GDFree: Desktop Dungeons Is Open To All During GDC

DD is a GG
Things you will need to play IGF award winning rogue-like Desktop Dungeons for free between March 5-10: a browser, Unity, the finger strength of a champion boulderer, ten minutes per game, and, if you’re being picky, a central nervous system, oxygen, the unknowable spark of life that brought us all unto this earth, pants, etc. But mostly it’s a browser and the time. It’s been a while since Alec got hooked on the treat-sized charms of the rogue-like, and I’m frankly still amazed it has the beta tag. It has remained resolutely beta-ed up, with access given to those who’ve pre-ordered. If you were unsure if propping up development was for you, then unless you played the free version that’s been lying dormant for a few years, you can finally test the waters.

When you sign up, you’ll receive an e-mail within 20 minutes: you could have played two games of Desktop Dungeons in that time. If that’s too much time to ponder if you’ll play it or not, here’s a short video that will show you the massive amount of clicking you’re about to get yourself into. It’s only 7 minutes long, and shows a lot of clicking on things.


  1. CrowPath says:

    Bought this last night after trying out the free version. The beta has much, much more content and it looks like they’ve done a good job of easing in the various aspects of the game to new players. Barely scratched the surface, though I played it until my head hurt.

  2. Tony M says:

    You don’t need pants to play this game. Confirmed.

  3. roryok says:

    Pants? Who needs pants for games? Not me, that’s who not.

  4. NathanH says:

    This game has my seal of approval. But is it an RPG????

    • bill says:

      Does it have elves? If so then yes.

    • enobayram says:

      I think the right question is: Is it a rogue-like?

    • Drew says:

      This roguelike question is meaningful and interesting and definitely not a waste of time. Let us devote many hours and many words to it.

    • malkav11 says:

      I think the right question is: does it really count as “desktop” when you have to run it in your browser?

    • Ninja Foodstuff says:

      @malkav11 Chrome is the new Steam.

    • MadMinstrel says:

      It is akin to a rogue in the sense that it steals your heart and your money at the same time.

  5. Berzee says:

    This is a game that I like.

  6. sneetch says:

    When you sign up, you’ll receive an e-mail within 20 minutes: you could have played two games of Desktop Dungeons in that time.

    No you won’t. Not if you’re like me anyway, in fact, if you’re like me you can wait an hour and a half and not get an e-mail. :(

    • Robbobin says:

      I haven’t got my email yet either :(
      and it won’t let me post threads on their forum for some reason either, nor PM any of their admins. In fact, I can’t find any discernible way of contacting them.

    • elfbarf says:

      Yep….their email system definitely isn’t working. I looked around and the only way of contacting them I could find it via their Twitter account but unfortunately they don’t post on it very often.

    • TheLastBaron says:

      Hmmm, I bought the game and got an email, so I don’t know.

    • Ninja Foodstuff says:

      It took four hours for me. But it turned up. I guess someone has to approve it manually or something.

  7. pakoito says:

    “Oh it’s like the first one”

    Yeah, wait to get to the Hard dungeons. The Factory was a walk in the park compared to the scripted dungeons. If you feel like rushing it, Dwarf Rogue with a shield preparation and worshipping Taurog cleans easy and medium dungeons without much thinking involved.

  8. MythArcana says:

    I waited for 2 hours and no link has been sent. Back to Stone Soup for me…