‘D&D Meets Scribblenauts’ Game Cryptmaster Revealed

By | July 28, 2022

Developers Paul Hart and Lee Williams along with publisher Akupara Games have revealed Cryptmaster, a new narrative adventure game with a distinct black-and-white art style and an even more distinct gameplay hook: it mixes text-based adventures with modern graphics to enable a sort-of Scribblenauts-meets-D&D experience in which you type out what you want your character to do next and the game responds.

Hart and Williams describe Cryptmaster as "a dungeon-crawling narrative adventure with a nostalgic visual style about a party of recently awakened dead heroes. An eccentric figure, known as the Cryptmaster, has tasked you to journey upwards through the strata of several fantastic underground kingdoms." Watch the reveal trailer above and check out the first screenshots below.

Like in Scribblenauts, the words you type become actions in Cryptmaster, be they dialogue responses or combat moves. Plenty of puzzles and dark comedy are also promised. Wishlist it on Steam if you're interested.

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