The makers of Escape The Dark Castle take to the stars with a new deep space adventure on Kickstarter

June 21, 2019 - 7:55am

Escape the Dark Sector is the latest from Themeborne game studio but this time they offer a thematic departure from their previously successful Escape the Dark Castle series.

Following the same "narrative game engine" as its predecessor, Escape the Dark Sector has added new mechanics to represent a change in setting from retro fantasy to a science-fiction inspired Escape experience.

Players assemble a captured starship crew that begins their story in the detention block of a vast space station with the goal of making it back to their impounded ship. They must blast their way through combat scenarios, bypass traps and deal with terrors drawn from 48 illustrated chapter cards that make each new game a different experience. If the players manage to overcome every card in the mission deck and survive the final boss, they escape the station and win together.

Themeborne added some mechanical tweaks to suit the flavor of its new game. Progressively more challenging chapter cards, a redesigned ranged combat system, expanded combat actions and character enhancements are some of the newer features to make their way into this latest Escape title.

Castle found a following with its retro fantasy charm that called back to nostalgia like Fighting Fantasy books featuring monochrome art and immersive storytelling. Themeborne used inspiration from classic sci-fi and role playing games this time to put together Sector.

This is Themeborne's third crowdfunding campaign following the original Escape the Dark Castle fundraiser and a second campaign to back a series of Castle expansions. With a July 1 funding deadline looming, some stretch goals remain to be unlocked and a series of bundles and add-ons are still available on their Kickstarter page.