Percentile Rank

[email protected] is ranked in the 41st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

41%

Critics Recommend

Based on 37 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Nation Fusion
Yes
Yes
Mar 6, 2017

Now, this is a game that I can totally get behind. [email protected] is a bad ass, top down, roguelike, dungeon crawling experience all designed in ASCII. For those of you who don’t know what ASCII is, I’ll drop some knowledge on you courtesy of Google. ASCII - (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is the most common format for text files in computers and on the Internet. In an ASCII file, each alphabetic, numeric, or special character is represented with a 7-bit binary number (a string of seven 0s or 1s). 128 possible characters are defined.

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ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Aug 2, 2016
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Dragnix
Liked
Liked
Aug 9, 2016
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Scored Reviews

Entertainment Buddha
95 / 100
95 / 100
Feb 16, 2017

If you’re looking for something to play and AAA games are not cutting it for you, then definitely buy [email protected]

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PS3Blog.net
90%
90%
Sep 12, 2016

[email protected] is a brilliant game. There are 26 random levels which ramp up in difficulty at a steady pace, with the final level pitting you against the Guardian of Dungeon. While the game can be a little repetitive and frustrating due to its nature, you’ll love every minute of it – the game is highly addictive. I had a lot of fun playing it for my [email protected] review as I tried to get all trophies to unlock a new shiny Platinum for my collection.

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ThisGenGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2016

[email protected] is one of my favorite dungeon crawling games that I’ve played in a very long time. The visual style of the game is striking and beautiful, the combat is smooth and fluid, and the game has tons of replay value both with it’s level editor and the randomly generated dungeons. If you like trophies the game has a full set including a Platinum to go after as well. The altars in the game feel a little unfair and I wish you could have more than one level created and shared at a time but those are minor nitpicks in this great game. [email protected] is for you if you’re seeking a unique challenging new dungeon crawler.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
GameGrin
Nathan_908

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2016

I really liked [email protected] It has vivid graphics, good depth, a strong solo mode with its presentation of dungeons and the enemies, and this was topped off with a really intuitive Dungeon Creator. There is plenty on offer here, and it certainly doesn’t restrict itself to fans of the genre.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2017

When it comes to gameplay, [email protected] may not be very innovative to the rougelike genre at its core; it’s actually pretty standard as those kind of games go. This game has its artstyle and inspiration to thank for adding tons of charm to what would have been a pretty by-the-numbers entry into the genre. If you love roguelikes, or have fond memories of the old ASCII games, you will absolutely enjoy [email protected] Even if it lacks the depth of some of its competitors, it makes it up in spades in old-school retro charm, and will hook you for hours.

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Digitally Downloaded
Aug 17, 2016

[email protected] is a modernisation and homage to truly pioneering games that were addictive before graphics were even a thing. It’s a hugely entertaining, visually striking experience, and has instantly become my favourite multiplayer title on the PlayStation 4. It does represent how some corners of the modern gaming industry is pushing visceral action over complexity, and that is disappointing on one level, but at the same time I can’t really complain that the developers have gone with the times, especially when it’s this much fun.

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Rectify Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2017

If you're a fan of Diablo's hardcore modes or Gears’ Horde mode, and are a veteran to the climb and fall if a wipe should occur, I would highly recommend you give [email protected] a try.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 8, 2016

People can argue the merit and worth of roguelikes until the sun goes down, but while they’re not the most assorted or varied of role-playing experiences, what makes [email protected] work is the very procedural nature of its design.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 11, 2016

I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun with the game, but as soon as I stated playing for my [email protected] review I realized that this is a very addictive arcade-style release that can easily keep you going for “one more level” until you realize it’s extremely late at night and you should probably get some sleep.

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GameCynic
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2016

[email protected] helps fill the void of roguelikes available on the PlayStation 4, though the lack of persistent upgrades makes [email protected] more of a game meant to be played in short bursts rather than working on a long-term improvement and domination. The solid gameplay and easy learning curve make [email protected] a strong introduction to roguelikes, though experienced dungeoneers may find it too shallow.

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Video Chums
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2016

[email protected] is one of those roguelikes that I'll gladly pick up and play whenever I have the time just to see how far I can descend into the dungeon.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2016

Arguably, [email protected] lacks the depth of some of its genre contemporaries while the uniquely touted ASCII-inspired veneer, though a flamboyant shift from the norm, results in some visually repetitive environments. All the same, [email protected] still acquits itself nicely as a decent hack and slash yarn whose prospects are elevated by co-operative play and a neat level editor that adds a good number of extra hours to its playtime.

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GameSpace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2017

When all is said and done, [email protected] is a decent hack’n’slash game with better-than-average combat and a totally wicked graphic style. While not on par with classic ARPGs like Diablo II or Titan Quest, it’s still a lot of fun and worth the $14.99 (11.99 through the 16th) price tag.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2016

A neat dungeon crawler offering some fluid combat, with tough challenges wrapped up in an art style straight out of Tron.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2016

If you couldn’t tell, [email protected] is a game that warrants exploring. The dynamically generated world and character leveling systems help to emphasize its infinite replayability. After a few plunges into this violent abyss the repetitive grind will set in a bit, but the solid combat helps to take the sting out of infrequent bouts of déjà vu. Plus, the inclusion of couch coop and a fully featured level designer only further cements its value. Have no fear, adventurer. This is a quest that is well worth embarking upon.

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KeenGamer
7 / 10.0
KeenGamer
Michael Keener

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2016

[email protected] is an amazing game when you consider what it is representing. It's paying tribute to the history of RPG dungeon crawling games while offering a unique 3D and current gaming twist to it. Casually sitting between a game with depth and a game so simple in gameplay you can restart a couple times every day, every RPG fan could find something interesting about it.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2016

The rest of Brutal doesn’t live up to its inspired visuals but it still makes for a good time

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 2, 2016

[email protected] is certainly a punishing experience for those not used to Rogue-like tropes. Yet it’s a visually attractive game that pays tribute to Rogue in its ASCII style that’s genuinely appealing, as well as having a clean interface and enough flair in the combat to not be devalued as a button masher. A few issues rise when it comes to cooperative play, which make this a harder sell, but [email protected] is otherwise a fitting tribute to Rogue and the genre that came from it that dominates the indie scene.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 2, 2016

[email protected] is a fun dungeon crawler regardless of whether the historical significance of collecting letters and throwing the @ sign at goblins is lost on you. A distinctive visual style complements simple and enjoyable combat, a satisfying collection of craftable weapons, and a rewarding learning curve. Dungeon runs can get a bit samey, but a co-op mode and robust dungeon creator reward further visits.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2016

[email protected] could use some more content to make runs feel more unique, but the game is pretty fun as it stands. A lovely ASCII-inspired artstyle, entertaining co-op, and some great exploration help carry so-so combat and a lame dungeon creator.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 10, 2016

The potions can help you or seriously hurt you, but I choose to drink them all…every time; that game of Russian Roulette is too fun to pass up

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PushStartPlay
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2016

Its main issues surround a lack of depth and some repetitive design, but while also a little irritating in places, the gameplay is solid and engaging. The aesthetic, sound design and premise are top notch, and I think if you’re interested in a simple dungeon crawler, then [email protected] can provide a great time for you.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2017

[email protected] has a striking aesthetic that tries to brush up on the ASCII dungeon roguelikes of old and modernize the formula some in the process. In the end, Stormcloud Games gets more right than wrong, though a few frustrating quirks turn the title into a niche title that will not appeal to everyone.

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Everyeye.it
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2016

The overall structure of [email protected] is well designed, and procedural generation of the dungeons is good enough to present sufficiently varied floors. Unfortunately a the combat system is soporific and too simplified to entertain.

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Fextralife
7 / 10
Fextralife
Forum Pirate

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 10, 2017

In case it hasn't become clear, [email protected] is a simple experience. That simplicity isn't necessarily bad, as it allows the game to be very focused on the intended experience. I enjoy the game, and for others your enjoyment of the game will hinge entirely on how much you enjoy the core gameplay: kill/break stuff to get materials for more and better stuff, try to conserve resources, repeat until boss or death. The simplistic combat leaves a little to be desired, but it's an entertaining and mostly gratifying way to unplug and spend a few hours causing a little mayhem.

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IGN Italy
6.5 / 10.0
IGN Italy
La redazione

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2016

[email protected] is a decent action game, only for fans of the genre.

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COGconnected
65 / 100
65 / 100
Feb 23, 2017

Hallways are outlined with hash symbols, doorways are represented with plus signs, crafting items are letters of the alphabet, and the dungeon map is a faithful top-down expression of a traditional rogue-like.

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Areajugones
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2017

[email protected] is entertaining, but it is not a great game. This Stormcloud Games proyect has been too ambitious and due to that it has not succeeded in any concrete aspect.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 14, 2017

Though not without faults and a little too easy, [email protected] is still a fairly amusing game. It's fun exploring the dungeon while crushing its many denizens. The gear system is clever and works quite well. Anyone seeking a greater challenge should probably refrain from exploiting the special attacks and vampire curse potions. This rogue-like arguably won't go down as the classic that it's inspired by, but it isn't a bad way to pass the time.

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Destructoid
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2016

I can’t recommend this to all but the most diehard of genre fans. Even then, the art style may be lost on people who aren’t old enough to remember MS-DOS or a ZX Spectrum. That seems to be the most unique feature of the game.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 8, 2016

[email protected] has visual style to spare, but like a dull book with a beautiful cover, the actual game itself is nothing more than a standard dungeon crawler with divisive rougelike elements.

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Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
5 / 10
Aug 8, 2016

The visual look of the game is novel and fun, but underneath it is a shallow and only intermittently enjoyable dungeon crawler.

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Game Rant
Aug 17, 2016

[email protected] is a clever homage to old-school ASCII dungeon crawler games, but its stiff difficulty, cheap deaths, and repetitive gameplay limit its appeal.

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Skewed & Reviewed
Feb 16, 2017

[email protected] is a simplistic game and offers nothing new in a really crowded genre.

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