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Unexplored review

The best procedural dungeons


2 weeks ago

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy to explore the surface next year

Another reveal during E3's PC Gaming Show, Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy is sequel to one of my favourite action-roguelikes of all time. The original Unexplored was purely limited to subterranean dungeons, but the sequel is expanding the action out into the wider world, and assembling adventures that span multiple generations, hence the 'legacy' part of the title. The sequel has a completely new look,…

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4 months ago

Unexplored mod BOILINGHOT lets you delve at your own pace

Much as I love Ludomotion's real-time roguelike Unexplored, I'm acutely aware that a lot of people bounced off it because it's a lot to process all at once. Enter BOILINGHOT, a SUPERHOT-inspired mod by "YellowAfterlife" which might just help the less twitchy amongst us. As with the stylish first-person shooter, time moves at a crawl - ten percent of normal - but speeds up to…

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11 months ago

Unexplored’s free Dark Ritual DLC is like playing reverse roguelike Cluedo

Unexplored remains one of the best real-time roguelikes out there. Inspired heavily by the tactile but stat-lite Brogue, it inspired a gushing review from Adam, and was one of my Game of the Year nominees for 2017. It was great back then, and thanks to developers Ludomotion's steady content updates, even better now. Today marks the release of the third and final major free DLC…

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1 year ago

Feature: Listen to us with your brain turned off

Podcast: Being a critic makes games better (and worse)

Oh no. Somebody sound the “journalists discussing journalism” klaxon. Rattle it as loudly and furiously as possible, because the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is talking about how being a critic changes the way we play. Don’t blame us, blame listener Aleksei, who sent in the theme as a suggestion. But please also forgive Adam, because it’s his last showing on the podcast (he’s…

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Dominic Tarason’s favourite games of 2017

We asked a handful of our contributors to put together a list of their three favourite games from 2017. Their picks are running across the week while the rest of RPS slumbers. 2017 has been a stunning year. Partially in the ears-ringing, shellshocked way, partly in the ‘Wow, I’m making a living writing about games’ style, and consistently in the ‘Nobody has time for even…

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2 years ago

Feature: 43 absolute gems

The Top Best Bestest Games Of 2017 So Far

Update: The year is finished, which means you can now read our final list of the best games of 2017. 2017 has already been an extraordinary year for PC games, from both big-name AAA successes to no-name surprise indie smashes. Keeping up with so much that's worth playing is a tough job, but we've got your back. Here is a collection of the games that…

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Unexplored takes on Aliens in free DLC

Unexplored [official site] is one of my favourite new dungeon-crawling roguelikes, using smart procedural generation to create levels that don't play like anything else out there. There are puzzles and monsters and loot chests, and I love it dearly even though it isn't even slightly turn-based. I also love Alien, even though it seems to have become a scab that Ridley Scott can't stop picking…

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Unexplored plunders Mines of Moryondor in free DLC

Unexplored [official site], the splendid roguelikelike dungeon-crawler which Adam said "is almost certainly going to be one of my favourite games of the year", today received a free DLC adding a new challenge. Mithril Run's goal is to collect as much gold as you can in the dwarven mines of Moryondor, which keep some elements similar-ish between runs while others change more. Unexplorers can hit…

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Feature: A game deserving of more attention

How Unexplored generates great roguelike dungeons

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Unexplored [Steam page]. “Dungeon crawlers are very much the hero’s journey, where you start off as a nobody and end up as the big hero,” says Joris Dormans, creator of realtime dungeon crawler Unexplored. “Or at least that’s the plan.” Unexplored creates great hero’s journeys. As…

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Feature: The best procedural dungeons

Unexplored review

Unexplored [Steam page] generates some of the best dungeons I've ever seen. On my best run so far, I forged a sword of despair and enemies trembled and fled when I pointed it in their general direction. On my most entertaining run, a Dagger of Shrieking fused itself to my hand. Every twenty seconds or so, it would scream, alerting every bastard thing in the…

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