[PlayStation 4] Dungeon Escape Review
Dungeon Escape from eastasiasoft and Roenko Games is a challenging 2D single-screen platformer on PS4. Learn more in our Dungeon Escape review!
In Dungeon Escape from eastasiasoft and Roenko Games is a challenging 2D single-screen platformer on PS4. The goal is very simple: for each of the fifty stages that Dungeon Escape has to offer, you must get the key that will unlock the door so that you can exit the stage and carry onto the next one. Between you and the key, there will be different hazards to avoid and enemies to defeat in a game in which a single hit will kill your character – only to quickly respawn at the starting position.
With a simple and direct premise, come controls are very simple to pick up and understand. You’ll move your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping and double jumping with the X button… and that’s it! Other than having to press the Square button to open the exit door, there’s no button to attack enemies to perform any other flashy action. Run from left to right, jump and avoid all hazards, and try to get to the exit after collecting the key without dying in the process. Simple… right?
Well, while the first, say, ten levels in the game do feel like an extended tutorial of sorts, the difficulty starts to ramp up considerably after that set, with each level after that demanding some very precise platforming from you. You’ll start with levels that only ask you to collect the key and get to the door while avoiding a few of the always classic deadly spikes. After this, enemies that move back and forth on a set pattern will be introduced. Then you get spinning buzzsaws, spinning buzzsaws that are attached to an arm that moves in circles, devices that shoot out smaller but just as deadly buzzsaws, falling spikes, triangle-shaped enemies, springs, enemies with spikes on their heads, lava, and more!
The good news is that the trophies for Dungeon Escape don’t require you to complete all fifty levels – which is a big challenge. You’ll only have to beat the first eighteen levels – with a significant difficulty ramp up between levels 14 and 18. The trophy list consists of eleven Gold trophies and a single Silver trophy. You’ll unlock trophies after beating stages 3, 9, and 18, for defeating 10, 25, and 50 enemies, for collecting 5, 25, and 50 coins, and for dying 25, 50, and 100 times, which will probably unlock naturally as you make your way up to level 18.
If you’re looking for a challenging 2D single-screen platformer with a minimalist look that will test your skills in full, then Dungeon Escape is a good budget option. It also has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, which is always great news for trophy hunters. Dungeon Escape is out on PlayStation 4 with a $4.99 asking price.
This Dungeon Escape review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by eastasiasoft.