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Ring of Pain

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Available on:PCOct 15, 2020
Nintendo SwitchOct 15, 2020

Developers: Simon Boxer, Twice Different

Publisher: Humble Games

Genres: RPG, Strategy, Roguelike

Enter the Ring of Pain... Delve into randomly generated ring dungeons where encounters come to you! Observe and plan your route. Will you go for the loot or backstab a creeping horror? As you scavenge, fight and sneak to new encounters, the ring reacts to your actions. Play as fast or slow as you like in this challenging, turn-based roguelike. Just be careful where you tread - You may find yourself ambushed, or worse... See the outcome of your choices so you can focus on decisions. Creatures broadcast their actions in a hostile environment, ready to erupt. Will you flee or find a way to use the dungeon against itself? Positioning is key to survival. You can be quickly overwhelmed… Mimics offer you a choice for a price. Take what you can hold and build a combination of gear with passive powers. Maybe you’ll be quick and evasive, with an acid soaked blade. Or maybe you’ll be a brute force juggernaut, or a fireborn damage sink with an affinity for explosions. Buy your way to power or adapt with what you scavenge in these unforgiving depths. Deep in the Ring of Pain you will discover new paths into the unknown. Places with new friends, powerful loot, and cryptic rhyming lore. Find pleasant reprieve and howling terrors best left undisturbed. The brave may be rewarded for their risk... or crushed by their ambition. In darkness, careful where you tread. What was unknown now fills with dread. - 16 Core path dungeons plus 2 branching endings to test your final build. - Hard mode items to unlock for those who thrive on pain. - A Daily Dungeon mode to unlock with 25+ puzzling modifiers. - 25+ Special dungeons to detour through, filled with loot and strange encounters. - 4 Environment regions with their own flavour of terror. - 180+ items to unlock and combine in a 15 slot inventory. - 40+ Creatures to learn and adapt to. Some friendly, some fierce... - Responsive turn-based mechanics so you can play swiftly or strategically. - Cryptic, poetic lore delivered in bite sized rhymes. - A raw graphic art style inspired by Aphantasia. - Cute frog friends.

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Ring of Pain can be frustrating in its difficulty, but more often than not, it's satisfying and wonderfully creepy.

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Ring of Pain is an excellent concept which is almost perfectly executed, but falls flat at the final hurdle. The gameplay is as engaging as it is moreish, which is why it's such a shame that the difficulty spike at the end ruins the experience. Hopefully this is something that's amended after today's release.

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Ring of Pain shows creativity and promise, but all to little depth to carry those qualities through. The choices presented by the game are interesting in principle, but in practice your success or failure are determined by luck more than anything else. The result is a game defined by repetition, which struggles to justify the time it asks of you. That said, for a minor price and a fun few runs, you could do far worse as a distraction.

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Ring of Pain is an immensely enjoyable experience that can be monumentally frustrating due to its luck-focused nature. It has excellent mechanics and really has a way of worming itself into your brain. But it can be horribly aggravating all the same.

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