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Set in the 16th century, Pioneers is an atmospheric turn-based exploration/adventure RPG where you lead a party of travellers in search of treasure-rich temples, new tribes and ways to go down in history - ways to go beyond the horizon. To achieve all that you complete quests building up your reputation to become a sought out explorer by kings and commoners alike.

You set out promising your father to become someone, to make him proud but not all goes like planned in life, does it? On the way you'll meet many interesting characters, solve challenging puzzles and face all that nature has to offer, be it finding and collecting food and building a shelter to survive harsh winters or facing against a pack of wolves in the densest of forests.


  • Turn-based gameplay
  • Classical pixel-art using four-color palettes
  • Customized character creation
  • Beginnings of a grand adventure
  • Huge procedurally generated world
  • Discoverable caves, temples and villages
  • Symbolic language
  • Harsh winters
  • Resource gathering and cooking
  • Building shelters and huts
  • Over an hour of original feet-moving, head-bobbing soundtrack
  • Relaxing soundscape of wind, waves and seagulls

The game is still very much in development, so most of the story and not all key features have been implemented and great many tweaks are to be made, but it still packs a whole lot of fun and stuff to do. Your feedback is crucial to shaping this into the best Pioneers I know Pioneers could be. Your support will help get it there.

If you have any feedback or problems to report, please post in the official game forum. I will start logging my development more thoroughly in there as well.

Thank you! :)

Website: http://www.pioneersgame.com

Tumblr: http://pioneersgame.tumblr.com

Twitter: @pioneersgame

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(91 total ratings)
AuthorEigen Lenk
GenreRole Playing, Adventure, Survival
Made withSFML
Tags2D, Atmospheric, Exploration, Open World, Pixel Art, Procedural Generation, Retro, Turn-based
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
LinksHomepage, Twitter


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Build 7 (Win) 63 MB
Build 7 (Mac) 63 MB
Soundtrack (WAV, ZIP 1/2) 338 MB
Soundtrack (WAV, ZIP 2/2) 320 MB


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Still have hope Eigen will continue this game :) Super nice game thanks 

So sad to see this project is abandoned. :( What a wonderful idea. I would have loved to have seen the final product.


Only played the tutorial so far but blown away by this. A shame it is on hold :(


hey maker, i seen you haven't updated this for quite some time. have you abandoned it? if so that's is really sad, i see a bunch of potential in this game.


I’ve been checking this out years ago, I hope you get to finish this one day as this is such a beautiful and well crafted game.


linux when 

It runs under Wine fine, no need to bother the creator.


Holy moly.  I was right.  This game is fantastic.  Reminds me of playing Dr. Livingstone, I Presume for Apple II


A retro turn-based strategy game?  Count me in.


Loved everything about the demo. I understand you had to step back for a little while to pursue other opportunities, but I really hope this gets finished someday.

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linux version please ?


Abandoned.... Little did I realize...


Hi. It's on hold for now as it grew too big for me to handle. I hope to come back to it someday. I'm sorry.

What would it take to pick it back up? What are you actual road blocks?

Such a wonderful and unique game! Why did you abandon it if I may ask? I'd gladly pay money for the finished product.

Seriously cool game! When is an update expected?

[The video will be up tomorrow at 12pm PST]


Having serious issue with the castaway quest, cant find them and ive combed through a lot of ocean, help?


When are you going to add the craft tool.
I'm anxious


Really love the direction you're going with this, excited to see where it goes. Still quite buggy (dialogue boxes stop appearing when I load a save?), but great work so far!


Can't play... Just a clear screen that I can't do anything with.......................


This game is rlly fu to paly with friends. i would like to see a feature where you can as a captain get your crew grounded putting them at the campsite attached to a tree crying


Nice game so far - I've been playing the tutorial in Story Mode - and I think I'm stuck? I was told to pick up berries by Takoda - and return to the campsite, but I returned to the first campsite, and dropped the berries inside the campsite. Then the tutorial says leave teh campsite, then when I do, it says 'return to the campsite"? Is there another campsite I missed near the bush I was supposed to harvest berries from?  

Wow, the last update was 2015? :(


thats published date, the last update was 22 april 2017


this game is amazing! keep improving it


Can you traslate to spanish?

Seems good, but i was unable to drop the berries. Will try again..

is the main version still version 7?

keeps crashing...randomly I have no idea what is causing it. first time it was while I was creating the character then as I was just getting started with the tutorial.

I have the same Issue.  Did you play it on Windows 10?

yes, sorry it took so long to respond.


can you send a linux 64, version ?


Ah, I wanna pay for it. It's much realistic then Curious expedition!

When I buy a sword, nothing happens. It takes the money, removes it from stock, and then I never get it. It's happened twice now

Also I would have posted this on the fourms but no matter how many times I ask for the email, nothing happens


Sorry about that, not sure why the email did not send. I activated your account manually now.

oh, thanks!


I've also gotten this problem.. Is this an error from my end?

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It's like open world Oregon Trail, but really hard. I just wish the hints on where to go were a little more detailed because I keep getting lost. Seriously amazing though.

update - I can save now so very cool. but sometimes when I equip the axe and click on trees I do not get an option to chop them. All I can do is set up camp. Am I doing something wrong?

When clicking on trees, click on their base (ground tile) rather than where they are visually. What might happen is that you click on the tile behind the tree instead, which is probably empty and giving you the camp option.

Thank you! I'll try that! Great job on the game by the way.


Game looks really cool and I like turn based but I just started first game yesterday and went into adventure mode instead of story mode. I don't get it. I just sailed around the map in all directions and there's nothing but water. It's that difficult to find land? right out of the gate? So I started a story mode game. That was cool except when I went to leave I did not see a way to save the progress. I guess it doesn't autosave bc I have no game to load up now. I would have to start over. As I said, I don't get it. Any suggestions?

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well this is dumb but i cant leave the first town...

but so far the game is great


Why no GNU/Linux? :(


Exactly. Many players would love to play this game on Linux.

There's a typo in the character creation screen for Scholars: Add Skill "Medcial" instead of "Medical". It's minor, but gives a bad impression before the game has even started.

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Also, a lot of the dialog buttons are in the wrong place / overlapping other UI elements when playing in 1920x1080 fullscreen.

Man.. this game is totally unplayable right now. The tutorial wants me to Drop berries at the campsite, but when I clicked "Drop" nothing happens. I don't know if it's related to the resolution issue.. what resolution do you test with? This game seems really fun and it's extremely frustrating that I can't continue.

I have the same issue with the inability to drop the berries... did anyone find a workaround?

yeah i also have the issue


Drop action only works when you are actually in camp. Not on a camp tile but by choosing "enter camp" action.

i was in the camp, not on the tile and it still didn't work

This game looks so fun but the amount of green in the graphics makes my eyes hurt.


nothing more to say nerds game...

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seems to be a one time ocurence, works on restart of the game


Hi, loving the game so far, but am stuck in the tutorial. For the love of god, i can drop the berries for Takoda. the drop command does nothing, dragging them over to the campsite inventory doesnt work either. any thoughts?

OS: Win 7 x64

Im kinda stuck on Hios island, not sure how to get off, ive got the spices but i dont know how to travel off of the island

Where did you leave your ship? Once you find it, get on it and press the little button in the bottom-right corner to sail back to town.

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