Desktop Dungeons is a quick-play roguelike puzzle game that gives you roughly 10 minutes of dungeon-crawling action per serving. It straddles the casual and hardcore boundary in that, while you might die frequently because the game is tricky and unforgiving, it’s so approachable and quick to get into that you keep wanting just one more...
User reviews: Very Positive (537 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 7, 2013

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May 13

Now available for Linux!

Desktop Dungeons brings goats and penguins together as it the award-winning puzzle roguelike heads to Linux. Tell your friends, tell your enemies, but do NOT tell your strangely dangerous farm animals. That would be a bad idea.

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“... a creative, rewarding and utterly addictive game that will keep you raiding goblin lairs until the small hours.”
4.5/5 – USgamer

“There are eight puzzles about pushing trolls.”
9/10 – Objective Game Reviews

“... as well-balanced as God’s own see-saw, and as unforgiving as the fast food jobsworth faced with someone ordering a breakfast muffin at 12.01”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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The Desktop Dungeons pre-order Special Edition lives on! Except now you can regale non-Special-Edition owners with the exploits of the Goatperson and your explorations of the additional Triple Quests while listening to the dulcet tones of the Desktop Dungeons Soundtrack.

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About This Game

Desktop Dungeons is a quick-play roguelike puzzle game that gives you roughly 10 minutes of dungeon-crawling action per serving. It straddles the casual and hardcore boundary in that, while you might die frequently because the game is tricky and unforgiving, it’s so approachable and quick to get into that you keep wanting just one more round.

  • The perfect coffee-break game
  • Fight your way through fantasy dungeons in 10 minutes or less. We’re busy people too.
  • Prize-winning awesomeness (13th Annual IGF Awards)
  • Classic roguelike play re-imagined as a unique single-screen puzzle game sort of thing! Reviewers have a hard time with genres.
  • 6 hours of gameplay? Try 6 billion.
  • Randomly generated dungeons are different every time you play. Build your Kingdom to unlock hordes of new classes, races and challenges.
  • Amazing soundtrack by the improbably astounding team of Danny Baranowsky and Grant Kirkhope.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any Direct3D 9 card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX Lion
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any Direct3D 9 card
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any Direct3D 9 card
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Nice game but too puzzle oriented for a roguelike. You have to follow specific steps to beat each dungeon or you get steamrolled.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
67.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Bite sized puzzle game with some rogue-like elements.

Go on a 10-20 minute dungeon run with a newly generated character with different abilities. At least a different dozen other classes that play very uniquely from all of eachother, since you need to be able to effectively use their abilities to their max capabilities in order to tackle the more difficult dungeons.

There are many hundreds of hours worth of replayability and gameplay in this package due to the extreme variety of challenges.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Imaginative and fun. Very thought provoking take on a classic theme. Excellent graphics. Subtle depth of gameplay and great comedy throughout.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Desktop Dungeons has honestly got to be one of the best games of its kind, in my opinion. If a roguelike where you have to carefully plan out every action you make sounds interesting to you, I would certainly recommend picking up this game. I certainly have loads of fun playing it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
201.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Hard to describe Desktop Dungeons. It's strictly a puzzle game, and a challenging one at that. Yet, the progress you make, the items you collect, the monsters you encounter, etc. etc. all *feels* very much like an RPG. Very well done. I've more than gotten my money's worth out of this gem.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I had the alpha for a while but seeing how much stuff the changed and added to the game I just had to get the full version. If your not sure yet just go the the official site and download the alpha, you'll know if you'll like it from that.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
65.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Highly addictive...
This is a great one!!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I absolutely adore this game for it's rogulikness and puzzlelike features.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Ok, first, i didnt played -this- version very much as i wrote this review BUT i know the -FREEWARE- version and i played it very very long and very very much.

Basicly, This "Selling" version from the classic Freeware Desktop Dungeons are the same. The grafics are improved, Some nice music in the background (which you normaly dont need if you just use your own wile you played the Freeware version...) and thats it.

Insteed of play stuff free by finish things in the Freeware here you have to "earn" money in the dungeons and buy/upgrate your Units/Heros/Stuff. So its also basicly the same.


So i whould say, if you liked the Freeware, you can get this version BUT...

14 Euro? Just for some better grafics? I mean all the other stuff is pretty much the same, only the grafic looks better but 14 Euro???

So i give it a "YES" voting coz it -IS- a good game but honestly, you should THINK twice about if you buy this version for 14 Euro OR stay in the Freeware version which are really really much the same. If its maybe 60% Off you make a good deal...
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Not bad.
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0 of 19 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
got about 4 minutes out of it
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8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I agonized for days over buying this because I just wasn't sure it'd be fun. It is fun, and the tutorials are very helpful.

The big appeal for me was, easy in, easy out, and skirmishes finished in around under hour. I just can't commit to days of playing games that are skirmish-like in nature.

I'm looking forward to playing this quite a bit.
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95.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
It's Minesweeper with a theme. A nearly perfectly executed puzzle game which captures in an abstract way the dungeon crawling roguelikes which have sprung up like kobolds in the indie market. You can finish a dungeon in five minutes if you're the impatient sort or if like me you like to mull over optimal moves, a board might take fifteen minutes or so. There is a light and humorous background story to give the puzzles a campaign-like structure but War and Peace it ain't. Which isn't a problem at all as this is the type of game which you'll load up when you have some random time to kill. You will unlock various ways to customize each dungeon, such as starting equipment, races, classes, gods, etc. The graphics are cute, the gameplay is tight, the music is not annoying. If you like puzzle games and think you would enjoy a deconstruction of a dungeon roguelike, then buy this game. It is practically flawless.
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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
78.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I met the Devs at GamesCom 2014. Around noon on Friday they sat me down in front of a PC and had me try the game - apparently I did well (I looked at the goblin before attacking it and noticed it had first strike). After a merry but short romp through the introduction dungeon, which ended with a green blob of slime eating my poor adventurer, I went on to explore the rest of the Indie Megabooth. Friday night though, before I went to sleep, I knew there was a bit of unfinished business: I bought the game, and not just because the developers are great guys (but that too).

The game delivers what it promisses: bite sized adventures you can play during a break. The other day I had 15 minutes to spare: 10 of those were used by a berserker clearing a swamp of monsters.
It may look like a simple game, but it has a suprising amound of depth, with many abilities, items and other things that lead to multiple ways to tackle dungeons and may have you adapting your strategy based on what you encounter.
And there is a lot to encounter. Just when you think you have seen all the races, seen all the classes, you find one more. Then you check the journal and see just how much you haven't seen yet (I found it more fun not to check how much I am missing so as not to spoil the pleasure of finding something new).

But how do you play? Simple: you select a dungeon to explore and write an adventuring permit. The permit is the "character creation" process of that dungeon. For example it could say: To [dungeon name], For Generic Adventuring, Race: Human, Class: Warrior, Equipment: starting adventurer's kit. Then you would play the dungeon with a simple lvl 1 human warrior.
As the game progresses you unlock more races, classes and can provide better starting equipment and other bonuses, making each run unique.

So what are you waiting for? Your kingdom needs you! Oh, you need a permit? To: Unnamed Desktop Dungeon Kingdom, For: Kingdom Administration, Race: Human, Class: Gamer. There you go, your permit to play the game.
And yes, the alpha version is available for free to try out :)
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42 of 56 people (75%) found this review helpful
70.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Desktop Dungeons is a simple game like chess, easy to figure out and goals are very clear, however just like chess mastery of this game could take a vast amount of time.

Its also got goats, you like goats right?
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
110.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Extremely addictive Rogue-like randomly generated dungeon crawler that, at heart, is a strategic puzzle game. It implements the unique mechanic of exploration as regeneration, meaning that the unexplored areas of a map are a finite resource that must be used wisely. Lots of race and class combinations and many dungeons and challenges make for endless replayability. As of this review, I have played over 60 hours and I still feel like I have a lot to learn and that I am improving.

Great retro art style and soundtrack/effects combined with the fantasy genre make for a great atmosphere. But be warned, this game is not for everyone - the difficulty level ramps up to the point that it really requires the gamer to do further research via forums and wiki articles for the best strategies, as the tutorials are slightly lacking. You will die - a lot. Thankfully most levels only last an average of 15 minutes. If you feel like you can go no further in the level, you can leave the dungeon and take all the goodies you have found with you.

If you are a fan of games that require some nerdy research (like terraria, crusader kings 2, blood bowl) I would definitely seek this one out. Watch some of the Let's Plays on Youtube to get a feel for the game.

Due to the difficulty, when I actually pass a tough level the feeling can only be described as or.gas.mic. Maybe the closest feeling would be beating a really hard super meat boy level.

By the way, I have rarely felt as though the randomization was unfair. In 95% of cases, the map is definitely beatable as long as you have a very strong grasp on the strategy involved for each class and race, as well as the best way to approach bosses. I have played levels I deemed impossible, only to completely change my strategic thinking and end up beating the level with nearly every single attempt.

Is the game worth the price tag? I'd say yes given the hours played. As a bonus, you can actually play this game on the desktop dungeons website (without using steam) by making an account with them and linking it to steam. It saves the game into a cloud and transfers it over to steam. Once I discovered this feature I have been able to play at work on the sly (like I said, I love this game). If you know a friend who owns this game, ask them to set up an account at the website and you can try out the game before purchasing!
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
This is a brutal puzzle game wrapped in a Dungeon Hack theme. Since combat is almost entirely non random, you need to CAREFULLY pick your fights to space out injuries, healing, and leveling up. This is a brain burner.

Oh, to make it more painful. The natural way to heal or gain mana back is to explore the map, so you will use up the map over time as well. It's hard, very hard, to win.
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35 of 63 people (56%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
I played the original alpha freeware version of DD years and years ago, and I loved it. The strategy and careful planning, combined with many choices in which the player must weigh opportunity costs, appealed to me as someone who enjoys both puzzle games and roguelikes. This market version, however, is a bit disappointing.

Almost immediately I noticed that the quick and seamless gameplay of the original has been replaced with lots of flashy graphics and animations, most of which are far too long and prevent input until they have finished playing. While these animations are relatively short, the slowness becomes noticeable the longer you play. Those little microseconds add up. Yes, this is a turn-based game in which you cafrefully think through your decisions, but let's be honest-- the first 2/3 of every session is pretty much blasting through the weak monsters or exploring in hopes of finding the right item with the RNG. The real magic of the original was in the last 1/3, when things start to get tense and you really have to plan ahead. So it's frustrating when this version forces you to slow down at the part that deserves to be sped through. These slow animations carry over to the menus as well, and it's exacerbated by the dull, mediocre banter which tries too hard to be funny, and which takes forever to skip.

And of course, there are tutorial levels you can't skip. Really? Really?? This is 2014 and you are still making unskippable tutorial levels?

Perhaps the newest feature of this version is the introduction of the gold-to-buy-buildings (which then unlock new heroes or give small upgrades) system. There was absolutely zero reason to add this, because they do the exact same thing as simply completing the challenges in the original alpha. At least in the alpha, you didn't have to click through twelve haphazardly scattered menus-- once you beat the dungeon, the next level or hero was unlocked automatically. Seriously, why even add this?

The artwork is polished, but the style is just ugly. There is really nothing redeeming about it. While the alpha had simple, easily distinguishable 16-bit pixel graphics, this version tries way too hard to be detailed. It's like staring into those gross Ren & Stimpy or Spongebob Squarepants closeups for hours on end! No one wants to do that. The music is also unmemorable-- it sounds like generic stock medieval fantasy music, versus the ominous, synthy fanfare of the original; it says a lot when a 5 second introductory song is more appealing than an entire soundtrack.

Lastly, I want to talk about how QCF Design has trolled other indie developers. Back when DD was still in development, League of Epic Heroes, a game by a single dev on iOS, got a cease and desist and was threatened with a lawsuit for "copying" the gameplay concept. At the time, LoEH was actually superior to both the DD alpha and the beta. The main developer of DD complained about intellectual property, but honestly, who hasn't copied game concepts before? Every action RPG since Diablo has been a rip-off of it, but we understand that they are still original in their own right. League of Epic Heroes had a unique inventory system, original graphics and assets, and only borrowed the gameplay of DD. The developer said it was unfair that someone else was releasing a Desktop Dungeons-like game on iOS before he could, but that's what you get for taking four years to finish something! Now there is still no iOS port of DD, and of course, there are two Android games which are like DD but very conspicuously, they have not been removed-- sounds to me like the dev just wanted to cut out the competition.

So: A release that is actually worse than the original, and an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ developer who can't handle market competition. If you want a fun, puzzle dungeon crawler, save yourself the money and go get the original freeware version of this instead.
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82 of 157 people (52%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Desktop Dungeons is not a roguelike and never should have been advertised as one. This is really DRoD (Deadly Rooms of Death) with randomized levels. Each dungeon map plays more like a Eurogame-style board game than a dungeon hackfest. Also, characters are not persisted between quests. Each dungeon starts with a template character at 1st level. You must defeat enemies, acquire items, and explore the fixed-size map in just the right sequence. Kill a weaker enemy too soon, find an item too late, or spend too many potions on a stronger enemy, and you won't have the resources to beat the final boss. You don't so much "die" as "end up in an unwinnable situation and have to restart". If this is the experience you want, then enjoy. But let's stop tagging this as a roguelike because that is totally misleading.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Have you ever been so bored at work that you decided to just write reviews to pass the time while attempting to maintain a run-on sentence with poor spelling and grammar in order to escape the dull monotony of life and time?

This is not that story.
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