January 30, 2023

Desktop Dungeons is a morish puzzle recreation from 2010 that channels standard dungeoning into fiendish headscratching. Each enemy sits nonetheless, ready so that you can come and whack it. Whack willy-nilly, although, they usually’ll kill you very quickly – so it’s a must to tactically discover components of every stage to heal, whereas concentrating on foes in an order that permits you to survive lengthy sufficient to stage up and tackle the massive bads.

Desktop Dungeons: Rewind is an upcoming “trendy remastering” of the unique, with 3D graphics and the power to rewind time relatively than begin every stage from the very starting. It is acquired a demo you’ll be able to play proper now, and it is including free day by day challenges with a sharable leaderboard later this month. I’m hyped.

It is good at producing plenty of small moments that really feel satisfying. Simply from quarter-hour of tinkering with the demo, I’ve already had a few instances the place I acquired to relish venturing right into a single tile that restored simply sufficient well being for me to outlive a combat. One other combat took me down to at least one HP, however I might timed it so I instantly acquired to bask within the full well being bar of a stage up. There’s one thing very pleasing about turning such a well-known concept right into a essential element of a puzzler.

The 3D graphics aren’t as instantly readable as their sprite-based forefathers, however I discovered myself adjusting fairly rapidly. I can also’t bear in mind there being so many gadgets to make use of, but it surely has been like, 13 years. Builders QCF Design say your saves from Desktop Dungeons will nonetheless work, so it might probably’t be that totally different.

You possibly can play the demo proper now, however ranging from January twenty fifth there will be a brand new, procedurally-generated dungeon every day that you simply get one stab at. One-shot day by day challenges might be magic, if you may get a gang of pals to all take part and evaluate methods and leaderboard scores. That is free, so hey, possibly you’ll be able to.

Desktop Dungeons: Rewind is due out in some unspecified time in the future this yr, on Steam.

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