Swords and Sorcery: Underworld - All News
Friday - February 22, 2013
Sovereign - Update
Hard on the heels of our recent article on Swords and Sorcery- Underworld Gold comes an update on the sequel Sovereign. It's not much yet, but the new UI is definitely looking good. Thanks for keeping us informed Charles.
Thursday - February 21, 2013
RPGWatch Feature - A New Look at Swords & Sorcery: Underworld
There have been improvements to game balance also. Experience is harder to come by as quest and battle rewards have been reduced. No longer can you expect to raise your level to 30, you’ll be hard pressed to get near 20. Fights are also more challenging and strategic. New strategy options have been added for each character type, which I found made battles much more enjoyable. You can even have the computer play out a fight for you - but except for obvious easy ones - I wouldn’t recommend using this feature.
Tuesday - January 15, 2013
Sovereign - World Map
Charles from Olderbytes (Sword & Sorcery: Underworld) writes in with the new world map from the next Sword and Sorcery installment, Sovereign.
Monday - December 10, 2012
Underworld - Gold Edition Review @ GameBanshee
Sword and Sorcery: Underworld Gold has been reviewed by GameBanshee. The reviewer points out some issues he had with the game, like on combat.
The developer of Sword and Sorcery: Underworld Gold (Charles Clerc) let us know that he might disagree with some stands taken by the author, but thinks overall it is a pretty fair assessment of the game's strengths and weaknesses.
Along with the mechanics of the game being old school, the graphics are that way as well. Underworld Gold uses a fixed 1024x768 resolution that you can stretch out to full screen or play in a window. All of the locations and enemies are in 2D, and the colors use a basic palette. The good news here is that while you won't ooh and ahh while viewing the scenery, the system requirements are minimal. You should be able to play Underworld Gold on just about any computer.
I played version 2.0.16 of Underworld Gold, and sadly it's still a little bit sloppy. Some parts of the game haven't been implemented yet (you're supposed to get attacked sometimes when you rest, but it doesn't happen), some parts of the game don't work (a strength-increasing beverage always claims you've already drunk it), and there are a host of silly typos (like "antichamber," "prisonner," and "pondered silk gown"). Fortunately, none of these problems prevent players from completing the game, and Charles Clerc has been very good about releasing updates, so hopefully he'll get everything straightened out soon.
Overall, I had mixed feelings about Underworld Gold. It reminded me of my youth playing RPGs (and breaking out the graph paper and colored pencils), but I'm not sure if I wouldn't have been better off playing one of those older games rather than this new one. That being said, Underworld Gold is only $15, it works just fine on Windows 7, and it gives you about 40 hours of content. It wasn't my favorite game of the year, but it seems like a fine risk if you're looking for something different to try.
Monday - October 15, 2012
Underworld - Sequel Announced
The eagerly awaited sequel (well at least by me) to the old school retro-game Swords and Sorcery Underworld has just been announced. Head over to the official site to read all about it.
Saturday - September 22, 2012
Underworld - Gold Edition Now Available
Charles from Olderbytes sends word that Underworld Gold has been released and can be purchased from their website. There's also a demo, if you'd like to try it out first.
Apparently a sequel is planned - check out Charles' post on our Indie forums.
Thursday - September 13, 2012
Underworld - Gold Edition Release Date
Charles from Olderbytes let us know a date has been set for the release of Swords & Sorcery Underworld Gold - September 20th.
I can finally say with confidence what day Swords and Sorcery – Underworld Gold, my kickback to the late 80s 1st person party role-playing game, will not be postponed again.
Thursday September 20th.
It is ready. This final week is to allow me to focus on promoting it a bit and other related activities. I am still unsure how much interest remains for this kind of game other than my own and that of a few hundred motivated enough to disregard the previous version’s visuals. If you are one of those, many thanks for your support. If, on the other hand, you are one of those that would not put up with it and bashed and dared me into creating a real game, many thanks for your support. Both groups were paramount in finally achieving completion (for real this time). I needed both the carrot and the stick. Talk about high maintenance.
If you aren’t part of one of these groups, many thanks for your interest! I’ll try to bring you up to speed with the following list of features. Underworld Gold aims at being much more than a graphics update so some of these will be new to past players as well.
- An actual introduction. Five slides depicting the setting and context at the start of the game. I hope you like it.
- A pre-built party (you can still build your own).
- Mouse support.
- Enhanced combat: Distance and timing management in a set of tactical options. Enemies have and use them as well.
- 8 new maps (20 total). 5 previously existing maps were redrawn and 3 entirely new areas.
- Hundreds of new items, including new item types.
- New item attributes (charged, enchantments, some specifically scripted).
- Many new NPCs.
- Interactive and dynamic “World Map”.
- Puzzles. Some span entire maps and others are of lesser scope.
- 115 monsters, each illustrated. Some scantily but tastefully clad of the female gender (be forewarned).
- Monster specials: many have one to better pounce on your characters. Some have two.
- New environments.
- New skills (active and passive).
Sunday - July 15, 2012
Underworld - Underworld Gold Trailer # 2
A new teaser trailer for this game's Gold Edition can be found at Youtube. The link:
The above linked trailer show environments, the graphics and more of the combat in this game.
Thursday - July 12, 2012
Underworld - New Gold HD Trailer
A new trailer is available for Sword and Sorcery Underworld Gold HD:
Charles also notes the site for the game has changed to OlderBytes.com.
Monday - April 02, 2012
Underworld - Gold Preview @ RPG Codex
Underworld Gold has been previewed in a short article at RPG Codex:
One thing that is new in Underworld Gold are the avatars of your characters. Every combination of race, gender and class has a unique portrait, making it a total of 48 different character sprites. These avatars, together with other overhauled graphical assets, maintain a good standard and are a lot more professional and consistent than the graphical assets used in the old version of the game.
The interface has also been graphically enhanced. It retains the same layout as before and it is still just as keyboard and/or mouse friendly. As you can see in the comparison shots below, the Gold version preserves the ability to assign hotkeys to everything that you can click on. Really handy, I must say.
Tuesday - January 31, 2012
Underworld - New Tactical Options
An update at the Classic Games Remade site discusses new tactical combat options for the upcoming Underworld Gold:
Underworld Gold has new combat rules that involve distance management, adding both realism and tactical depth. In previous versions only monsters were marked in or out of melee (a + indicated that they were in). Now the same goes for characters. This opened the door to a few extra tactical options.
- Any character can rush to the front.
- Characters in melee can choose to step back.
- Those behind the lines can choose to step in.
- Characters in melee can attempt to shove enemies out of melee.
- Party leader can order the party to press forward. This only uses up the leader’s turn and causes both monsters and characters to enter melee.
- Party leader can order the party to fall back. This only uses up the leader’s turn and causes both monsters and characters to leave melee.
Thursday - November 10, 2011
Underworld Gold - New Trailer
Underworld Gold has a new video. It's almost completed with only a few puzzles, new levels, bugs to be squashed and a bit of polish to be done. Charles-cgr expects an early 2012 release:
Wednesday - October 12, 2011
Underworld - Graphical Overhaul Update
There's an update at the ClassicGamesRemde site announcing all monsters and characters have been completed in the planned Underworld graphical overhaul - head over for a bunch of screens:
There is still quite a bit to do with the still full screen illustrations. Also work has started for the sequel and significant progress has been made (GUI, some outdoor environment tiles, castle walls…). This delays the Underworld Gold release somewhat but I’m hoping to reassure those that have been waiting for something really new for a while that Underworld will NOT be a one-time thing. But that is still a story for later
Tuesday - August 30, 2011
Underworld - Something to look forward to:
Charles from CGR has written in to give us an update on what is happening with the Swords and Sorcery games. As well as working on the sequel to his first game, he has hired an artist and begun a complete graphical ovehaul on the original. Follow this LINK to his site and check out the incredible difference, as well as the latest news on the project.
Monday - April 04, 2011
Underworld - Review @ RPG Codex
RPG Codex has a review of Sword & Sorcery: Underworld, written by Elwro. There's no score as usual for the site but he obviously enjoyed the old-school gameplay. A sample:
After the party has been created the adventure begins. You exit a tavern in the city of Highnest and start exploring the world. The game is a grid based dungeon crawler and has two display modes: either you see a very basic image of the game world from the first person perspective, or, during combat, you see a list of opponents (which, in keeping with the oldschool tradition, can extend far into dozens), an accompanying picture, your party stats and the available options. Important events are illustrated by static full-screen illustrations. You'll be seeing the combat screen very often. In fact, hordes of opponents roam the streets of the game's cities (again, true to the tradition), and you will be fighting every few steps. In the meantime you will find that the first city has a temple, an arena, an inn (to buy food at), a shop, a training hall (to advance to the next experience level you have to go there and pay, which, if you are not careful, may put a strain on your budget), a tavern, a blocked entrance to the catacombs, the Stewardess' hall and lots of locked houses. The catacombs can be entered in at least 3 ways. It's worthy to investigate the locked houses as this leads to receiving more quests. (You can't bash locked doors; your Thieving Ability is checked, so here's one occasion on which a Rogue is handy.)
Tuesday - March 29, 2011
Underworld - On GamersGate
You can now grab Sword and Sorcery: Underworld over at GamersGate. It's $19.95 and DRM free.
Sunday - January 16, 2011
Underworld - Final Updated Version Now Available
Charles from Classic Games Remade has written in to let us know that a final updated version of his Indie dungeon crawler Swords and Sorcery: Underworld is now available. Here's a list of the updates:
Much lighter engine (previous versions ran choppily on lower-end machines).
Extra character development, with new combat options at level 12 for knights (Berserk), archers (Barrage) and rogues (Bleed).
An offensive spell for the priest replaces 'Portal', which was previously redundant as the Sorcerer also had that spell.
New content & a legendary artefact for the Priest.
Reviewed spell requirements.
Kill stats and time played (F11).
New sky image.
IJKL mapped for party movement.
The version number is now 1.06 and the demo also comes with these new features. Check it out if you haven't already, it's well worth the effort.
Monday - August 02, 2010
Underworld - New Re-Balanced version
You can't say developers never listen. Classic Games Remade has re-balanced their recent release of Swords and Sorcery Underworld to make it an even better experience. Here's the text of the forum post announcement:
Following discussions on the forum, email exchanges and RPGWatch's (fantastic!) review of Underworld, it was clear that part of the original intent - to provide a consistent tactical challenge throughout the game's combat encounters- wasn't met.
Players tend to level higher than I expected and in the end distortions come out. While I intended the sorcerer to be a powerful class, it quickly overshadows all the others.
Another issue that comes out frequently is the difficulty finding gold. That was intended but apparently instead of adding to the fun it really adds frustration.
V1.05 addresses these issues and several others by:
- scaling XP: each mob now has a level. When the party's average level goes beyond a mob's level the resulting xp from killing that mob progressively decreases until it reaches 1xp per mob in the encounter. Each mob's xp is added to determine the final reward for victory. Overall having replayed the game I found that the lower XP means slower levelling, and therefore less need for training gold, while keeping up with each level's challenges. (Level requirements remain the same).
- Spell efficiency: the sorcerer remains a powerful class, actually starting out more powerful than previously, but with slower progression. The sorcerer's power remains at par with the others but with its added abilities to immobilize, transport, deal with multiple enemies... Each spell's algorithm has been reviewed.
- New loot system: this allows for more flexibility in loot mapping, making each loot much more likely to be progressively useful.
- Reviewed monster power: Each mob's abilities have been edited to ensure a real tactical challenge in most of the game's encounters (random or fixed).
- Reviewed item efficiency: plate armor especially tended to protect too much...
More convenient saving system (offers previous save name as default when overwriting an existing save).
Hit space / click to make the combat aftermath stop.
- Killing the guard at Highnest & coming back to previous save didn't bring back the guard (using the 5 new save slots). The same went for fixed encounters and locked / unlocked doors, although that was less noticeable.
- De(m)oting a character disabled (N)ew character and (x) back, forcing a reload
- F1 kills the mouse cursor but it would deviously find its way back in combat.
Some differences in the game will be less noticeable if you already have a high ranking party (past level 15).In that case v1.05 may best be left for a future replay.
Tuesday - July 20, 2010
RPGWatch Feature: Underworld Review
Corwin looks at Underworld - a retro, early Might & Magic inspired game from Classic Games Remade. Here's a sample:
This is an old-fashioned, turn based, party RPG and your first job is to roll up a party of adventurers. You can create a party of up to six characters and there are six classes to choose from. Race and gender options are also available, but they didn't appear to make much, if any, real difference during the game. Class certainly did as many items have class restrictions upon them. The six possibilities are Knight, Paladin, Archer, Thief, Priest and Sorcerer. I began with a balanced party, but later swapped to try other builds. You begin in an Inn, with some very primitive gear, a little gold and no idea what to do except explore the town a little. Good Luck.
Saturday - July 17, 2010
Underworld - New Version Release
Some of you may remember the recent Indy release of a game in the style of Might and Magic 2 and early Wizardries called Swords and Sorcery Underworld from small developer Classic Games Remade. Many were concerned about the underwhelming quality of the graphics and gave the game a miss. However, a new version 1.04 has just been released and while the graphics won't win any prizes, they have been markedly improved.
I've just finished playing the game and a review is forthcoming. It's definitely an Old School dungeon crawl, but if you've been complaining that they don't make them like they used to, and you can handle fairly basic graphics, then do yourself a favour and at least try the free demo. The game is basically bug free and fun to play. All details can be found at the website; just follow the link.