Yesterday I picked up a copy of Dungeons of Dredmor by Gaslamp Games on Steam for a deliriously low price. I had previously seen the game-play trailer on the Steam store page but wasn’t sure about picking up the title until I saw this video from The Cynical Brit. Who, by the way, is awesome, and not just because his English accent makes everything just slightly funnier.
Dungeons of Dredmor is basically an old-school roguelike game, similar to Angband. It’s got all of the typical roguelike features: it’s really hard, you die a lot, there’s random junk everywhere, there’s tons of monsters, you die a lot, etc etc. What it adds to the genre is, wait for it… graphics! Don’t get me wrong, roguelikes are great, I’ve had a lot of fun with Angband, but monochrome text characters gets a little tiring. Also, I have a mouse; it is not a new invention; it is wonderful for controlling things. Dredmor is capable of understanding the mystical signals that emanate from mice, it’s amazing!
What’s especially great about the game is that it really doesn’t take itself very seriously. Everything is silly and strange and ridiculous. For example, my character specializes in growing mushrooms. No, seriously, I grow mushrooms on the corpses of my slain enemies. And then I eat them (the mushrooms). You can get suits of armor made out of bright pink plastic. There’s references to all sorts of pop-culture and even terribly obscure geek culture. Just before going to bed last night I found a “Horadric Lutefisk Cube”. If you don’t get the reference, then you are a poor and sad creature and I pity you.
Of course if you don’t like roguelikes, you probably won’t like this game very much. It’s about as old-school as you can get and still be a new game though. Luckily, they’ve also implemented 3 difficulty settings, and the ability to disable permadeath, for, you know, giant pussies. Which does make the game a lot more approachable.
But where else can you throw baseballs at demons that do lightning damage?