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Rating: 4.6/5 (68 votes)
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Pixel Dungeon

JohnBRoguelikes are often considered the natural enemy of casual gamers. The ages-old genre has a reputation for endless dungeons and painfully difficult enemies layered on top of obscure keyboard commands to do everything from scratch your elbow to quaffing a potion. To top it all off, classic roguelikes use ASCII graphics, which might as well be a parade of LOLcat speak. Even if you smack some artwork on top of the game, no one puts "roguelike" in the same sentence with "I have five minutes to spare, I guess I'll go play a (blank). Just to relax.".

Pixel DungeonThat's where Pixel Dungeon comes in. This free dungeon crawling RPG aims to be a roguelike anyone can play, all without stripping itself of everything that makes crawling through randomly generated sewers an entertaining event. All you need to do is tap the screen to move across the tiles, wiping away the darkness to reveal walls, doors, items, treasure, and an enemy or three (teeth gnashing, be careful!). Manage over 50 different pieces of items and equipment to ensure you can handle the punishment you'll take, then try to stay alive long enough to crawl deeper within the prison.

Pixel Dungeon hits a very nice sweet spot between mindlessly casual and intelligently retro. It manages to preserve the feeling of mysterious loot and dangerous enemies hiding behind the shadows, encouraging you to explore but never giving you enough power to charge through without a care. You're not helpless, of course, but you're not invincible, either. Pixel Dungeon is missing a few extras that could help round out the experience, like additional character classes and background music, but creator watabou has promised these things and more in the future. Dive in now for a great mobile roguelike, then hang on for some very promising developments in the future!

NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the Nexus 4. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.

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I am an old school who got my start on zork and rogue, etc.
I have played quite a few, perhaps all of the rogue like games in the app market and even a few I found floating around the internet. Pixel Dungeon is the best of them all!

Watabou answers people's questions in the official forum and it actually implements some of the better suggestions into the new updates. I have gone through 2 updates now with this game and each time it is significantly better.

I agree with JohnB, additional character classes would be greatand of course there are a couple other little things that I would love to see but like I said have not found any other similar games that come close. Every time that I die after advancing to a high leveland I lose all my enhanced weapons and identified potions and scrolls, I just sit there staring at my screen blankly, swearing I will never play it again.. but of course then I experience the "okay, just one more time" that players of great games will understand.

Im technobrad on fb and I approve this message :-)

Btw, "mindlessly casual and intelligently retro " is brilliant. Kudos on a great article.

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Love this game. I just discovered it and I would like to echo Bradley and JohnB.
The game is now also available for computers, so you can have all of that android fun on a larger screen.
Most of the keyboard commands are pretty intuitive (arrows to move, S for Search), but if anyone knows more of them, please share!

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