An action platformer with some RPG like features
$1.99 with in app purchases
Addictive gameplay, cool upgrades, and charming graphics are the formula for this medieval gem. Be prepared to endlessly hack at monsters as you try to rob them of their precious coins. Noodlecake Studios Inc has created some tremendous games in the past, and this one unquestionably ranks high among them. Despite the grindy, addictive RPG feel we all love, Devious Dungeon can still feel quite shallow at times. Nonetheless, if you are into these kinds of games, it is definitely worth the $1.99.
5 worlds, 10 levels and a boss fight each. This is what Devious Dungeon comes loaded with, and I’m not sure if more will ever be added. Don’t worry, it will still provide you with plenty of playing time if you are like me and scrutinize every single level desperately searching for more coins. Also, due to the very repetitive gameplay, you will surely want to take a few breaks in between sessions. As I said earlier, this game can feel very shallow sometimes. Imagine a dumbed down Rogue Legacy, that doesn’t feel quite completed. The character only has one attack, and you can find the game frustratingly grindy at times. Don’t take this the wrong way though, because Devious Dungeon is actually a very easy game. It isn’t necessarily difficult to get money, but it is a very slow and tedious process.
One cool thing about the levels is that they are randomized every time you enter them. This adds a little bit of spice to a game that certainly needs some. Also, in spite of the repetitive attacking, the controls are actually very simple and easy to get used to. Devious Dungeon boasts an upgrade system for your character as well. The upgrades are lacking in originality, but at least there was an effort made to add some customization. The boss battles are probably my favorite part in the whole game. You can tell that the devs put a lot of effort into designing them, and they look pretty cool. My only concern is that almost all of the bosses are actually very easy. I really hope that the developers will take a crack at trying to add some depth to this game.
The shop in Devious Dungeon has five categories, each one with plenty of items to buy. Again, these items lack in creativity and upgrades are all very bald. Everything you buy will go into one of three skill sets. These are strength (damage), stamina (health), and dexterity (critical). You may also upgrade these skills directly each time you level up. In other words, the principle of this game is to gather up enough gold for the next upgrade. You gain experience through killing monsters, mini “quests” to complete in the game, and secret chests hidden in the walls. I guess you can decide which skill set you want to invest the most points into or you could be like me and distribute them all evenly.
When I think of Devious Dungeon I think of a game with tons of unused potential. As it stands, it is a very fun and addicting game, even though it could be better. Just imagine if this game were to introduce new attacks, skills, loot drops, and other vital RPG features. Even though I highly doubt this will happen, I still hope that one day a game like this will come along on mobile. For what it is, Devious Dungeon is great to pick up and play, and it undoubtedly matches expectations set for action platforming games. The real question is… Can it exceed those expectations?