Control the Hero or the Monsters in Crawl, Coming to PS4 on April 11

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Control the Hero or the Monsters in Crawl, Coming to PS4 on April 11

This loot-filled adventure puts a spin on dungeon crawling with player-controlled demons, beasts, and bosses.

Hey, PlayStation fans! This is Barney from Powerhoof, a two-man independent studio from Melbourne Australia, and I’m excited to announce our crazy dungeon brawler Crawl is coming to PS4 on April 11!

I love playing as a hero fighting through dungeons, but with Crawl we thought it would be even more fun if you could play as the bad guys, too. You can be the daring adventurer searching for loot and powerful magic items, leveling up and slaying monsters, but you can also be the vicious demon, tentacled beast, or undead sorcerer who stands against them!

Crawl lets you battle giant hulking bosses, or control those bosses yourself to crush the pesky adventurers where they stand! We’re big fans of local-multiplayer, so we let you bring some buddies if you want to control the boss together, or get competitive and play the hero while your friends control the traps and monsters to destroy you. Dungeons can be very devious with your sneaky, real-life friends at the controls!

The idea for Crawl grew out of a casual game-jam we organize with friends. The jam was meant as a little escape from serious game development, where we could make some silly games to fill with jokey images of each other in ridiculous situations, but it wound up a great environment to toy with experimental game ideas.

Our first play-session with the rough Crawl prototype was a blast. Despite how crude and half-built it was at that stage, there was laughter, strategizing, and all sorts of general silliness to be had. Playing a dungeon crawler from the enemy’s point of view felt novel, and combat can be especially silly when the monsters are your real-life buddies right there on the couch, teasing and laughing and teaming-up.

Over the past three-and-a-half years we’ve been hard at work building on that idea. We now have more than sixty monster types, each with unique mechanics to master. You can inhabit everything from giant rats and spiders, to witches turning heroes into frogs, tentacled wizards that teleport at will, or necromancers commanding zombie armies.

When you’re not battling the hero as a monster, you can haunt the dungeon around him. Rattle chains, throw furniture, bring paintings to life, or control vicious traps. From crossbows to spikes and giant saw blades, everything you’ve come to expect from a dungeon crawler can now be experienced from the other point-of-view.

Ever wanted to control the final boss? That cyclops or hydra, or enormous hulking statue? End bosses are so cool to me, I’ve always wanted to take one for a spin. With Crawl you get to see what it’s like firing those crazy-powerful boss weapons, or to have your vulnerable point under attack from a sneaky little hero. Throw beams, flames and goo, turn heroes into chickens, or crush them with your giant hands. You can be the boss, or you can be the hero that stands against them!

PlayStation is the perfect way to bring all this arcadey dungeon-battling silliness to the couch, and we really hope you get a kick out of it!

Cheers from Barney (and Dave) of Powerhoof

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  • Does it have online play? That’s really the make or break question for me here. If I can play the monsters vs another human player online, that sounds like loads of fun. If I can only play the monsters vs an A.I. controller hero, that sounds pretty boring. Local multiplayer is all well and good, but I believe the majority of is don’t have people to sit down and play this kind of a silly, fun game with.

    • Same, I like the idea, but as an adult, the chances I can get a few friends over to play this are less than zero.

    • Incorrect. Local multiplayer is very much in demand… I do not wish to be cruel when I say this, but…. YOU… YOU do not have the friends… Nor does anyone posting here regularly, most likely, if the comment below yours is any indcation……. So… Shut up? :) lol… Have a nice day! :D

      PS: Most people have wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, kids, etc… That we have been DYING to play our fave games w/ and can’t w/o two systems… Oh… You don’t have any of those? Yeah, most of the people complaining about local MP don’t, either… You seeing a pattern yet? You realizing you’re the minority yet? Good. Class dismissed.

    • Dude … That’s what Shareplay is for. Problem solved.

  • Yes! I had been hoping for a long time that you guys would bring this to PS4. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Most gamers have significant others? That’s news to me. Everyone’s situation is different, you don’t need to bash him for asking about a feature that is important to him. I honestly want to know too!

  • Ooo the concept behind this game is awesome!!

  • Played this game on PC with a friend on a game night, and was very surprised. Very fun, and a unique mechanic. Day one buy for me.

  • I too played this on PC locally with friends. Very fun! I was waiting to see this on PS4. When I saw the trophies go up the other day I was wondering where the announcement was.

  • how much would it cost? will we get online multiplayer? if playing solo or 2 player how are the bosses controlled?

  • I’ve followed this game on the PC for some time, always thinking how perfect it would be for couch co-op on the Playstation. I am so happy this is coming to PS4! I want to play this with my spouses so much! I am always on the lookout for couch co-op games, they are desperately precious and far too rare. More!

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