Vaporum Is a Steampunk Dungeon Crawler Coming to PS4 Subsequent Month

Hey guys! My title is Matej Zajacik, co-founder of Fatbot Video games, creators of the steampunk dungeon crawler Vaporum. Vaporum is a contemporary first-person, single-character, grid-based dungeon crawler in an authentic steampunk setting, releasing April 9 in 11 completely different languages.

The sport revolves round fight, puzzle fixing, character improvement, exploring an setting crammed with mysteries and secrets and techniques, and uncovering a sinister story. Vaporum makes use of a singular system the place you develop your go well with, as an alternative of the human inside, by putting in devices that grant varied expertise and bonuses.

Who We Are

We’re a small indie firm based mostly in Slovakia, Central Europe, based by Tibor Repta and myself. We labored on the primary prototype as roommates in his small flat whereas burning by our financial savings.

Vaporum was developed by 4 trade veterans (former colleagues and long-time pals) with 43 years of mixed expertise within the sport improvement enterprise and we’ve grown to 6 members since launch. We consider in polished video games with robust storylines and excessive manufacturing worth by way of each visuals and gameplay.

What impressed us

A terrific inspiration for Vaporum was a sport that has principally created its personal style: Dungeon Grasp (1988). Not solely a genre-defining sport, it was additionally the most effective, and was adopted by many others prefer it.

One instance of those successors is Eye of the Beholder (1991), which we paid homage to on this video. In 2012, Nearly Human revived the style by releasing Legend of Grimrock. The grid-based motion can work effectively with fashionable audio-visuals and brings the gameplay of the outdated titles again to our screens.

Vaporum in Element


Fight takes place in actual time. Every enemy kind has a particular set of strengths and weaknesses, and varied sorts of assaults and protection mechanisms, so you could make use of completely different ways to beat each.

Weapons differ by way of harm, but additionally as a result of every weapon kind has a sure distinctive bonus or habits different weapons don’t have. This provides extra depth and requires some thought when selecting which weapons to equip.

You put on an exoskeleton rig, which you’ll improve with many forms of devices: direct assaults, space assaults, offensive & defensive buffs, and extra. Whereas these devices are highly effective, in addition they drain your power, and a few enemies are proof against sure forms of assaults. So, you’ll have to work out one of the simplest ways to take care of each encounter.


Most mechanics in Vaporum are quite simple. Nevertheless, combining these mechanics creates intriguing puzzles the place you could use each your wits and reflexes. Whereas most puzzles and riddles are contained inside a single room, development aims can span a complete stage and even a number of ranges.

Character Development

As an alternative of accelerating the skills of your character, you’ll enhance the exo-rig itself. You have got 4 sorts to select from. The system combines a “you might be what you put on” facet with the long-term improvement of your exo-rig. The gadget-based system means that you can equip varied devices that will help you outline your personal playstyle. You may change your gadget loadout at any time, providing you with an excessive amount of flexibility to take care of varied conditions.

As your exo-rig improves, you get to unlock helpful circuits on it, gaining vital everlasting attribute bonuses and powerful passive expertise. These two approaches end in a ton of customization and loads of viable character builds, all at your will.


Uncover the mysterious storyline through written notes and recorded audio-diaries. Discover out what occurred to the enormous construction in the midst of an ocean, its inhabitants, and most significantly, to you.

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