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The Council of Crows
 
 
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Genre: Adventure
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Mar 23, 2016 @ 5:16pm
Apr 14, 2016 @ 8:26pm
Description
Release date: 2016
The Basics

The Council of Crows is the seventh game set in the Lands of Dream[www.landsofdream.net], following in the footsteps of The Sea Will Claim Everything. It's a classic point & click adventure with a strong emphasis on storytelling and exploration.

The Council of Crows tells the story of a little boy who got lost in a mysterious snowstorm and suddenly found himself in a strange place called Hyperborea, in the far north of the Lands of Dream. Taken in by the villagers of Fifth Pumpkin, he begins to explore the snowy plains, frozen forests, and majestic mountains of Hyperborea - but it would appear that only the Council of Crows, the secretive and suspicious governing body of the Corvidae, knows the way back. What will they demand in exchange for this information?

The Team

Written by Jonas Kyratzes (The Infinite Ocean, The Talos Principle, Serious Sam 4), illustrated by Verena Kyratzes (the entire Lands of Dream series, In the Shadow of the Invisible King, Serious Sam 4), with music by Chris Christodoulou (The Sea Will Claim Everything, Risk of Rain, Deadbolt). Designed by Jonas & Verena Kyratzes.

The Lands of Dream are labour of love that's been going on for almost a decade. These are unusual games: slow, heavy on text, low on puzzles, profoundly serious, utterly silly. They draw inspiration from a huge variety of sources, ranging from daft old shareware games to the short stories of Lord Dunsany and H.P. Lovecraft to the poetry of William Blake. They're definitely not for everyone, but that's all right, you know?

The Council of Crows is the result of a crowdfunding campaign for a game that was initially called Ithaka of the Clouds. The ideas grew and evolved so much as we worked on them that they were split into two very different games, with backers eventually getting both.

Features & Gameplay

Unlike in The Sea Will Claim Everything, in The Council of Crows you will be exploring a single cohesive area, namely the cold northern land of Hyperborea, with the quaint little village of Fifth Pumpkin acting as your hub. There's lots to do: people to help, places to discover, strange quests to undertake. You may end up going on some entirely unexpected journeys.

Quite a lot of the game is open: you can do things in more than one order, sometimes even solve problems in more than one way. The Lands of Dream games have always been famous for how detailed they are (every book, every mushroom, every tiny thing has its own unique description); this tradition continues in The Council of Crows, and is extended to the characters. Since this time you'll be spending so much time in one place, the people of the town will also have a lot more to say to you as the days pass.

The Lands of Dream may not be your home, but we hope you'll come to think fondly of Hyperborea and its people.
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46 Comments
Wok Mar 10 @ 1:40pm 
I need this game.
Wok Mar 1 @ 11:13am 
No problem. I have not funded the game anyway. I'm in no hurry, I'm sure you'll deliver a great game! Any idea of an ETA though? Spring? Summer?
JonasKyratzes  [author] Mar 1 @ 10:32am 
Yeah, uhh.... I recently added 20+ more location images, so... we're getting there? Currently putting in some new GUI graphics and related sound effects. We haven't stalled or anything, it's just... a size issue.
Wok Feb 28 @ 10:49am 
So?
Wok Jan 5 @ 7:40am 
JonasKyratzes  [author] Jan 3 @ 1:42am 
Trying for February at the moment. It's grown even bigger than expected.
The Memeologist Jan 1 @ 3:58am 
Does this game have a new release date? I'm so hyped after finishing TSWCE!
Angrycheese [SK] Sep 6, 2016 @ 2:30pm 
I only played Desert Bridge so far but the level of honest shown just in that game alone deserves more support than anything I have seen anywhere else. I want it right now!
twitch.tv/elir58 Aug 22, 2016 @ 1:59pm 
I can't wait for this. All the other games you've made have been wonderful. There aren't enough adventure games with this level of care and detail put into them these days.
Huey Lewis Fan May 19, 2016 @ 7:54am 
My list of games I'm looking forward to has a lot of heavy hitters: overwatch, deus ex, zelda NX, etc. Yet for some strange reason, the one I'm honestly dying to play is this. I can't wait to go back to the land of dreams.