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. Very Good Outstanding | Very Good | Fair | Poor | AwfulRecommended Buy Price: $.99Current MSRP: $.99I 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.