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Hazelnut Bastille is a precedent-driven, pixel art topdown adventure, referencing its design sensibility and mechanics foundation from the 90's classics. Players will experience an engaging character-driven narrative, featuring a sprawling overworld embedded with dungeons focused on challenging combat, and puzzles built around sequential logic and clever item use. Our presentation is obsessively focused on fidelity to our source era, featuring classic 4:3 aspect, pixel-perfect animation and environment style, and a rocking chiptune and sample soundtrack based on the techniques and hardware of the SNES.

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Aloft Studio is happy to annouce that we have opened backing again for Hazelnut Bastille, for late and international backers. We are also offering a Paypal option this time around, for those who can't use the Stripe payment system Kickstarter uses.

Backers will be able to select from all of the same basic items that were available up to the 100 USD level during the November 2018 Kickstarter session, including Digital and Physical Copies, OST, Sheet music, Alpha and Beta Access, the Digital Artbook, and Special Thanks in the Credits.

Late-Backing and Pre-Order page is up at:


Users will be able to select either Paypal, which charges immediately but offers a refund system, or Stripe Payment, which will take down their order, and will charge their card when the first items attached to their order become available.

Hazelnut Bastille also has a 2-3 hour long Public Demo available, which features early preview content, and allows a user to evaluate if the work is for them.

You can download the demo from Steam, or our homepage:



Hazelnut Bastille is a topdown, Zelda-like ARPG, crafted in a 16bit character; it features action-adventure style gameplay. Players will engage with heavily tactical, real-time combat, and experience taxing lateral-thinking puzzles! Explore a vast Overworld which is brimming with content, in the form of secrets, collectibles, mini-games, and story elements! A set of unforgiving Dungeons forms the core experience, as the player obtains a series of items which grants them ever greater control over the world, as well as new powers of traversal, in true Metroidvania fashion!

Players take on the role of a cast-out heroine, setting foot on the shores of a new continent, in the hopes of regaining something which was lost to her! Her fate will be inexplicably intertwined with the sundry crew already living there, as she gets drawn into a baroque plot to unravel the mysteries of this land's original inhabitants!

Players can expect a roughly 20-30 hour experience, with high replay value and bonus content!


The Physical copies available at this time are all the Limited Edition, which will feature a unique cover, printed manual, and some extras, and will ship for three platforms.

The estimated time of release for Hazelnut is late 2020, or later.


We are also happy to announce that Late Backers will also recieve a digital copy of Dawnthorn, the 8bit Sister-Title to Hazelnut Bastille, for orders placed on or before May 5th, for any user that purchases a Digital or Physical copy of Hazelnut (limit one per user).

Dawnthorn tells the story of the mysterious Hero who wielded the eponymous blade before the events of Hazelnut, and what became of him. It draws inspiration from 8bit classics such as The Legend of Zelda, Startropics One and Two, Kid Icarus, Metroid, and Crystalis. Players can expect a 20 hour experiece packed with challenging tactical combat, puzzles, and hundreds of secrets to uncover.

Dawnthorn is expected to ship this year.

Thanks again to all of our supporters, and we can't wait to bring you further news on the development of both titles, as it becomes available!

For news on both Hazelnut Bastille and Dawnthorn, you can follow our Kickstarter updates at:

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Hazelnut Bastille Teaser Trailer Launched!

Hazelnut Bastille Teaser Trailer Launched!


Aloft Studio has released a one minute teaser trailer for topdown, Zelda-like ARPG Hazelnut Bastille!

Hazelnut Bastille Demo Launched!

Hazelnut Bastille Demo Launched!

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We are happy to announce that we have now opened up the Hazelnut Bastille Demo Download to the public!

Hazelnut Bastille Demo pre-release

Hazelnut Bastille Demo pre-release


Aloft Studio is offering pre-release access to the Hazelnut Bastille Demo

Hazelnut Bastille Demo nearing release

Hazelnut Bastille Demo nearing release


We are happy to bring you all a preview of some of the features of the Hazelnut Bastille demo we are releasing in the month of February 2017!


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Aloft_studio Creator

Subscribe to our newsletter to gain Demo Access at: Aloftstudios.net

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I would love to try it!
But I avoid newsletter as much as I can.
So I'll wait a little more, until the demo is not linked with the newletters ^^.

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Aloft_studio Creator

Hi Andreil!

We set it up that way, since it is a natural way to grow the mailing list of interested users. It is actually possible to sign up, get the demo, and then unsubscribe 20 seconds later, and never receive a newsletter. Or if you prefer, I could send you the demo directly.

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If you can send it, I'd love it!

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Aloft_studio Creator

Ok, sent it via pm!

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