Redungeon Review

Redungeon Review

Jun 30, 2016

Every now and then, everyone needs to sit back, relax and kick it. Redungeon, a game from tenured and prolific Android developer Nitrome, is the mobile game manifestation of that very concept.

If the developer is looking to use the graphics to create a dark, subdued feel, it is successful; this game is all about the spooky. Dungeon elements abound, deliberate color swatches are used in the background and the animations and characters definitely have a retro feel to them. red3

It’s a dungeon crawler of sorts, but quite easily can hang its hat on plaformer by way of description. The action rolls from the bottom of the screen on upwards, down an ominous dimly lighted path, and the player gets to man a simple avatar. The idea is simple: move along the path and travel as far as possible, while avoiding any and all dangers — and trust us, there are a few.

One can choose to control the players character in two ways: either via gesture swipes or a virtual joystick. The obstacles are varied too… lasers, monsters, spikes, even monsters. The interesting aspect is how the pieces come together, rolling spikes, moving monsters, collapsing platforms and he like. One bad movement, and one falls into the abyss — run over. Oh, and by the way, there are nasties coming from behind, so one cannot tarry too long.

There are unlockable characters, and the ads can be removed via IAP. There are coins to be collected too.

What potentially takes this game beyond “just another great game” and on into “awesome” territory is the breadth of simulated dangers. One practically feels the baddies nipping at one’s heels. There is the unending need to make one’s way forward quickly, but one must temper that innate need for speed with a degree of caution and a sense of timing. The whole balance can be quite exhilarating, and the elements work together quite well.

Big ups to the developer for allowing two control methods; each gives the game a different feel.

Redungeon is simplicity at its finest. It’s easy to understand, has eye candy, and rarely fails in its self-appointed quest to continually surprise. This one can easily be a fan favorite, but the proof is ultimately in the playing.

Redungeon Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - Engaging and unique; Cowen musical score is a nice touch.
Controls - Two options, each easy to understand and utilize.
Gameplay - Dungeon crawling based platformer.
Replay Value - Quite addictive.
Overall - A surprising fun diversion.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

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