Spellspun is a retro shooter, borrowing some of its DNA from cult classics like Smash TV. There is no side-to-side movement, no dodging: you are rooted to the center of the screen. Your only defense against hordes of monsters are the powerful spells taught to you by your companion, Argenstrayd. With no escape, each wave becomes a test of your reflexes and decision-making skills.
However, there is more to Spellspun than blowing away wave after wave of monsters. A rich story awaits, with many difficult decisions to make. Hundreds of hidden factors are tracked by the game, and help define the relationship between the protagonists as well as the larger story.
Did you hesitate for a moment when making a dialogue choice?
Are you favoring one element over the others?
Do your attacks land with a graceful precision, or do you prefer to spray bolts of energy in every direction?
Argenstrayd remembers everything you do. Although you may be learning magic from him, you are teaching him something, as well...
Have you ever had the urge to stand tall against hordes of invading monsters, your trusty spellbook companion by your side, your command of magic absolute and unparalleled? If so, get out of here! Spellspun is not the game for you.
But, if you're a glutton for punishment, you should download this demo prepare for an epic struggle.
The Spellspun demo features four levels, set in the Arcane Arsenal and the Blind Gardens. Thrust in the role of Wren, a D-Class mage, you will have the ability to learn, evolve, and equip a multitude of different spells. These are your only defense against the powerful monsters which have suddenly invaded the Citadel.
Fortunately, you are not alone in this battle. Argenstrayd, a powerful animate spellbook, will reluctantly follow you everywhere you go. In addition to boosting your magic power, he will also question your competence and chip away at your self-esteem. Is it possible to become friends with the ornery old artifact, or is it a lost cause?
In addition to non-stop arcade action, Spellspun features a robust story that's driven entirely by character development. As you progress through the game, Argenstrayd will take note of many of the actions you take. Your personal style of play, as well as the finest details of how you proceed through the dialogue options, will shape future interactions between the characters. This, in turn, will lead to massive changes in the story itself...
Although the game is still in relatively early stages of development, many of the features which will be in the final version are already present. However, the build will be updated frequently. We would love to have the feedback of the indiedb and its sister communities during this crucial phase of development. Please check out the demo and let us know what you think. Fellow game developers, we will be happy to return the favor!
As we prepare to release the Spellspun live demo and Kickstarter, we're making our Alpha trailer publicly available for the first time.