By way of the years, there have been many video video games that debuted on consoles and PC, that felt wonderful for potential mobile variations. Dicey Dungeons ($4.99) took points further. It even regarded want it was constructed for mobile interactions from the start, nevertheless it’s the unusual sport that feels great with contact or button controls all through all platforms. The deckbuilding roguelike dungeon crawler hybrid experience Dicey Dungeons is a fascinating sport that could possibly be my favorite mobile sport of 2022 regardless that it’s a late port. I’ve now carried out it all through Steam Deck, Change, and iOS for overview, and can most likely be evaluating these variations with the iOS launch as with my completely different port critiques.
For many who’ve someway not heard of Terry Cavanagh and play mobile video video games, he has launched and is most recognized for the smart Great Hexagon and VVVVVV. When Dicey Dungeons was lastly confirmed for mobile, I was almost certain it would play most interesting on iOS. Having now carried out it on iPad and iPhone alongside the Change and Steam Deck, the iOS port is nearly wonderful, and the few factors I’ve gained’t trouble you the least bit.
Sooner than getting into the port and mobile mannequin choices, Dicey Dungeons is a extremely gorgeous sport. It seems simple initially, nevertheless is a masterclass in design as long as you’re happy with some RNG. You uncover dungeons as a strolling dice in procedurally generated mayhem involving dice rolls, an outstanding soundtrack, good visuals, and additional. Dicey Dungeons initially felt want it might placed on skinny after an hour or so, nonetheless it opens up so much with new characters to make each little factor actually really feel latest as quickly as as soon as extra. It moreover helps that the mobile mannequin has arrived with additional free content material materials correct from the get go making this an incredible price package deal deal.
What makes Dicey Dungeons stand out from completely different video video games like Slay the Spire, aside from catering to the identical viewers, is the way in which it blends in puzzles with its deckbuilding and roguelite gameplay. Whereas completely different video video games lean carefully on the random elements, Dicey Dungeons feels equal half puzzle in quite a lot of the degrees. That’s elevated by how each of the playable characters will improve the issue and introduces new mechanics. This isn’t to say that the start character is boring, nevertheless the design for the alternative later characters could possibly be very explicit, and making your choice to the final word stage and boss for each character of their very personal episodes goes to test you for sure.
The numerous flooring, character designs, enemies, and animations are great. I’ve always most popular the aesthetic from the preliminary reveal, nevertheless seeing it in motion on extreme resolution reveals truly hits dwelling with how polished and wonderful Dicey Dungeons seems to be like and feels. Marlowe Dobbe’s art work deserves an artbook launch for sure. One issue to recollect is that the game isn’t natively fullscreen on fashionable iOS devices. There are appropriately colored borders that you could be disable, nevertheless I left them on because of that is among the many most interesting examples of implementing a border for a sport designed for 16:9 reveals delivered to iOS.
This launch of Dicey Dungeons on iOS and Android consists of the game, the Halloween bonus pack with its private new content material materials, and the model new Reunion DLC that arrived on completely different platforms the similar time the mobile mannequin launched. Even with out the free DLC and bonus content material materials, Dicey Dungeons is bigger than properly well worth the asking worth on mobile.
Effectivity on my iPhone 11 and iPad Skilled has been good. The highlight of the mobile mannequin is the load events. Dicey Dungeons tons of shut to right away on iOS as compared with the Change mannequin. The PC mannequin moreover tons of shut to right away like iOS on Steam Deck.
Almost about the controls, Dicey Dungeons has wonderful contact controls which may be responsive and intuitive. It truly makes me additional dissatisfied in how Slay the Spire nonetheless hasn’t seen administration enhancements. Dicey Dungeons performs most interesting with contact controls. The reality is, I’ve been using contact controls on Change and Steam Deck as successfully. It does work slightly properly with a controller on these platforms too, nevertheless the mobile mannequin doesn’t have controller help as of now. Not lower than it didn’t work with my DualSense controller. This isn’t a dealbreaker for me given how successfully the contact controls are, nevertheless it’s worth mentioning in any console/PC to mobile conversion.
Dicey Dungeons seemingly doesn’t have iCloud syncing help between iOS devices. That’s disappointing for sure, nonetheless it does have an Edit Progress option to let players from completely different platforms or between devices manually switch progress by choosing what character and episode it’s worthwhile to unlock. That’s an attention-grabbing addition and choice to let people “carry over” progress, nevertheless I’d have hottest right iCloud sync as an alternative between iOS devices. Whether or not it’s in, I’ve not been ready to get it to work all through 2 completely completely different iCloud accounts on 4 devices.
I do know the anticipate Dicey Dungeons on mobile has been a lot longer than I anticipated, nonetheless it has been worth it to see the game launch in such a elegant state. Whereas it has quite a lot of factors that I hope might be mounted in potential updates, Dicey Dungeons is apparent smart and a great match on iOS. For many who aren’t a fan of deckbuilders or don’t like a number of RNG, this gained’t be for you. For many who liked Slay the Spire, I imagine you’ll love Dicey Dungeons. It’ll be arduous for one thing on mobile to prime this for me, and I’m wanting forward to experiencing the model new DLC on Change this weekend all through breaks from having fun with Sunbreak having carried out the underside sport and checked out the DLC for overview on iOS.