Dungeonland Now Free To Play, If You Squint A Bit

By Alec Meer on November 13th, 2013 at 5:00 pm.

Here’s what I know about Dungeonland:

 

 

 

As such, I am definitely the man to tell you that it’s now gone semi-free-to-play.

Paradox’s theme park-set, co-op action game (I didn’t know that until about five minutes ago, before you accuse me of wanton hypocrisy) was released in January but has just introduced a ‘Free Admission Edition’. While ‘free to play’ is the obvious term to bandy about with wild and slightly suspicious abandon, this isn’t a microtransaction jobbie, and instead this version of the game only contains one of Dungeonland’s four stages. Where I come from, they call that a ‘demo.’ But some BigGamesMegaCorp twat in a suit decided a few years ago that demos are bad for business, so everything’s supposed to be free to play instead now.

If you like why try, you can upgrade it to an ‘All-access Pass’ which basically turns it into the full game. Existing owners of Dungeonland will have their games ‘upgraded’ to All-Access Pass now. Which I think is basically the same thing as the full game? Only now with more All, presumably.

Oh, I’ve just found something else out about Dungeonland! While three people go around killing everything that moves, a fourth player, the Dungeon Maestro, is in charge of said everything that moves. Oh, also the new version now has Steam Trading Cards in, which is fantastic news for anyone who gets a kick out of earning 6 pence in virtual currency.

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8 Comments »

  1. Heavenfall says:

    While you can play as dungeon master, there are also levels where you can’t. So the game has these pretty decent platform-ish arcade levels that you can go up against with 2 mates (or bots). And THEN the game has these boring flat random levels that you can DM in. Still, both playing against and as a DM is actually surprisingly funny!

  2. noom says:

    That sounds distinctly like shareware to me.

  3. strangeloup says:

    The best part about Dungeonland is where it has enormous, practically unplayable levels of slowdown when there’s more than about five things on screen.

    I’m quite glad that I didn’t drop £2.50 or whatever on this when GMG had it on special.

  4. The Random One says:

    Well, a demo isn’t meant to be something that you can play forever if you don’t want to buy the game, but while this is clearly not F2P, I’d say it isn’t a demo either.

    But at least maybe I’ll find someone to play it with now?

  5. DatonKallandor says:

    The big problem with Dungeonsland is that the bots don’t have access to equipment or perks. So unless you can get 4 people together, you’re saddled with bots that simply don’t have all the tools the game is made for.