“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.
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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fettovMEzVs&feature=youtu.be
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
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.
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.
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.
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: Hnefataflwill 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
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.
Moving around your own home city should be no hassle, but in order to quell the rebellion, the king has decreed the city to be split into 6 districts, and only those that have good reason are allowed to move between them.
In the game, every citizen has a pass. It gets stamped by the police for every district where you are allowed access.