 5 archers and no more spawned until i killed the archers.

it would be nice to have more to do with my money. once i got the 2 artifacts (the one that protects you and the one that increases skill point regeneration) there was nothing to spend money on except healing. you should put in more artifacts, and say give you the ability to purchase healing potions (not just healing). the "alternative" attacks/specials were crappy so no reason to buy them

Also the game is a bit non-responsive sometimes. if i click faster than he can shoot he will keep shooting for a while after i stop. and sometimes i have to hit space twice before he'll shoot the fireball, even though his skill points are at max



Hobo740Hobo740

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow. 3 hours spent well.

That was fun. IMO, the wizard is the best. I can't get past lvl 4 with the warrior or cleric. It's kinda monotonous, though. A change of terrain or maybe more enemy types or upgrades would be fun.

Hopefully NG approves v 1.6.5