FREE GAME UPDATE! Desktop Dungeons: Enhanced Edition. More ways to die horribly in 10 minutes or less. The award winning quick-play puzzle roguelike is now packed with new content, new classes and a new way to play: Compete against your friends in the seeded Daily Dungeon!
User reviews: Very Positive (683 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 7, 2013

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May 12

Desktop Dungeons Enhanced Edition patch release

Thanks for helping to make the Enhanced Edition free update a huge success! We hope that you're enjoying the new classes and the Daily Dungeons, and we'd like to keep making sure that you can have as much fun with Desktop Dungeons as possible, so we've updated the game to deal with some bugs and frustrations players have reported.

Feel free to read the detailed changelog to see exactly what's changed.

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April 19

FREE GAME UPDATE! Desktop Dungeons: Enhanced Edition

The Desktop Dungeons: Enhanced Edition has arrived.

Now with new content and quests, new classes (that's 21 total now if you've been keeping count) and a new way to play: For the first time ever, compete against your friends (or the world at large) in the seeded Daily Dungeon.

  • Secretly despise friends for already beating you on the Daily Dungeon leaderboards.
  • Unlock a terrifying new building for your Kingdom.
  • Discover the Rat Monarch and Chemist classes... and their reasons for visiting the Kingdom.
  • Click through new quests and ignore exposition as it streams past you.
  • Gleefully and accurately sling spells from the player-requested drag-to-cast and radial menus.
  • Pages and pages of optimizations and bug fixes that are awesome but don't sound cool when we put them in lists like this one.

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Reviews

“... 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

Special Edition

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.

That's right, all of Desktop Dungeons in one friendly package. For less:

  • Desktop Dungeons
  • Desktop Dungeons Goatperson DLC
  • Desktop Dungeons Soundtrack

About This Game

FREE GAME UPDATE! Desktop Dungeons: Enhanced Edition. More ways to die horribly in 10 minutes or less. The award winning quick-play puzzle roguelike is now packed with new content, new classes and a new way to play: Compete against your friends in the seeded Daily Dungeon!

  • The perfect coffee-break game for genius tacticians and chilled clickers alike:
  • Fight your way through fantasy dungeons in 10 minutes or less. We’re busy people too.
  • Prize-winning game design 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.
  • Explore unrevealed terrain to regain health and mana. Game hook!
  • 6 hours of gameplay? Try 6 billion... You can (and will) play Desktop Dungeons for the rest of your life.
  • Randomly generated dungeons are different every time you play. Build your Kingdom to unlock hordes of new classes, races and challenges.
  • Daily Dungeon allows you to compete against your Steam friends!
  • Amazing soundtrack by the improbably astounding team of Danny Baranowsky and Grant Kirkhope.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
214 of 229 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
352.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Took me over 300 hours to realize I had been tricked into enjoying math.
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95 of 106 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I picked this game up not knowing exactly what to expect.

It is part RPG, part roguelike, part math.

It frequently makes me feel a bit dumb.

The problem is that I really, really enjoy playing it.
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
100.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
At first, I didn't enjoy this game. It seemed fairly random, simple, and frustrating. About 10 or so hours in, I started to understand how the game actually works. Then, things started to click. The game ultimately, is a puzzle game, and a very unforgiving, but rewarding one. Utilize your blackspace effectively, monsters are a resource, leveling up is a resource not to be wasted.

Having to kill 1 Level 10 boss seemed daunting, but when you think you've finally learned how to do it, they then throw 2 Level 10 bosses at you! How the hell am I supposed to beat that? But guess what? I did it. I was thinking, sweet, I know how to play this game. Then, the next set of dungeons appear. Defeat 3 Level 10 bosses. No way, impossible. how the hell do you do that? An hour later, the first of those dungeons falls. The next thing I know, I have to kill 10 of these bosses? IMPOSSIBLE, and do it 3 times with 3 different classes?

Every time you think you've learned what to do, the game surprises and challenges you to do 1 better. The quest system does get a bit grindy at times, and I have mixed feelings about the lockering system, but this is a great game that's not often on sale, but if you enjoy puzzle games, this will definitely fit the bill.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Desktop Dungeons is a turn based roguelike with a little bit of a difference; each run in a dungeon takes about five minutes to come to conclusion. You are free to roam around the dungeon as much as you want, enemies will only attack you if you attack them first, giving you the freedom to work out your strategy however you prefer.

Graphics are the usual 2d style which we are seeing so much of these days, but the sprites are nicely designed with some well-known characters thrown in there such as Super Meat Boy. The UI can be a little daunting to begin with but you see all of the information you require within one click.

Each of the individual levels are randomly generated; this adds to the replayability of the game as no dungeon will ever be the same; I believe each dungeon has its own set "theme" but what is included in the dungeon and how its laid out is completely random. The difficulty is something to be said for though, it is very easy to learn how to play, but very difficult to master, you will die, ALOT in Desktop Dungeons, they even tell you that at the very beginning of the game; it is to be expected. It takes a lot of thought out planning and preparation to work your way through most of the dungeons even straight after the tutorial you are thrown straight in at the deep end.

The game length can vary, I have been playing for about five hours and I still haven’t managed to get past the fifth dungeon, there are tons of content available, class challenges, random dungeon runs, extra tutorial lessons for different spells and many more. I have seen some people with over a hundred hours put into Desktop Dungeon. One of the extra plus points I've found is that a potato can run this game, meaning you can stick it on any machine, maybe even your work machine, and load it up on breaks to sneak in fifteen minutes here and there; as it's not resourcefully demanding.

Desktop Dungeons is certainly worth your time, and boy will it suck up your time as it is highly addictive.

If you found this review helpful, please consider giving it a thumbs up. You can also find more reviews over at http://www.completingthebackloggroup.com/

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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
80.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Your mission should you choose to accept it: Click the link below. Download the 6.3MB prototype version of this game. Enjoy yourself. Then buy the (much improved) retail version. You will not regret it.

http://www.desktopdungeons.net/media/
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59 of 105 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
There are a lot of neat aspects to this game but what killed it for me is how often you know you have lost before you have lost. The dungeons are largely an order-of-operations puzzle (so-to-speak) and if you get the order wrong, or some other minor thing wrong, you literally cannot win. The worst thing is when you're down to the last monsters and you know that you cannot beat them because you have done something wrong several actions ago. In what I have played it didn't seem like there was a lot of strategic adaptability, very unforgiving.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Desktop Dungeons is an extremely addictive roguelike strategy game where each randomly generated dungeon is, essentially, a puzzle to be solved.

It is easy to pick up and play but there is also a great deal to learn and lots of game mechanics to master.

The short length of each dungeon run means that it is a great game to dip in and out of but you can also play for longer periods of time. There is a longer-term aspect to the game as you unlock new options such as races, classes, challenges and quests.

Different dungeons along with the various race and class choices provide new challenges and the player is often required to update or alter their strategic thinking in order to be successful. This keeps the game fresh and engaging.

Desktop Dungeons has a lot of different race and class combinations plus many different types of dungeons and challenges. There is a high level of replay value and it is a game that you could easily play for hundreds of hours.

I feel that it is a really well made game. The soundtrack, in particular, is excellent. There is also lots of replayability here. I feel that Desktop Dungeons offers excellent value for money and it is well worth picking up if you enjoy this style of game.


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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
288.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
A really great game with tons of replayability, you won't find a better value game. The game is humerous, can be tense, is highly strategic, turn based but can be played relatively quickly. One of my favorite games.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Made this purchase on a whim and so far I'm glad I did. Initially, I wasn't really impressed with this game due to the fact that I'm normally a graphics ♥♥♥♥♥. After playing a few rounds and getting my feet wet just a little, I'm finding this title very addictive and not wanting to put it down. Reminds me of some older titles that I played way back in the day. If you catch this at a low price, you're not going to go wrong with it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I started playing the free version of the game and finally got the steam version. That was a really good choice. My advice: Try the free version, it'll show you the very core of the game. If you like it get the full version.

Pros:

- Problems to solve strategically: Essentially every dungeon is different and you can solve it in many different ways. But, one or two mistakes and you're done. This is the rogue-like aspect of the game. In the start you'll feel very lost but as soon as you play you'll start using the deep mechanics of the game in your advantage.

- Progression and goals to be achieved. Development of your kingdom and uncovering different races, classes, items, etc. through the campaign mode. This is the hook of the game, the RPG aspect, and the way it's done is fantastic.

- Huge replayability. The amount of combinations is just enormous. It's always the same idea: get in the dungeon, kill the boss/es and get out, but the amount of combinations of classes, races, deities, items, layout of the dungeon, level of difficulty of the dungeon, badges achievable, etc make every run different than the previous one.

- Daily dungeon.

- Complex and difficult. This game is all about thinking, the puzzle element is about 70% of the game. I you don't like staring at the screen for a couple of minutes checking your best option then you probably won't like the game. Difficult dungeons take about 20-30 min and you need to be focus all the time.

- Good difficulty curve and very good tutorials.



Cons:

- Can't think of any.



Overall this is an extremely well done game (once you play for a while you'll notice this in the little details). Very original and unique in its way. But remember to try the free version first, this is not a game for everyone.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
It's a casual puzzle game with a big RPG hack-n-slash heart and a deep, sadistic soul. You can play the game at your own pace in the bits and pieces of time you have available in a busy day. But it will compel your attention for much longer than that... not because the game demands your attention, but because you want to give it your attention.

Even after about twenty hours of play, there is still much for me to learn and unravel about this game. I very much look forward to continuing this process. Currently priced at $15 US, this game is very much worth its price of admission.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Fun,fast paced and addictive. I've lost a good couple hours of my life playing this and look forward to revisiting it in my library when I'm in the mood for some fast past D&D action.
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
100.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Excellent short-form roguelike. You should play this.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
144.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
I love Desktop Dungeons. I've gotten pretty far in the game (129 hours) and now clearing a level is a rare thing and usually comes down to a single hit, with nothing left, on the last boss. Each move takes a little thought, with efficiency being foremost in mind. The randomness of glyphs, shop contents, and sometimes even who the bosses are add a level of depth and replayability most games can't touch.

Easily one of my favorites.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Desktop Dungeons is a puzzle game that takes elements from rogue and condenses it to a single screen experience. You pick a class, buy some starting items and venture forth into a randomly generated dungeon. Your "hero" always starts at level 1 and you have to find a way to make the best use of experience boosts, glyphs, items and gold to beat the boss (or bosses) of the level. If you're successful you bring back treasures that will help improve your kingdom and allow you to discover new dungeons and monsters.

The goal is to use your resources to beat higher level monsters and get the experience boost you need to level up high enough to strike the boss. Uncovered tiles regenerate you and your foes, so waste as little as possible. Keep weak monsters around to strategically level up mid-fight and gain a full heal. There are lots of strategies and once you master them you can tackle any dungeon with any class. The mechanics are very deep and the advanced dungeons can take you one or two hours to beat them. Some later dungeons also abandon the idea of a single screen map and will offer two or more screens to play with, or challenge you with shifting walls. There's even a minotaur that chases you.

I've been playing the game since beta and there's still more content for me to uncover. The newly added daily challenges adds new motivation to keep playing the game and the absolutely fantastic soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky has been a steady part of my music playlist since release. If you like puzzles and you like strategical fights then this game is a must buy.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
87.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
What an excellent desighn. Sure i can't spell it but this game is built very well. Normally games like this are not my bag, but it is well balanced. Difficult enough and quite entertaining. I think these guys put together a really solid game and had i known it was this good i likely would have paid more. If you have a coupon totally use it you wont be displeased.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
This is the advanced level and next generation of minesweeper.. calculate and satisfied.. {beware addiction in result}
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
I'm constantly losing battles in this game... and I'm loving every second of it.

That to me is the sign of a good game. Winning or losing, you're having fun.

This is such a well thought out game, and lovingly created. The graphics are very beautiful, capturing oldskool PC style better than most, and the music is really something special. All together is a very complete nostalgic package. This game is very chess like. If you enjoy that kind of thing, this game will do it for you.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
181.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Great challenge and learning curve. Recommended if you are patient and like strategy
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
292.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
As a backer of this game, I've been playing this cool game for quite a while, and I still have much to accomplish. If you like combining classic RPG feel (as in D&D), random dungeons every game, and puzzles, this is a good choice for you.
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