Devious Dungeon is a rogue-lite-lite game. It has many traits from other rouge-lite games, such as Rogue Legacy, but some of the mechanics are watered down to a point where the game feels easy and more accessible for players new to the genre. With it's great attention to detail as your character changes his look as you buy new gear, to the randomly generated levels which are full of secrets and fiendish beings, every level feels fresh and new – even if you replay the same level. You must be warned though, Devious Dungeon is super addictive so you may end up playing for hours and not even realising it!
Devious Dungeon is a lot of fun. The controls are tight, which makes the platforming enjoyable. The upgrade systems are fun to engage with and help you feel stronger as you progress. The procedurally generated levels make each run feel unique and helps add replayability to the game. There are some underwhelming sound effects and music, and the game can get a bit repetitive, but overall the experience I had with Devious Dungeon was a positive one. This game, I believe, is worth your hard-earned cash.
Most of my time with Devious Dungeon saw me walking through levels destroying everything in sight for coins, then buying the next best gear I could get, before grinding through the next batch of levels.
Despite its flaws, I actually found Devious Dungeon to, for the most part, be enjoyable. Its mechanics and overarching gameplay loop are nothing special, but it is a nice enough package that complements the pick-up-and-go style of the Switch well. Devious Dungeon currently sits at $6.79USD until April 9th, when it will go up to an undisclosed price (I’m guessing $9.99). Either price may be hard to digest given the mobile version is only $1.99 on Android and $2.99 on iOS, but both of those versions had in-game purchases as well (I don’t think they exist in the Switch version). Devious Dungeon isn’t going to offer a ton of content and definitely not any of the truly engaging nature, but it is a fun enough title to pick up on a sale and play for a short while. If it wasn’t for the slight input lag while docked and the short gameplay lifespan, I would have considered rating it a little higher. Given its current iteration, however, I feel like it may be expecting just a little too much from your wallet.
Devious Dungeon is a nice translation of a simplistic mobile game to the world of consoles. It plays surprisingly nice, is quite fun, but what makes it great also hinders it. It's sprite based 2D game controlled with four buttons that can bi addictive, making us play one more level, but when it looses our focus, there's no going back to it.
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