This is a game I've owned for quite a long time now, and before I begin I will clarify that I have way more 10 hours play time on this game, as at many times in the past I have been without internet access and this has always been my go to offline game, I'm sure the number is much more close to 50 hours or so and it still remains my go to offline game.
I've mentioned in other reviews that I don't like games with a short lifespan and little replayability, well this game then is an absolute wonder to me because not only does it provides almost an endless amount of gameplay and tons of replayability, it is incredibly addictive and fun to play.
The mechanics are very simple and there is little to no story at all, which leaves your imagination to get carried away and fill in the gaps as you crawl through the large dungeon areas slaying hoards of quirky little monsters and farming items you have no desire to eat, use or sell. This is a game where you will probably only ever be using the arrow keys and a mouse click, and the simplicity of this provides an easy gaming experience.
I will say I have never played past the medium difficulty level, and I will go further as to say that I have never even completed a single save, I don't usually play with permadeath on either, it's mainly a case of me creating various heroes and forgetting how far I got on each one and deciding to start all over again. This is not a game you could finish in one sit through, even when enabling the mode which reduces the size of the levels, this game is still massive and takes a lot of time to cover each area and collect each item.
One thing I would imagine playing this game is that the simplicity and repetitiveness of this game would get boring, but it never seems to do that, I believe it is probably the desire to push on for more loot, gold and exp to max our your skill sets, as well as find interesting new items with cool stats and comparing them with your current inventory, perhaps one of the most thrilling discoveries you can make on any level is finding the store, which always stocks a bizaare inventory.
The music is also really good, and while it may feel repetitive at some points, it still manages to sound really great and perhaps helps in setting the mood for becoming immersed in the game.
I would say the main factor for enjoying this game is that it excels in making you feel that you have achieved and made progress, there are a lot of achievements you can unlock, and two expansions which add more levels and crazy skills to master, this is definitely a great entry and perhaps a little overlooked work within the roguelike genre and I cannot recommend it enough.
That being said, this game is pretty buggy at times, the levels appear to be randomly generated and at times this can result in some items being blocked off and unattainable without the right skills, and this while slightly annoying, doesn't really take much away from enjoying the game, the game was also very buggy when I played it around it's time of release, but it does seem a lot more stable now. So I would still say it's definitely worth picking up especially given how good the price is.