In Bit Dungeon Plus players explore randomised dungeons in a quest to find their missing friend. With an increasing difficulty as you become stronger and build your character how you want with passive abilities. Should you enter the Bit Dungeon? Read our review below…
To begin with, I’m going to be brutally honest. I started played Bit Dungeon, and I thought it was the worst game I had played. I was far from impressed with nearly all of the game bar the music. However, the more I played it and discovered how the game works, I began to feel the need to play it. It grows on you slowly, enticing you with slightly better weapons and armour. Ensuring that you keep searching for more loot to increase damage output, defense and the various other stats you can buff up. Bit Dungeon is essentially a game that requires you to invest time into to fully appreciate it.
To start with, you will dish out 2 points of damage. Meaning mashing that attack button and receiving plenty in return. Persevere long enough, and you will encounter a dead end room which once you have cleared it out, will allow you to choose one buff to your skills from a choice of three giving you a +5 to chosen buff. Do you go offensive with Attack? Cautious with Health, or sneaky with Critical? There is usually 3 in each dungeon, meaning exploration is key to progression. Rooms are similarly linked to each other as in cult classic Smash TV, whereby you clear one room at a time to then be awarded a key which will unlock a door of your choice to exit. Returning to a previously cleared room also adds danger with purple demons that drop coins and health potions on a regular basis. It becomes a tactical affair when you realise that you can’t go wading into the monsters without being in possession of gear that will help you advance.
It’s a simple game to just pick up and play, with only 3 buttons being regularly used. And with the option for 2 players to go dungeon diving, copious amounts of fun can be had. Saying that, don’t expect an easy ride, as each dungeon boss you defeat, opens up the way to the next, more difficult dungeon. After progressing 10 dungeons I was dealing out over 500 damage and taking half a dozen hits to beat the weakest enemies. It becomes addictive and after a while, you forget just how long I’ve been playing.
The old school music takes you back to the early 90’s with its 8 bit upbeat groove. It’s catchy, and won’t offend the senses, whilst the slashes of your weapons are suitably given a noise that harks back to the days of old.
Admittedly, there isn’t a whole lot of varying content in Bit Dungeon. There is plenty of weapons and armour to loot though, and a hidden shop in a lot of levels offering you the chance to purchase them, but only if you have scavenged enough coins. Despite the light content you can have some fun with it, and thankfully that’s down to the gameplay. The developer has kept it as simple as possible and yet it works. Fortunately, the dungeons are varied in design along with an array of enemies ready to thwart you in your attempt to survive and advance.
One more excellent piece of news, is the asking price. For a game that you could sink a vast amount of time into, your wallet won’t be getting too much lighter anytime soon. Meaning more games, beer or whatever else you do with your hard earned cash. It’s really a good idea to just go and make that purchase really. But as I said earlier, give it a chance and you shall find yourself hopelessly addicted. I know I am.