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Ardentryst - 0.24.1-Chordata Unstable

Ardentryst is a free, open-source, cross-platform action/RPG sidescrolling game that is fun for all ages. Follow hero Pyralis, a warrior with fire magic, and heroine Nyx, an ice mage, on a quest through a castle, forests and snowy mountains to reclaim peace in the realm of Ardentryst.

Jordan Trudgett
Ardentryst is an action/arcade role-playing game with focus on a fantasy world by the same name. The player is guided through a storyline which he or her must act in and play a major role in keeping peace and order in Ardentryst. The game features two playable characters and a variety of weapons, items, armour, monsters, and beautiful level scenery and graphics.


  • Two playable characters
  • A good number of weapons, armour, items and accessories
  • Things you equip will be visible on your character as you play (eg. weapons, armour)
  • Walking, jumping, special abilities per char/level
  • A fantasy storyline
  • Spells, magic and summoning
  • Lots of monsters and friendly NPC characters
  • Lots and lots of sprite art married with digital painting, mainly in Anime and FF style
  • Fighting combos and flexible fighting system
  • Worldwide competition
  • A well-suited soundtrack and high-quality music and effects
  • 3 epic worlds/locations with bosses at the end of each--play as both characters to go through all worlds
  • Customise your character, allowing different play styles


  • Python 2.4 or greater (probably not Python 3)
  • pygame
  • A decent computer (1.6GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, dedicated graphics card at least)


This game is programmed by me and myself alone (since 2007), however I have asked a lot of my friends to help with various parts of the game, like art, story and game concepts, and the game would not have as much potential without them. Please see the credits listing in-game. :)

Check out my homepage for more information:


Another release of Ardentryst! This is not an official/public release because there are still some confusing elements which are half-transitioned or whatever in the game:
  • By default, movement is with arrow keys
  • Button 1 is /
  • Button 9 (in-game menu and dialogue box exit) is p
  • Use button 1 in some places where Enter doesn't work as it used to (to enter worlds mainly
  • There is a blank cutscene just after choosing your character. Press enter to skip it.
New improvements include:
  • Slightly improved interfaces, with glove cursor, and char. select screen is being worked on
  • In game menu (use P to open it) just started
  • Flame spell looks and works slightly differently. Still use up/down to make the flame wave move ( to cast hit ' then ; )
  • There is a blank cutscene just after choosing your character. Press enter to skip it.
  • Some small modifications to gameplay.

Many of the recent changes have been engine code that isn't immediately apparent so there isn't much of a visible change in this release.


Home Page


Ardentryst 0.17.6-Apoderus Unstable <ANNOUNCEMENT> — 17 Jan, 2008

Ardentryst 0.20.2 Micrathene Developers Demo — 24 Jan, 2008

Ardentryst 0.18.0-Limacidae Stable — 19 Jan, 2008

Ardentryst 0.22.0-Rhododendron Unstable — 11 Feb, 2008

Ardentryst 0.24.1-Chordata Unstable — 9 Mar, 2008

Ardentryst 0.80.0 Segue — 21 May, 2008

Ardentryst 1.05.00 — 8 Jun, 2008

Ardentryst 0.95.0-Segue — 27 May, 2008

Ardentryst 1.62 — 24 Feb, 2009

Ardentryst 1.62-bf — 11 Mar, 2009

Ardentryst 1.7 Time Warp — 10 Apr, 2009

Ardentryst 1.6 Broadhead (Final, Stable) — 15 Feb, 2009

Ardentryst 1.61 Bugfix — 16 Feb, 2009

Ardentryst 1.71-testing — 12 Aug, 2009 account Comments

  • Justin Mathis 2012-02-10 05:34:23

    Superb game. Nothing but compliments for your team.

  • tgfcoder 2013-03-10 06:39:02

    Ardentryst's new home:

  • Mekire 2013-03-12 14:29:58

    A damn impressive project. I wish you wouldn't collapse so many things into your namespaces with star imports, and I wish you would clean up your top level directory so it only had your main file in it, but those are minor minor qualms. I'm going to have to put in some time when I get a chance and play through this thoroughly.


  • Jimboy 2014-09-23 20:47:49

    Since the last comment was two years ago, I thought I might liven up this party.

  • Jim 2016-04-14 14:28:23

    SInce the last comment was two years ago, I thought I might liven up this party.

  • Rene Dudfield 2017-03-10 12:03:03.185535

    Looks like the website is at: