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Dungeon of Zaar Is Crisp-Looking Turn-Based Strategy

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.

Dungeon of Zaar has a pre-alpha demo available for Windows and Mac.

It’s expected for release on PC, Mac, Linux, and interestingly enough, Nintendo NX.

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