One More Dungeon
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One More Dungeon is a loving tribute to the first person shooters and dungeon crawlers of the early '90s, but with the kind of longevity-boosting roguelike touches that will be familiar to modern gamers. Whether deliberate or not, some of its retro touches feel a little too clunky for their own good, particularly when it comes to the controls and interface. Still, there's no denying how absorbing an extended run through its randomised environments can be.
One More Dungeon is an interesting roguelike game that features some rather original mechanics. It doesn't go so far on all its components, as its interface makes it difficult to navigate and its sound design and effects need an overhaul but One More Dungeon still has some elements that allow for fun moments.
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One More Dungeon's retro style will appeal to fans of '90s first-person shooters like Doom or Wolfenstein 3D. There is some further depth to experience if you can get past the super-pixelated design and average controls.
Overall One More Dungeon won't be the game to blow your mind or keep you playing, bleary eyed until the wee hours of a work morning. Despite that, it does a decent job at what it sets out to do and offers quick fun that will have you returning again and again every once in a while. That, and at just £4 it really is quite affordable.
One More Dungeon is a roguelike that offers a lot including bosses, secrets, decent loot, skills to upgrade and the many mutators that can be added.
I appreciate what it is trying to do, and some aspects of the design were unexpected. Unfortunately as a whole there are also elements that feel unrefined and not necessarily complete. With a patch or two I think it could still have room for improvement but as it is I'd say it is likely an acquired taste, even for roguelike fans.
It's hard to criticise any part of One More Dungeon in any meaningful way. I would best describe it as competant in all areas. If you haven't scratched your rogue-like itch in a while then dive right in. Just don't expect too many surprises.
Overall One More Dungeon is an interesting take on how to make a roguelike dungeon crawler that has a look and feel all its own. I appreciate what it is trying to do, and some aspects of the design were unexpected. Unfortunately as a whole there are also elements that feel unrefined and not necessarily complete. With a patch or two I think it could still have room for improvement but as it is I’d say it is likely an acquired taste, even for roguelike fans.
There are achievements to hunt down and unlock which incentivises your time with the game, which have presumably been carried across from the Steam version. But, in speaking to the broader issue that I found with One More Dungeon, I never really felt entertained nor engaged by the experience. The idea to fuse old-school first-person shooter and roguelike genres is sound, but the developer perhaps needed more time and player feedback to refine their vision. As it stands, we’re left with a game that is packed with enough character but lacks an addictive enough gameplay loop to keep you hooked.
One More Dungeon is an interesting take on the roguelike genre as it offers it in a first-person perspective and via a pixel-art style. The game itself allows you to customise the game to your own playstyle and increase the difficulty accordingly but the core mechanics don't pull you in and scream 'replay me' once you have achieved your platinum.