Exciting news! Girl Genius – Adventures In Castle Heterodyne is now on Backerkit!

Did you miss out on our successful Kickstarter campaign or do you want a higher tier reward? In Backerkit you can now choose from different tiers and purchase Add-ons to your Pledge tier. You can also pre-order items, for example a physical copy of the game for Nintendo Switch™.

Follow this link to support the Girl Genius – Adventures In Castle Heterodyne game development and get some nice stuff at the same time


This fantastic Artbook is an example of what you can add to your Pledge tier or pre-order!

As well as art produced during development, the Artbook will also contain a short story set in the Girl Genius™ universe, produced in full by Studio Foglio!

You can also pre-order a physical game copy for Nintendo Switch™ or PC. Neat!

Mesmer launch today!

After 3 long years we are finally releasing Mesmer on Steam, GoG and Utomic!

When you read this, Mesmer should already be for sale here:

To celebrate this, we are asking you all to send your screenshots to us on Twitter. Let’s see all the crazy situations you manage to get yourself into!
Answer to this tweet to make sure that everyone sees them:

We wish you all happy gaming!

Mesmer Demo is Now Available on Steam

A demo for our new title, Mesmer is now available on Steam! Experience the first two days of the social survival game and all the possibilities that can unfold!

Check it out here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1308760/Mesmer/

“After 3 years of development, Mesmer is nearly finally here and we wanted to give you a sneak peak before launch” Peter W. Meldahl – Rain Games CEO

Based in the same universe as Teslagrad, Mesmer is a new video-game style for the Rain Games team. Taking on the survival genre with their own twist, you’ll be able to build a revolution to revolt against a tyrannical king. All while building your influence with the citizens in a myriad of ways. 

Mesmer Release Date for PC Revealed!

Our new game Mesmer finally has a launch date for PC! The game will be hitting your screens on the 16th October for Steam, GOG, Utomik, and Humble Bundle.

Brand New Mesmer PC Release Trailer!

Mesmer is a social survival game, in which you take on the role of a revolutionary leader. You must be prepared as every action matters in this unique twist on the survival genre.. Each action moves the clock forward, and reaching the end of the day without enough influence with the people will lead to your demise.

Tension is building in the city of Mesmer. The citizens are displeased with their king, and his oppression has pushed them to their limits. Playing as Teri, you plan to use this tension to turn the citizens of Mesmer to your side and build a revolution strong enough to overthrow the king!

”I was asking a wealthy merchant for funding, as I had no other means to convince him, I agreed to do him a favor. It was his birthday the next day, and he was vexed that he wouldn’t have a cake to celebrate, as the bakery was on the other side of the police barricades. 

Lacking money for a bribe to get the needed pass, I decided to sneak over after curfew. Of course… This meant that the bakery was closed. So, I used a set of lockpicks to break in and found a suitable cake. Being rather large, cakes don’t go in the inventory but are instead carried in both hands. 

As I awkwardly tried to smuggle the cake back, the police spotted me and gave chase. I considered my grappling hook but didn’t want to drop the cake. After a short chase through the city, I was eventually arrested and brought in front of the chief of police. Still holding a huge birthday cake. 

I bribed him with the cake….” 
Peter W. M. – Rain Games CEO

Key Features:
– Deep, narrative-driven gameplay, where your choices matter
– An enticing blend of social manipulation, stealth, and riot gameplay
– Unique survival mechanics, where social influence is your main resource
– Leverage multiple social factions, each with their own goals
– Open world with multiple methods of traversal and world interaction (You can even ride a pig)
– Stealth gameplay when breaking the city’s curfews.
– Multiple endings based on your choices
– Alternate at will between WASD or click-based movement
– Female main protagonist

Mesmer is available to Wishlist now on Steam!

Girl Genius Comic-ception!

Read the Girl Genius Comics Within a Video Game with “Girl Genius: Adventures in Castle Heterodyne”

The Kickstarter for Girl Genius: Adventures in Castle Heterodyne is a new and exciting avenue for the Girl Genius comics and Studio Foglio. However, this isn’t just because the universe will be expanding to video games.

A new announcement from Rain Games has confirmed that If the Kickstarter for the video game is successful, players will also be able to dive deeper into the universe through a built-in comics reader in-game, including the entirety of the Girl Genius comics, for free.

Normally the comics for Girl Genius can be read physically or through a reader on the Girl Genius website, but this new video game feature allows for reading in-game on multiple platforms and devices.

So far “Girl Genius: Adventures in Castle Heterodyne” has only been confirmed for Nintendo Switch and PC, however, Kenneth from Rain Games says, “PC and Nintendo Switch will be our priority if the Kickstarter is successful, however It’s unlikely that we’ll stop there as Rain Games tend to release on as many platforms as possible”.

The comics reader will be provided through a partnership with InkyPen, a company that have created a subscription-based all-you-can-read comic and manga service on Nintendo Switch. The reader will also come with a ton of features included in InkyPen that allow for different reading experiences such as:

– Horizontal and Vertical ReadingToggles
– Scroll Mode and Snap Mode toggles
– Zooming
– Touch control (for applicable devices)

The Kickstarter for “Girl Genius: Adventures in Castle Heterodyne” is running right now at 93%, with 4 days left. 


Shocking News! Teslagrad 2 is in Development

Teslagrad 2 is coming! The sequel to the critically acclaimed 2013 indie game, Teslagrad, has been confirmed to be in the works by Rain Games.

Much like its predecessor, Teslagrad 2 is set to be an exploration-based Metroidvania game with magnetic physics and will use the visual style that won the hearts of the players in the original.

“Teslagrad was our first game as an indie team and the response was amazing. From then on, fans have been asking us about a sequel, and it has never been far from my mind” Peter W. Meldahl at Rain Games

Teslagrad was a fresh experience in gaming with its magnetic physics based mechanics. Now Rain Games intends to take this experience up a level within the sequel, by sparking new life into the game with additions that will set it apart from the original.

“This game has been rattling at the back of my mind for 6 years while we’ve been working on our games, I’ve hoarded the best ideas from those years to use for Teslagrad 2” says Peter

Based in the unexplored region of Wyrmheim, the game’s design is set to be heavily based on the developers’ home of Norway. Viking carvings and Nordic runes are at the heart of Wyrmheim, shaping the environment from the foundation up.

Rain Games has gone into overdrive this year, working on 2 other titles alongside Teslagrad 2. With their new title, Mesmer, a very different game set in the same world, launching soon, as well as Kickstarting Girl Genius: Adventures in Castle Heterodyne! So much Steampunk!

“Girl Genius: AICH” for Nintendo Switch™

It’s confirmed!

We’re super excited to confirm that “Girl Genius: Adventures In Castle Heterodyne” is approved for development to Nintendo Switch™!

Boxart mockup: Don’t you just want to hold it in your hands?

The Kickstarter Campaign for “Girl Genius: AICH” is going well so far, and we’re very close to 50% funded with 17 days to go.

Please jump into the Kickstarter campaign to learn more about the game, and see the teaser trailer and video pitch for the game!

I’m doing a live interview with Gwen Frey on Twitch for ‘The Dialog Box‘ podcast on Saturday 19th of September at 18:00pm CEST / 12:00pm EDT / 09:00am PDT.

The interview will be available after the live event on ‘The Dialog Box’ podcast here, and the event will go live on Twitch here.

Please follow me on Twitter @raingames_kenny and Rain at @rain_games

Viking Chess: Hnefatafl, The Boardgame From The Viking Era, Launches in Early Access on Steam

Norwegian studio Diamond Sky Games is proud to announce its first game, Viking Chess: Hnefatafl, based on the historical records of a board game from the Viking Era. To produce Viking Chess: Hnefatafl, Diamond Sky Games partnered with Rain Games.  We are very happy to support them in this adventure!

Viking Chess: Hnefatafl is a strategic, chess-like 1v1 board game with its roots in the 5th century. You can play singleplayer, against the AI, or online multiplayer. Play as the attacker faction, with a 24-piece army, and make the enemy King surrender by enclosing all his escape routes. Or become the defender, with 13 soldiers at your service, and protect your King from the opponent’s siege. With the interactive tutorial, you will learn the mechanics in minutes. Master all different win conditions, create your own strategy, and showcase your skills by unlocking collectibles that you can add to your profile.

Check the trailer here!

Viking Chess: Hnefatafl uses the popular ruleset for Hnefatafl named “Copenhagen Ruleset”, based on the historical ruleset “Fetlar Hnefatafl”. Even Kjelby, from the renowned indieband Great News, and Maciek Ofstad, guitarist in the famous Norwegian rock band Kvelertak, have composed the title music.

Viking Chess: Hnefatafl will be available on Steam, in Early Access, on October 16th. Press keys are available at request.

A bit of History… About Hnefatafl and “Hunt games”

Most scholars believe that games like Hnefatafl, where you have to chase and capture a centrally located piece (so-called “Hunt games”), descend from one Roman game, Ludus latrunculorum. Hnefatafl is mentioned in classic literary pieces like Hervör and Heidrek, Frithiof’s Saga, or the Völuspá. Hnefatafl is thought to have been a notable part of the everyday life in the Viking Era, according to the findings from that period (many game tables and pieces have been found in burials), and many archeologysts highlight its significant symbolic and religious value, as well as a metaphor for military strategy.

We do not have the exact rules the Vikings used for their games, since no written or imaged accounts have been found through archaeology for the game rules.

However, in 1732, a Swedish botanist by the name of Carl Linnaeus traveled in Lappland in Sweden. He came across a game being played there called “Tablut”. Linnaeus wrote down the rules for the game in Latin, and drew some pictures of the game. Much later, in 1952, a chess historian by the name of H. J. R Murray wrote a book called “Board Games Other Than Chess”. Murray had read Linnaeus’ account of the game “Tablut”, and Murray deduced that the game Linnaeus described was the same game that was mentioned in the Viking sagas.

It is from these accounts that modern recreations of the game “Hnefatafl” has been made, in different variations.

About Diamond Sky Games

Diamond Sky Games is the indie studio of Kenneth Engelsen, based in Bergen, Norway. Prior released products include a social competitive game for mobile platforms called Barcrawler, and a recipe app for mobile platforms called Book of Cocktails.

Kenneth Engelsen took up partnership with Rain Games in 2018 to produce a game, with help and collaboration from developers in the Rain Games studio. After several prototype productions trying out different ideas, they come out with the idea of producing a digital version of the ancient Norwegian board game Hnefatafl.