Look, up in the sky! It's a roguelike!... No, a platformer! It's Great Dungeon in the Sky! You are one of many many many many (many) adventurers to delve into a mysterious floating dungeon. But you're not working with your fellow plunderers; you're shooting, flame broiling, stomping, slashing, and otherwise ouching them to death on your way to vanquish four dragons to reach the lair of the Big Bad Boss. There's no treasure to be found, and you're probably going to wind up a smear on the floor at least once, but the good news is every enemy you stomp becomes a playable character. Rock it drow mage style, or play an underling king; if you can knock 'em down, you can suit 'em up.
All characters control with the [arrow] keys, and the [Z], [X], and [C] keys activate their respective abilities. Each ability has a cooldown period represented by the blue bar in the upper left below your health bar. Seek out the glowing green light in each level to unlock other stages to explore, but be careful; the dungeon's floors rarely stay the same, and neither do its enemies. There's no finesse involved unless you count mashing the attack keys and knowing when to run away marketable skills, but something about the simple presentation and surprising amount of replay value involved in unlocking new characters with new abilities tingles a certain part of your brain. Of course, some characters are more interesting than others, and a lot of them feel like reskins of one another, but there's still a lot of fun involved in hacking and slashing your way through the enormous roster... and maybe even unlocking a surprise or two.
Featured in a recent Link Dump Friday, the game proved to be rather remarkably popular, and we decided it deserved its own entry to bring it to those of you who are too busy on the weekends flying around in your private jets eating lobster thermidor to have seen it. (We know Counts and Countessas make up a large portion of you.) While not perhaps meaty enough a concept for some gamers, Great Dungeon in the Sky offers simple, frenetic fun with a lot of action.