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Caves of Qud from Freehold Games is a roguelike with some truly ridiculous depth to it and after many years of development they're going to be upping the price on April 18th.

Currently available for around $9.99, the new price is going to be set at $14.99 which isn't a huge increase but it's worth letting you know now in case you were on the fence about buying it.

Truthfully, I usually struggle with such roguelikes as I've been spoilt by much more modern-looking games. However, Caves of Qud offers a level of gameplay that you just can't find in many other games. Today for example I started a new character who manifested physical mutations, had bear-like claws, generated an electrical field, had horns growing out of my head, had night vision and I could also spit slime at people. What other games do you know where you can have all that? I would be surprised if there was any at all.

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  • 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.

There's so much to take in it's very intimidating when you're new to it but as I've found, it's incredibly engrossing when you really do get going. Each time I get that little bit further until I meet my doom at the hands of something terrible. It's well worth taking a look and taking time to learn.

You can grab a copy now from GOG, and Steam.

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Nezchan 16 Apr, 2019
According to the update announcing the change, the dev suggests this is part of the run up to the 1.0 release. From what the dev told me, the early game content is finally going to get some attention prior to that, after being largely untouched for more than a decade.
Klaas 16 Apr, 2019
I still regret buying the game on Steam before any other purchase options turned up.
rustybroomhandle 17 Apr, 2019
Quoting: KlaasI still regret buying the game on Steam before any other purchase options turned up.

Well, the game does not use Steam DRM, so once you have it downloaded you can just copy the files, back it up, do whatever you want with it. It does not require Steam to run.
buenaventura 17 Apr, 2019
I played Caves of Qud ALOT about 2 years ago, then burned out, and since then I've been eagerly awaiting 1.0 to dive back in :D it's really cool, the athmosphere is amazing.
anewson 18 Apr, 2019
This game is great. After dying to hordes of vicious baboons a few times I finally got a good playthrough going. I nearly gave up when I contracted a repulsive fungal infection in my arm that kept emitting poisonous spores, but I befriended a great ape who saved me from despair. I called him Omo and gave him some painted chainmail to wear, and we became excellent adventuring companions. One day after getting lost on our way to a village we decided to spend the day exploring the area. We were hunting snapjaws and dragonflies in the mountains when I missed a shot from my musket, accidentally striking a pilgrim that I didn't see. Before I knew it a dozen pilgrims and their scrap-digging robots were running towards us with axes shouting stuff I didn't understand. Brave Omo charged, distracting the fanatics long enough for me to equip my missile launcher and fire a rocket into their midst. The rocket terribly wounded dear Omo, who died defending me from the last surviving pilgrim. Now I am all alone and the fungal infection has spread to my chest and I miss Omo.
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