Ready for an entirely mouse-controlled dungeon-crawling experience? KintoGames delivers with the delightfully roguelike-sy retro Bit Dungeon, which piles legions of bloodthirsty monsters on you, a hapless lone knight. Click anywhere on the ground to move there, and click on nearby enemies to attack. Hold down the left mouse button briefly to block, or keep holding it to eventually release a pulse that damages and briefly stuns foes by blasting them back. Slaying all the enemies in the room will net you a key you can use to open a door, but also occasionally treasure in the form of equipment you can swap out your old weapons and armors for, or one of three permanent stat bonuses to choose from.
Each dungeon floor has a boss hidden behind ye olde ominous red door, but while killing it will let you proceed deeper, you may want to scour every room before you go on ahead since there's treasure to be found everywhere. You can only have one piece of each type of equipment at a time, so think carefully about its attributes, as any treasure or discarded equipment vanishes once you leave the room you found it in. If you're low on health, you can consider going back to rooms you've previously already cleared to kill some of the low level carrion fiends and ghosts that appear and often leaving healing potions when slain. And since death is permanent, forcing you to start a new game, you really want to be searching everywhere for things to keep your health up, including within the breakable containers you can find in each room.
While Bit Dungeon suffers from a lack of any sort of in-game tutorial beyond the most basic of elements needed to play, what will wind up hurting it most for some players will be the decision to make it entirely mouse controlled. It's the sort of thing that not only will be awkward for players who insist on trackpads for their laptops, but even feels clunky and weird for those of us with mice to use. It's the sort of game that's practically begging for a sequel, or even just an "expanded" version that would let you choose your control scheme to something with a bit less click-click-click-click-click-click-click. Which is a shame, since it looks fantastic and its decidedly old-school gameplay with its plethora of monsters and equipment is immensely satisfying if you want a quick dose of almost arcade-style action. Despite its frustrations, Bit Dungeon is still a gorgeous little monster mash packed with bosses and baddies that will bring out the roaring, giblet-covered warrior inside you.