Written by. Eugene Kamei-Oser based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-03-29 13:02 JST)
Indie game studio Majorariatto released the free game The one who pulls out the sword will be crowned king on Steam. The soundtrack for the game is available for $0.99.
Your objective is to pull out a sword stuck in a stone. The game is quite literally, just that. However, pulling out a sword stuck in a stone is no easy feat. You’ll need to be patient and keep pulling. Players that successfully pull out the sword will be crowned king with a grand fanfare.
While the mechanism is simple, the challenge is arduous. You hold the mouse to pull the sword up, but the control is quite sensitive. The cursor must be aligned with the sword while you lift it carefully. Once you slip, the sword immediately falls back into place making your efforts all for naught. No rest awaits those who seek the crown.
The game supports online multiplayer, where players around the world dare to become the next king. So, what happens when other players pull out the sword? The sword becomes longer and heavier. Pulling out the sword is already difficult to begin with, and each successful player just makes it that much harder.
On the other hand, if no one can pull the sword out, it will lose length and weight over time. The game was just released on March 28, and many people are currently playing it. At the time of this article, the difficulty level was nearly 4,700, which is quite high. Players around the world are patiently pulling up the sword while listening to the rumbling of stones, focused on this transient experience.
The game also has an offline mode. It is somewhat easier, relatively speaking, to draw the sword in this mode. The mode also comes complete with accessibility options, allowing the length and weight of the sword to be adjusted. Pulling out a short, light sword might not give you a sense of accomplishment, but the scene that follows after you draw the sword out is worth seeing.
The game was developed by Majorariatto, a Spanish indie studio. The studio is comprised of two creators who have released a quiz adventure game called Majotori, a collection of cute minigames called pureya, and a golf climbing game called Golfing Over It with Alva Majo. They specialize in developing unique and spiteful games.
The game is inspired by Arthurian legend. In a nutshell, the game is an episode about King Arthur, who was recognized as king after he pulled out the sword Excalibur from a stone. The concept of the game shows respect for the legend of King Arthur, where pulling the sword out was no easy task, and the studio’s spiteful intent to make the players suffer.
The one who pulls out the sword will be crowned king can be found here on Steam. It has already garnered more than 2,000 user reviews and has achieved Overwhelmingly Positive status. Regardless of how serious those reviews are, it might be a good idea to ride the wave.