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Sproggiwood a turn-based roguelike launches on Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows PC


Bring civilization to Sproggiwood, a #storydriven, turn-based roguelike set in a #humorous world inspired by Finnish mythology. One moment, you’re a simple farmer tending your grove — the next, you’re lured through a mysterious portal by a talking sheep. Now you’re the prisoner of Sproggi, a mischievous forest spirit who tasks you with taming the monsters of its realm. But things go awry when you discover a new civilization — will you befriend these curious mushroom people, or will you crush them and claim Sproggiwood for your own?

“At first glance, it appears to be really simple, but the more you play it the more difficult it becomes – without transitioning to frustration. If you’re a fan of roguelikes I’d recommend this.”

Sproggiwood is  game about a talking sheep and a kidnapped farmer and it released on Steam for $14.99 (#Linux, Mac and Windows PC) this weekend to tremendous fan response. Sproggiwood rocketed to #2 on Steam’s roguelike Top Sellers list (#1 on Mac) and remained atop the charts all weekend. Not bad for an indie roguelike from a tiny team, featuring gorgeous art, humorous dialogue, and deep gameplay for both new roguelike players and hardcore veterans. And Sproggiwood includes Steam achievements and trading cards, which is always as bonus.

Game Features

  • A wondrous and humorous setting inspired by Finnish mythology
  • Brain-churning tactical combat vs. an assortment of creative monsters and traps
  • Six unique, customizable classes: simple farmer, brave warrior, merry archer, cunning thief, brainy wizard, and creepy vampire
  • Procedural dungeons filled to the brim with scrolls, potions, swords, and staves
  • Town decoration mode with buildings, trees, roads, and villagers

We are rather impressed with the this quaint roguelike called Sproggiwood. The game runs rather well on Linux and integrates quite nicely as a straight forward turn-based game. Which took Linux Game News a minute to learn how to play, (clears throat) surprisingly challenging. You are thrown in the action quite quickly with a couple brief tutorials. So the game is not bogged down by lengthy cut-scenes or useless non-sense defining some endless storyline.

So what happened? We spawned, learned the basics of the game, got over-run by critters and died. Clicked the “Try Again” button, spawned, then died faster than the previous time.  Returned to Map this time, flippin died. Ugh…Okay, we are going to put some time in to this. Clearly we underestimated this innocent looking Sproggiwood. Your turn.

Check it out on Steam for $14.99  for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.  And any comments or post-game frustration can be directed at Freehold Games on Twitter and Facebook.

About Freehold Games LLC:

Freehold Games is an independent studio dedicated to building imaginative games. It was founded in 2006 (originally as Freehold Entertainment) by programmer Brian Bucklew and designer Jason Grinblat, who grew up playing games together. In 2012, Freehold Games began to collaborate with artist Jaana Heiska. Their mission is to build games they want to play, which usually involve offbeat settings, interesting tactical situations, and a whole lot of emergence in the tradition of the roguelike genre.


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