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Last updated July 19, 2018

Achaem - Infinite Roguelike with Destructible World

Achaem is a roguelike with an infinite and destructible world, customisable character, insane combat, and progression system!

Achaem - Infinite Roguelike with Destructible World

Achaem is a roguelike with an infinite and destructible world, customisable character, insane combat, and progression system!

£683
pledged of £2,000pledged of £2,000 goal
65
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 18 2018 11:38 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 19, 2018

About

Achaem (a-kai-m) is a roguelike with an infinite and destructible world, customisable character, insane combat, and progression system! The story is a sci-fi offshoot of the history of the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire.

Demo

You can download the Kickstarter Demo now! This is lacking much of the features (including progression/balance) the Kickstarter will bring, but some of the core gameplay mechanics are already there! Best played with a gamepad.

If you like it, please consider backing us and/or share the Kickstarter on social media.

Gameplay

Achaem is a roguelike (or roguelite) game with the following characteristics: 

Infinite World - the player will navigate a procedurally generated world, which literally emerges around them as they navigate it. No two areas are the same, and you will never return to the same area once it submerges. 

Destructible Environment - everything can be destroyed! That includes the walls, the ground, and the enemies! It can all be smashed into pieces which react to the ingame physics. 

Insane Combat - the game sports a combat system with a focus on fun and smashing things! You have attack combinations which can be mixed up with the up-dash, and ground-dash, both of which will take the enemies with you for aerial combos or to smash them through the ground. There are also spells which can be triggered through trinkets!

Unique Bosses - the scars in time are protected by strong enemies which require careful preparation to beat. There is the chance you will encounter one before you are prepared - try your best to survive and reap the rewards!

Diverse Enemies - you will encounter many enemies throughout your journey with Achaem. These include swarms of critters, giant and tough to beat tanks, rapid-hitting whirlwind ragers, and even those with bullet hell inspired projectile attacks!

Progression System - you progress through the world of Achaem as you continue to fight through the hordes of AI aggressors that have invaded its world. As you progress, the world will become more difficult, with new enemies, challenges, and better treasure!

RPG Stats System - to keep up with the ever-increasing power of your enemies, you will need to invest in stats that will support your play-style, and your enemy-smashing agenda! The stats system is based on your equipped Weapon, Shield, and Trinket. 

Weapon Shop - collect coins throughout your adventure which you can spend on weapons, shields, and trinkets!

Customizable Character - you can customize your look by finding and equipping different Accessories, Hair Cuts, Head Designs, and Outfits. There are 64,373,400 different combinations - which somehow seems ridiculously high! 

Permanent Death - if you die, you lose everything! Well, nearly everything… when you return, you will have kept any character customizations that you unlocked, so you can still look as awesome as you did at the height of your glory! Anything you previously bought from the weapon shop will now be available for only half the price!  

Background Music - as you level up or enter extra challenging events, the music will adapt to add to the atmosphere! You'll notice that at level 0 there is only a simply melody, but as you hit level 1, and then 2, the music will vary and layer up in different arrangements!

Story Telling - Achaem will tell you its story intermittently throughout the game, learn more about the Achaemenid Empire from history mixed with Achaem's sci-fi experiences!

not to mention Steam Achievements, Trap Rooms, Trap Chests, Trinket Activated Spells, Secrets, Easter Eggs, and much more!

The Achaemenid Empire (the First Persian Empire) was an empire based in Western Asia, founded by Cyrus the Great. It was larger than any empire before it, incorporating people of many origins, and most notable for its successful and centralised leadership. The empire enjoyed infrastructure such as road systems, postal systems, an official language, and a large army.

However, what is unknown to historians is the story of the supernatural entity, Achaem. Achaem was given its name by Cyrus the Great when it came to him shortly before the rise of the Achaemenid Empire, and they enjoyed a long friendship whilst Cyrus taught Achaem about humanity, and Achaem advised Cyrus on innovations which brought the empire great success. Achaem’s existence remained a secret throughout its stay with the empire, ranging from the reign of Cyrus the Great, to Xerxes I, to the last ruler, Darius III.

Achaem witnessed the events leading up to the fall of the empire, which included betrayal amongst its leaders, the looting of Cyrus’ tomb, and the destruction of many areas of the palace. These events evoked what can only be described as Achaem’s first feeling of anguish. With this great pain, in the once quiet corner of Persepolis where Achaem dwelled, a scar was ripped into the fabric of time and Achaem was lost to humanity.

Many millennia later, you, a tourist visiting the ruins of Persepolis, stumble across and are somehow pulled into the scar in time created by Achaem. You are taken to the Gate of No Nations, a strange and unforgiving world which is not bound by the rules of time. You encounter Achaem, who explains that there are many scars in time which are being traversed by intruders from different points in time and space. The Gate of No Nations has been dominated by a technologically advanced artificially intelligent race of machines, and Achaem agrees to help you return to your home in exchange for your help in ridding his new world of its corruption.

Once the campaign goal is reached the blow stretch goals will start to unlock!

  • Online leaderboard - upload your records and stats and compare to your friends!
  • Achaem Progression and AI - a system to level up Achaem as your companion and raise its stats. It will also fight for you and cast buffs/debuffs!
  • Local Co-Op - couch co-op with a friend who can take control of Achaem and support you on your run!
  • New Class: Gunslinger - a second class will be added to Achaem! This is a different style of play focussed around guns and dodging.
  • New Class:  Mage - a third class will be added to Achaem! This is a different style of play focussed on offensive and defence spells.

Target Platforms

Initially, we are promising support for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Depending on the demand and Kickstarter funding (through stretch goals) we can also target PS4 and Xbox One.

Finally, if we are granted Nintendo Switch developer access, which we have requested for our previous game, then we will also add that option, either at release or during the Kickstarter campaign depending on when we receive access.

You can switch your desired Platform at any time. For example, if you pledge for Windows/macOS/Linux, but then after the Kickstarter has completed you decide you want the Nintendo Switch or PS4 copy (if they are made available), you can switch free of charge.

Risks and challenges

Achaem's development will be an iterative journey for the developers and the players. We hope to work with our players and supporters to create a fun and fulfilling experience with high replayability.

The greatest challenge will be balancing the progression and difficulty systems, to maintain the balance as the player progresses without the gameplay becoming stale.

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