It’s been a while since I’ve felt the pull of a dungeon crawler. Usually a hack and slash game gets boring to me, as you can farm areas for experience if it gets too hard and if you die, you’ll respawn with some of your gear a bit farther back. But Diehard Dungeon challenges that.
Hardcore dungeon crawler fans take notice.
It is a sprite based rogue-like game. IE: It has randomly generated dungeons (so no cheating on gamefaqs.com for directions!), lots of enemies gunning at you and while it is not turn based but instead real time based it features permadeath. Yep, you heard that right. No extra lives nor save spots that you can return to. Nope, just that one life. Other than the pause button and saving your progress – as soon as you die that save is wiped and you’ll have to start all over.
And considering it is just you, your cannon, your sword and your trusty treasure chest, it’s just you versus a deep, dangerous dungeon filled to the brim with baddies crawling out of the wood work. The developer Tricktale went for a retro aesthetic and full filled that in spades as the top down view and detailed sprites set the mood wonderfully for a lone guy’s decent into a dangerous dungeon.
They even included multiple endings for those willing to travail the dungeon multiple times. So shore up your protective gear, get over your fear of dark places with dangerous murderous things because there’s treasure to be found! This rather hardcore dungeon crawl is available for 80 Xbox LIVE points.