Step Right Up: Dungeonland Out This Month

By Nathan Grayson on January 9th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

I like that the street lamps are wearing little hats.

I got a chance to go hands-on with Paradox’s Dungeonland some many firework-and-goblin-giblet-obscured moons ago, and I actually had quite a time with it. That said, I don’t think it’s made its way onto many radars, and that’s a shame. No, it didn’t strike me as particularly earth-shaking, but playing as the dungeon master (or maestro, as he’s now being called) against a hapless group of friends could at least rattle a mid-sized landmass or two, I think. So yes, you should keep an eye on it. Here, I will even help you – free of charge and everything. After the break, you’ll find a trailer. Now, I’m not saying it’s necessarily a magic mountain of Dungeonland footage, but when I note that it would make almost zero sense for it to be anything else, I might be implying it a little.

So basically, it’s Diablo-lite versus highly hands-on tower defense. Three players storm various nefarious ariouseas, and the dungeon maestro attempts to dissuade them by summoning screen-engulfing armies and possessing the odd ninja rat or cow monarch as they see fit. Whether any semblance of depth can keep up with Dungeonland’s frantic pace remains to be seen, but there’s definitely at least a bit of gold in these here exceedingly purple hills.

Paradox has pegged its merry skip into the jaws of certain death with a release date as well, and it’s right around the corner. Come January 22nd, the poison-spewing park will be open for business. There’s also a pre-order-based “Grimoire Pack,” which I suppose packs a few extra perks for the dungeon maestro, but mainly serves to make me wish the word Grimoire hadn’t fallen out of popular usage. It’s so much better than boring old “book.” I mean, imagine if we read e-Grimoires on our Amazon Kindle-pendiums of the Dark Arts. Wouldn’t that be such a more interesting world?

Right. Dungeonland. It’s looking pretty solid, I think. How about you?

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9 Comments »

  1. pakoito says:

    Looks great, and I bet Dungeon Maestro mode is gonna be sweeet :D Kill all my friends then CUE EVIL LAUGH MWA HA HA HA HA!!

  2. Svant says:

    Is it possible to play this with the “heroes” with controllers on one machine and the overlord on another? Would make this a really sweet “party game”. Put 3 people on the couch playing on the tv and another on a laptop directing the enemies.

    Edit: Simultaneous local and online multiplayer <- this sort of sounds like that should be possible… Woop

    • Gnoupi says:

      Even if you join an online game, you can add more than one player per computer, indeed. So I guess this is possible.

    • pakoito says:

      Can confirm this. DM needs to be in its own computer but heroes can play locally or online, you can even mix both.

      • Svant says:

        Sweet, I knew i built my HTPC and got 4 xbox controllers for a reasons… more than Magicka that is.

  3. Spider Jerusalem says:

    i had fun in the beta. interested in seeing how the final release goes.

  4. aliksy says:

    I need to know if this is fun with only 2 or 3 players. I have trouble getting more than that many game-playing friends in one game at the same time.

    • markventurelli says:

      Hi aliksy, the game is great with 2 and 3 players =)

      3-players on co-op is actually the maximum. You get 4 players on DM Mode

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