May 22nd, 2012 | By Nick Pino
Like a true title taken straight from the Amiga’s heydays, Dank Dungeons looks to test contemporary player’s abilities with a blade as well as their dungeon-crawling chops. While the final product is still under production, the game’s custom-built engine looks to be a breath of fresh air into the stagnant depths of the genre.
Players will navigate the game’s titular darkened depths through use of touch arrows as they encounter the likes of angry animals, cave canon-fodder, and even the game’s rumored Elder Gods. Attacking is done simply by repeatedly moving into an area currently occupied by an enemy until they explode into a shower of pixelated fragments. While there’s been little shown in the ways of health restoration, it’s clear that even the most apt of sword and sorcerer spelunkers need to keep an eye on their declining health.
The game boasts a multitude of classes each varying in attack and health parameters, and while the final list hasn’t been announced rumor suggests the Cavalier, Barbarian, Thief, and Mage classes will all make their way into this retro release. As a stylized Role-Playing Game both weapon and armor upgrades will be integral to staying alive along with staying a level ahead of your enemies by gaining experience throughout the game’s undetermined amount of floors.
Coded as a procedural dungeon-crawler, Dank Dungeons creates each floor uniquely placing greater emphasis on exploration than trite memorization of the sprawling underground empire. Enemies and weaponry spawn similarly as the player quests for an end to their darkened delve.
Even the soundtrack, consisting of an ambient atmosphere of chip-tuned melodies, is entirely reminiscent of simpler times, an admittedly intentional aim of Kyoto-based developer, Scylla Games. Scylla, known for his work on both the PixelJunk series and part of the software on Sony’s PS3, has clearly taken the time to eloquently craft a game as nostalgic in nature as the original Gameboy itself.
Like the far reaches of the titular dungeon, much has been kept in the dark about the upcoming title, but from what we’ve seen so far, it seems that most of our future time on our iOS devices will be dedicated to conquering the cavernous expanses of Dank Dungeon.
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