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Castle of no Escape
Apr 16, 2017 @ 2:48pm
Jun 22, 2017 @ 4:41am

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Release date: 19.08.2015
This is (obviously enough) the prequel to Castle of no Escape 2, which is on Steam since 21.12.2016:

Original Castle of no Escape game can be downloaded and played here:

Steam version of ConE is going to have Steam Trading Cards, more languages and minor updates.

Last, but not the least, NES version of ConE is being made. We'll make the ROM file available to everyone for free as soon as it's finished.


Explore the mysterious castle full of monsters and secrets in a quest to collect all the treasures (that will also protect you from the curses on your way) and crush the main boss. The game won't let you exit the castle, no matter how you try. Technically you can win, but there is no end.


Press Enter to start the game

Press 1, 2 or 3 to select a hero

Strength, Intelligence and Dexterity at the hero selection screen are the maximal values which that hero can get. Strength is both for life and attack power, intelligence is both for mana and spell power. Dexterity affects your attack and defence accuracy.

You lose the game when either of those parameters gets below zero!


Arrow keys to walk around
Z or Enter to perform action (attack, open chest, read book, buy potions, use the stairs, gaze into an orb, drink from a pool)
X or Space to cast spells in battle or to light a flare otherwise
1, 2 or 3 to select a potion to buy or a spell to use
Press M to turn background music on/off


Opal VS Blindness - you forget the map and don't see any new rooms, flares become useless
Pearl VS Forgetfulness - you don't remember where have you been before
Ruby VS Lethargy - monsters get the first turn to attack
Diamond VS Weakness - you lose 1 strength point every 20 turns
Emerald VS Bad luck - your minimal attack power drop to 1 instead of 50% of strength value
Blue Fire VS Bookstuck - book sticks to your hands and you can't attack anyone in this state
Sign VS everything except Bookstuck


Web prevents the monster from attacking and lasts 0-3 turns. Costs 1 point of intelligence.
Fireball is obvious enough. Costs 2 points of intelligence.
IQ instantly kills your opponent if it's intelligence is less than yours. Otherwise, you lose. This spell doesn't spend anything.


Game Maker 8.1 Standard
Notepad (obviously, for Readme.txt)
MS Paint


Xitilon.HD408 - game design/adaptation, programming, sound generation
Esdeer aka BSOD - graphics, music, sound design, testing
Inspired by Leygref's Castle etc.


Денис Нижник та Сергій Богданцев — переклад українською, 15.04.2017.

"Castle of no Escape" is based on the game named "Leygref's Castle", by Frank Dutton, released in 1986.
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Game Development Championship Apr 24, 2017 @ 7:14am 

We are running the Game Development World Championship and would like to see you participate. It's good for your visibility and won't cost you a penny.

You can check it out at .

Good luck with the development!
myhazards Apr 18, 2017 @ 12:51pm 
Looks nice. Voted
Iacobus Apr 17, 2017 @ 1:36pm 
Graphics <3
'''' Apr 17, 2017 @ 11:46am 
durbekgd Apr 17, 2017 @ 9:16am 
Looking forward!)
Neka April Apr 17, 2017 @ 9:02am 
great work :) Would love to play like the sequel :)
Frezz Apr 17, 2017 @ 9:01am 
GLaDOS Apr 17, 2017 @ 8:58am 
I would love to have my hand on this:bigeye::bigeye:
DaveQB Apr 17, 2017 @ 6:12am 
Voted but since the original, as I'm noticing, is a free game and you intend to release this on Steam long after its improved sequel, I think you'll have to put at least a few substantial updates to justify it becoming a paid one, beside a price point that shouldn't be more than $1.99. Good call with the "true" NES version!
JoJo13 Apr 17, 2017 @ 1:25am