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Posts tagged “dungeon crawler”

Feature: Apoc Epoch

Aeon Of Sands has the smartest opening

I doubt it's just me who finds it incredibly hard to take in the infodump that begins most games. I try! I read, "It was the final day of the third season of the Sharmani, so Reslator gathered his bag and made his way down the Triamblate Path..." and I'm already just staring at letters, not absorbing information. It's just made up names in made…

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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: They had to make the bullets smart

How Enter the Gungeon brought bullet hell to the dungeon-crawler

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Enter the Gungeon [official site]. Enter the Gungeon’s conception was an idle conversation about what shape a game called Enter the Gungeon would take. And here’s what it led to: 1. It’s a dungeon-crawler in which you shoot guns. 2. You’re entering the Gungeon to find…

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Feature: Going underground

Arx Again Later: How Arx Fatalis Bridged RPG Eras

Confession time: I don't like dungeon crawlers. The very name says it all. Why would anyone want to go to the non-sexy kind of dungeon? And crawling - the form of movement reserved for times of serious injury and distress - around a dungeon? It's a recipe for a dreary, ugly casserole, served by a skeleton archer in a rusty slime-edged prison bucket with a…

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Multiplayer Roguelikelike Crawl Unleashes Co-op Hydra

It's a while since we covered the multiplayer roguelikelike Crawl but we're no less enticed by the concept today. It's still in Early Access but released its v0.3 update on Thursday. In case, like me, your brain entered a dungeon last year and never came back, here's a refresher: in Crawl you and one to three friends take turns controlling A Hero and do exploring, fighting, looting and…

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Tiles Of Wonder: Legend Of Grimrock 2

Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder were like mother's milk to me, and Legend of Grimrock is like a perfectly muddled gin and tonic. Grimrock's sequel now has a release date, October 15th, and a new trailer to coincide with the announcement. It shows a variety of enemies and areas, including what appears to be a cannon-wielding pirat(e), as can be seen above. There…

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Freeware Garden: The Wizard

Running into a freeware browser game that feels like a full-blown, commercial indie production isn't something that happens every day, but, happily, it does happen. Mostly when the stars are either right or confused. Occasionally even via the divine medium of turn-based dungeon crawlers; games like The Wizard by Hypnotic Owl.

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