Forward: Escape The Fold

Forward: Escape The Fold is a unique card-based roguelike dungeon crawler with procedurally generated dungeons and an interesting system for balancing buffs and debuffs.

Each run is presented as a string of short dungeons and text-based encounters. These dungeons are made up of three columns of cards that represent enemy monsters, gold, loot, health, mana, and other boons and hazards. We move through the dungeon by continuously choosing which adjacent card in the row above us we want to encounter next.

Combat is as simple as subtracting the enemy’s health from our remaining health and armor. And at the end of each dungeon is a powerful boss to fight and a treasure with an equally powerful new ability that can turn the tides of the run.

The encounters between dungeons range from simple shops and taverns to side dungeons and various unique opportunities that unlock new items and characters.

Woven through all the dungeon crawling and loot gathering is the system of “Corrupted Items”. Coming across a Corrupted Chest, either in an encounter or dungeon, may force us to take on a Corrupted Item that only has negative effects. To balance this out, the power of many buffs and skills scale with the number of Corrupted Items we're carrying. Choosing when and which Corrupted Items to take are some of the game's most difficult and entertaining decisions.

Forward: Escape The Fold is a $1.99 premium game with no ads or iAPs. Its runs are the perfect length for quick play sessions, and there’s enough variety to not make it feel like we can simply use the same strategy over and over. Because of this, it’s perfect for casual dungeon crawling.


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Release date: 26 Jan, 2023
Last updated: 18 Feb, 2023
Game size: 75 MB