Escape the dungeon

In TinyKeep players embrace the role of a hopeless prisoner held deep in a forgotten dungeon who one day wakes up to find themselves mysteriously released. Their savior is nowhere to be seen, but the cell door is broken and ajar, tempting them with the sweet scent of freedom. With nothing but a flickering lantern and a strange letter left behind by their in-mate, they must venture into the darkness and escape TinyKeep!

Lure monsters into traps, knock over fire torches to set furniture alight and set prisoners free to help you on your way. Enemies will work together in groups to hunt you down, and some will flee from threats. You can also take advantage of monster rivalries and lead them against each other, while you wait behind a corner as the resulting chaos ensues. There are many ways to survive in TinyKeep.

"We wanted to create a game that feels alive, where the dungeon's inhabitants have their own motivations and needs, and situations are created that have never been seen before in a game of this genre." - Phi Dinh, founder of Phigames.

Features

  • Procedurally generated random dungeons – no playthrough is ever the same!
  • Watch your step as it can be your last! Extremely challenging Permadeath gameplay.
  • Explore a variety of beautiful but deadly environments. From the cold slimy walls of the dungeon to the hot fiery pits of hell, TinyKeep is a visual treat.
  • Battle a variety of intelligent enemies, each one determined to make your escape as difficult as possible. Creatures work together to chase you down, flee from threats and fight each other for dominance.
  • Use traps and environmental hazards to your advantage - fire, spike pits and rotating crushers hurt your enemies as well as you!
  • Collect coins from fallen foes to purchase random player-altering Buffs that just might give you the advantage you need to make it out alive.
  • Rescue other captives to fight along side you, but beware as you never know which ones have gone crazy trapped up in the Keep.
  • Experience 3 separate endings to the game, depending on how you play.
  • Hours of gameplay with secrets that extend the experience – discover items that can slow down time, render you invincible or provide secret saves.

History and lore

Many years ago, in an age lost in the mists of time, one programmer called Phi Dinh set to work on creating his dream game - a casual 2D roguelike. A simple prototype was lovingly crafted, and he and his friends spent many sleepless nights exploring the depths of the procedurally generated chaos. Thus, TinyKeep was born.

But it wasn’t enough.

Phi felt the game needed something more. He wanted interesting monsters and better graphics. He wanted a twist on the tired old RPG mechanics that plagued so many titles in the genre. Ben was recruited to help refine the concept and writing, and talented artists, sound designers and composers were soon discovered. Within 2 months, a proof-of-concept was developed, and the team launched the project on Kickstarter.

On May 31st 2013 at 5:33am, TinyKeep was successfully funded by 802 loyal dungeoneers. At long last, Phi can now finally achieve his vision and make TinyKeep into the game that it deserves to be!

The fellowship of eight

Like any solid party of adventurers, TinyKeep is a collaboration of 8 very passionate individuals.

Creator, project manager and programmer. Passionate about coding from an early age, it has always been Phi’s dream to create a game like TinyKeep.

Previously employed by a leading digital agency in the UK, Phi has industry experience in “advergames” and online multiplayer gambling. However, his real passion is in developing the kind games he loves to play himself.

Find out more about Phi's other projects or alternatively follow him on Twitter!

Concept designer and writer. Ben joins the TinyKeep team with his illustration background and gaming experience.

Ben is rarely seen without a sketchbook, always coming up with new, crazy monsters and innovative game mechanic ideas.

A long time player of popular MUDs and Tabletop RPGs, his ideas for monster behaviours formed the basis of TinyKeep’s AI.

Ben’s artwork and game designs can be found on his PolyDucks portfolio.

Sound designer. Based in the Greater Manchester area, Jey is an extremely talented sound designer specializing in game audio.

A relative newcomer to the team, Jey is hugely passionate about computer games in general and he has already significantly improved TinyKeep's sound design. His expertise in crafting effects has helped bring a new level of immersion and responsiveness to the gameplay.

You can check out Jey's showreel on his portfolio website.

Composer and virtual orchestrator. Currently studying Music Technology at Huddersfield University, Will is also working on several game soundtracks including the upcoming RPG Kyn.

Will has already done an excellent job with the TinyKeep Main Theme, and we can't wait to hear more!

You can find out more about Will's amazing work on his SoundCloud profile.

Creative director and 3D artist. Hailing all the way from Hanover in Germany, Matt shows off incredible talent with his beautiful hand painted environments and monsters. We’re very excited to have Matthias onboard to help us design more amazing artwork for TinyKeep.

His work is available to purchase royalty-free at his website BitGem and 3DOcean portfolio.

Freelance 3D character artist. Working out of Grand Rapids, MI, Zane's passion is for visual storytelling in video games. When not working on video games he is usually either out running or honing his drawing, sculpting, and design abilities. Zane joins the TinyKeep team to help finalize the male and female player character models and accessories.

His artwork can be seen on his personal portfolio website.

Voice artist. An experienced theatre actress and graduate from the East 15 School of Acting in London, Kath has recently developed a strong passion for voice acting roles in animation and computer games, and has since been assisting various indie projects and local game jams across the North West.

As you can see from her voice acting showreel, she has a fantastic repertoire and we absolutely cannot wait to have her narrate TinyKeep's letters.

Character artist. Currently a Senior Designer at a well known Digital Agency in Newbury.

When not flexing her artistic muscles on client website designs and advertising media, Chantal enjoys creating beautiful handpainted art in her spare time. She joins the TinyKeep team to help finalize the ever important player character designs.

You can check out more of Chan's diverse work on her DeviantArt page.