"Deleciously retro-looking", is what my wife said to me yesterday, after looking over my shoulder while I was playing Dungeon of the Endless. I just hummed, or nodded my head. I totally agree with her, but I was just too spellbound by this game - especially since the completed version has launched last monday!
Don't get me wrong, I could have easily looked over my shoulder and have an indepth discussion about the visuals of the game, because even though this game is a Tower Defense meets Dungeon Crawler meets RPG meets [prolly some other genre] it only has the GOOD elements of each type game. Examples..
TowerDef) A wave of monsters only comes after YOU decide to open a door. Don't want to fight for a bit? Just don't touch anything..easy
RPG) "Experience" is gathered in a pool and YOU decide who to give that experience too. You can see what kind of effect the added level will have on stats and active or passive abilities. Maybe you want to use that experience on healing or on buying stuff instead? Your choice..
What I already found during early access:
the visual are delicious,*1
the characters are rich, *2
the game is versatile and challenging,
the play is intuitive,
What I realised since the full version:
the characters are even richer*2
the game is really well-balanced*3
*1 Maps are randomly generated each game, you don't always get the same monsters on the same floors, every room looks different with only slight repetitions here and there, every other floor you get a complete new set of rooms and monsters.
*2 Regarding rich characters, each character has a short biography, some have interactions with eachother or make random remarks, but you're not drowning in walls of text. Instead you're really drawn to the characters in your team and want to get to know them better. Between more than 10 characters, I've only found 2 that are connected so far..
*3 Died at floor 7 out of 12? Stop crying...start again!
Buy this futuristic film noirish, action/comedy/attidude-packed, soon-to-be-award-winning-game-(mark-my-words)!