A First Person Stealth Adventure Puzzler
- placed in a unique fantasy setting full of mystic dungeons and ancient temples -

Release: 2014


We're just two guys who had their first contact with Unity in September 2013 and we've been working on this in our free-time since then. At first we simply fooled around to learn everything, but it started to grow so quickly that we decided to make a complete game out of this. It's going to be an action-adventure type of game with heavy reliance on stealth and it will be free2play.

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Crossbow with Ice Bolts The Temple Puzzle Chamber
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0 comments by NightBox-Studios on Jul 4th, 2014

Dear mortal gamers

After more than three months, it is definitely time for an update. The time has been used well, so we have a bundle of new features to present.

I need directions

Due to the feedback we got from players of our demo, it became clear to us that we needed to better communicate the objectives and functions of the game. Therefore the HUD now includes a quest log of current and completed objectives.

Furthermore, there are now indicators for the visibility of the player and any active buffs. A compass can be found as an optional collectable item.

Additions to HUD 
To further enhance the feeling of progress, we have scattered collectables and achievements throughout the levels. Also, after the first playthrough you unlock a new hardcore mode.

We have improved a lot of minor issues. For example, the dialog audio has been remixed. Now it should be much easier to understand the commands given by Oseyra. On top of that, you can switch on subtitles and many more new options.

The Temple

We have nearly completed our penultimate level. The temple represents a big and open area for you to discover. But be careful, the undead skeletons have entrenched themselves in the stone rubble.

The Temple

In the temple, you will learn more about the story of the gods by solving their unique puzzles. As you approach the climax of the game, you'll find out more about Oseyra's motives and how her fate is entangled with the other gods.

Puzzle Chamber

Enemies

The gameplay becomes more offensive at this stage after acquiring a crossbow. Two types of bolts can be found in the levels. Steel bolts can kill the skeleton guards, but only if you manage to hit the energy crystal in their chest. Since you are facing quite a number of undead, killing every one of them is not an option. Therefore, you also need to use the ice bolts wisely to either freeze an enemy for a few seconds or to stifle a torch, creating a shadow through which you can sneak past the guards.

Crossbow with Ice Bolts 
Though stealth is often a good approach, you should not have any mercy with the skeletons. But keep in mind that the skeletons within the temple know of your presence and will be more perceptive. They will react to noises, dead guards and stifled lights and will coordinate their approaches.

Reactive Enemies

Tell us what you think

Check our previous news and the image gallery for more impressions of our crossbow and the existing levels. You can find a bunch of Let's Play videos of our earlier versions in our nightboxstudios subreddit. If you have feedback for us or questions, please tell us here, by email or on reddit! We listen to your feedback, as it has been very helpful in the past.

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NightBox-Studios Mar 17 2014, 3:26pm replied:

As you mention, it is possible. We've not tested any linux build so far and we won't support it while we're in development. It's simply too much overhead, sorry.
Once we've reached the final full release, we might rethink this.

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CynicalCayman
CynicalCayman Mar 10 2014, 1:45pm says:

This is really an amazing game, so well made. I've had alot of fun playing this, but I didn't got much further than the chasing quest though :(

My play through: Youtube.com

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SkiesGaming
SkiesGaming Feb 25 2014, 9:50am says: Online

Hi! I really enjoyed this demo, this game should be great !
I featured it in a weekly show where I talk about games here on IndieDB, it's in french though. You can find it here : Youtube.com

Good luck NightBox-Studios ! I'll keep tracking this game.

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elenko94
elenko94 Feb 16 2014, 1:56pm says:

I gave the game a go but unfortunately I'm dreadful at stealth games, so not sure what help my video can be in terms of game design and whatnot. But hey, I gave it a shot. xD It was fun, although I didn't even get past the first level..I messed up really badly. It definitely has a lot of potential.

Youtu.be

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NightBox-Studios
NightBox-Studios Feb 17 2014, 6:10pm replied:

Thank you very much for giving our game a try. I'm glad to hear it was fun. The video was a nice watch.
It's also not entirely your fault that you died so often :D
Switching between the windows and mac builds has introduced a bug into the lighting. The level was darker than intended, making it more difficult to get past the traps. We are very sorry for that!

If you want to give it a second shot, try our hotfix build 20140217.
You definitely helped us to realize this bug! Many thanks.

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NightBox-Studios
NightBox-Studios Feb 10 2014, 2:21pm says:

Thank you and all the people already following the project.
There is still much to develop for us. Our demo is just a little appetizer.
We'd be happy to hear feedback from other gamers!

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Yldrania
Yldrania Feb 5 2014, 4:34pm says:

This is looking super amazing. Tracking!

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