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Experience sci-fi tactical combat and exploration in a procedural world that combines traditional roguelikes with an immersive modern interface like no other. Build yourself from components found or salvaged from other robots. Attach power sources, propulsion units, utilities, and weapons to become a slow tank bristling with weapons, or a fast-moving flier zipping past enemies before they even have time to react, or a stealthy sword-wielding assassin/hacker, or whatever else you can come up with from the salvage you find. The situation can quickly change as you lose components and rebuild yourself from enemy remains. You are the Cogmind. Discover what that means as you explore a living, breathing world ruled by robots.KEY FEATURES Build and modify a unique robot from parts found, or enemies defeated Dynamic character development without XP/grinding Procedurally generated world combined with hand-crafted content Seven different animated endings to uncover ASCII evolved: Most advanced terminal interface ever Thousands of particle effects and SFX Fully destructible environment PROGRESS Although currently in Early Access, Cogmind is mostly complete. There are over two-dozen map types, nearly a thousand items, thousands of sound and particle effects, multiple plot lines, hundreds of hand-made locations and encounters, thousands of lines of dialogue, and seven different animated endings to discover. That said, there are many plans to continue expanding the world with features and content, so for now we'll just call it EA :D (Cogmind has been in full-time development for over four years.)       ROGUELIKE? Cogmind is a turn-based roguelike, very traditional in many ways (permadeath procedural dungeon crawler built with ASCII in mind...), but at the same time innovates on the genre in terms of both design and accessibility features. Within you have full mouse control--and full keyboard control! Use only one or the other, or both, and all common roguelike movement methods (mouse, numpad, vi, arrows) are enabled out of the box, no configuration required. Mouse users get drag-and-drop inventory management, and the keyboard is even faster with its multiple command schemes and built-in automation features. Stealth play is just as viable as straightforward combat, using hacking and information warfare to outsmart the Complex. The lack of an XP system means you only have to use whatever means you can to reach new areas and find new gear to advance. The world is alive with many types of robots, most of which are actually not hostile to you and have their own duties to carry out. Map objects are labeled as they come into view, making for less tedious play and allowing you to instead focus on tactics and survival. A large number of other options and useful features are available to customize the UI. While the most skilled players can reliably win the default mode, easier difficulty settings are available for those with less experience, or less time on their hands :) (advanced players can also attempt to take on the extended end-game!) Accumulate knowledge across multiple plays, collecting info about previously used items in the ASCII art gallery (over 800 pieces of art!), and collecting lore about the world as you discover its inhabitants and guess at their potential motives, and true capabilities. While there's a rich story to uncover over many runs, know that it doesn't get in the way if you prefer to just strategize and min-max through your roguelikes. Take on built-in Challenge Modes for a different kind of experience, or to prove just how good you really are. WARNINGS Not every game is for everyone, so there are a few things to point out that may affect your interest in Cogmind. Rampant Item Destruction: Every item in Cogmind can be destroyed, and many of your items will be destroyed. At first this may be discouraging, but once you figure out the basics you'll generally be replacing old and broken parts with much better loot even before you lose it anyway. Building and, more importantly, rebuilding, is a vital part of the experience and what keeps the game dynamic and interesting throughout. Adaptability is key, and amazing comebacks are commonplace. No Classes, Skills, Etc.: Unlike many other roguelikes and CRPGs in which you may form a sort of attachment to your character class and the levels, stats, skills, and equipment they've acquired over time, Cogmind is defined almost purely by items. And as mentioned those items will be destroyed, so there's not much chance to form that kind of attachment. However, this also leaves room for great flexibility during a single playthrough, flexibility you might want or need to rely on to maximize your chances for survival depending on what locations you visit. A Different Kind of Game: As a whole Cogmind is quite different from pretty much everything out there, a fact that turns some people off, but others rather enjoy it for that same reason. It can also take a little while to get into, but once past learning the basics and how to reliably overcome early-game areas, the world and its opportunities really open up. Not Suitable for Small Screens: Due to the game design, the screen is always divided into a minimum of 80x60 spaces that make up the "terminal grid." This means when played on a physically small screen, such as that of a laptop, each space will be relatively small and some players could have trouble comfortably seeing the details. Zooming is not supported by the engine. You can test what Cogmind will look like on your screen of choice here: http://www.gridsagegames.com/cogmind/ui_preview.html (Note that ASCII mode is easier to see at smaller sizes, but it's understandable that three-quarters of players prefer the default tiles mode anyway :P)
Release date
Oct 16, 2017
Grid Sage Games
Grid Sage Games
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP SP3+
  • Processor: 1.8Ghz or faster
  • Memory: 500 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Anything
  • Storage: 30 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: Minimum resolution: 1272x720; STRONGLY recommended to first check how Cogmind will look on your screen of choice here: http://www.gridsagegames.com/cogmind/ui_preview.html
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Early Access Review Cogmind is a rougelike dungeon Crawler but with an interesting twist in Classes, Equipment and Level progression that makes the Game a quasi lap Strategie/Stealth Hybrid Game. In Cogmind you play a Robot that wakes up in the deepest Cellar of a Bunker complex and the only Destination the Station has to escape. The station AI doesn't like that at all and incites its vassals on your Neck. What will strike you first is that there are no Classes in the Game like in classic turn-based Rouglikes. Each Character is the same at the Beginning of a Round and consists of a core such as a certain Number of free Slots for Energy Cores, means of Transport, Sensor/program/shields and Weapons. The Robot's Abilities are determined solely by the created Items. The Problem with this is that Counterators can damage and destroy the Equipment by Shelling so that you can be confused. Looking for Supplies. At the same time, however, the Equipment also serves as a Shield to protect the Life points of the Robot Core, as each applied item reduces the Chances that the Core is hit. There are no Levels and Experience points in the Game by killing Opponents. Instead, you can complete a Layer by reaching the Output to add more Items to the Output at the same time. The Energy Core cannot be repaired even during the Continuous of a Level, but is only completely healed by finishing a Level. These Things cause you to avoid Fighting in the Game so that the Equipment doesn't break down and at the same time try to find the Exit as soon as possible almost like in a Stealth Game. This is further supported by the Fact that there is an Alarm Level per level that leads to more Opponents in the Level spawn the more enemies you kill and Damage to the Station. A Round consists of 10 Levels, with extra levels per level level. The Side Lines, however, do not level up the Character and usually have additional Challenges. However, there are rare Items, NPCs and Information about the Story. Thanks to the classless Character system, the Game is very entry-level friendly for a classic turn-based Roulgelike. The Game can be controlled completely with the Mouse. However, I always find it very fun to be able to control a Role-playing game completely with the Keyboard. The Game is therefore still a long way from the end of the game. While in the first three Levels the Head Against the Wall Method still works halfway. Should you know at the latest from the Factory which item you need in order not to get lost, to take the wrong Exit or to be shot up. The Game is completely in English and does not support any German Keyboards. So If you just want to play with The Keyboard, you have to check where the Characters are on an English Keyboard.
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