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10 Steps to Hell

by Morgawr - 48 Hour Compo Entry

It's time to climb down into the depths of hell with this time-constrained action-roguelike. The player is forced to climb down the levels of the dungeon every 10 steps.

What will you do? Will you battle monsters to gather exp and become stronger? Or will you look for loot and treasure? You cannot run away forever.


It is like a roguelike, each action spends one move, after 10 moves (unless it's the last boss fight) you will be forced to go down one floor.

Move with arrow keys, attack by "moving" on a tile occupied by an enemy. Use skills with A S D F (as shown in the GUI).

You can equip items (1 weapon and 1 armor) by walking on them, it will automatically equip the best one so don't worry about picking up weaker weapons.


Since you are limited by movements, it is sometimes wise to not rush enemies and go for items instead, however keep in mind that on the 100th floor there's an unavoidable boss fight. Levelling up by killing enemies is useful because it gives you more spells and HP (also it fully heals you).


The game is very unbalanced at the moment, sometimes enemies are just too strong, if you can't get a rare drop early on then it's very hard to successfully finish the game (especially because you can't level up because you're too weak). I'm slowly tweaking all the item and enemy stats, hopefully it will be balanced and more fun one day.


Being a game developed in 48 hours, it has bugs. Some of them are interesting, some others are just annoying. I'll try to fix them but I can't guarantee anything.

- Sometimes the leveling up animation doesn't go away and keeps playing. Go down one level and it will go away.
- Sometimes damage numbers don't go away. Same as the leveling up animation.
- It is possible to move diagonally by holding two different movement arrows. It's also possible to attack multiple enemies by holding multiple directions. This is not intended but it's an interesting bug, I'll probably keep it.
- Sometimes the game crashes (usually when skills and level up animation are played upon floor change), I'm still trying to figure out why this is happening. I'm so sorry if this happens to you :(

Thank you for playing and remember to rate! ;)

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jcmoyer says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 4:24am

After beating on the final boss for a bit the game crashed. I'm not sure if it was because it was a killing blow or not.

The game as a whole doesn't really go with the theme. That said, the art is (mostly) nice and the item descriptions are humorous.

wareya says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 8:25am

I had fun and I love the interpretation of the theme. The music is chill and the art is silly. Aside from that, I had no idea what I was doing, but only because I didn't try.

Nizan says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:36am

Actually pretty addictive. Nice. :D

Hypnohustla says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:47am

Nice and addicting. Loved how fast-paced it was :)

kantieno says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:48am

I really enjoyed this one. I did not have a chance to go all the way through because it took me a little bit to get used to. However I think the concept is fun and the music fits. I will probably come back and try to beat it later when I have the time, if that tells you anything about how I liked it!

sirtetris says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:48am

Not bad. Though ... did I ever loose HP? Not sure. ^^ Could have been more challenging.

Morgawr says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:50am


If you are so lucky to get a rare armor drop, you can easily get through most of the game with that. Usually you don't get such drops until later so you'd be steamrolling the early enemies.

I can say that without such rare drops the game is very hard, which is why I'm trying to balance it more and release an improved version ^^

ratalaika says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:14am

I like it, nice idea the limited steps for a rougue like style! Nice work :)

Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:34am

Love it love it love it. I love roguelikes, love the items you've made and the humour you've applied. Would really like to see this developed to a full polished game - it's the most time I've spent on any of the LD entries so far. I'd buy it fo' sho'. <3

netguy204 says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 12:17pm

Quite ambitious! I was able to dodge my way through the first 25 levels (basically avoiding all items and enemies... "is that a spellbook? no, it's trying to kill me!"). Somewhere around 25 I suddenly got "Bad Ending". I'm guessing that someone I never saw just oneshotted me. Sad.

juaxix says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 7:21pm

The theme is 10seconds or 10 steps? :)
love the music but the idea is nothing new (widely used)

Moosefly says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:25pm

This was just amazing! Love it, hope to see more! (THE hardest metal :D)

Aug 29, 2013 @ 8:05pm

Music is very nice! The gameplay is fun.. :)

Serilyn says ...
Aug 30, 2013 @ 3:09am

Fun game! I like the strategy involved with whether to go for the items or kill enemies for exp before you are forced to the (presumably harder) next level.

BNeutral says ...
Aug 31, 2013 @ 7:35pm

Damn that boss.

Eelfroth says ...
Sep 16, 2013 @ 7:40pm

I've finally come arouind to play this. I really enjoyed playing. This game got a nice roguelike-vibe.

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