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Dungeon and Puzzles Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Dungeon and Puzzle is a puzzle adventure game where you move through rooms, using your limited number of turns to defeat the monsters, unlock doors and (hopefully) escape. In a novel twist on the format, the monsters don't attack, they merely block your way. Also, you can't control how far you move, only stopping when your path is blocked. This leans in to the thinky puzzle challenge so that you require planning and forethought to use the monsters to position yourself so you can escape.

You start each room with no items and can move in one of the four cardinal directions, only stopping when you collide with a wall or monster. This counts as one turn. You can then choose to move in another direction, perhaps to pick up a piece of equipment, or you can choose to use any equipment you possess to kill or move any of the monsters, clearing your way. You also need to look out for traps that could spell the end of your attempt.

The door unlocks once you've defeated all the monsters. However, if you are in the wrong position, it may be impossible to get to the door; for example, you may have needed to use a monster you killed to align yourself with the door before you killed it. This adds a layer of strategy to the usual dungeon exploration, as you need to ensure you do everything in the correct order.

If you complete a level in the minimum number of moves you get a golden crown. Rather than the common procedurally generated levels, these are hand crafted unique puzzles. As you progress you find new items and objects you can use to your advantage.

The game offers a unique blend of puzzle and turn-based combat games that makes you craft deep strategies and think before you act, all along with a unique retro art style and a charming soundtrack.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Digital Crafter (@Digital_Crafter)

Players: 1

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

9-14 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children will be drawn to the retro dungeon exploration, but do need both patience, forward thinking and resilience for when things go wrong.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. The game costs money on all platforms except Android, where it is free to play to level 21, but you then need to pay the price of the game to progress further.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Dungeon and Puzzles Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:
While the text is high contrast, some of it is quite small. A very few of the objects in the game can be difficult to make out against the background, such as traps.

As the entire level is always on the screen, it is easy to see where you are trying to get.

If you make a mistake, you can undo your go, or undo multiple goes, as many times as you want in each level. This, combined with the fact that nothing is attacking you and you can take as long as you want to take each go, makes it a very low-pressure experience.

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