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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...
Release Date: Nov 7, 2013
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Now available for Linux!

May 13th, 2014

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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Desktop Dungeons Update

March 10th, 2014

Added fullscreen filtering options to alleviate complaints of blurriness.
Fixed some issues with specific Steam Achievements not unlocking.
Laid groundwork for future interop with Linux and mobile versions.

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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 the 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.

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX Lion
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any Direct3D 9 card
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: 1.2GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any Direct3D 9 card
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
311 of 463 people (67%) found this review helpful
97 products in account
3 reviews
104.8 hrs on record
If you're reading this, you're either wondering whether you should get this game, or you already own it but like to froth at the mouth as you experience opinions that don't match your own. I understand.

Desktop Dungeons is a somewhat randomized puzzle game cleverly disguised as a roguelite rpg. It's also incredibly brutal. That aside (or possibly because of it), I found the game enjoyable in that "bring out your inner masochistic rage junkie" kinda way. A single mistake can cost you the level, & sometimes you don't find out until 10 minutes later. One time my mouse was on the fritz & occassionally registered two clicks from one press. It rendered this game unplayable. However, overall it was a positive entertainment experience.

So why is this review in the "not recommended" section? I don't find the quality of entertainment worth the price tag. There are plenty of other games out there that can offer a similar playstyle, are more immersive, have greater replayability, & cost a fraction of what I paid for Desktop Dungeons. While this is a decently good game, it's not $15-good. Wait for a sale, preferably at least 30% off, hopefully more.
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
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50 of 80 people (63%) found this review helpful
563 products in account
15 reviews
5.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 11th, 2014
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
2,035 products in account
765 reviews
4.9 hrs on record
Damn hard. That's what Desktop Dungeons is. Even the easiest dungeons take many tries to finish. This game mixes basic RPG elements with roguelike quests/levels. If you die while trying to complete a quest you have to start all over again. Now, many of the battles (at least in the beginning) can be finished within minutes, provided you know exactly what to do. Completing quests earns you money to unlock and upgrade new classes, and of course, this will unlock new quests for you. All of this should make the game a little easier.

But the game might just be a bit too hard because I couldn't even complete 3 quests. And while I still had a good time playing it (mainly because of the short levels) I think the game isn't always well balanced. It requires dedication and effort, -two characteristics I actually possess- but if you have the feeling that you aren't making any progress it's time to quit.

Still, a very good and fun game, once and if it clicks, but beware of the difficulty (spikes).

[Rating: 72/100]
Posted: March 2nd, 2014
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51 of 82 people (62%) found this review helpful
321 products in account
35 reviews
125.7 hrs on record
At times this game can be lots of fun. But the poor documentation and very uneven difficulty progression ultimately make it an exercise in frustration rather than fun.

After playing about 20 hours, and struggling with the game I hit a wall where I couldn't progress any further. I'm not the sort of person who wants to spend lots of time watching youtube videos to understand how to progress so I think I will move onto something else that is better designed.
Posted: March 1st, 2014
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
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18 reviews
70.4 hrs on record
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?
Posted: May 13th, 2014
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258 of 304 people (85%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
29.5 hrs on record
"Normally, with puzzle games, if it seems too hard then you're generally just doing it wrong. With Desktop Dungeons, it's just too hard." — Kakie, Corsual Live Viewer

I have a confession to make. I'm not proud of it, but I haven't finished Desktop Dungeons. I strive to complete all of the games I review prior to writing, but in this case the cross was too great to bear.

My failure came not through lack of trying — I tried for many, many hours — but from an overwhelming level of difficulty. Not the bad kind of difficulty, where cheap opponents consistently barrage you until you die hurling an overpriced controller against the nearest wall, but the good kind of difficulty, that will see you thinking — really thinking — about every move you make, every time you make it, lest your adventure come to a inconveniently early end.

Fortunately, I appreciate a challenge. Hell, I crave it. But in the end, it turned out that there was more to accomplish, collect and unlock in this roguelike dungeon crawler than I could ever hope to discover in just 2 weeks, and so, I began my review in advance.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO...
I first saw Desktop Dungeons while watching MANvsGAME; Danny Baranowsky and Grant Kirkhope, who composed the soundtrack, were there alongside one of the core developers, Danny Day.

They discussed many of the basic game concepts; the randomly generated dungeons and roguelike nature, spell-casting warriors, the coming mobile release, the difference between a harpsichord and clavinet and the origins of Granny Kirkanowsky.

Listening in, amidst the constant laughter, I quickly learned that DD has something of a cult following that grew around an alpha build released to the public years back and available free today, which led to it winning the IGF Award Winning for Game Design. Immediately, I downloaded it to take a look.

IN THE BEGINNING
The alpha turned out to be a crude version of the one MAN was playing. It looked very different — the hand-drawn art wasn't present, instead offering a more traditional pixel art style, and the entire progression mechanic was missing, so choosing a dungeon was as simple as selecting a race, class and difficulty.

Though I was watching MAN play a clearly superior version, I still felt entirely engaged playing the alpha due to the 'roguelike' nature of the gameplay. Every dungeon was different, and though my imminent demise was almost always a single click away, the ability to head straight back in, new knowledge in hand, to a completely new dungeon, maintained my interest throughout the entire night.

That's when I made my purchase, gained access to the browser-operated (sans-soundtrack) beta and began to compare.

NEW IS ALWAYS BETTER
After a brief serving of story and a short tutorial explaining the basics I was directed to my very own kingdom, a world map of sorts, comprised mostly of open space and human inhabited houses. After completing a dungeon, more buildings appeared. An elven habitat, a mage tower, a church...

I quickly realised that the original 'choose race, choose class, choose difficulty' menu featured in the alpha had been replaced here with progressive RPG elements via the kingdom, including a huge host of quests, and that unlike the alpha, races and classes here required an unlock before they could be used.

The game continued forward, revealing multiple new features. Gold could be collected from dungeons and kept afterward, and then used to purchase preparation items that could be used in future dungeon attempts, or saved to unlock new buildings in the kingdom.

Eventually, I was introduced to the tavern, which served as a hub allowing access to multiple dungeon types. It was here that the largest difference between the alpha and beta made their appearance — there's more than one dungeon type in the full version. A lot more.

DON'T ♥♥♥♥ OFF THE DEITIES
That's when things started getting tough, and it was at about that time that the full Steam release arrived, this one complete with Granny K's masterpiece soundtrack.

I was happy to learn that the progress I'd made in the beta was saved, and too, that even though I could now play the full release on Steam, I could continue to do so from my browser if I chose. Everything is saved online, so portable gaming is a legitimate option. A good thing, too, as Desktop Dungeons lends itself perfectly to quick gaming when you've only got 10 minutes to spare. Come on mobile version...

Where was I... oh, right. It's hard. Even the normal dungeons are hard. And the hard dungeons are a lot f@&ing harder. God only knows if there are even harder dungeons around the bend, but if there are, you'll likely need God's help to complete them. Well, at least one of the Gods, anyway.

Yes, yes... I know. Terrible segway, yada-yada. Gods are the key to victory in many of the dungeons, yet they're also a leading cause of death. The decision to adopt a deity is usually a hard one — on the one hand, they offer amazing buffs and bonuses that are generally the key to victory, on the other, they'll restrict you in various ways, punishing you severely for whatever they deem misconduct — though mastering their ways is essential.

THIS IS THE GAME THAT NEV-ER ENDS
That's where the other 'game mode' really helps: Puzzles. After unlocking the Explorer's Guild building in your kingdom you'll have access to a series of puzzles - dungeons that aren't generated randomly, but instead, have a single specific solution that you must discover in order to succeed.

They double as great ways to learn more information about the various items, weapons, spells, deities and conversion materials on offer, and though not everyone will need them, they're highly advised if you're having difficulty completing certain quests or dungeons.

And that's everything I know. Almost. I know that of the nine classes I've unlocked there are another nine to go. I know that of the four races I've unlocked there are another... actually I don't know how many more there are. One, at least. I found him once — a Halfling trapped in a dungeon within a dungeon who nicked my last potion— but failed and haven't seen him since. That's a lot of the fun in Desktop Dungeons; every dungeon is different, and you never know what you're going to get. If you like The Binding of Isaac, or Spelunky, or more appropriately, Rogue Legacy, which offers a similar style of 'progressive roguelike' gameplay, then there's a great chance you'll love Desktop Dungeons, too. It's as hard as the others — perhaps even harder in its own way — but if you're not one to shy from a challenge then there's a lot to enjoy.
Posted: November 29th, 2013
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Awards


IGF 2011 Winner - Excellence in Design


IndieCade 2011 Finalist