Devious Dungeon 2- Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Devious Dungeon 2
Devious Dungeon 2 is Rogue-lite action platformer with a medieval, fantasy theme – you will take charge of one of three characters Barbarian, Rogue or Mage; Each come with their own stats and skills. Can you storm the Castle and take the treasure from the Summoner…?
The story for this game is very simple, you are a treasure hunter who must go through a series of action platforming levels to find the treasure and the warp portals all whilst collecting coins and treasure for gear upgrades. In my opinion however, you can skip the intro cutscenes and you really will not be confused as to what is happening. The story plays more of a pretext as to why you are in the castle but is nothing more than flavour text.
The gameplay is very simple and easy enough to understand, you start with your choice of character. The first one and probably the easiest character to play is the Barbarian, he plays very much like a tank and can take multiple hits before dying but his downside is he is very slow. The second character is the Rogue, he feels of a middle difficulty.
He can run and double jump which makes the platforming easier but his attacks are weaker. Finally you have the hardest character to play as the Mage. The Mage has a projectile weapon which means you can kill from further away but you will struggle as the enemies run towards you.
Whilst you run around and kill the various monster enemies you will find they drop coins and on the top of your screen you will see your money slowly creeping up. You will also find your EXP bar every time you increase in level you get the option to increase either your health, damage or chance of a critical hit. Once you have completed the first 2 stages and from every end stage after you will be met by Olaf and the Priest. The Priest for 50 coins will heal you back to full health and Olaf will sell you upgrades. The four upgrades are weapons, armor, potion and trinkets. All upgrades start of at around 200-400 coins but will steady increase as the levels go on. After you die you will be taken back to the town where you can visit Olaf’s shop and buy the upgrades before returning to the castle to try again.
When your character is killed and respawn back in the village re-arm and head back into the castle, you will find you have to start the start of the level you died on i.e if you die in 2-3 you will restart at level 2-1. This in my opinion is a fair option it means you can gain steady progress and save points so this game does not have to be beaten in one sitting.
Devious Dungeon 2 also has random generated maps which means there will always be something new to explore and kill. You can also replay levels if you want to grind out coins for that specific upgrade you desire. Having the random generated maps makes the grind a lot more enjoyable than if it was the exact same thing over and over again.
The overall graphical design is very simple pixel art, which is not a complaint I feel in this sort of game having everything being more simple style makes the game and projectiles easier to see. The audio unfortunately is a bit of a letdown, the soundtrack is very repetitive and a lot of the sound effects are very lackluster and do not have enough oomph. Overall it would not put you off playing the game it is just a shame because you know it could be better.
The controls are very simple and have a Mario style float to them making the platforming very easy and has more of a flow. All attacks are down with the X Button and A to jump, so thankfully no streetfighter esque button combos to remember.
Priced at £7.99 Devious Dungeon 2 brings a lot of fun and enjoyment. Also it has a hit the below £10 region which a lot of people use as a price cap for Indie games.
Overall Devious Dungeon is a very well made Indie game and can be a lot of fun in short 30 minutes bursts. I would recommend this game if you enjoyed the original and are looking for more of the same.
Thank you to Ratalaika games for the review code