Icebound is a dark fantasy, mystery visual novel that takes place in a world locked in the depths of an ice age. It features a non-linear plot with story-affecting decisions, optional romance, and puzzle game elements. Its story aims to be witty, mature, and intriguing until the bitter end.
On the harsh and unforgiving world of Permia, two races, human and feran, share a fragile peace. In the north resides the Holy Empire, whose machinery and society both run like clockwork, and in the south, the Council, a powerful alliance of tribes who have mastered the spiritual arts. In this world, there exists the ability to manipulate the forces of nature - only those who can master their training and tame a Familiar can receive the title of "alchemist".
A wandering alchemist named Dougal winds up in the isolated town of Isenbarr with his Familiar, Isaac, hoping to earn some much-needed money. But when he stumbles across a potentially lucrative bounty offered by a master alchemist and his clockwork servant, he must match wits with three eccentric residents to obtain the legendary Philosopher's Stone.
In his search for a deadly monster, Dougal discovers truths that might be better off hidden, and a striking secret agent whose mission is all but clear. Could Agent Lamia really need Dougal's help, or is she after the Philosopher's Stone as well...?
Version 1.01 for Icebound is now up for download. We recommend that everyone who has downloaded Icebound redownload Patch 1.01 once it is up to fix some issues that have been discovered post-release.
Changes made to the game include:
- Installer fixes
- Minor dialog & sound fixes
- Cut off cutscene box fixes
- Added unlockable stats screen to show completed puzzles and puzzle info
- Added Web Links screen
- Added alignment counters
- Decreased game filesize (Down to 280 MB from 433 MB)
- Non-installer Windows version
We plan to release a similarly compressed demo soon. The size decrease has no effect on the game, it was simply done using compression algorithms.
Thank you for the support so far and we hope you enjoy Icebound!
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@aNuChallenger It looks like a terrible disaster, my condolences to everyone involved.
Mar 26 2015, 4:14pm
Mar 25 2015, 10:53pm
@vnsnow I also admit there were some rookie mistakes with the story. Because... I was a rookie. Hah =P
Mar 22 2015, 1:38am
Mar 22 2015, 1:33am
@vnsnow It's still definitely coming. But this is a case where you can't just add 'most' of the stuff and call it done,it should be perfect.
Mar 22 2015, 1:33am
@vnsnow Yeah, I am just as frustrated that the voice acting progress took so long. I admit I made a few mistakes on that side as well.
Mar 22 2015, 1:31am
RT @HobbyGameDev: "Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others." -Chetan Bhagat
Mar 19 2015, 11:02pm