Terrible evil lurks beneath the dwarven hall. Lucky for our hero all he had to do was go warn them about this. Unlucky for him, dwarves are stubborn, judgmental creatures and refused to listen and somehow managed to release this unspeakable evil in the meantime. While luck may not be on his side it certainly is for us as we get to play this grand adventure and strategic dungeon crawl. The online demo of Clewcat's DungeonUp is packed with content enough to stand on its own, with thirty playable floors, and multiple boss battles, it will give a good hour or two of hack'n'slash, puzzles, and general dungeony stuff. Collect colorful keys to open the corresponding doors to advance forward to slay evil. But there are more doors than keys and different pathways to chose. You're going to need your wits about you to get through this game alive. With procedurally generated levels, starting over could actually be more fun.
DungeonUp is a lot more strategy than action based as you'll know the outcome of any fight before you even get into it. Each floor is a maze of doors with a limited number of keys, and the trick is to plan your route, decide what is needed to be gathered first, and what you should go back for later. Upgrades can be bought at special statues, and after you have gathered up enough soul stones, which are given to you by killing a boss, you can purchase new items to help you along your way. The soul stones stick with your character, so even if you have to restart if your plan fails, they stay with you until you spend them. It's a shame to say, though, that this very addicting game has some flaws. The key-to-door-ratio seems to be off, with some users feeling it's impossible on harder difficulties because of it, though on "casual" you gain a yellow key after a minute of using your last one. So get ready to wait, because you'll never have enough keys. The game is very fluid though, and a lot of other frustrations are done away with, such as skipping through battles, the ease of alternating between the mouse and the keyboard, and you don't have a max health so you never waste health potions. Despite the lack of needed keys, DungeonUp is a solid dungeon crawler that will make you want to go back for more. Try out the free demo at the very least if you dare risk the of chance of becoming an addict.
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