Niche Spotlight – Vaporum: Lockdown

Vaporum: Lockdown

Today’s Spotlight is Vaporum: Lockdown, a first-person grid-based steampunk dungeon crawler by Fatbot Games.

Lockdown is a prequel to the original Vaporum from 2017. It follows Ellie Teller, a scientist involved in a secretive research project in Arx Vaporum, a tower in the middle of the ocean. After an experiment goes horribly wrong, Ellie finds herself trapped in Arx Vaporum, and must find a way to survive its many hazards and escape.

Scavenge for resources and useful weapons, armor, and gadgets to fend of the tower’s haywire security systems, and other mysterious enemies. Like most classic dungeon crawlers, you’ll also need to figure out devious environmental puzzles to progress, or uncover secret areas.

You can find the launch trailer below.

Vaporum: Lockdown is available on Windows PC via GOG and Steam for $17.99.

You can find a rundown of the game (via Steam) below:

Vaporum: Lockdown is a prequel to the award-winning steampunk dungeon crawler Vaporum. It is a grid-based, single-player, single-character game, seen from a first-person perspective in an original steampunk setting, and inspired by old-school games like Dungeon Master I and II, the Eye of the Beholder series, and the more recent Legend of Grimrock I and II.

Vaporum: Lockdown follows the story of Ellie Teller, a scientist who is a part of a mysterious research project in the middle of an ocean. Following disastrous events, she struggles to survive and escape the tower of Arx Vaporum.

Key Features

  • First person real-time combat
  • Unique Stop Time Mode
  • Puzzles and level-wide objectives
  • Gadget-based RPG system
  • Lots of exploration, loot, and character customization
  • Mysterious storyline filled with secrets
  • Fully voiced main characters
  • Immersive steampunk setting

You will encounter nasty enemies with unique strengths and attack patterns. To beat them, you will have to employ a broad array of weapons, gadgets, upgrades, and smart tactics.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of powerful toys to play with. Many different weapon types, each with a specific use, synergistic armor pieces, gadgets that allow you to raise your own army of underlings or to manipulate the battlefield, boosters, and more.

Prepare to solve many kinds of puzzles and hazards, using various interactive elements, which will test both your wits and reflexes. The overall storyline will have you piecing together a solution to the main obstacle, where the individual pieces are spread over several levels. You will learn a lot about the world and its inhabitants through voiced dialogs, phonodiaries, and written notes.

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Frank Streva


Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.