Have you heard about the term rogue-lite? If you haven’t you surely know that rogue-like games are. The two categories are similar, and the difference is that rogue-lite releases miss at least one crucial characteristic to quality as rogue-like. I’m sure I got you all confused now. We will talk about Dungreed, the latest rogue-lite game from Team Horay, and that is why I made the lengthy introduction. If you are up for some dungeon exploration and fighting monsters, keep reading!
Can You Save the Town from the Dungeon?
A town in your kingdom is in serious trouble. A nearby dungeon has somehow eaten it up along with all the village people living there. Fortunately, you will be their savior! Your task is to explore the dungeon, deal with traps and monsters, save the people and reconstruct the town. Once you finish the current dungeon, you find out that many villages across the kingdom are in a similar problem, so you move on to the next location to explore.
The trick is that Dungreed has no saving points while you are in a dungeon. If a creature kills you or you fall into a trap and die, you need to do the entire level over again. Fortunately, the levels are procedurally generated, which keeps things interesting. At the end of every level, a unique boss awaits. You need to work out a tactic to defeat them to save the town. Unfortunately, although the maps are pretty much random, it will take a lot of time to get to the boss at later levels, and some players (myself included) might find that annoying.
Train and Improve Your Character
A wide variety of weapons will help you on your way through the dungeon. The selection includes Matchlock rifle and a sniper, as well other firearms and magic objects. However, you will have to give them all up at the end of every level. Between levels, you will visit the town and talk with NPC characters. Depending on the one you encounter, you will earn bonuses. Those include a random piece of firearm given to you by a blacksmith or the option to buy stuff from a shopkeeper.
My favorite is the trainer, which helps you train and improve your hero. He will help you add stats to your abilities. As you develop the statistics, you will get various bonuses, such as the shopkeeper offering a better price or the ability to deal extra damage.
When it comes to graphics, the developers opted for pixel-art style, which is understandable for an indie game. The whole game is a 2D side-scroller. The dungeons have a lot of details, and the themes vary from lava to jungle and prison. The sound fits in well with the overall atmosphere, although there is nothing that stands out in that area.