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Devious Dungeon Review

By , on March 7, 2014
Last modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago


Devious Dungeon
Download on the AppStore
5 out of 5

PROS

  • Tight controls
  • Constantly changing level design
  • RPG levelling loop keeps you hooked

CONS

  • It will devour your time

VERDICT

Blending tight controls with the ever-shifting level design of a roguelike, Devious Dungeon is the perfect procedural platformer.


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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If this is true then last year's PC roguelike, Rogue Legacy, must be feeling pretty good about now, because Ravenous Games's new title, Devious Dungeon, borrows heavily from it.

Both titles see you venturing through an ever-changing dungeon to defeat a reawakened evil. Success requires precision platforming skills, and a healthy dose of procedurally-generated luck. It is this combination of chance and challenge that makes the game so enticing. While you can improve your skills, you can never predict what dangers lay ahead.

The similarities don't end there. Both games feature an RPG levelling system which enables your character to increase in power with each playthrough. New items and buffs are visible on your 8-bit styled character, and as he becomes increasingly burly so too does your sense of empowerment.

But do not let all this talk of similarities mislead you, though. While Devious Dungeon has plenty in common with Rogue Legacy, there are notable differences.

The most obvious of these is the switch to touchscreen, with controls stripped back to a responsive minimum. The movement commands are managed by your left thumb, while attack and jump buttons rest under the other. It isn't groundbreaking, the responsiveness and versatility of the controls is impressive. These are vital traits in such a precision-focused game. When you're low on health and only a few XP away from levelling up, there is nothing more frustrating than dying due to wonky inputs.

The difference is the game's structure. Rather than a single sprawling castle, Devious Dungeon breaks everything up into shorter, more digestible levels. Each lasts about two or three minutes - the perfect length to keep you coming back to try and boost your character just one more level.

Devious Dungeon is the perfect bite sized platformer. Its levelling system will draw you in, while its ever-changing levels will mean that you will never get bored.

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Comments

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nagash 7 months, 1 week ago

a great game, for Ravenous standards - haters gonna hate

I just don't dig the title... it could as well be named Random Levels, or to keep the medieval theme, Random Dungeons ;)

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anapple 7 months, 2 weeks ago

For me, this game is a masterpiece!

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Chesco 7 months, 2 weeks ago

lol says the kid not part of the 80's & 90's game era!

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Geosam 7 months, 2 weeks ago

What does that mean?

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anapple 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Hello, Chesco. First, I'm not a kid. Second, I played so many SNES games of in my childhood. So...it was a bad attitude judge me without know me.

Again: I. I think this game is a masterpiece. ;)

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Chesco 7 months, 1 week ago

ok, ok, i'll get the game and try it out! :)

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Chesco 7 months, 2 weeks ago

5/5 James?? Really?

5/5 is reserved for a masterpiece, common man, make legit ratings please!
Btw, your reviews are fantastic!

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VideoJames 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Not my review, sir. Alex reviewed this one, and clearly took a shine to it. In the end it got a 4.3 out of 5 - or just below 9/10. Not a masterpiece, but enough to be considered "great".

Glad you enjoy the reviews, by the way. Always nice to see the regulars getting involved.

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GiHubb 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Where can you view that 4.3 out of 5 score? All I see is a "5"! In any case, great job on the video reviews, James.

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VideoJames 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, sir! And if you hover your cursor over the "5 - Great" icon at the top of the review, you can see the true decimal score the writer has given the game. ;)

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Chesco 7 months, 1 week ago

Glad to be part of the community from the start, watched every single video review to date!

And 4.3 rounded is a 4. :P

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kidchar 7 months, 2 weeks ago

What happened to the video reviews?

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VideoJames 7 months, 2 weeks ago

The Devious Dungeon video review will appear shortly. There's also a video review for God of Light, which went live today.

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Jonman 7 months, 2 weeks ago

still no video?

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TheAspieFox 7 months, 1 week ago

The video's up^.