Dungeon of Zaar [official site] is a fantasy turn-based strategy game from developer Dungeon of Zaar. Okay, if we were judging this game solely on the developer’s ability to choose a unique name I’d fail it immediately on principle. But a closer look reveals that this could actually be a decent little game, especially with art this good-looking. It’s got a demo so you can see for yourself.
It’s supposed to feature turn-based tactical gameplay that draws inspiration from games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Advance Wars with strategic elements from Magic: The Gathering and even Pokémon.
You’ll create a “Dungeon Explorer” (read: character) and battle either via single-player or PvP online with local hot seat mode for couch co-op. Or computer chair co-op, as it were. If it weren’t for these elements it might be relegated to the pile of samey strategy games out there chilling in the world, but I like that it’s trying to be ambitious.
The game’s still in its infancy on Kickstarter, with 23 days left to go to make its goal of 25,000€ (£22k/$28k). I dislike Kickstarters on principle, but if I were the type to kick back cash to these projects, this might be one I’d consider because of its slick-looking interface and the professionalism of it all. I’ll be interested in checking out if and when it gets funded.
It’s expected for release on PC, Mac, Linux, and interestingly enough, Nintendo NX.