June 17th, 2016
Weekend Buff! Father's Day 

It's Father's Day weekend and we're celebrating by buffing all the Dad Crusaders from today until Monday, June 20th at Noon PDT.

For the duration of the weekend, five Crusaders will be receiving massive buffs to their abilities. It's going to be a weekend of crushing monsters, earning gold and unending Dad jokes.

Hermit, Khouri, Thalia, Nate, and Groklok all get a limited time buff applied automatically this weekend. Plus, there's a unique chest featuring gear just for those five Crusaders! See all the details below.











June 14th, 2016
Crusaders Mobile Launches in More Countries! 

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 14, 2016 – Codename Entertainment announced today that its award-winning clicker/idle game is available on iTunes and Google Play in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland following a successful beta launch in the Philippines.

Crusaders of the Lost Idols will be available globally this summer on July 7, published by Kongregate, the leading publisher of mobile and web games and wholly-owned subsidiary of GameStop Corporation.

"We've been delighted with the test market launch so far with Kongregate. They've been great partners for us as an indie development studio," said Eric Jordan, CEO of Codename Entertainment. "Now we're ready for more gamers to play Crusaders, and starting today players in Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia can get an exclusive look at the game ahead of our global launch this summer."

Crusaders of the Lost Idols is a fantasy strategy game where you unlock new Crusaders, collect gear, and earn achievements. It launched last year and is currently one of the most played games on Kongregate.com out more than 109,000 titles and consistently one of the top 2% of games on Steam. It is the only clicker/idle game with a formation strategy feature which has inspired individual players to log almost 4 million of hours playing time every month.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Formation Strategy: The only clicker/idle game to feature a formation system. Crusader specific abilities, buffs, and gear challenge the player to find the best formation for every campaign and event.
  • Unlock Crusaders: Collect an unusual host of over 30 characters such as The Bat Billionaire, Emo Werewolf and RoboTurkey, inspired by the world of video games and popular culture with more added Every Month.
  • Over 10,000 Levels: Master 6 campaigns with dozens of objectives with deep playability and challenge; more campaigns released regularly.
  • Collect Gear, Buffs, and Trinkets: A cornucopia of content with hundreds of unique upgrades for each character, including unique gear, and buffs are available to collect.
  • Daily Quests: Each day players are challenged to complete mini-objectives that reward success with precious red rubies.
  • Monthly Events: Limited time events featuring special objectives and exclusive new content updated every month.
  • NEW! Missions: Send your idle Crusaders on side missions to unlock past Event Crusaders, new gear, earn Enchantment Points and jeweled chests plus more!
Available worldwide on July 7, Crusaders of the Lost Idols will be available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Google Play for Android devices. Crusaders is available now in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and the Philippines.
June 10th, 2016
Join the Crusaders of the Lost Idols Player Council! 


Hail Crusaders!

We are now accepting applications to join the player council for Crusaders of the Lost Idols! It's almost been a year and Crusaders has undergone so many changes, we're looking for some new members to join the existing council and get their feedback on the game!

The Crusaders Player Council is a group of Crusaders players with the passion and knowledge about the game to talk directly with us at Codename Entertainment.

We are looking for players who are willing and able to give us meaningful feedback on different areas of the game and their thoughts on potential upcoming features.

As a part of the Crusaders Player Council, you will be part of a team that helps keeps Crusaders of the Lost Idols a continually exciting and enjoyable experience for all players.

Now for the details about what being part of the Crusaders Player Council entails. Please read carefully and thoroughly to see if this opportunity is right for you.
  • The Crusaders Player Council will directly interact with Erika and the dev team via Skype voice calls for the quarterly meetings. As such, it is an absolute requirement that you are willing to install and work with us on Skype.

  • All Crusaders Player Council members are required to sign Non-Disclosure Agreement forms.

  • Crusaders Player Council members will be asked for a 12 month commitment to the community and the Council. This includes 4 meetings via Skype and any emails or private forum posts. We understand that real life comes up and things occur, but we’re seeking individuals who are in it for the long haul and want to be committed to this 100%.

  • Meetings will be held during office hours in Pacific Time Zone.

  • While we greatly appreciate the time and feedback from Crusaders Player Council members this is strictly a volunteer position.

  • This is for personal applications only. We will not be accepting nominations or applications on behalf of another player.

  • All participants must be 18 years or older.

  • Player selection will be based on a variety of different criteria.

  • The language of the Crusaders Player Council will be English.

  • Please put the word "popcorn" in your application message somewhere, just to ensure us that you're actually reading these instructions.

  • Crusaders Player Council members have to be okay with their gaming name and gaming site being published on our website and forums.


We expect there to be a large volume of applications for this opportunity, and we will read through all of them. Our goal is to pick out the players who best represent various gameplay styles in Crusaders of the Lost Idols: from hardcore to casual, and all the other myriad ways people play this game.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let us know on the forums. This is an exciting and very important time for Crusaders of the Lost Idols, and we hope you will be a part of it.

The cut off time for applications will be 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time Friday June 17th.

If you’re interested in being part of the Crusaders Player Council then please send an email to Erika at crusaderpcapplications@codenameentertainment.com with the title of Crusaders of the Lost Idols Council Application.

In your message to Erika, please include:
  • Real Name:
  • Name on Gaming Site:
  • Gaming Site (Steam, Armor Games, Facebook, Kongregate, Kizi, AOL.com):
  • Favourite Objective:
  • Favourite Crusader:
  • Do you participate on any of the forums (CNE, Kong, Steam, Reddit) associated with the game? If so, what is(are) your forum name(s)?
  • What do you like about Crusaders of the Lost Idols?
  • Why would you like to be on the player council?
  • What ideas do you feel you could offer CNE to help improve Crusaders?
June 9th, 2016
New Event! Trek Through the Hidden Temple 

Montana James dusted off his fedora before fixing back on his head. The frantic slide under the closing warehouse door almost claimed his hat for the umpteenth time. He was still clutching the tattered map of the rainforest temple as he picked himself up and ran for the waiting boat plane that would take him to deepest, darkest Peru...

"Throw me the idol; I’ll throw you the whip!"

The latest event takes our Crusaders on an adventure in the finest traditions of archeologists who also happen to be great at adventures. Yesteryear chic from the 1930s, an evil regime of bad guys and a race to recover ancient treasure in a temple in a jungle await you.

New Crusader! Recruit Montana James



The Trek Through the Hidden Temple event introduces our new square-jawed Crusader, Montana James, one of two new heroes to add to your roster. He requires rescuing himself after getting mixed up with a group of jackbooted soldiers.

For the first objective, the Crusaders will need to escort Montana to area 100 all the while being chased by soldiers who debuff all DPS and abilities for Crusaders in ever-shifting slots.

“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”

The second objective sees the Crusaders pitted against a scaly new antagonist called King Draco. Draco intermittently summons his snake minions to attack a random Crusader, again debuffing all DPS and abilities for 30 seconds.

New Crusader! Recruit King Draco



The remaining objectives include Daddy Says So, where the Crusaders are saddled with the daughter of the Crusader's benefactor (the guy paying for the expedition). Unfortunately, you're also weighed down with her luggage taking up valuable slots all the way to area 150.

New Objective! Daddy Says So



Watch Out For Booby Traps will see a random slot fall foul of the classic pit-and-spikes trap. Every 10 areas different slots will lose all the DPS and formation abilities making reaching area 200 a challenge.

The final new objective is Mali Ka. Evil spirits (or maybe some dodgy local food) is turning the Crusaders against each other. Until you reach area 250, you'll be attacked by your own friends! Crusaders not in your formation will launch themselves at the other Crusaders intent on stopping them from finishing the objective.

Good luck, Crusaders, and before you undertake this epic adventure, take inspiration from the immortal words of Montana himself: "Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory."

The Hidden Temple event will run until June 21st at Noon PDT.
June 7th, 2016
Why You Love Idle Games and Your Friends Don't 

Jim walked into his living room, cradling his warm cup of coffee. Sasha was sitting on the couch in her bathrobe, staring at her laptop as the morning sunlight lit the room.

“Gosh, I am tired. I really wish that I had gotten more sleep last night.” Jim mumbled sleepily.

After a moment, he looked at Sasha, “Hello? Are you listening to me? Wait a minute... are you playing that game again?!?"

"Of course! Crusaders of the Lost Idols is great." Sasha responded indignantly without looking up from her screen.

"Ugh! I hate that game. You don't do anything in that game. There is no destruction or competition.”

"But Jim, I have almost got all of the event achievements and look at my gear! I finally got this epic item that I have been wanting. Also, it is fun to tweak my formation until I get the most optimal progress in the game." Sasha sighed.

"Come on Sasha! You know that I don't collect achievements in games like Diablo 3 and WoW. Why would I enjoy them in this game?" Jim said scratching his red beard.

"Hold your horses there boys and girls.” says a man in a lab coat, as he steps into the room. “My name is Dr. Nick Yee. You may remember me from my series of instructional videos on gamer motivations. Did you know that people play video games for different reasons?" Nick adjusted his glasses, set down his clipboard and sat down to provide a more detailed explanation.

Quantic Foundry


Okay. Okay. None of this really happened. Obviously, Sasha and Jim are fictional characters from our games and even though Nick Yee does exist, he hasn't interrupted their argument with his words of wisdom. I don't think Nick wears glasses, and I have never seen him in a labcoat with a clipboard.

However, Nick Yee is a researcher who has produced some very impressive work on the motivations of those who play video games. I have followed his work for many years, and I highly suggest that you check it out. It is fascinating.

If you are reading this, you probably enjoy playing video games. And most of us like to believe that our friends who play video games must be playing them for the same reasons that we do. After all, they are our friends, and we all enjoy this common activity of playing games.

However, what Nick Yee's research explores is the different motivations for why people play video games. He has developed a test which is kind of like a personality test. However, instead of telling you whether or not you are introverted or extroverted, his test tells you what aspects of video games you like. This test, the Gamer Motivation Profile (https://apps.quanticfoundry.com/lab/10/crusaders), is free for anyone to take and can be very illuminating.

Eric's Gaming Style: Calm, Driven, Gregarious, Immersed, and Inquisitive


For example, when I took the test, I found out that I scored very high on the Achievement motivation. The motivation is composed of two subcategories: Completion and Power. If you enjoyed collecting Star Wars cards as a kid (as I did) or getting all of the achievements in WoW (another activity that I enjoy), then the odds are that Completion is an important motivation for you. The Power subcategory is about wanting to increase your power in a game. So this can be things like getting better gear to improve your damage (DPS) or increasing your character stats.

A typical RPG progression curve is something that I really enjoy. This would normally involve collecting better gear to get more powerful, leveling up with the accompanying increase in stats (more power!), and hopefully lots of achievements for me to collect as well. Games like Diablo 3 and WoW are great matches for my motivations.

The life of an RPG Gamer


Interestingly, idle games like Crusaders of the Lost Idols also provide experiences that match my motivations really well. Even though I would never have considered this genre of simple games to have much overlap with triple A games like Diablo 3 or WoW, it turns out that they do. Simple idle games and more complex RPGs both provide increasing power and stats combined with a collection of achievements and other items.

So having seen my Gamer Motivation results, I can understand why I find both genres of games to be so compelling.

What I find equally interesting is that it also explains the reaction of some of my friends when I tell them how much I enjoy idle games. Some of my friends also love idle games. However, some do not, and they find the genre’s appeal to be surprising. The Achievement motivation that is so strong up for me is not something that is strong for those that don’t like idle games. In hindsight, this makes perfect sense. These are the same friends who enjoyed playing WoW, but couldn't understand why I spent so much time collecting achievements in the game. We were both enjoying different aspects of WoW. I was enjoying the collection elements while they were enjoying the PvP elements of the game. Even though we were both playing the same game, we were doing it for different reasons.

So, I think if Sasha and Jim were to take Nick Yee's survey, they would discover that they play video games for different reasons. Sasha clearly enjoys power progression and collection, while Jim enjoys action and excitement elements.

If you are interested in learning about what makes you tick when it comes to games, then you should take the survey too. You can find it here.

Blog post by Eric Jordan, CEO of Codename Entertainment.
June 3rd, 2016
New Objectives! 

We like to think of Crusaders as the gift that keeps on giving and today we give you another update. We've added two new objectives for the Mischief at Mugwarts campaign and two new objectives to the Ready Player Two campaign.

In Accio Monsters, the Crusaders accidentally cast an Accio charm, and now monsters move 10x faster than normal! You're going to have to create your most effective tank line to block the onslaught of monsters all the way to area 450.

Monsters are 10x faster in the Accio Monsters Objective


If you thought that was rough, it's going to get rougher than a sandpaper-covered loofah in The Final Battle objective. Deadly magic is flying everywhere, and death curses will randomly spawn and one-shot your front-most Crusaders until they wipe your formation. Good luck reaching area 500.

Death magic one-shots your Crusaders in the The Final Battle objective


Making games isn't as easy as you think. Sometimes bugs creep in. In Glitch Out, the Crusaders will experience a whole host of random glitches that will both help and hinder your progress to area 450. Some will temporarily boost your DPS by +400% while other gremlins in the code will deactivate all your formation abilities. It's going to be a digital roller coaster.

Glitches randomly affect Crusaders on this journey to area 450


The final new objective, Video Game of Thrones only allows you to pick Royal Crusaders for your formation to reach 450. That means you'll be limited to their Royal Highnesses Princess, Sal, Brogon, Thalia, Reginald, Siri and Leerion.

Only Royal Crusaders are available in the Video Game of Thrones objective


To celebrate the new objectives and the beginning of the summer we're going to give five lucky Crusaders white-hot buffs to complement their formation abilities and DPS until Monday June 6 at 12pm PDT.

  • Sasha: +200% Bulwark Ability
  • Natalie Dragon: +400% Base DPS
  • Khouri: +200% Koffee Potion ability
  • Merci: +100% Gold buff
  • Queen Siri: +100% Queen's Decree ability
We can't wait to hear what you think of the new additions to the game!