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THE WORLD OF RAIN

To celebrate our ten years of making games, we have made a small summary of our games and character to see how it is all connected.

So today, we are exploring the world of Rain Games. We have so far produced three stand-alone titles and they are all in a shared universe. Now that Teslagrad 2 is on the horizon, let’s take a closer look at the universe created by Rain Games!

Teslagrad

Our first game was Teslagrad. You play as the character Teslakid, and you are discovering the secrets kept in the long-abandoned Tesla Tower! In this world, tower magnetism and other electromagnetic powers will help you explore a non-linear tower and fight against the King and his men. Find out what has happened to the other teslamancers in the past! This event takes place in the country of Elektropia.

In Teslagrad, you collect scrolls that tell you about the past and creation of the modern world. On the scrolls 10, 11, and 12, you see the three major countries that are not Elektropia.  What kind of life do they live there?  

World to the West

World to the West is a standalone follow-up of Teslagrad. World to the West takes part several years after the events in Teslagrad. In World To The West, you are exploring……well, the world to the West of the Tesla Tower and Elektropia. In this adventure, you take control of four unique characters: Lumina the Teslamancer, Knaus the orphan, Miss Teri the mind-bender, and the gloriously mustachioed strongman, Lord Clonington—, each with their own motivations, skills, and interweaving storylines.

Lumina has ties with the Teslakid from Teslagrad and the land of Elektropia, but other than that, all characters are brand new and hail from different parts of the world. Knaus comes from the city of Motorland,  Miss Teri comes from the nation Mesmer, and Lord Clonington comes from Angloria.

A vast world of blue skies and dark caves awaits you in this 3D action-adventure as you try to unveil the mysteries of an ancient prophecy.

Mesmer

After the adventure to the West,  Miss Teri returns home to her homeland of Mesmer.

Mesmer. The pearl of the old world. At least it used to be…….. But the King has failed his people. He has turned his nation into a police state, And nothing is as it was.  It is up to Miss Teri to fight against the King and start a revolution. Gather what you can and gain enough followers to change the land and shape the future for the people of Mesmer.

Teslagrad 2

After the adventure to the West, Lumina returns to Elektropia and wants to explore more of the world and the history of the Teslamancer. What will she find when she explores the strange land of Wyrmheim in Teslagrad 2? 

Grue

The Grue is probably the most iconic monster of the setting. It is about the size of a grown man, and it’s capable of swallowing children whole. 

They have a preference for the dark, and they see perfectly even in complete darkness. They are predatory, and they will hunt both alone and in large packs. 

The grues’ vision is impaired in daylight conditions, though they are not entirely blind. 

Grues live in different parts of the world, and they somewhat change appearance based on where in the world they live. Some are bigger with small tails, and some have long tails. There even exist a variety of albino grues. These only travel in dark places and are truly blinded by light. They are also solitary hunters, but they are a little more dangerous than other grues in single combat.

Grues are somewhat single-minded and not the brightest of creatures. They can be tamed, though this is not without risk.

If there is enough food around, grues can grow to a monstrous size. This takes long to happen, but they can become large as a rhino, their appetite ever increasing. 

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.

Summer Sales and Made With Unity

teslagrad_promo_DEALSwithgold_facebookYour shipment of Rain news has arrived!

If you’ve been waiting for the Steam Summer Sale like a godsend, then you know for sure that it’s live since the 23rd of June, until the 4th of July. And yep, Teslagrad is part of it: our game is 75% off, so you can add it to your library for barely a couple of bucks. Just click here and let Steam do the magic.

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A new world, a new adventure: Welcome to World to the West!

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Today is a GREAT day for us. After a lot of hard work and secrecy, we finally announce our new title: World to the West. A top-down action puzzler where we maintain our artsy style, which defines us as an indie studio, and with a longer and ambitious storyline.

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Digital Teslagrad US PlayStation 3 and 4 release is imminent!

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Exploration platformer enthusiasts in Europe and Japan have been able to enjoy Teslagrad for a while now, so it’s high time we make an announcement about the US release!
After a lot of shuffling about, we’re happy to say we’ve finally locked down Teslagrad’s debut date on the US PlayStation Store!

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 digital versions will arrive on April 14, so put aside $14.99 for the occasion!

Soedesco, our trusty publisher for the disc versions, is still sorting out the dates for the Physical US release, so the release window for PS3/PS4/Wii U disc versions remains a tentative Q2. We’ll make sure to post an update when we know more!
In addition, we’re hard at work on making the PlayStation Vita version perform as smoothly as the console versions.
Since we’re a small team and it’s still in active development, the vita release window is currently “when it’s done”. thanks for your patience!

Teslagrad, now also available on Wii U in Japan!

Teslagrad is already out for PS3 and PS4 in Japan courtesy of our friends at Square Enix, but we’re happy to say that thanks to Unity Japan and Kakehashi games, We’ve also been able to release it on Wii U overseas! It feels great to see it sitting on the eShop landing page next to huge titles like Xenoblade X!

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Upgrade complete!

Today is another milestone, not just for us here at Rain, but for Bergen’s gaming scene as a whole. Today, we moved from the cramped office that has been our base of operations since we first started, into the fantastic new Bergen Game Collective!

We share our office with our good buddies BitSquad, Henchman & Goon/Goontech and Retrogene. This is a pretty strong start and we’re very excited to be involved in this new step in the Bergen gaming scene. Stay tuned for more updates from us!