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Review: Epic Dungeon (Xbox 360)

Posted by Wombat, 05 January 2011 · 621 views

Last week I decided to pick up the Xbox Live Indie Game, Epic Dungeon, after hearing recommendations by a few people. It’s a retro-styled, rogue-like RPG for 80 Microsoft Points. On the surface, the game looks like a Gauntlet clone but beneath that is a surprising depth and an addictive game that makes the one-dollar price tag seem like a mistake.

The game features four unique character classes, each with their own special ability. These special abilities can be upgraded and you can also add the other classes’ abilities to your character. There is loot to be found everywhere; new armor, weapons, and spell scrolls are picked up constantly.

When you die, you are dead - no reloading an old save, just starting from the beginning at level 1. If you make it back to the dungeon you died in, your tombstone will be there, with a nice inscription and piece of loot from your old character. It’s a nice touch, as are the various multiple-choice conversations that can be found in random dungeons. Pro-tip: give the witch your toe.

There are 50 dungeon levels, each randomly generated. I have yet to make it all the way to the final dungeon, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying over and over again. If you are looking for a fun, fast-paced arcade game that costs less than an Avatar hat, there are few games that I can recommend as strongly as Epic Dungeon.

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Recommended Buy Price: $.99
Current MSRP: $.99

I bought Epic Dungeon with my own money. I’ve played the game for two and a half hours. Epic Dungeon is an Xbox 360 exclusive.




Last week I decided to pick up the Xbox Live Indie Game, Epic Dungeon, after hearing recommendations by a few people. It’s a retro-styled, rogue-like RPG for 80 Microsoft Points. On the surface, the game looks like a Gauntlet clone but beneath that is a surprising depth and an addictive game that makes the one-dollar price tag seem like a mistake.

The game features four unique character classes, each with their own special ability. These special abilities can be upgraded and you can also add the other classes’ abilities to your character. There is loot to be found everywhere; new armor, weapons, and spell scrolls are picked up constantly.

When you die, you are dead - no reloading an old save, just starting from the beginning at level 1. If you make it back to the dungeon you died in, your tombstone will be there, with a nice inscription and piece of loot from your old character. It’s a nice touch, as are the various multiple-choice conversations that can be found in random dungeons. Pro-tip: give the witch your toe.

There are 50 dungeon levels, each randomly generated. I have yet to make it all the way to the final dungeon, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying over and over again. If you are looking for a fun, fast-paced arcade game that costs less than an Avatar hat, there are few games that I can recommend as strongly as Epic Dungeon.

Posted Image Very Good
Outstanding | Very Good | Fair | Poor | Awful

Recommended Buy Price: $.99
Current MSRP: $.99

I bought Epic Dungeon with my own money. I’ve played the game for two and a half hours. Epic Dungeon is an Xbox 360 exclusive.
I've been loving this lil gem for a while now. May I suggest also, Soulcaster I and II
$1.... hard to pass up especially after reading the review.
Looks fantastic for a buck. This seems like something that I personal would pay 5 even maybe $10 for. Now if they could only port it to PC or PS3.
I picked it up shortly after I saw your recommendation on Twitter and I agree that this is a fun game. The $1 price tag just makes it a no-brainer.
I played the demo when I saw your tweet, purchased a few minutes later.
I guess I will have to check this out. Keep letting us know about these good games! This will be my first XBL purchase.
Anyone got a quarter? Pay you back tomorrow.
sounds like Shirin the Waunderer in a ways to me
This is a fun game, but I think I prefer a turn based rogue-like. Still, easily worth the 99 cents. Also check out Decimation X3 which is also 99 cents and awesome, though a completely different type of game. Basically a bullet-hell variation on space invaders. Very addicting and my current obsession.
-5 points for "Epic." Epic. Epic epic epic epic epic.

Yet another useful word, totally obliterated by the damned kids.
Looks cool Wombat. How hard is the game? 50 levels seems like alot with no saving I'm guessing, and no continues.
Is there multiplayer?

Sounds great, thanks for the quick review.
reminds me of moria and nethack in a way.
Where's my podcast wombat!
When I saw Wombat and Epic Dungeon I got my hopes up way to high
I'm a fan of Angband/Zangband/Ancient Cave in Lufia 2, but not of Izuna/Shiren, so I wonder if I'd like this. But I have 3xx points on my account for the past 12+ months, so I will buy it anyways. For $1, it's as cheap as trying an arcade game at an arcade.
"...less than an Avatar hat". That's great, you just sold me.
@Lobster "-5 points for "Epic." Epic. Epic epic epic epic epic.

Yet another useful word, totally obliterated by the damned kids."



F*****g amen man.

I don't see the appeal of this kind of game, I played the trial, but... I didn't know what to think of it. I might give it a shot.
Very glad to see this get some love from you Wombat. The Indie games(the good ones I mean) don't get enough recognition from gamers. So it's awesome to see this review get posted to the main site for potentially thousands to see. Good review too. *thumbs up*