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Review: Deep Deep Dungeon


This is a game which I find has gone criminially unnoticed, so I´ve decided to review it to bring it to light. I hope this helps encourage some people to at least try it.

Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch

Price: 1.99$ USD/ 0.99£

With Deep Deep Dungeon, developer iQubi has attempted to turn a genre that seems exclusively tailored towards core gamers, the Role Playing Game, appealing to more casual audiences. But is it even possible to turn a genre that is so deep and complex in its nature, accessible to people who are accustomed to puzzle games such as Angry Birds? And more importantly, would it remain fun? Read on to find out.

Now to iQubi, the answer to the proposed dilemma was quite simple. What they’ve done is strip down the RPG experience to its fundamental core, keeping only the basic values that make it fun; slaying monsters, character progression and customisation. So instead of going on epic quests in expansive worlds and chatting with NPCs and the like, DDD instead thrusts the player directly into the action, giving him only two locations for him to choose from; the shop, where he can buy potions and weapons, or straight into a dungeon and to killing beasties. And this is the entire DDD experience in a nutshell; you just defeat baddies, gather gold and then move on to the next floor. And the cycle keeps repeating itself until you kill a boss and move onto the next big dungeon. Now I know that what I’ve just described may imply that this game is quite redundant, but the reality is that it isn’t. The game is actually quite addictive.

While it is true that the game entails a certain rotation of sorts, thanks to a couple of factors the game remains constantly entertaining. The first, and most crucial, is the novel combat system. This consists a long orange bar wherein a cursor is continously moving. Attacks are only successful when the player stops the cursor over this bar, it is also possible to pull a critical attack by timing it exactly over a relatively small red line. If the player misses, then so does his avatar. This system works splendidly, as it keeps the gamer engaged in the action, all the while keeping the battles themselves swift and fun. Now, couple that with the random dungeons and varied enemies you will face, both of which help keep every play through seem fresh. Then add the brilliantly catchy music you’ll hear along the way. And now you can see why I so specifically chose to describe the game as “addictive”.

The game isn’t without its faults however, as its greatest strength, its simplicity, ends up becoming its weakness. The game can come off as shallow, especially with only 6 weapons to choose from and a very basic levelling up/upgrade system, depriving the game from any real tactical depth. Furthermore, you’d be led to believe that a game called Deep Deep Dungeon would have more tongue in cheek humour, but this is disappointingly not the case.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t detract the game from being an immensely fun and accessible RPG, and probably the best “casual” dungeon crawler on mobiles right now.
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About Wolfy-Boeyone of us since 5:14 AM on 05.04.2010

I am also on twitter now: Wolfy_Boey

I am Wolfy-Boey, and I'm a 20 year old Lebanese gamer who hopes to one day become a part of the videogame industry. A have a passion for almost all forms of entertainement: comics, movies, animation, music etc... But I hold a special place in both my heart and genitals for videogames.

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Here is a massive list of some things and games that I love in no particular order to help you know me better:

The Monkey Island Series
Metal Gear Solid Series
De Blob 1 & 2
DJ Hero
Tekken series
Shadow of The Collosus
Time Crisis 2
House of the Dead series
Half-Life Series
Monster Hunter Tri
Metroid Series
Resident Evil 4
Pok�mon Series
Art Style Series
Super Mario Series
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
The Zelda Series (Links Awekening FTW!)
Viewtiful Joe
No More Heroes Series
Mario & Luigi Series
Mario Kart DS
Tail Concerto
Alundra 2
Ufouria: The Saga
Pretty much anything from Level 5 (Dark Cloud 2!)
Rayman series
Pro Evolution Soccer series (Yes, Sports)
Virtua Tennis series
Prince of Persia series
Splinter Cell series
Ace Attorney series
Bit Trip series
Dirt 2
Deus Ex series
The Witcher
Cave Story
Folding Socks
Strawberry Pie
Apples and Apple Juice
Phily Cheese Steak
Muffins (Muffins>Cupcakes)
Stand-Up comedy
Atomic Robo
Attempting (and failing) to grow moustaches
... And too many other stuff to list!

P.S: Amazing header made by the equally (if not more) amazing falsenipple.
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