Claustrophobia: The Downward Struggle is an indie RPG roguelike, with a retro graphic style and a terrible sense of humour. The game takes place in a series of ever descending randomly generated dungeon floors, packed full of monsters to slaughter and loot to pillage. The game plays like a traditional roguelike, but with a clean UI, a slick, action orientated combat system, and a massive range of enemy types, skills, gear and room designs. With features like crafting, skill trees, characters development, and just-one-more-room style gameplay, Claustrophobia is a love letter to traditional RPG rougelikes.


  • Expansive Random Generation - Everything from the dungeon's design to the gear you collect is randomly generated on starting a new game. Like traditional roguelikes, each new adventure offers a unique experience, with tonnes of different rooms to explore, and even more items and enemies to populate them.
  • Slick Skill System - Combine skills from multiple different roles to craft your own class tailored to your play style. Bind your active abilities to hotkeys to unleash fiery death and destruction in the heat of battle, lay sneaky traps, or even raise an army of your fallen foes to fight for you.
  • So Much Gear - If you're the sort of person who loves collecting gear which has lovely brightly coloured names depending on the item's rarity, then this is the game for you. Gear drops are frequent, and the gear variety extensive.
  • Crafting – Various forms of crafting will be available, such as Blacksmithing, and Alchemy. Materials can be found in amongst your sea of loot, which can be used to craft new, shinier loot, or dangerous potions and scrolls that enhance or reduce your ability.
  • Customization – What with all the gear, skills, characters and all, there really is a huge amount of room to make each playthrough of the game truly your own.
  • Permadeath - Your characters are not cats.
  • Clean Integrated Interface - All information you need about your character is on screen at once, and has been carefully optimised and integrated into the main game. Stats show gear progression on highlighting gear in the floor, and all loot can be dragged and dropped from the game world to your inventory.
  • Easy to control, easy to run – The game is simple to pick up and play at any time, for any amount of time. Load times are instant, as is saving and closing, and the game itself is playable on anything from a netbook upwards. It’s perfect for maybe a few minutes in your break, or to spend hours building and enhancing your perfect adventurer!


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1 comment by TheIndieForge on Jan 24th, 2014

Hello everybody! Welcome to Development Log #4! I'm afraid I'm running very late today (it's 1:00am here as I'm writing this), and as such, this will have to be short and to the point. First of all, the most important news. As you may have seen, Claustrophobia has been Greenlit! A massive thank you to you all for your continued support throughout the campaign. I still can't quite believe that we made it.

Secondly, I'd like to talk about my release plans. Now that we're Greenlit, the new version of Claustrophobia will be hopefully heading to Steam Early Access around July 2014. While this may seem like quite a while away, please bare in mind that this is just an estimate, and is based on both when I consider the new alpha presentable, and on how much time I have to work on the project while I am at University. The current version of Claustrophobia will not be made available on Steam at all - instead it will remain on Desura until the new version, at which point it will be made available as a free download from our site. Please note: any purchases on Desura, including those made after today will be guaranteed the new version on both Desura and Steam, once it launches.

Finally, I'll quickly sum up what I've been working on this week. Unfortunately, I don't have anything to hand that I can show right now. I know I said I would have some new graphics, but nothing's really in a presentable state. We'll hold out for next week! This week has comprised of:

  • Stairs and multiple level generation
  • Hair styles with colour sliders
  • Stat level scaling
  • Wood textures. Everywhere. I now see wood textures in everything. Help me.
  • Sorting out a lot of the pre-Steam requirements (today particularly)

And that's that. Just like last week, a lot of work is going into the code structure. I won't be making the same mistakes as last time. It's now 2:00am. Goodnight everyone. Until next week!



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jax42 Apr 26 2013 says:

Awesome job with the new patch... Thank You :)

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FlyingShisno Apr 25 2013 says:

I've noticed a couple of things so far:

1) There's a typo on the Scroll of Summoning. It says "the depths are particularly nice this time of year." I think you meant to put AREN'T instead of ARE. Doesn't make too much sense otherwise.

2) When I tried crafting armor and weapons, it refused to go higher than 1/2 armor or damage. I think it's stuck there.

This update is wonderful btw. Amazing job! Whenever I remember that this is still in alpha, I get giddy thinking about what it can be when finished.

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FlyingShisno Apr 25 2013 replied:

I forgot to link the screenshot:

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TheIndieForge Apr 26 2013 replied:

For once, that's not a typo. The reason the monster is annoyed at being summoned from the depths is because the depths are a great place for monsters. They love it there! If you're using common materials, all item stats have been massively lowered on common items. At low level, 1/2 damage or armour is normal. At higher level it should be better. It encourages materials to be conserved a bit more for later game crafting.

Thank you, glad you like it!

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TheIndieForge Apr 25 2013 says:

Alpha 1.1.0 is uploading now. With so many changes, please be aware of the increased possibility of bugs that may have slipped past me. Let me know what you find and I'll get it checked out as soon as possible.

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BopCN Apr 26 2013 replied:

No matter how I still prefer the original the ui the right side of layout,
Retro style and very simple layout is also very reasonable, as long as I pay attention to where you can clearly understand all the information.
Although you can customize the new UI, but the distribution is more cluttered. Money level floor is not good-looking enough.
The texture of the walls as the original good-looking.
Other improvements are good, Goodjob!

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ChrisHateZ Apr 24 2013 says:

I can't wait for this to get out!!!

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smurfinaus Apr 24 2013 says:

Any chance of a sale anytime soon? :)

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TheIndieForge Apr 24 2013 replied:

Currently Claustrophobia is in the Hellish Dungeon Bundle ( along with 4 other games for a total of $7. There are no individual sales planned yet.

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smurfinaus Apr 27 2013 replied:

Thanks anyway.Ill probably end up just buying the game as i dont see anything else in that bundle worth buying for myself...:)

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