Devious Dungeon – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One review of Devious Dungeon
It’s fair to say that when Devious Dungeon landed with me for review I wasn’t really hoping for a great deal from it, yet another roguelike with random dungeons. However, after starting the game up for the first time I blinked and an hour had passed!
The basic concept of the game is you work your way through each dungeon finding a key that opens the portal to the next dungeon, rinse and repeat with the odd boss thrown in for good measure.
There isn’t a lot of story to the game, a few lines at the beginning and end of the game, but it doesn’t really affect it too much,
Along the way you will be earning XP from killing enemies to level up which will give you the choice of which of your three stats you improve, health, damage or critical chance. You will also be picking up the money your slain enemies leave behind to pay for upgrades by buying weapons, armour and other items.
There are secret tunnels and rooms hidden around the levels that will allow you to pick up treasure chests and books which will give you a bit a larger boost to your bank balance or your XP.
In between every 3-4 levels or after you die and are resurrected you will get the chance to visit Olaf the salesman, here you will be able to purchase the upgrades to you weapons, armour and things like Amulets and Potions which will improve some of your stats.
The game is not very difficult and you can continue from around every 3-4 levels when you start a run after death so you are not forced to start right at the beginning of all the dungeons, learning the enemies patterns and how to combat them won’t take too long and this applies to the bosses too.
Generally you will only need a couple of attempts before you scope out how to take the bosses down and even if you do die you can just return directly to the same level and try again.
This is one of the few things that I can point out as a negative is that you will beat the game quite easily as it will likely only take you about 10 or so hours to work through it in total and short of buying everything from Olaf there is not really any replay value here.
Regardless of this, what is here is very enjoyable, the game has a nice feel to it and it does make you want to keep playing to earn the money for your next upgrade and to make it to the next dungeon and another thing to remember is the price point of the game it is only £7.99!
Graphically the game has a decent pixel style to it and a good variety to the dungeons although given the random nature of the dungeons there is always going to be some repetitiveness over the course of you playing through all the levels.
Final thoughts? Well worth the small investment if you want a game to play through without a huge challenge and doesn’t need a huge amount of time pouring into it, really enjoyed my time with it.
With thanks to Ratalaika Games for the review code
Developer: Woblyware/Ravenous Games
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Twitter: @RatalaikaGames / @ravenousgames