[email protected] is a brilliant roguelike hack and slash dungeon crawler that has procedurally generated dungeon maps. No two playthroughs are ever the same. There is no story, which is unusual in dungeon crawlers. [email protected] is not quite as hard as a lot of roguelike games out there, so it might be a good one to get you started with the genre. Want to learn more? Then read our [email protected] review!
Upon booting the game for the first time, you are given a choice of four heroes to choose from: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected] Each class has its own unique abilities and skills – for example, the [email protected] is perfect for close melee combat for example- There is a trophy for playing as each character, so you’ll need to try each one if you want to collect them all! [email protected] is a pure roguelike, so when you die death is permanent – when you die, you lose everything. But it is entirely possible to fully upgrade your character of choice if you can survive for that long.
Each level is randomized, and the dungeons are pure black with white dots littered around the dungeon floors. The colors never change, but the layouts do. The aim of [email protected] is very simple: clear the entire dungeon floor and a new trapdoor will open. You earn EXP by defeating the various enemies you run into, such as zombies, orcs, spiders and the nasty rodents which jump on you and try to take a bite of you – it takes a few seconds to shake them off so you can one hit them. You also earn EXP by destroying all objects in a floor. Some enemies have extra elements that you need to watch out for. For instance, green enemies will poison you, blue enemies will freeze you, orange enemies will burn you and so on. Some enemies will even explode on impact!
The combat is really simple since you just need to button mash the Square button. There’s some extra stuff here and there, such as when the [email protected] attacks and ends up using his shield like a boomerang – how cool is that?
The game offers a crafting system that is simple to use. Once you have the proper ingredients, you simply hit the X button to craft, and the same goes for enchanting weapons. Since the game is a roguelike, it wouldn’t make sense to have a deep crafting system because once you die you will lose everything you have worked so hard for.
Another thing about the crafting system is that you can collect various letters in the alphabet, and when you find the appropriate crafting book you can craft all sorts of weapons be it swords, bows, axes, staffs and so on. For the enchantment side of things, you will need the colored letters and when you have collected a particular sequence you can imbue your weapons with elemental powers such as Fire, Ice and so on. The enchantments will come in handy as some doors and treasure chests can only be opened with a certain elemental enchantment. Some enemies will keep respawning until a proper elemental attack they are weak to kills them permanently.
Let’s talk about offering gifts to God altars which scattered around the dungeons. Some objects, when destroyed, might drop loot, and you can use these to gain favors at an altar. Gods do not like it when you offer paltry amounts, and the amount they require increases with each floor. On my 2nd floor I gave the alter 500 loot in return for reincarnation, and on my fifth floor, I offered 450 loot – it was all I had at that time, and this made the Gods feel insulted!
How can you get better armor, you ask? A very good question! There are treasure chests scattered around on all dungeon floors, and they sometimes have armor upgrades for you. Also, enemies sometimes drop armor upgrades, while other times they are just there lying on the floor begging to be picked up. The best thing is that you will equip new stuff automatically.
The game also offers two player local co-op. In this mode, all loot has to be manually divided up and when you die you can be revived by your co-op buddy. There is a caveat, though: if you choose to revive your buddy you are giving them half of your life meter, so make sure you have plenty of food to replenish your health meter!
There is a Dungeon editor as well in here that lets you create your own dungeons, and you can even play and share your creations! Will you be having fun with this sandbox mode? Let us know how in the comments below how you do with your new creations!
[email protected] is a brilliant game. There are 26 random levels which ramp up in difficulty at a steady pace, with the final level pitting you against the Guardian of Dungeon. While the game can be a little repetitive and frustrating due to its nature, you’ll love every minute of it – the game is highly addictive. I had a lot of fun playing it for my [email protected] review as I tried to get all trophies to unlock a new shiny Platinum for my collection.
|Very polished game.|
|Permadeath can be frustrating for some.|
This review is based on a PS4 copy of [email protected] provided by Stormcloud Games.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor