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Inkulinati leaves Early Access to launch on Game Pass, PC and console

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Having worked its way through an Early Access and Game Preview period, Inkulinati finally breaks free, launching for real on Game Pass, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC. 

If sword-wielding rabbits, fire-farting demons and screaming frogs are your bag, it’s surely time to put quill on parchment as Inkulinati releases to the world. This is a game that has been available for some time in Early Access form, as Yaza Games and Daedalic Entertainment hone things to perfection, 

At least that’s the plan with release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC. We have high hopes it’ll play out like that – be sure to stick around for our upcoming review. 

A world of pen and ink

Dive into Inkulinati and you’ll find a game full of depth, complete wth turn-based manuscripted combat and some of the best doodles this side of Doodle God. It draws inspiration from medieval manuscripts, as the Polish team at Yaza Games noticed the doodles that eleventh-century scribes left in the margins of olden texts, creating a game where the player masters a magical substance called the Living Ink to bring these creatures to life.

Then, having amassed an army, pit their stalwart marginalia fighters to face whimsical battles in single or local multiplayer modes.

At its core, Inkulinati is a turn-based strategy game inspired by medieval art. But while it may seem like a light-hearted and whimsical game on the surface, underneath are strategically complex battles where finding the right strategy will lead you to victory.

A ton of key features

  • INKULINATI IS INSPIRED BY REAL-LIFE MEDIEVAL MARGINALIA – 700 years in the making, finally these bizarre art pieces can come alive in a video game and show that medieval people also had their “memes” and that they laughed from the same silly things that we do today. You’ll see sword-wielding rabbits, dogs with spears, trumpets lodged in bottoms, human-eating snails, and more. Much, much more…
  • FIGHT LIKE AN INKULINATI – Inkulinati are a legendary group who battle one another on the pages of medieval manuscripts. They fight by drawing Beasts with the Living Ink. Thanks to this magical substance, those creatures come to life and an epic battle ensues.Move your Beasts across the battlefield, perform actions on or with them, make tactical use of obstacles and collect more Living Ink to draw new Beasts which allows you to gain an advantage over your opponent.
  • MULTIPLE DEADLY (AND BIZARRE) BEASTS TO UNLOCK – Donkeys playing trumpets with their bottoms, bishop cats vanquishing heretics with prayers, heavy but deadly snails that eat units alive, and more. Much, much more. They all have their special skills and are waiting for your command.
  • SPECIAL, BATTLE TIDE-TURNING ACTIONS PERFORMED BY THE INKULINATI – It’s not just your Beasts that can cause havoc and damage. Use your fists to smash your opponent’s units, draw obstacles to create barriers, relocate your units with a move of your finger, or explode your troops to create pure, pure chaos. Just remember – your opponent can do it too.
  • ADAPT YOUR TACTIC TO EVERY BATTLE – Each Inkulinati has its own army, with different Beasts, who in turn, have different abilities, strengths, and unfortunately, weaknesses (or fortunately – depending which side you’re on). But it’s not just the armies that can influence who will win any given duel. Each Battlefield is its own domain, with its own particular dangers that you should watch out for, and opportunities that you can use. You will have to use your wits and adapt your strategy to beat the opposing Inkulinati’s army on each specific Battlefield.
  • A SINGLE-PLAYER CAMPAIGN – Uncover the mystery and secrets of Inkulinati and face such opponents as Death, Dante Alighieri, and more. Go out into the world and start your adventure! Fight the biggest Inkulinati masters in the land, tame the untamed Beasts, build your ultimate army, try to bring back your Master from the clutches of death, and most importantly, finish your grand quest with the biggest party that the middle ages have ever seen! Howza!!!
  • CREATE AND DEVELOP YOUR OWN CHARACTER – As any aspiring Inkulinati Master, you will get to create your own Tiny-Inkulinati. During your journey you will learn the secret techniques of drawing new Beasts and Inkulinati Hand Actions, allowing you to choose the composition of your army. You can be a brave knight that has no fear and will send his loyal troops straight at his opponents. Or perhaps you would like to play with a bit more tact? In that case, you can be a nun who with the power of prayer can confuse her enemies and heal thy own servants. Those styles, and more, are waiting to be discovered and made your own. Express yourself!
  • EVERY BATTLE HAS ITS OWN STORY – To mark every battle in history books for all future generations to see, a procedurally generated text describes the dramatic (or hilarious) events in detail just above the battlefield.

Now available in full

And now Inkulinati is finally ready for its full launch. This 1.0 version landing on PC and console includes 51 playable beasts, 12 Inkulinati Masters with unique aesthetics, well over 200 battlefields, offline PvP battles, and a memorable single-player campaign that promises to be always different!

You’ll find Inkulinati on Xbox, either sitting behind a £21.74 price tag or via Game Pass; both from the Xbox Store. It’s also on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC. 

Inkulinati Game Pass Description

Inkulinati is an ink-based strategy game straight from medieval manuscripts, where a rabbit’s bum can be deadlier than a dog’s sword. Take your turn in Inkulinati duels filled with unexpected tactical depth (and humour!). Embark on an ever-changing journey, build your own bestiary, defeat medieval superstars and collect perks to unleash special powers. Become a master of the Living Ink, grab your quill and build your unique strategy time after time so that you can be named the greatest Inkulinati of all time!

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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