Factsheet

Developer:
New Star Games

Release date:
24 March 2017

Platforms:
PC (Steam)

Website:
fiveelementsgame.com

Regular Price:

$4.99
€4.99

Description

Five Elements is a real time strategy game about managing energies of five Taoist elements (fire, earth, metal, water and wood). The hero is a monk in quest for Enlightenment. The battlefield is the hero’s own mind, an energy-information structure composed of nodes of the five element energies and channels between them. The enemies are their sins, negative qualities, and negative energies.

History

Gamers are insatiable. No matter how much we play, there’s always the hunger for more. We live in virtual worlds where we choose the rules and who we want to be. But don’t feed us the same food over and over again. Clones, sequels, prequels. Give us something new. Something fresh and exciting. Keeping this in mind, I started my first game project. Wise developers say that your first game shouldn’t be big. Only bite off something you can chew. Okay then. I turned to an idea I’d been thinking about for a few years. Did you know that Taoism is a very IT religion? Look: yin and yang, 1 and 0. I-Ching, the Book of Changes, contains 64 trigrams that describe all the stages of every process or event in life from birth to death. Next, Taoists believe that everything consists of energy (chi) and information (spirit). Gather energy at special energy centers (dantians), clear it, move it through channels in the subtle body, meditate, and sooner or later, you’ll gain absolute control over yourself. Legends say that some master Taoists were immortal and could turn their physical bodies into pure energies and easily travel between endless worlds. Not a bad setting for a game, right? According to Taoist cosmology, there are five elements, five types of energy: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Connections to real world substances are very conditional. There are many types of energy-informational vibrations that interact according to specific rules. They are bound in cycles of creation, destruction, and control. Rock-paper-scissors, but more complicated and engaging. Now, who’ll oppose us and what’s the battlefield? You’ve probably met some who say that all our lives we struggle against only one enemy—ourselves. Why not take it literally? What do we need to become powerful and immortal like those wise Taoists? We need to fight our own imperfections. Our sins and weaknesses. And where will we fight them? Of course, in our own minds! Voila, we’re all set! [Crazy dancing] A few minutes (and one year) later, the game is ready! Who wants some enlightenment and immortality?

Features

  • Unique and fresh gameplay
  • No violence. The character fights his own vices polluting his mind.
  • Mind challenge. Carefully honed and balanced rules providing strategic variety.
  • Procedural and hand-crafted maps.
  • Your goal –elightenment!

Videos

Five Elements Trailer YouTube

Five Elements 2017 YouTube

Five Elements 2017 YouTube

Five Elements 2017 YouTube

Five Elements 2017 YouTube


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About New Star Games

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The founder has had a successful career at industrial companies but in his heart he’s always been a gamer—one with more than 25 years of experience behind him. He has played everything that beeps and flashes—even a scientific calculator. Now, destiny has called; the time has come for him to convert all his earned XP into beautiful and unique games. At New Star Games, we strongly believe in three things: 1) There is nothing more exciting in life than creating games. 2) Game play is everything. 3) The market is swamped with clones, sequels, and prequels. Making a clone may be a good business strategy, but we dare to create something really new.

More information
More information on New Star Games, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Five Elements Credits

Game design, C# coder, business development
Ivan Pestrikov (founder)

C# coder
Vyacheslav Chernov

2D and concept artist
Ekaterina Chernikova

3D artist
Michail Ivanov


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