A dungeon crawl where YOU are the dungeon! Lead your minions in tactical turn-based combat against the pesky heroes, and unlock a variety of evil Powers. With a dynamic campaign system and a branching storyline, "Reverse Crawl" lets you experience an RPG from a whole new angle!
User reviews:
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Very Positive (14 reviews) - 92% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (181 reviews) - 91% of the 181 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 24, 2015

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Reviews

“The game’s simplistic appearance hides a challenging and entertaining game that has a lot of replay value.”
8.5 – http://www.sggaminginfo.com/2015/09/reverse-crawl-review/

About This Game

A dungeon crawl where YOU are the monsters! Lead your minions in tactical turn-based combat against the pesky heroes, and unlock a variety of evil Powers. With a dynamic campaign system and a branching storyline, "Reverse Crawl" lets you experience an RPG from a whole new angle!

FEATURES

- Tactical turn-based combat system, where you control the dungeon's minions!
- A dynamic campaign that will be different each time, complete with a branching storyline
- Artwork, coding and animation by one person (!) in that unique Nerdook style
- Unlock new minions, traits and powers as you play, depending on your choices during the campaign!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Processor 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible 3D graphics card with 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Processor 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible 3D graphics card with 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.0 or later
    • Processor: Processor: 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.0 or later
    • Processor: Processor: 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL-compatible sound card
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Very Positive (14 reviews)
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Dinosaur Sensei
( 21.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
The best game in the world. Don't use the horned devil.
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Tillburg
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
GLANCE RECOMMENDATION: 89% YES / 11% NO

GOOD
  • Game design is superb. The way the quests, rewards, and battle setup is arranged feels tight and rewarding. All the way down to the mobs and even the skill system.
  • Lots of room to make your own decisions on what main combatants to focus on (e.g. undead, beasts) and also which to unlock via the quest system. Often I wouldn't know exactly what units I would be getting from quests (like obtaining the book of flesh unlocks a flesh golem unit), so I wish that was more explicitly stated, but I had enough of an idea when choosing the quest to guess what I may get out of it.
  • Music is whimsical and funny enough reminds me of Plants vs Zombies.
  • Sound effects are gratifying and appropriate.
  • Lots of things to do post game with endless mode and NG+ if you want to flesh out your creature list and skill upgrades.

NEUTRAL
  • Earyl game clerics made me wary to ever build up undead units or skills so I ended up putting a lot of points into beasts. Never got to use the main character's unit much in the game which was a shame.
  • Art is one of the weaker points, but is still fine overall. This and the UI are the two areas I'd recommend polishing if a sequel was planned.

SUMMARY
True to its name you do build up an evil army to overtake the heroes and reclaim your name. The games creature, skill, and reward system are incredibly enjoyable and well paced. An great, reverse romp that I enjoyed playing.
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feedingfatalfairies
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Fun little game. It's not really a reverse crawl, it's just a short RPG turn-based combat campaign. The gameplay, music, and graphics are well done. Story is pretty basic but didn't bother me. I enjoyed the two half-days it took me to finish the campaign and play some of the game+ content. I managed to amass an army of infinitely spawning rats, archers, and undead by the time the final boss came around.

Would recommend this game if you can pick it up in a sale, I bought it for $2 and that was definitely worth it. Defnitely worth the full price if there was more content, like and extended or additional campaign. Sequel maybe?

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Encantador
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Very cartoon-ish, light-hearted, dynamic, provides lots of fun! Good old hex/HP/armor/attack/damage/magic/etc style with a couple of twists that make this game really cool. For example, the concept of groups/packs entering the battlefield once the previous one is destroyed, and also randomizing the troops a little before every battle, and the characters and dialogs are cute, and the story choices make every game quite unique.
Highly recommended!
Gameplay [English subs]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP12nD3wA60
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WanderingHero
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Pretty good game though not quite what was advertised.

Also a bit easy, only lost twice and that was when I was being blatantly careless.

You don't actually play as a badguy and the story isn't that deep. Campaign is only 4 hours long, and all that changes are a few choices (only 3 really effect the story), but good enough for what it is.

If you enjoyed Nerdock's games on kongregrate you should be happy with this
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Fancy Hoovyturtle
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
for being a 3 hour long game it was one of the best experiences ive had scince 2011-11-11
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frostward
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Animal minions are pretty good
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AdamJB
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Reverse Crawl is a casual tactical turn based RPG.
If you've ever played a Nerdook game before then you should already know if you will like this game. (I personally really like their style)
In my opinion the description about "you are the dungeon" and fighting "pesky heroes" is not how I would describe this game at all. You are clearly the "good guys" and the heroes that you fight come across as more powerful enemies.
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EternaTea
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
I'm only recommending this game for people who like to farm achievements. Any variety or depth in Reverse Crawl is destroyed by the fact that you can only choose so many event options per playthrough. Things stagnate quickly, but you can burn through all of the games achievements in a couple hours. If you're interested in that type of thing.

For the rest of us, treat it like the 99 cent mobile game it should have been: Buy low, and understand that you're getting a short, but quirky and mildly-entertaining game that really amounts to a bit of fluff when you have literally nothing better to do. I wish there were more to it than that, because I felt like the game had some promise when I first started playing. Then I abruptly beat my first runthrough without any further development. Played a few more runs, and nothing changes. I expected a snack-size game, and got more of a stick of chewing gum. Or a cup of crushed ice, maybe.
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Dont be silly Wrap your willy
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Reverse Crawl is brilliant little game.

It might look like something which should be on Newgrounds but IMHO it has full right to be here on steam asking it's retail price. To be honset i can't name one thing i didint like here and it has many many things which are great .. few for example :
- Plenty of different units
- Full pledged leveling up and upgrade systems
- Different endings
- Different paths throuout campaing
- New game +
- Many more...

If you have your eye on this game but that ' newgroundsy ' wibe it might give you keeps you from getting it - don't worry! This game will likely surprise you in a very good way :) !
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I admit the name of the game and description are unintentionally misleading, a fun turn based strategy game where the only flaw is that truthfully, its kinda on the short side, there is some replay value, especially if you want to 100% the acheivements *which I did* get it on sale if you can, still worth the game hours though.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Reverse Crawl is brilliant little game.

It might look like something which should be on Newgrounds but IMHO it has full right to be here on steam asking it's retail price. To be honset i can't name one thing i didint like here and it has many many things which are great .. few for example :
- Plenty of different units
- Full pledged leveling up and upgrade systems
- Different endings
- Different paths throuout campaing
- New game +
- Many more...

If you have your eye on this game but that ' newgroundsy ' wibe it might give you keeps you from getting it - don't worry! This game will likely surprise you in a very good way :) !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I'm only recommending this game for people who like to farm achievements. Any variety or depth in Reverse Crawl is destroyed by the fact that you can only choose so many event options per playthrough. Things stagnate quickly, but you can burn through all of the games achievements in a couple hours. If you're interested in that type of thing.

For the rest of us, treat it like the 99 cent mobile game it should have been: Buy low, and understand that you're getting a short, but quirky and mildly-entertaining game that really amounts to a bit of fluff when you have literally nothing better to do. I wish there were more to it than that, because I felt like the game had some promise when I first started playing. Then I abruptly beat my first runthrough without any further development. Played a few more runs, and nothing changes. I expected a snack-size game, and got more of a stick of chewing gum. Or a cup of crushed ice, maybe.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Reverse Crawl is a casual tactical turn based RPG.
If you've ever played a Nerdook game before then you should already know if you will like this game. (I personally really like their style)
In my opinion the description about "you are the dungeon" and fighting "pesky heroes" is not how I would describe this game at all. You are clearly the "good guys" and the heroes that you fight come across as more powerful enemies.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Pretty good game though not quite what was advertised.

Also a bit easy, only lost twice and that was when I was being blatantly careless.

You don't actually play as a badguy and the story isn't that deep. Campaign is only 4 hours long, and all that changes are a few choices (only 3 really effect the story), but good enough for what it is.

If you enjoyed Nerdock's games on kongregrate you should be happy with this
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Animal minions are pretty good
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
for being a 3 hour long game it was one of the best experiences ive had scince 2011-11-11
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
One of my favourites now
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
75 of 81 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
I've always been a fan of Nerdook and his games, so consider me a little bias. Reverse Crawl isn't exactly what it looks like on the surface; The game is more about controlling a group of "Evil" minions that grow in strength through your decisions during multiple turn-based battles. After every battle, you get a choice to upgrade a specific area of your strengths; This could be making your Skeleton Minions deal more damage, or one of your more powerful creatures to gain a new ability. The Campaign is about three solid hours, give or take, and there are no real penalties for losing a "Mission". Every step gives you a choice of up to 3 different pathways, save for explicit encounters, and you can grow in strength depending on what you choose.

Missions vary from taking down a Hero to gain more XP, to ambushing Merchants for loot and special upgrades, or enslaving/saving evil guys from the good guys. There's a LOT of variety and strategy, with every upgrade providing a unique and interesting ability that you can play around with. The difficulty is so-so; I didn't have any real troubles during the campaign, but I'm used to Nerdook's style of gameplay. After beating the campaign, you unlock New Game+ mode as well as Endless Mode, which becomes more or less a dungeon crawl.

If you enjoy turn-based RPGs that let you continuously grow more powerful, as well as enjoying cute (if amateur) art, then you can't go wrong with Reverse Crawl. I suggest that you go to a flash site (e.g Kongregate) to play some of his older games, like Dungeons of Kong, Cat God vs Sun King, Deadly Neighbours and more. They're all free and can give you a good example of his abilities. Still, for $5 Reverse Crawl is a steal. I can see myself playing over and over again in the future, and making new, fun decisions.

I don't review often, but this game was a day-one buy for me, so I give it my all-star 10/10 rating. I hope that you enjoy the game, Nerdook is a great guy.
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128 of 181 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
"You are the dungeon" - unfortunately this is not the case. It's a turn based combat game which although cute, is little more than a process of clicking on the enemy and watching it's health bar drop. Although probably worth the money to people who like this sort of thing, it's not for me and I don't think the brief description summed up the game very well - If I'm the dungeon, I want the heroes to come to me!
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