Sunday, December 19, 2010

Archaic Game Material: Desktop Dungeon

This is more faux archaic. Desktop Dungeon is a throwback-styled adventure game that mimics 8bit games like Telengard as well as board games like Gauntlet. You start with basic races and classes, and the more often you defeat levels the more options you get. It is a free game and customizable. All the sprites are 20x20 pixel PNG files, so you can modify or recreate any of them you want. I play a priest a lot, but did not like his pink robes and cross, so mine has green robes and an orb-topped staff.

The game is very addictive, and not easy to beat. It is more puzzle based than reflex based, and has fair role playing elements. There are altars to the various gods in the dungeons, and you get piety points based on your behavior; some do not like you to kill creatures of a lower level than yourself, some relish all slaying, some want you to eschew magic. The piety points can be built up to buy boons, or favors, from your god.

If you want to check it out, go to QCF Designs and download it. Big ups to Shon Richards for pointing it out to me.

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