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Zorbus is a fantasy-themed, graphical, turn-based, role-playing roguelike game. Your goal is to delve deep into a dungeon, find a portal to a mythical place called the Zorbus where a mere mortal can ascend to demigodhood.
 
  
Being a roguelike game, Zorbus creates the dungeon randomly so that every played game is slightly different. The game uses permadeath meaning that when a character dies, it really is permanent and the player must begin a new game. You can save the game but the save file is deleted when loaded.
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Zorbus is a fantasy-themed, graphical, turn-based, role-playing roguelike game. Your goal is to delve deep into a dungeon, find a portal to a mythical place called the Zorbus where a mere mortal can ascend to demigodhood. You don't have to adventure alone but can recruit other creatures along the way.
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Being a roguelike game, Zorbus creates the dungeon randomly so that every played game is slightly different. The game uses permadeath meaning that when a character dies, it really is permanent and the player must begin a new game. You can save the game but the save file is deleted when loaded. Zorbus does not have item identification or a hunger mechanic.
  
 
Thematically Zorbus draws influence from the late 70s and early 80s tabletop D&D campaigns, adventures and lore.
 
Thematically Zorbus draws influence from the late 70s and early 80s tabletop D&D campaigns, adventures and lore.
  
The goal is to create a tight, streamlined dungeon crawling experience where the dungeon feels alive, eventful and rich in content. Something more than just boring empty rooms and corridors! Diversely shaped levels with themed content (throne rooms, prisons, lots of hidden treasure caches etc.) with good connectivity between the areas.
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The game tries to create a dungeon which feels alive, eventful and rich in content. Something more than just empty rooms and corridors. Diversely shaped levels with themed content (throne rooms, prisons, hidden treasure caches etc.) with good connectivity between the areas.
  
Important part of the living dungeon are the creatures. Creatures act intelligently, might fight each other, flee when threatened and try to gather their friends to overcome a threat. Most creatures can use items and also pick them up from from the dungeon floor. Creatures are not silent either but comment on things with speech bubbles.
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The dungeon denizens act intelligently, fight each other, flee when threatened and try to gather their friends to overcome a threat. Most creatures can use items and can also pick them up from the dungeon floor. Creatures are not silent either but comment on things with speech bubbles.
  
 
The dungeon has dynamic lighting. There are light sources as dungeon furniture and in the hands of creatures and these both can be lit and unlit. Some creatures have darkvision. Creatures react to light and sound.
 
The dungeon has dynamic lighting. There are light sources as dungeon furniture and in the hands of creatures and these both can be lit and unlit. Some creatures have darkvision. Creatures react to light and sound.
  
You don't have to go to the fight alone but can recruit other creatures along the way.
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The game has over 2000 sound effects to truly make the dungeon feel alive.
  
 
The rule system for the game is slightly influenced by the d20 system used in the 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Zorbus has experience levels but no character classes (race is selected). On each level up, you point buy skills and talents (mostly combat maneuvers and spells).
 
The rule system for the game is slightly influenced by the d20 system used in the 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Zorbus has experience levels but no character classes (race is selected). On each level up, you point buy skills and talents (mostly combat maneuvers and spells).
  
Zorbus does not have item identification or a hunger mechanic.
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Zorbus needs Windows 7 or newer but can be run on Linux with Wine and on Mac OS X with Wine, Wineskin or WineBottler.
  
Zorbus needs Windows XP or newer but works also in Linux with Wine.
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Display size can be configured. You can play in windowed mode or fullscreen and with 32x32- or 64x64-pixel tile graphics or ASCII characters. The font can be changed and text size can be adjusted.
  
The display size can be configured. You can play in windowed mode or fullscreen with 32x32- or 64x64-pixel tile graphics. Text size can also be adjusted. There is no audio.
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Keybindings are configurable. Mouse control is supported but is not ideal for playing the game. The game has a targeting system making it very easy to use ranged attacks or talents. Usable items and talents can be assigned to quickslots.
  
The game can be controlled only with the keyboard (the number of needed keys to play is kept low). The keybindings are configurable. The game has a targeting system making it very easy to use ranged attacks / talents. Usable items and talents can be assigned to quickslots.
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Zorbus is already a stable game but development still continues with more content and more polishing.
  
Zorbus is already a stable game but development still continues: more content, more polishing.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 05:35, 20 February 2020

Zorbus
Stable game
Developer Joonas Hirvonen
Theme Fantasy
Influences AD&D 1e, D&D 3e
Released March 2019
Updated February 2020
Licensing Freeware, Closed source
P. Language Pascal
Platforms Windows, Linux (Wine), Mac OS X (Wine)
Interface Tiles, ASCII, Keyboard, Mouse
Game Length 4-6 hours
www.zorbus.net

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Zorbus is a fantasy-themed, graphical, turn-based, role-playing roguelike game. Your goal is to delve deep into a dungeon, find a portal to a mythical place called the Zorbus where a mere mortal can ascend to demigodhood. You don't have to adventure alone but can recruit other creatures along the way.

Being a roguelike game, Zorbus creates the dungeon randomly so that every played game is slightly different. The game uses permadeath meaning that when a character dies, it really is permanent and the player must begin a new game. You can save the game but the save file is deleted when loaded. Zorbus does not have item identification or a hunger mechanic.

Thematically Zorbus draws influence from the late 70s and early 80s tabletop D&D campaigns, adventures and lore.

The game tries to create a dungeon which feels alive, eventful and rich in content. Something more than just empty rooms and corridors. Diversely shaped levels with themed content (throne rooms, prisons, hidden treasure caches etc.) with good connectivity between the areas.

The dungeon denizens act intelligently, fight each other, flee when threatened and try to gather their friends to overcome a threat. Most creatures can use items and can also pick them up from the dungeon floor. Creatures are not silent either but comment on things with speech bubbles.

The dungeon has dynamic lighting. There are light sources as dungeon furniture and in the hands of creatures and these both can be lit and unlit. Some creatures have darkvision. Creatures react to light and sound.

The game has over 2000 sound effects to truly make the dungeon feel alive.

The rule system for the game is slightly influenced by the d20 system used in the 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Zorbus has experience levels but no character classes (race is selected). On each level up, you point buy skills and talents (mostly combat maneuvers and spells).

Zorbus needs Windows 7 or newer but can be run on Linux with Wine and on Mac OS X with Wine, Wineskin or WineBottler.

Display size can be configured. You can play in windowed mode or fullscreen and with 32x32- or 64x64-pixel tile graphics or ASCII characters. The font can be changed and text size can be adjusted.

Keybindings are configurable. Mouse control is supported but is not ideal for playing the game. The game has a targeting system making it very easy to use ranged attacks or talents. Usable items and talents can be assigned to quickslots.

Zorbus is already a stable game but development still continues with more content and more polishing.

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