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Inkbound (2023) is an online adventure set in the pages of books where your magical ink brings things to life and deals with enemies in battle. You play the game in runs, where you pick a book and hunt down enemies in turn-based combat. It stands out for how you develop your character with abilities and items that richly combine to offer interrelated benefits.

Inkbound is set in a world of whimsical and dangerous magic where the written word comes to life. Each book is a portal to another world where different challenges and enemies await. With up to four players you move freely through these worlds to take on villains, collect items and set the stories free.

The star of the show is the turn-based cooperative combat. It combines strategic movement with attacks that are triggered in turn. This means you can combine attacks with other players to gain the upper hand over the enemies. This results in fights that feel quick but can be slowed when enemies demand more consideration.

As you progress you learn how to select and combine upgrades between battles. This lets you craft powerful characters with abilities, upgrades and hundreds of items. While each individual element offers some benefit, it's the chaining together of these elements that reveal the real fun - and super-powerful builds.

The result is a game that is fun to take on with friends. But really, it's about being clever and imaginative about how you combine upgrades and develop your character.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Inkbound 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Collecting, Role-Play and Sequencing game with Adventure, Communication, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Traversal elements. This is a 4-player online game. Take on challenges as a team and strategize together to determine the most compatible builds.

You can play this game in the following styles:


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to understand how the hundreds of items and upgrades work together to build powerful characters. The combat is turn-based, but still challenging and requires co-ordination between players.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Inkbound usually costs £24.99.


Steam Store PC £24.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/05/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 4 online

Genres: Battle, Collecting, Role-Play, Sequencing (Adventure, Communication, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Shiny Shoe Games (@ShinyShoeGames)

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