Niche Spotlight – Stone Story: Dark, Insanely-Animated ASCII Action RPG

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Stone Story is an action RPG set within a vile, dark world, and it has some visuals that are sure to impress old grognards and retro-hipsters alike.

Developed solely by one insane developer, Gabriel Santos, the game has painstakingly animated ASCII art, and it’s currently in closed alpha.

The game is currently in development for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. With eight locations to explore, eight boss fights, lots of loot to collect, players will have a lot to experience as they guide the protagonist through various perils. Featured above, you can view the latest trailer for the game.

That’s right – you don’t directly control the player character, you tell it what to equip, what items to wield, and where to explore. From there the artificial intelligence takes over the combat and the looting. You’ll have to still be mindful of potions and special abilities, which are reliant on good timing. Boss fights naturally require quick thinking, as well.

Here are the game’s key features:

  • 8 unique locations to explore.
  • 8 epic boss fights.
  • An expansive loot system with crafting.
  • Mind-blowing cinematics.
  • All animated in plain text ASCII style.

A release date isn’t confirmed, however the game will initially support languages including: English, Portuguese, Chinese, and more. As the game reaches beta, lots of other content is planned, however Santos hasn’t revealed what that will include just yet. For now, head on over to tigsource and peep more of the game’s ASCII art in action.

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Brandon Orselli


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