A wonderful example of what a roguelike should be! Main elements of THIS game :
-A game in which your character gets better and better fighting harder and harder enemies (might bear some similiraties to grinding, which means repeating a step many times to get something out of it.)
-Levels are randomized during every playthrough, challenging the player to conquer the dungeons and castles with new tactics.
-A game in which one needs wits and guts to win.
And now, some words of this game: No, don't let those cutesque graphics and jolly pixels fool you, this is no joke. The game is unforgiving and should provide you challenge for some time. Enemies are many, but bosses are the thing. 5 bosses, piece of cake, you think! No.. and wait till you get to REMIX bosses ;)
Upgrading, power runes and many pieces of gear form a well-crafted system to spend your hard-earned money. The system also carries on after you die, so no need to buy all again.
There are 8 different classes to unlock, and one secret class. They all have their own powers (and weaknesses). Every hero also has a spell. In the beginning of each game, you get to choose from 3 heirs - this is were the traits come in. Traits are a randomized (dis)abilities that your character can have. A farting Mage with no peripheral vision, colorblind dwarf Knight or a giant endomorph knave could be your chosen hero!
Not all heroes are born equal, but all have the same possibilities, after all!
Story is rather interesting, divided into library rooms you find exploring the castle. Find them all!
There are also secret rooms, and challenge rooms in which you can, if you have some skill, get a useful power rune to strenghten you on your quest.
The OST is wonderful, suited for the atmosphere.
The game has controller support, and I've heard it is easier with one, but I've never played with it. It's not NECESSARY to have one to play the game. See for yourself.
And so, if you've made it this far, I hope my simple review has given you some idea of the game and it's mechanics. Price is absolutely reasonable for this much content and replayability. Give it a try, see for yourself. Anyways, it's worth it!
And finally thanks to CDG, who made this game; great work!
Julkaistu 22 helmikuu(ta) 2014.