So a Spartan, a ninja, a barbarian, an archer and a mage walk into a dungeon. What happens next? Puzzles, apparently. Specifically match-3 style puzzles, replete with combos and high scores and glittery magic goodness, which the team over at Deqaf Studio have managed to blend into the turn based RPG formula with superb dexterity. That's right, Dangerous Adventure is a dungeon crawler with a dose of Candy Crush Saga sprinkled on top. The result is a fun exercise in genre blending, where the simplistic joy of match-3 combo creation melds with strategic deployment of each character's skills to great effect. So what do you get when you put a band of misfit vagabonds in a dungeon? A fun, challenging, Dangerous Adventure, that's what!
In each dungeon, you move from encounter to encounter, each marked with a different difficulty. Battles with enemies take place on a board filled with coloured runes to match, each colour corresponding not only to enemies, but to each member of your party, and by clicking clusters of identical runes, you'll trigger attacks from characters with matching colours. You'll deal higher damage if those runes match an enemy's colour as well, but the colour wheel in the upper left corner will tell you what each hue is strongest and weakest against. Each match or action you make counts down the rounds until an enemy can attack you, and if you run out of health it's game over, so make sure to use items or defend when necessary. Weapons and health can be upgraded in the tavern between adventures (this is a fantasy RPG after all), though the characters feel very samey if you subtract their special moves. Upgrading one's health and another's attack can quickly lead to a unbalanced party. But that's part of the strategy after all. It's up to you to build an optimal team that you can work with. Throw in some charming artwork and music that seems worthy of a Spielberg movie and you've got one heck of an experience.