Day: March 22, 2013

Shattered Haven 1.004 “Gunfight With An Eyeball Snake” Released!

This one includes a new boss fight that involves… well, eyeball snakes and guns, as I suppose you could guess.  This is actually the boss level that you can watch me design in the level editor in our recent Let’s Play videos.  There are also a number of fixes and tweaks included in this update, of course.

Shattered Haven is something that people who are playing it really seem to love, but we’re really having trouble getting the word out.  If you play it and love it, please spread the word!  We can use all the help we can get.  A huge thanks to all of you who have already done so.


This is a standard update that you can download through the  in-game updater itself, if you already have any version of the game.  When you  launch the game, hit the big “Play” button and then you’ll see the notice of the update having been found if you’re connected to the Internet at the time.

Two Shattered Haven Let’s Plays With Developer Commentary

If you missed the announcement on our main news blog, Shattered Haven 1.0 is now out!  You can pick it up on Steam,, GamersGate, Green Man Gaming, or the Arcen site.

In this below video, I walk you through parts of two overworld areas, and completes three levels in the Snow Hill section. For those looking to get a better feel for how the game flows, including seeing both single-screen and multi-screen levels, look no further!

The start is a bit slow with some cutscenes, skip ahead to about 3:00 if you just want to get straight to the action.

In this next video below, I walk you through the process of creating a new level using the built-in level editor for the game.  This includes doing a bit of minor scripting, even — definitely a hugely helpful video if you’re looking to get into the nitty-gritty of the level editor with Shattered Haven.

This level editor is hugely powerful, and is the same one used to create the intricate levels and storyline of the game itself.  If you’re into level creation or even adventure design, this editor is a dream come true!

While reviews are still coming in, we were late on getting things to the press because of wanting to get the game polished up before sending it to them.  Still, a few choice quotes:

We’ve been talking about Arcen Games for a while now and if there is one thing you can certainly appreciate about them is that every one of their games is a unique product. Shattered Haven which was released this week is a different title from their previous games and may be their strongest showing yet.
Josh Bycer, Game Wisdom

Overall, “Shattered Haven” is a solid action / puzzle game that will certainly get the adrenaline pumping. 8/10
— Dad’s Gaming Addiction


Steam Indie Spring Sale: Valley Dual Pack, AI War and Tidalis 75% Off

As Shattered Haven soldiers on from Monday’s launch, Steam has rolled out a big time, 400+ indie game sale that has Arcen’s catalog front and center with some major discounts.

Here’s the breakdown:

The promotion runs through March 28th, so be sure to take advantage of these deals while you can!

On top of the sale, we have a solid amount of reviews and other coverage regarding Shattered Haven and Valley 2 to share:

Shattered Haven Previews/Reviews
Dad’s Gaming Addiction: Shattered Haven Review (8/10)
Indie Statik: First Impressions: Shattered Haven Beta
Examiner: Shattered Haven: 5 Reasons to Play
Gamersaurs: The Independence Movement: Shattered Haven
Game Wisdom: Shattered Have: Survival Puzzle

Shattered Haven Videos
James Allen: Shattered Haven Gameplay Impressions
Shattered Haven – DGA Play Session #1

Shattered Haven Launch/Beta Coverage
RPS: Top-Down Topiary: Shattered Haven
PC Gamer: Shattered Haven launch trailer has children to rescue, zombies to squish
GameZone: Valley Without Wind developer launches beta for Shattered Haven
Polygon: Shattered Haven is a game of sorrow and survival
Blue’s News: Shattered Haven Beta Access With Pre-Purchases
Indie Statik: Shattered Haven Isn’t Just A Puzzler; It’s About Family, Grit, And Survival
Gamer’s Hell: Shattered Haven Released and Trailer
Gamersaurs: Arcen Games new title Shattered Haven is now in Beta
VG247: Shattered Haven launch trailer refuses to bow to evil
Technology Tell: Shattered Haven beta is 25% off until March 18th
I Luv Games: Post-Apocalyptic survival action / adventure game “Shattered Haven” released by Arcen Games
Inside Mac Games: Shattered Haven Released
Worthplaying: March 19th, 2013 Shipping Announcements
Gaming Illustrated: Arcen Games Releases Shattered Haven
Co-Optimus: Shattered Haven Brings Together Zombies and Puzzles

Valley 2 Reviews and Interviews Arcen Games on A Valley Without Wind 2
Games Are Evil: Two-Headed Review: A Valley Without Wind 2
Game Connect: A Valley Without Wind 2 Review
Game Players Review: A Valley Without Wind 2 Indie Game Review (Highly Recommended)
Everyday Gamers: Review: A Valley Without Wind 2 (7.5/10)
GamesWarp: A Valley Without Wind 1 Review (6.5/10)
Diehard GameFAN: Review: A Valley Without Wind 1 and 2
Snackbar Games: A Valley Without Wind 2: Get lost in a world of strategy (3/5)
Gaming Trend: Procedurally Generated Disappointment–A Valley Without Wind 2 (4/10)
Examiner: A Valley Without Wind 1 Review
Examiner: A Valley Without Wind 2 Review
Examiner: Valley Without Wind 2: Top 5 Songs from the Soundtrack
Kanobu: A Valley Without Wind 2 Review (Russian)

Valley Videos
Greenlit Gaming: A Valley Without Wind 2 Developer Let’s Play
Co-Optimus: A Valley Without Wind 2 Co-Op Video
Meroka Plays A Valley Without Wind 2 Ten Part Series
Bro Gaming: Analyse – A Valley Without Wind 2 (Dutch)
A Valley Without Wind Part 2 (Russian)