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Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit is Headup’s Next Point & Click Adventure

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After the success of The Inner World and Trüberbrook, Headup announced Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit, their next beautifully hand-painted point & click adventure. Developed by the Lithuanian team Tag of Joy and led by the art director of Broken Sword 2.5, the game will take the players to a vivid modern Europe, zesting for life. The game will be released for PC, Mac, and Linux in 2022.

The story follows a girl from Chicago, Milda, who unexpectedly receives an inheritance from her grandfather – a house in Lithuania. She sets off to Europe, but an unknown stranger threatens her upon arrival, demanding that she give up her inheritance. Determined and intrigued, she explores the run-down house, discovering old documents and clues dating back to the 15th century. In no time, Milda gets dragged into a dangerous search for a long-lost mysterious relic.

The tech behind the game

In Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit, we use 2D hand-painted backgrounds that we project on a 3D world and blend them with 3D characters”, says game director Šarūnas Ledas. “As challenging as it may be, this allows having various visual effects in the game: smart lighting effects, real-time shadows, 3D depth effects (parallax), which react to the cursor’s and the main character’s positions in the scenes.” What’s more, many of the scenes in the game have various perspectives and camera angles, from traditional side view to top-down.

Wishlist now, and stay up to date by following Crowns and Pawns on Twitter and Discord. The official press kit can be found here.

If you like to learn more about the game directly from the developers, you’re welcome to check out this part from last week’s AHEAD live stream. And of course, there is an announcement trailer, too:

About Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit

Crowns and Pawns is a modern-day point & click adventure. Inspired by classics such as Broken Sword, Still Life, Syberia, and the like, it brings the less explored history of Europe to the world of adventurers. Experience legendary stories of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, beware of the villainous branch of the KGB, solve puzzles and follow hints to reveal the secrets of the king who was never crowned.

Milda, a girl from Chicago, unexpectedly receives the last will of her deceased grandfather – it appears that she is an heir and the last guardian of a mysterious family secret. Following a handful of obscure hints, Milda is embroiled thrown into an adventurous, puzzle-packed search for the truth.

  • A blend of history and myths set in a modern world, featuring real-life locations all around Europe
  • A game directed by the art director of the highly acclaimed fan-adventure Broken Sword 2.5
  • A wide variety of puzzles, items, dialogues, mini-games and more!
  • Beautiful hand painted art that comes to life with a touch of modern graphics features
  • A world that reacts to your decisions
  • Change the looks of the main character to solve puzzles (or for fun!)
  • Fully voiced dialogues
  • Music written by the award-winning composer Daniel Pharos (A New Beginning, Memoria, Blackguards)
About Headup

Headup is a hybrid games publishing and development company providing players worldwide with the best content in the independent gaming sector. Established in 2009, it is active on all major platforms such as consoles, mobile devices and PC, and was awarded as “Best Publisher” at the German Developers Awards in 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2019. With over 80 million customers served on mobile and further several million players on the PC and consoles, Headup is always looking to raise awareness and commercial success for developers thinking outside the box. More information can be found at and

About Tag of Joy

Tag of Joy is an award-winning, creativity-powered independent development studio focused on innovating games technologically, visually, and gameplay-wise. In 2014, the studio released Monster Buster, the first of its kind AR, location-based, treasure hunting, and monster collecting game for mobile. Currently, the team is aiming to bring novel ideas to narrative games. The studio has received multiple awards throughout the years and was a finalist at the Unity Awards in 2013 and 2015. More information can be found on their official website and Twitter.


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