Factsheet

Developer:
Maschinen-Mensch
Based in Berlin, Germany

Release date:
September 2nd 2016

Platforms:
HTML5 (Windows, Mac, Linux, Tablet)
STEAM (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Website:
curious-expedition.com

Regular Price:

$14.99

Description

The Curious Expedition is a roguelike expedition simulation set in the late 19th century. Together with famous historical personalities, players will venture on unprecedented expeditions to regions never explored before for fame, science and treasures. They will put on their pith helmets and khakis and make their way through a lush, procedurally generated world full of wonder and mystery.

History

Maschinen-Mensch is a German independent game studio of former AAA developers (Spec Ops: The Line) that left the mainstream industry to experiment with new forms of generative storytelling and create innovative games that aim at unattended niches in gaming. The Curious Expedition was first released as an alpha version in May 2015 on Steam Early Access. During the Early Access phase is has been continually expanded and enhanced by the developers, incorporating valuable community feedback and developing a devoted fan base. The Curious Expedition has sold 25,000 copies so far (fully recouping production costs) and has already been nominated for various awards, including prestigious German awards including: “Deutscher Computerspielepreis” (German Computer Games Awards; category best youth game) and “Deutscher Entwicklerpreis” (German Developer Awards; categories: best browser game, best indie game, best game design, best german game). It also won the “Deutscher Entwicklerpreis” award as best indie game in 2015.

Features

  • Explore procedurally generated worlds, each with its own distinctive set of challenges for the ambitious explorer.
  • Plan and equip your trek. A good explorer is prepared for any eventuality.
  • Manage your resources to keep your trek alive and sanity high. Balance your needs with the desire to carry all that precious treasure back home.
  • Visit and interact with the land’s natives. Enter villages, trade and communicate with local tribes and civilizations that are unknown to mankind.
  • Loot mysterious temple ruins to gain fame and treasures, but watch out for deadly traps and curses that will compromise your trek and the world around you.
  • Equip and utilize miraculous treasures to gain advantages, but be wary of unforeseeable side effects.
  • Fight and defend your trek against a wide range of wild animals, mystical creatures and even dinosaurs.

Videos

Steam Early Access Release Trailer  YouTube

Let's Play  YouTube

Our last Early Access update video  YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Independent Game" German Developer Award for The Curious Expedition - Cologne, 17 December, 2015


Selected Articles

  • "Resource management made fun while intricate. It may look simple, but don't be fooled. Here's rogue-likes at its finest."
    - , gamegrin.com
  • "it's a fun and charming exploration game, and at its most enjoyable when everything goes terribly wrong but you somehow still make it back alive."
    - , pcgamer.com
  • "The Curious Expedition is a crackerjack of a game"
    - Owen Faraday, pockettactics.com
  • "Curious Expedition is a wonderful thing. Cancel your evening plans and settle down for adventure."
    - Adam Smith, rockpapershotgun.com
  • "The Curious Expedition could be one of the more exciting indie titles of the summer"
    - Hershall Cook, pixeldynamo.com
  • "... this beautifully illustrated explore-'em-up is one of the most refreshing and interestingly new game concepts I have recently seen."
    - Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome, indiegames.com
  • "This isn’t a case of showing the skeleton before the flesh and organs have been added – Curious Expedition has plenty of content and is already hugely replayable."
    - Adam Smith, rockpapershotgun.com
  • "It’s pretty much what would happen if FTL and 80 Days had a kid."
    - Dave Neumann, pockettactics.com
  • "The full spread of overlapping systems are what makes Curious Expedition such a promising game. "
    - , pcgamer.com
  • "I am looking forward to this videogame"
    - Graham Smith, rockpapershotgun.com
  • "Curious Expedition has that precise cocktail of danger and beauty, of greed in the face of scarcity, of risk and randomness, that makes for a good roguelike."
    - Leigh Alexander, gamasutra.com
  • "Curious Expedition has a massive amount of promise. From the sharp pixel art visuals to the staggering difficulty level to the constant surprises, this could end up being very special indeed."
    - Mark Brown, pocketgamer.co.uk
  • "Curious Expedition is certainly an independent game in truest sense of the word."
    - Tegan Jones, theaureview.com
  • "This is a game where Nikola Tesla might shoot an energy gun at a giant crab ..."
    - Ian Birnbaum, pcgamer.com
  • "The graphics are an absolutely gorgeous blaze of brightly coloured sprites that wouldn’t look amiss in an Amiga game, though several generations advanced."
    - Joe McGuinness, indiealtrepeat.com
  • "... might be able to plant a stake in a crowded genre in the tradition of FTL."
    - Ian Birnbaum, pcgamer.com
  • "The Curious Expedition has all the marks of a particularly fine undertaking."
    - Adam Smith, rockpapershotgun.com
  • "Okay, I would play the crap out of this game."
    - Matt Lemmons, indiestatik.com
  • "Also, I just feel compelled to point out here that one of the planned character classes is “Rabbi.” For real."
    - Craig Stern, indierpgs.com
  • "The whole old skool explorative vibe is expertly complemented by some beautiful pixel-art graphics."
    - Jon Mundy, pocketgamer.co.uk

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About Maschinen-Mensch

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Maschinen-Mensch is a German independent game studio of former AAA developers that left the mainstream industry to experiment with new forms of generative storytelling and create innovative games that aim at unattended niches in gaming.

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The Curious Expedition Credits

Riad Djemili
Programming, GameDesign

Johannes Kristmann
Art, GameDesign


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