A downloadable Roguelike Platformer for Windows

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Aura of worlds is a creative tactics rogue-lite platformer. It has a strong focus on exploration, improvisation and manipulating the environment to your advantage. You progress through utilizing your wits, reflexes and a plethora of innovative abilities.

Procedural levels range from pursuing toxic pollen; to flooded passages lined with explosives; to bosses spanning the entire labyrinth.
There are multiple solutions to every problem. For example, if there is a laser force field trap in front of you do you...:

  • Throw an enemy into it?
  • Blow up the conduit with a grenade?
  • Blink through it?
  •  Cloak yourself to pass through undetected?
  • ...


Early Access: 
Aura of Worlds is under active development.  Things are subject to ongoing content additions and improvements; with updates posted about once every 2-5 weeks (notification in game).
NOTE: Steam keys are now available to everyone who purchased the game this up until the end of May.


Don't worry though; the game has gone through trial by fire across over 1000 players at conventions (like PAX), developer meetups and testing groups over the years.

Buying the game now entitles you to:

  • A discounted price (the price will eventually rise to $15 on full release)
  • All project updates (you'll be notified in game)  from now till the end of time.
  • A Steam key if bought during or before April 2018 :)
  • The first 3 procedural worlds: each with their own unique layout types, hazards and special level themes (all unlocked at the start if purchased in the first week).
  • Multiple hours of strategic challenge; with no two levels ever playing out the same way.
  • Over 60 unique enemies and traps
  • Handcrafted pixel-art visuals and custom OST.
  • So much more...


Unsure if this is your kind of game? Like to see what others have to say first?

Check out our Wall of Press coverage for let's plays and articles :). Note that the game has improved much since  then; with many more refinements since.

You will need:

  • A computer running Windows XP or higher.
  • The .Net framework installed (which you should be prompted for by Microsoft if it isn't)
  • mouse and keyboard or... an Xbox controller
  • If you are running the demo on a low end windows laptop; please select dedicated graphics for smoother performance (right click->graphics process)

Handy related links:

Need help?

Feel free to use the comments section for tips (we'll set up a forum later)

Last Update - 16th July 2018 (v 0.66.9.60)


To contact us directly (or if you're press and would like a key) please message:
cognitiveforge@gmail.com


Purchase

Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this Roguelike Platformer you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

AuraOfWorlds_0_66_69.zip 36 MB

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So when the little red damage numbers pop up on screen do they pop up when the player takes damage and when the player damages enemies? They seem to be red numbers for both and it's kinda confusing me.

 Also does anyone know how much HP the player starts with, is it 100hp? 200hp? 

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Hi GHOSTofWILL
The player has 200 HP on Moderate difficulty; Or 160 HP on hard.

Thanks for the feedback on damage numbers; we'll separate them into magenta (enemy) and red (player)

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Also we've addressed your feedback in the latest patch (0.64.3); among some other things:

  • Support for much higher window resolutions
  • Better controller/mouse rebinding support (the game also remembers your configuration on exit)
  • Numerous balance changes including nerfing multi-jump.
  • Debug window is hidden by default (with an option to turn it back on).
  • Mini map automatically closes when expanded for too long.
  • Differentiating damage numbers to red (player) or magenta (enemy)
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Thanks for answering my questions and thanks for addressing the damage number thing so quickly. Awesome work and great game, keep it up!  :)

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I'm really enjoying the focus on turning the deadly world against itself. Favourite items are energy shield and grapple. Though can I wield both at the same time; given the left hand is for weapons?

Saw that you could hack turrets : D. Though it’s a little o.p. and a few enemies like “mansnappers” and that giant worm; seem to ignore them even when sponging up their bullets :P (that's probably a bug?) All in all though;  great game and I'm looking forward to seeing how it expands : )

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Thankyou for the kind words and feedback!

The grapple and shield can not currently be dual weilded simultaneously; as the 1st slot is reserved for offensive items based on the advice  from most playtesters. The closest thing is using the quick swap button (Y on XBox controller or R on mouse). 

With regards to certain enemies not targeting alied turrets; well spotted!
EDIT: We've fixed that in the latest update 0.61.10; in addition to multiple other feature updates.
https://cognitiveforge.itch.io/auraofworlds/devlog/25289/update-061125-lighting-...

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I'm not much of a platformer or RPG player, but this game has had be hooked for hours. A unique mashup of what's out there. Also has some nice and tight controls which always feels good. 

Thanks for your support @hebdomad!

Happy New Year!

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Really fun game, the controls are really smooth and the boss fights are challenging but not impossible. The various weapons and powers feel good to use, the grappling hook and sword being my favourite combo. The art style is makes me think of Out of This World and makes me want to explore all the levels. 

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Thanks for your feedback and support BobbitWyrm :D

Wishing you a happy 2018!

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Had some fun with this.  Full of surprises and consistently fun.  Reminds me of some of my favourite old school platformers, but luckily this one has less flaws.  Worth a look for anyone that likes grapple hooks, prince of persia or spelunky.

Thanks for your support ireadtabloids!

We'll continue to update the game on a regular basis :).
Have a fine festive season :)

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Pretty awesome game! A lot of variety to enemies and the setting. What I love the most about that you can tackle the challenges the way you want. And being given random equipment always keeps it fresh every time you start, you try to figure out how to master your tools. Looking forward to full release.

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Thanks so much for your support Raven :)!

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This is such a fun game! so many ways to play it which I really appreciate. I cant wait to see more of this beautiful game. 

Thanks for checking out our game at PAX in October Lenamon;
as well as helping us spread the word :)!

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Great game! Congratulations on the launch :)

Thankyou :D

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Finally beat the Bronze Soldier. Well, actually he dealt the killing blow to himself when he charged my shield causing a stalactite to fall on him dealing 45 damage :)

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Haha! Nicely done :)!

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It was great seeing this at PAX Aus, now to see if I can make it past level two...

It was great to see you at both GX And PAX;  thanks for buying the game at the latter.
Your visual novels are amazing and I love the art style and narrative of Death of Magic :).

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Interesting :)...
I'm a fan of roguelites like TowerClimb, Spelunky and Downwell

I remember seeing an early impressions review of your game a while back.
What changes have you made since?

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Thanks :)

We've added quite a few  since the review from GameTurtle:

  • Added a system of runes; which give the players perks including being able to glide, being able to carry and throw things unimpeded, stealing health enemies. 
  • Fleshed out the Grotto of Guidance much more. Including
  • Added a new boss: the bronze soldier.
  • Some additional enemies and traps.
  • Updated most of the graphics, particularly in the garden area.
  • Much more particle effects (particularly for weapons and player actions)
  • Extended the sound track with several more tracks including a unique musical piece for bosses.
  • Multiple other tweaks, rebalancing and bug fixes from player feedback.
  • Much more... 

I can post the updates from June to now in the dev log if you like :)

We're fans of the 3 games you've mentioned to; having spent 50-100 hours finishing each in turn. Haven't quite beat Downwell on Hard yet though; nor gotten all 7 legendary fragments in the challenge run for TowerClimb (brutal boiler being the main roadblock right now XD). Glad you mentioned TowerClimb as it was actually the first roguelite platformer we played (even before Spelunky and Rogue Legacy) back in 2013 :)

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TowerClimb is grossly underrated...never quite got the attention it deserved.
As for the 7 fragments run (which I'm also yet to finish): brutal boiler isn't too bad; after a lot of practice winchshot becomes second nature (albeit infuriating if you don't reorder the levels to practice ;)). The arcade was the hardest for me (damn stun./zap blocks are hard to predict/outrun).

Anyway....giving Aura  a spin; if it's good I might leave you a tip :)


EDIT: Neat game; 
Reminds me alot of TowerClimb, Catacomb Kids or Spelunky with the depth of interactions (though a fair bit more forgiving and quite different). TC is still my favorite; but I look forward to seeing how Aura develops :)

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Thank you :)! We have much more content for you over the coming weeks.

Also thanks for leaving a review; it really does help the project to get noticed :).

Finished up with PAX a couple of days ago
https://cognitiveforge.itch.io/auraofworlds/devlog/13961/pax-australia-2017

Back to updating the game and sharing articles  :)

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Hi Folks :)
We'll be exhibiting the game at PAX Australia from the 26th-30th of October and so our responses may take longer during this weekend.

We will however endeavour to respond to comments as soon as possible :).