Dungeons of Dreadrock is a simple little game about an adventurous girl’s efforts to save her brother from sacrificing himself in a haunted dungeon. He’s been brought down a hundred floors, teeming with goblins, spiders, traps and other horrible things, and you’ll have to overcome everything if you want to save him. Narration is kept to a minimum here, but short vignettes that play every few floors as you nap by a campfire help give you a sense of the world and why your brother felt the need to be himself to sacrifice.
The gameplay has been compared to a dungeon crawler, but this is really a puzzle game of swords and witchcraft. Each floor of the dungeon is laid out in a grid-like fashion, and the goal is to figure out how to safely reach the next set of stairs, which often requires you to figure out exactly how to take care of all the enemies and avoid triggering obstacles along the way. This way you won’t be testing your skills or dexterity very much – the emphasis here is more on training the plan as To run it.
As you descend deeper, Dungeons of Dreadrock keeps finding new and creative ways to challenge players, such as: B. introducing some puzzles that require a return to the last floor or adding gimmicks like a teleportation system. No two floors are too similar and the overall puzzle design feels difficult but manageable. It’s seldom that you know what to do right away, but after a few minutes of learning and a few failed attempts, you can usually glean the answer.
The graphics borrow heavily from the art style of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, which features cartoonish but beautifully detailed 32-bit sprites and environments. Everything here looks good enough, but we would have liked to have seen a bit more variety in the environments and enemies, as going from one damp dungeon floor to another that doesn’t look any different gets tiring after a while. Meanwhile, his music is interestingly light, with most floors simply having ambient noise and the faint sound of the wind blowing to set the mood.
Something that we think is worth mentioning is that Dungeons of Dreadrock is currently free to download on smart devices; Eliminating ads is a simple matter of a one-time purchase of $2.49. Paying four times that amount for the option to play it on your TV with Joy-Con (we’re told Pro Controller support is coming via an update) is a tough sell and not something we’d recommend, unless you don’t have a smart device either or you absolutely do insist when playing on Switch. It’s a good game that plays well on console, but there aren’t any exciting new features that would justify a much higher price tag than what’s known Hey it’s on Switch! Factor.
Dungeons of Dreadrock is a well-designed puzzle game that cleverly builds on its formula over its short running time. Those of you looking for a good game to wind down with before bed might want to check this out, although we’d recommend investigating the smart device version if you enjoy mobile gaming.
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