When the sky is covered in conflagration and the surface of the earth is burnt to a crisp, your only option is to head below the surface and find solace in the depths of the underground rail system. Stygian Software helps tell the tale of what it takes to survive in a place with few creature comforts and warring factions in Underrail.

Underrail is a turn based isometric role playing game that sits upon the shoulders of classics like Fallout, Neverwinter Nights and System Shock 2. The game’s premise is that the Earth’s surface is no longer habitable, and in a last ditch attempt to survive, humanity has holed up in the underground rail systems. With no proper government to rule over the last bastion of humanity, the people have naturally grouped into factions, and you find your character in the midst of the clashes and espionage between these rivaling factions.

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Your first step in learning that you have… “special” skills

The RPG elements are immediately apparent in the character creation screen, where you can choose feats or perks as well as different specializations for weapons, psi powers, thievery other various abilities. You can customize your character to be sneaky and stealthy, rarely ever actually going into combat unless necessary, or be a gunslinging, rockets blasting, world of fiery pain for your adversaries. Underrail uses the well established system that both Fallout and Neverwinter Nights (Based on Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition ruleset) used for the character creation and the overlaying game mechanics.

Editor’s note: Underrail uses the same style of game mechanics as the original Fallout and Neverwinter Nights. Only NWN uses D&D 3rd edition.

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Just a few of the many enemies you’ll see within the catacombs of Underrail

One thing that really sets apart Underrail from other similar indie games that are out there is that the developers at Stygian Software are being very vocal with their community. Whether it’s making plenty of update posts, or constantly going back and forth with the community making sure the changes they’ve made are agreeable to all, Stygian Software are making sure that their community is engaged in the process of creating Underrail. This is one of the most important benefits to small niche indie gaming. Being able to interact with a developer to directly influence the game in a way that you’d like is the essence of indie gaming and is the “pièce de résistance” that makes the indie gaming community so special.

Underrail is being praised by some as a spiritual successor to Fallout 1 and 2, and it’s easy to see why. So long as Stygian software nails the story and combat aspects, Underrail could go down in the books as a classic.


  • Great character customization possibilities through stats, skills, feats, items and more that allows for many different play-styles
  • Tactical turn based combat that utilizes weapons, energy shields, grenades, psi abilities and more
  • Vast underground world to explore: city states, abandoned building complexes, natural caverns, secret areas and more
  • Elaborate item crafting system

If you loved the original Fallout series and have a penchant for dungeon delving in a post-apocalyptic future world, then you absolutely need to head over to their Steam Greenlight page and give Underrail your thumbs up. And if you need more reason to give them your thumbs up, they have a downloadable demo for you to try before you cast your vote.

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Stephen Bailey
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