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Horace

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Paul Helman and Sean Scaplehorn
Release Date: July 18, 2019

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'Horace' Gets Release Date, Price Determined By Community - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 3, 2019 @ 1:42 a.m. PDT

Horace is a story-driven, pixel-platform adventure peppered with nostalgic, popular culture references which will bring a smile to any gamer who enjoys the 8 and 16 bit era!

A platforming game at heart with metroidvania-inspired abilities to be unlocked as players progress through the game, Horace invites players to overcome challenging puzzles and defeat difficult bosses while evoking a range of emotions that will leave some laughing, crying and cheering their way through a touching narrative.

Developed by Paul Helman and Sean Scaplehorn, Horace is a delightful platformer which centers around an inspiring story of following one’s dreams.

Paul Helman quit his job with the vision of creating a game he always wanted to play. Over the next six years, Horace was born with the ultimate aim of pairing a sprawling open world with a great story not typically associated with platform games.

Inspired by recent indie gems and classic fan-favorites of the genre, Horace seeks to make an emotional connection through storytelling and features full cut scenes throughout to create a cinematic platform experience. Horace also comes packed with a host of mini games peppered throughout, many of which are inspired by classic games in pop culture history.

A true labor of love, Horace is a hand-crafted experience that is sure to delight fans of the 8-bit and 16-bit era.


505 Games is presenting players with an opportunity to help determine the launch price of Horace on Steam with a simple call-to-action of wishlisting the game from the official Steam page. Four wishlist tiers for Horace have been created, each with a corresponding launch discount reward only activated for players once tier threshold is met. If the final tier is reached by the community on Steam on or before the outlined deadline of Tuesday, July 16, Horace will be available for purchase to all players for as little as $3.75 (75% off) at launch for one week only. The game will convert back to its original full purchase price of $14.99 after the launch discount window concludes.

Wishlist Tiers and Corresponding Launch Discount Rewards

  • Tier 1: 1K wishlists = $13.49 (10% discount)
  • Tier 2: 50K wishlists = $11.25 (25% discount)
  • Tier 3 100K wishlists = $7.50 (50% discount)
  • Tier 4: 200K wishlists - $3.75 (75% discount)

Key Features:

  • Adventure through the charming single player narrative: Laugh, cry and cheer! Watch this touching story unfold.
  • Explore stunning 2D pixel worlds: Inspired by the ‘golden age’ of UK software development with hidden surprises to be found.
  • Meet dozens of weird and wonderful characters: Bond with every character you meet and find Horace’s family.
  • Challenging platforming based puzzles: Gain new abilities on your adventure and defy the laws of physics to overcome all obstacles.
  • Defeat those that stand in your way in tough boss battles: Hone your skills and take on 12 thrilling and difficult boss battles!
  • Revisit arcade classics from the 90s!: Play over 10 mini games, each a witty parody of a classic arcade game and become the ultimate video games champion!

Horace is coming to PC (Steam) on July 18,2 019.


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