Combining its own unique take on the real-time roguelike genre, with a nostalgic 16-bit look and feel, Diehard Dungeon is a game that feels both familiar and quite different at the same time. Followed by a trusty, treasure collecting companion chest, you must make your way through the dungeons many randomly-generated rooms and levels.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (206 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 11, 2012

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"A roguelike inspired game somewhat similar to Binding of Isaac and Wizards Lizard. The art style could've been better, but the game mechanics are solid."
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Combining its own unique take on the real-time roguelike genre, with a nostalgic 16-bit look and feel, Diehard Dungeon is a game that feels both familiar and quite different at the same time.

Followed by a trusty, treasure collecting companion chest, you must make your way through the dungeons many randomly-generated rooms and levels. Armed with a sword and a ‘hand cannon’, all manner of nasty dungeon dwellers, bosses and traps will need to be defeated or traversed in order to emerge from the dungeon victorious!

To aid you in your quest, you may be lucky enough to encounter one or more upgrades or new abilities scattered throughout the dungeon, or bump into the remnants of other players (Champions) via the unlockable 'Champion Mode'. Champions wander atop the dungeon walls, ready to unleash their souls upon passers by. Be careful though, as not all Champions are helpful.

A randomly generated dungeon is created every playthrough, with many secrets and multiple outcomes.

The game features a dynamic difficulty and ranking system - the better you do, the more challenging the game will become. Only the most skilled dungeon escapees will attain the highest ranks.

Do you have what it takes to survive the dungeon?

Minigames

  • Mayhem: You have 3 minutes to get a high score by any means necessary. Mayhem is easy to learn, but difficult to master.
  • Survival: An endless series of progressively harder dungeon rooms. Avoid receiving damage and clear rooms within the time limit for bonuses.
  • Fading Light: Destroy 10 pyramids as quickly as possible, whilst avoiding the gaze of the searching eyes, and the hordes of bloodthirsty zombies.

    Each minigame has a global leaderboard.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB video RAM and at least Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
There are way too many reviews for this game spouting cheap, repetitive, barely-descriptive one-liners like “Link to the Past meets Roguelikes!!! A+ very good game!!!” or “Homage to old dungeon crawlers” when the fact of the matter is that it’s just not a very good game. The best thing it does is work without crashing.

The weapons given to the player character are a cannon launcher and a sword. These deal unimpressive amounts of damage even with upgrades. There are also perks that the player can pick up a-la Binding of Isaac for abilities. Unlike BoI, however, these perks don’t really change the way that the game is played too much since they either allow the player to avoid hazards or tack on slight effects to the two weapons (e.g., cannonball explosions spawning tiny pools of fire). The player can upgrade their treasure chest companion by collecting gems to the point where it will fire spikes at enemies or dash around into enemies but those are the only other attack that can be performed.

There are a lot of different sprites for enemy types but they all follow the same pattern: +forward. Everything either runs towards or away from the player, including bosses. This, in combination with the weapons, makes combat really boring and shallow. The gameplay doesn’t particularly change much outside of the included minigame, which is essentially Pac-Man. Click to slash, click to shoot. There’s nothing like BoI’s bullet-hell, active abilities, or item synergy. There’s nothing like Ziggurat’s arena shooter approach to survival (good movement, good positioning, good aim). There’s nothing like Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup/Tales of Maj’Eyal/Nethack/others where items and random events legitimately change the player’s experience (e.g., Bearosphere in ToME). In essence, it’s LoZ: A Link to the Past without anything that made LTTP good fused with the permadeath behind Roguelikes.

The art design is explicitly stated as a “nostalgic 16-bit look and feel” but there’s so much dark and grey and brown, any attempt to have anything that looks at the very least different is crushed. Hammerwatch tackles “retro” in a far superior graphical manner, and Darkest Dungeon utilize black, brown, and grey to create a foreboding atmosphere. Diehard Dungeon just looks like a flash game. There is also a lot of screen clutter in Diehard Dungeon; broken barrels and boxes covering up progression items (keys), tiny shelled critters running around everywhere that don’t deal damage, bouncing spinning spikewheels, etc, all in a small room. Others might say that "this just helps cover up traps!!!" but the fact that it's really easy to see where the physical traps themselves are (spike walls, arrow holes, etc.) defeats the purpose of hiding the trigger.

The XP system and ability system are completely useless. The only thing gaining XP does is increase the difficulty of the mobs and doesn’t change anything about the player. No power bonus, no extra abilities, nothing. All abilities are acquired via RNG chests where players play slot machines for random abilities, which determine the player’s pace; if the abilities picked up are useful, the player can actually play the game at a reasonable pace. If the abilities are garbage, players are forced to plink away at enemies until the odds roll in their favor. Another reviewer described the game as “tedious” and I can’t help but agree; it’s not a fun timesink, it’s not a game one can leave running in the background like a clicker game, but it requires the player’s undivided attention to open the exit to the current room. It feels familiar but unlike the claims, it does nothing unique or out of the ordinary.

It’s fitting that Diehard Dungeon was released on Steam on September 11th because this game is a disaster. Spend your $5 (or $0.99 if on sale) somewhere else.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
It's Legend of Zelda, but as a roguelike. Very fun and addictive.
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93 of 118 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2014
EDIT: I've changed review based on latest updates. If you have questions or remarks please leave a comment.
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What is a... DieHard Dungeon?

It's like a Zelda game. You collect stuff (gold, power ups , keys...) and kill the opponents. Pretty similar isn't it? Well yes but the difference is that It's a Rogue-Like game (perma-death and tough difficulty).


#Gameplay#
Game feels like Zelda, no doubts. You collect stuff and go deeper in the dungeon. The dungeons rooms are randomly generated, each run might be different.
Your companion is a Chest. Chest will help you in game ONLY if you feed it with gold.

There are secrets rooms in this game!

#Music#
Music isn't best side of this game. It's not the best but It's not the worst. It's in between.

#Difficulty#
Game difficulty on start is easy but later after several level-ups, game becomes tougher and tougher.
Each level up increases amount of opponents and reduces chance to obtain a perk.

To increase difficulty, you can always turn the Champion Mode ON.

#Cons#
Well I don't really see many cons in this game, except the fact that you can't rebind keys... YET.
Developer said that he is working on it. When It will be implemented? I don't know.


Developer is updating this game very frequently, so be sure that he will fix bugs and implements some ideas (Check discussion for more info).


Price of this game is very cheap. So why not give a try?

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Recommended to play on Xbox360 CONTROLLER!
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46 of 53 people (87%) found this review helpful
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Diehard Dungeon is a homage to the dungeon crawlers of old, mixed with some new, combined into a retro styled game that is not only aptly named but also a lot of fun to play.

Diehard Dungeon has you making your way though a series of dungeons, collecting gold keys and fighting various monsters and other enemies in an ultimate search for loot and glory. It has a surprisingly large amount of depth for a game with no story, and oddly enough, has a mini-game included that is almost worth the purchase price alone.

The game starts you off alone, in a dungeon with nothing. You quickly find your sword and a few stages later the Companion Chest. The Companion Chest stores your treasure (you never actually access it though) and will even help you fight your way through the dungeon. Upon your first boss battle you will also pick up a hand-cannon, which is literally, a handgun that shoots cannon balls. These make up your primary combat abilities in the game, with your sword being the focus ultimately. At the core, Diehard Dungeon is a hack and slash, but positioning yourself properly against certain foes is still important, as is proper use of the hand-cannon. As one might expect, with such a simple combat system the controls are also pretty simple.

Speaking of abilities, rather than leveling up and using experience points or any system like that; Diehard Dungeon simply has you find or win extra abilities. You can find them in chests that operate like slot machines, a mini “trap-door” game or just laying on the ground. These range from becoming fireproof, adding shrapnel to your hand-cannon or as suggested before, an ability that allows you to kill everything on screen in exchange for one heart of life by pressing B. These abilities are random and make all the difference in your ability to make it through the dungeon in one piece. This makes finding and collecting the abilities incredibly important, but also leads to one of the main downsides to the game.

While Diehard Dungeon is a blast to play, the name is very appropriate. The game uses a simple “heart” system of health, where each hit takes one away and you can add more (if you find some) along the way. That said, when you die, there is no check point; you don’t go back to the beginning of that dungeon room with all that you had when you got there; no, you go back, all the way back. To the beginning. With nothing. While this certainly makes death a big deal, it is frustrating when you seem to have a fairly decent start but then a really tough middle-range area in the game. Basically, if you get overwhelmed in a single room (which happened to me on a couple of occasions) you drop all of your progress from the last half hour and start over again; something made even more possible by the fact health can sometimes be quite rare. Does it add more weight to your death? Absolutely. Does it make you fight that much harder to not die? Of course. Does it make you absolutely want to stop playing the game for a few minutes after? You bet your ♥♥♥ it does.

Luckily the game does offer another mode of play to distract you for a bit while you let the anger inside you dissipate. The mini-game “Mayhem” is not only fun, it comes close to overshadowing the main game. Who would have guess that built within a dungeon crawler would be one of the better twin-stick shooters on the XBLIG service? Mayhem has you playing as the Companion Chest in a room that quickly fills with enemies. The goal is ultimately to get as high of a score as possible in only three minutes, but the “gimmick” is that your score multiplier only goes up if you don’t get hit. It is, simply put; a blast and you will strive to reach higher and higher on the leaderboard (I managed to take first place for an evening). The one downside to this mode is that quite often it seemed I was “being hit’ when there was no conceivable way that I actually was (unless the game punishes you for standing still). I was clearly not near any enemies (or crates) yet felt my controller vibrate like I was hit and saw that my multiplier had gone down as well. I’m assuming there was a reason for it that I just didn’t realize, but for the life of me I don’t know what it was.

Back to the main game, there is one other… issue that soured Diehard Dungeon’s experience. Despite playing through the game well (well? I kicked ♥♥♥) and killing everything in sight and breaking every crate open, I still made it to what I presume is the end of the game without enough golden keys to open the giant chest at the end; so I died and lost anyway. Looking at the developer’s website, “gold key rarity” is something that is planned to be patched in an updating coming any day now, so this is hopefully a non-issue going forward but it was incredibly frustrating to have gotten to the end and still lost because the game simply didn’t generate enough of a crucial item.

Death resetting everything is rough, but it is part of the game and what makes it work (even if you kind of hate it in the moment). A lack of a crucial item that makes an otherwise successful run a waste of time though is very, very close to being a deal breaker. Luckily for Diehard Dungeon, it was fun getting to that point and the mini-game Mayhem compensates for this oversight. Hopefully the patch will fix it, along with a lot of other changes coming soon as the patch is approved, but it is enough to take a great game and knock it down from where it should be; for now anyway.

Highly Recommended

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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2014
A well made top down 16bit Zelda Roguelike with random pickups, bosses, hidden areas, minigames, and increasing difficulty with rank. I put a TON of time on the DRM Free version, and plan to add a ton more to the Steam version. At only $5, it's definitely worth the dough, especially if you like the old Gameboy or SNES Zeldas, Binding of Isaac, or just the newer "Rogue-like/lite" Genre in general. Really worth picking up!
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