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Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG
Developer(s)Dark Crystal Games
Publisher(s)Prime Matter
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
ReleaseSeptember 7, 2021

Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG, is an isometric turn-based RPG developed by Dark Crystal Games and inspired by games like Fallout and Wasteland[1] as well as Soviet-era sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic. The game was released in early access on Microsoft Windows on September 26, 2019,[2] and its full release was on September 7, 2021.[3]


The gameplay is inspired by classic computer RPGs such as Fallout, Wasteland and Shadowrun. It features a turn-based combat system with an isometric camera view. One of the game's distinguishing features is its emphasis on storybuilding, with the player's decisions affecting the rest of the gameplay in one way or another.[4]

Character customization is a key feature, along with a reputation system where a character's reputation can change due to player choice.[5] While the player begins with only one character of their creation, various companions can also join them along the way.[6]


Game events unfold in alternative '70s. The story of the game tells us about the study of the Dome, a huge building discovered in one of the remote deserts. Nobody knows who built the Dome, but in official documents of researchers this civilization is called the Forefathers.[7]

In the labyrinths below the Dome, there are many amazing examples of advanced technology and strange artifacts protected by automatic defence systems, traps and anomalies. Aside from that, the special field of the Dome does not allow those who got inside to leave it. Research of the Dome is carried out by CRONUS Corporation, an international organization founded by the governments of the most influential world powers. CRONUS is divided into five departments called Wings, each of which reports to its own leader, has its own specialization and history.[8]


May 18, 2018 Encased development was announced by Russian studio Dark Crystal Games.[9] After the game's announcement, Dark Crystal Games were considering additional funding avenues. This ended in the September 2018 launch of the Kickstarter campaign, that was aiming to expand the game content, not funding it[10]

The full release was on September 7, 2021. Under the wing of Prime Matter Publishing, a subsidiary of Koch Media.[11]

The developers have published a roadmap with plans for further content development for the game through the spring of 2022.[12]


Encased received mixed reviews on Metacritic.[3] Jeuxvideo praised the game's faithfulness to its inspirations but said the combat was too rooted in old-school gameplay.[13] Alberto Naso of Eurogamer Italia praised the storytelling and visuals, but also felt the combat was lacking.[14]


  1. ^ "Encased Old-School Rpg - Announcement". Turn Based Lovers. 2018-05-18. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  2. ^ "Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG 'Encased' Launching on Early Access September 26". Gameffine. 2019-09-21. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  3. ^ a b c "Encased: a sci-fi post-apocalyptic RPG". Metacritic. Retrieved 2021-12-02.
  4. ^ Horti, Samuel (2019-10-22). "Encased is a promising, Fallout 2-inspired RPG entirely set inside a mysterious dome". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  5. ^ Vega, Sin (2019-10-01). "Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG could be the modern Fallout we need". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  6. ^ "Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG - First content patch is out! - Steam News". store.steampowered.com. 2019-12-14. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  7. ^ Walker, John (2019-10-03). "Encased is an Early Access RPG that's worth starting right now". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  8. ^ Arias, Jake (September 14, 2021). "Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG review – Future nostalgia". Archived from the original on November 23, 2021. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  9. ^ marcello (2018-05-18). "Encased Old-School Rpg - Announcement". Turn Based Lovers. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  10. ^ "ENCASED Sci-Fi RPG Hits Funding Goal on Kickstarter, Reveals Stretch Goals". Gaming Cypher. 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  11. ^ Sheehan, Gavin (2021-07-30). "Prime Matter Will Release Encased This September". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. Retrieved 2021-11-23.
  12. ^ "Encased roadmap!". CRONUS Weekly. 2021-10-15. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  13. ^ a b "Test du jeu Encased : A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG sur PC". Jeuxvideo.com (in French). 25 September 2021. Retrieved 2021-12-01.
  14. ^ a b Naso, Alberto (2021-09-06). "Encased - recensione". Eurogamer.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-12-01.

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