XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced the launch of Zwei: The Arges Adventure for Windows PC via Steam
, and The Humble Store
by Humble Bundle with a limited-time 10% launch discount from its regular selling price of $19.99/€19.99/£14.99. Zwei: The Arges Adventure is the original entry in the Zwei series from acclaimed developer Nihon Falcom, and a standalone predecessor to Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection, which recently launched to critical praise with a current Metacritic score of 80
. Take to the “low fantasy” floating continent of Arges for a self-aware RPG adventure unlike any other, starring two step-siblings who are barely qualified to do anything at all: the ‘puntificating’ brother, Pokkle, and his savagely honest sister, Pipiro!
Originally released as Zwei!! in Japan, Zwei: The Arges Adventure stands as the most feature-complete version of the game to date, reintegrating a heaping helping of “lost” features that were left out of one or more of the Japanese console ports, including an Ys-themed typing tutor, a challenging block puzzler mini-game, and the “Pet Monitor” virtual pet system, along with a wide variety of unlockables and even a smattering of all-new content. Come set forth on an adventure alongside a whole continent’s worth of quirky and cute anime-style characters who frequently find themselves in comedically over-the-top situations, and explore every inch of the painterly 2D land of Arges along the way!
About Zwei: The Arges Adventure
Set on the mysterious time-forgotten floating continent of Arges, Zwei: The Arges Adventure follows the exploits of socially awkward teenage step-siblings Pokkle and Pipiro as they find their monotonous, ho-hum village life rudely interrupted by a mysterious figure who steals six holy idols from the local shrine. Pokkle, a master craftsman of terrible puns and wannabe hero, and Pipiro, a sarcastic mage-in-training with an obsession for fashion and a penchant for speaking her mind no matter how bad an idea that may be, jump at the chance to track down the masked thief and return the idols to their village – Pokkle for the fame, glory, and opportunities to make more puns, and Pipiro purely for the hefty reward on offer. Their adventures will take them to every corner of the continent, leading them to encounter a wide array of over-the-top friends and foes as they uncover a far more sinister plot to revive an ancient “Demon Lord” and get a very up close and personal lesson on nearly 500 years’ worth of Arges history.
Originally developed and released in Japan by Nihon Falcom on PC and PlayStation Portable, and ported to the PlayStation 2 in Japan by Taito, Zwei: The Arges Adventure is the direct predecessor to Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection and will be the first time this title has been made officially available in the West. Boasting a gorgeous hand-drawn 2D world populated by a diverse cast of allies and enemies, Zwei: The Arges Adventure also represents one of the formative examples of Nihon Falcom’s now-signature multi-character action RPG combat, enhanced here with smoother and more intuitive gamepad support and a bevy of other optimizations for modern PC systems. This title also features the series’ unique food-based leveling system, giving players more direct control over the game’s difficulty by allowing them to choose how quickly their characters grow in power: will they save food for later so they can exchange it for better food and more level-ups, gorge early on for a more metered experience gain, or fast altogether for a truly hardcore challenge?
Zwei: The Arges Adventure is developed by Nihon Falcom and published worldwide for Windows PC by XSEED Games via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store by Humble Bundle on January 24 with a 10% launch week discount from its regular selling price of $19.99/€19.99/£14.99. More information about Zwei: The Arges Adventure is available via the newly launched product website at http://visitarges.com
. The Windows PC version of Zwei: The Arges Adventure is not rated by the ESRB