Crawl, the dungeon crawler that features Gabe Newell as a boss, is finally out of early access. Version 1.0 has hit the digital shelves, so the game is ready to be judged, played and (as it goes with local multiplayer titles) cursed to no end. Watch the trailer, grab a couple of friends and start crawling.
Although it can be played in singleplayer with AI taking over the other characters, it was meant to be played by up to four people sitting in close proximity. While one plays the antihero looking to learn terrible magicks, the other three play as ghosts. They get to possess monsters in the dungeon, activate traps and haunt the hallways. Their goal is to slay the human player so they can inhabit his body and be the guy.
The game features crisp, beautifully animated pixel art and an elaborate soundtrack – we’re still not sure about the voice telling us it will touch our minds “with a finger, vast and awful”. We’re kinda hoping that one didn’t make it past the trailers.
The ghosts even have a chance to play as the boss during boss fights, which means somebody will get to play as Gabe Newell at some point. We live in an amazing time. There’s no limit to what humans can accomplish when we put our minds to it.
Crawl is out now, on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, and you can get it for $15 or the local equivalent of that. The developers are looking into making a Switch port, but don’t hold your breath. Many players seem to be hoping they’ll also add online multiplayer to the game, but it doesn’t seem likely at this point. They’ve already mentioned it would be too much work, and they wouldn’t want to risk ending up with crappy netcode.