• Developer: Smug Marmot Studios
  • Early Access Date: August 29th, 2023
  • Full Release Date: June 19th, 2024
  • Platforms: PC
  • Website: SmugMarmot.com
  • Price: 19.99 USD
  • Availability: Steam, Epic Game Store
  • Languages: English
  • Press Contact: mike@smugmarmot.com
  • Social: Twitter, YouTube, Discord

Short Game Description

In the forest outside of town, four friends discover a mysterious black pool that transports them to an unknown world. To fight their way home, they must unlock and master supernatural abilities. Play cooperative or solo in this high-paced action game of skill that varies each session.

Game Features

  • 10 unique worlds, consisting of over 50 unique levels which dynamically adjust based on procedural selection.
  • 80 unique abilities and augments derived from 8 elements: Fire, Light, Ice, Decay, Terra, Wind, Lightning, and Void.
  • 88 upgrades for abilities and augments.
  • 18 upgradeable device powers which enhance player progression across playthrough attempts.
  • 55 enemies, including 11 unique multi-stage boss encounters.
  • Original musical score consisting of 6 dynamic tracks which seamlessly progress with the playthrough sequence, and 9 tracks for the Temple hub world.
  • 4 multi-tier endgame challenge modes (3 options for each).
  • Randomized event challenges that reward players with augments and other special upgrades.
  • Cooperative multiplayer up to 4 players.
  • Recovery for disconnected or uncompleted playthrough sessions in both single and multiplayer.


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About the developers

The Black Pool was developed by two people. Mike and Matt meet in highschool 25 years ago. They quickly became good friends, sharing a passion for games, LAN parties and music. While life took them to very different parts of the world, they always made time to find and play a good co-op game.

They have now both left their industry jobs to full time develop their dream co-op game: The Black Pool.