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Caves of Qud

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Genre: Adventure, Indie, Role-playing (RPG), Simulator, Strategy, Turn-based strategy (TBS)

Platforms: Mac, Linux, PC (Microsoft Windows)

Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped in retrofuturism, deep simulation, and swathes of sentient plants. Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through layers of thousand-year-old civilizations. Decide: is it a dying earth, or is it on the verge of rebirth? Play the role of a mutant indigenous to the salt-spangled dunes and jungles of Qud, or play a pure-strain descendant from one of the few remaining eco-... Read More


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FilipR
4 reviews

Good 90%

Emerging from a salt desert of roguelikes, Qud differentiates itself by having rich world building, a science fiction theme and a lively and engaged development team. Although still in development, it can already provide more than most finished games can. (Jan '18) Look - Coming in a classic ASCII or stylish graphic tiles, the colors used are tightly connected to the game world and feel right at place. With the ease with which new tiles can be m... Read More

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Caves of Qud weaves a handwritten narrative through rich physical, social, and historical simulations. The result is a hybrid handcrafted & procedurally-generated world where you can do just about anything.

Assemble your character from over 70 mutations and defects, and 24 castes and kits — outfit yourself with wings, two heads, quills, four arms, flaming hands, or the power to clone yourself; it’s all the character diversity you could want.

Explore procedurally-generated regions with some familiar locations — each world is nearly 1 million maps large.

Dig through everything — don’t like the wall blocking your way? Dig through it with a pickaxe, or eat through it with your corrosive gas mutation, or melt it to lava. Yes, every wall has a melting point.

Hack the limbs off monsters — every monster and NPC is as fully simulated as the player. That means they have levels, skills, equipment, faction allegiances, and body parts. So if you have a mutation that lets you, say, psionically dominate a spider, you can traipse through the world as a spider, laying webs and eating things.

Pursue allegiances with over 60 factions — apes, crabs, robots, and highly entropic beings, just to name a few.
Follow the plot to Barathrum the Old, a sentient cave bear who leads a sect of tinkers intent on restoring technological splendor to Qud.

Learn the lore — there’s a story in every nook, from legendary items with fabled pasts to in-game history books written by plant historians. A novel’s worth of handwritten lore is knit into a procedurally-generated history that’s unique each game.

Die — Caves of Qud is brutally difficult and deaths are permanent. Don’t worry, though — you can always roll a new character.