"You only live once, or so it seems. One life for yourself, or one for your dreams."

"Ain't it fun when you know that you're gonna die young?"





"This is it. No more fetch quests. No more giant rats. No more grinding. This time, you're going for gold. This is it. You're going to be a power."


Zorbus is a free, fantasy-themed, graphical, tile-based, turn-based, role-playing roguelike game. Your goal is to delve deep into a dungeon, find a portal to a mythical place called the Zorbus, where a mere mortal can ascend to demigodhood. You don't have to adventure alone, but can recruit other creatures along the way.

Being a roguelike game, Zorbus creates the dungeon randomly, so that every played game is slightly different. The game uses permadeath, meaning that when a character dies, it really is permanent, and the player must begin a new game. You can save the game, but the save file is deleted when loaded. Zorbus does not have item identification or a hunger mechanic.

Thematically Zorbus draws influence from the late 70s and early 80s tabletop D&D campaigns, adventures and lore.

The game tries to create a dungeon which feels alive, eventful, and rich in content. Something more than just empty rooms and corridors. Diversely shaped levels with themed content (throne rooms, prisons, hidden treasure caches, etc.) with good connectivity between the areas.

The dungeon denizens act intelligently, fight each other, flee when threatened, and try to gather their friends to overcome a threat. Most creatures can use items, and can also pick them up from the dungeon floor. Creatures are not silent either, but comment on things with speech bubbles.

The dungeon has dynamic lighting. There are light sources as dungeon furniture and in the hands of creatures, and these both can be lit and unlit. Some creatures have darkvision. Creatures react to light and sound.

The game has over 4000 sound effects and hundreds of ambient tracks to truly make the dungeon feel alive.

The rule system for the game is slightly influenced by the d20 system used in the 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Zorbus has experience levels but no character classes (race is selected). On each level up, you point buy skills and talents (mostly combat maneuvers and spells).

 
Release 54 21-Sep-2021 release notes

You can alternatively download or buy the game from itch.io.

Zorbus is already a stable game, but development still continues with more content and more polishing. If you like the game, and want to support the development, consider donating a small amount via PayPal. You can donate even without having a PayPal account.


Zorbus needs Windows 7 or newer, but can be run on Linux with Wine and on MacOS with PlayOnMac, WineBottler or CrossOver.

Display size can be configured. You can play in windowed mode or fullscreen and with 32x32-, 48x48- or 64x64-pixel tile graphics or ASCII characters. The font can be changed, and text size can be adjusted. Keybindings are configurable. Mouse control is supported, but is not ideal for playing the game. A game controller can be used. The game has a targeting system, making it very easy to use ranged attacks and talents. Usable items and talents can be assigned to quickslots.


VideosScreenshotsBehind the scenesDungeon generator

ManualTutorial (both are included in the game download)

Ingame art  (Zyalin / Tony Forsman)

LeaderboardStatisticsRandomly generated dungeon maps

Related forum discussion at
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Discord channel on the Roguelike discord



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