Promising a globe-spanning adventure and puzzle/monster-battling gameplay, RPG Dead Century offers plenty of likeable features. That’s why it was such a surprise when the mobile title failed to achieve its crowdfunding goal when it sought to raise $95,000 on Kickstarter in 2014.
But despite developer Science Brigade’s failed attempt at raising funds for the game, development continued. Dead Century has now been released on iOS, offering some absolutely gorgeous, hand-drawn art and featuring a range of diverse protagonists as it aims to be inclusive to all players. Find out more after the break.
Dead Century Trailer via Kickstarter
Adventure RPG Dead Century Released on iOS
In Dead Century, Science Brigade explains, “you command a small team of archaeologists as they try to stay one step ahead of Third Reich scientists in piecing together an ancient mystery from the dawn of human civilization.” Across three chapters set in various locations, players will “race to unlock the clues and assemble pieces of a global puzzle that predates humankind.”
The core gameplay mechanic of Dead Century is tile-matching as the colourful, differently shaped tiles can be combined to carry out various actions (here’s a gif of it in action). Players utilise “standard RPG mechanics,” keeping an eye on hit points and status effects as well as collecting and buying new gear for their characters. Moreover, characters have their own abilities.
There are three characters – Scholar, Engineer and Fusilier. You can also customise each characters’ appearance, with male, female and “androgynous” character options of different ethnicities being available.
On the game’s Kickstarter page, Science Brigade says that “women, people of color, and queers of all types tend to get left out of modern video games and we’re trying to make an effort to fix that” and Ray Bruwelheide (responsible for the art, design and story) described Dead Century to Kotaku as an “LGBT Indiana Jones spooky adventure.”
Dead Century is available on iOS for free via the App Store, with in-app purchases used to unlock new chapters. An Android release is also planned.