Nitrome has consistently done a goodÂ job of publishing challenging yet rewarding mobileÂ games. That trend is continuing with Redungeon. Itâ€™s an endless dungeon crawler, and an exceptionally tough one at that. After a while, you might start wishing for some more variety in there, but mostly youâ€™ll enjoy seeing how long you can last.
Redungeon doesnâ€™t bother with a storyline or general reason as to why youâ€™re trapped in this endless dungeon. This is purely about survival. Your knight can move forward either through a virtual set of buttons or by swiping to move him around. At the same time, you have to be both cautious yet forever moving. Dawdle for too long, and the screen â€˜catchesâ€™ you, with some kind of weird creatures killing you. Thatâ€™s almost akin to an endless runner, but Redungeon is mostly all about exploring those dungeons rather than too much speed.
The world is a dangerous place indeed. You can run off the end of any platform, which is surprisingly easy to do when youâ€™re trying to react quickly. A series of spikes or swiping swords can also take you out. Lasers and and falling platforms all get in the way too. Assume that 95% of the things on screen are out to kill you, and youâ€™re not far wrong. As you continue to play though, you start to learn these timings.
The only thing thatâ€™s really infuriating is when coming across slimes or bats, which seem to move around in a less predictable pattern than when dealing with traps and obstacles. Still —Â you’ll manage to master what works best and when.
Redungeon is almost entirely skills based, so it really is down to you practicing and improving your past performance. And don’t expect toÂ memorize the structure of the game, as each session is different from the last. This means that sometimes levels might be a tiny (really tiny) bit simpler, but the reverse is just as true.
Working in your favor are the coins you’ll collect as you play.Â Sometimes itâ€™s easier to avoid these coins, but you want to try to grab them when possible. Such currency can then be used to unlock things, like a set of armor that gives you one extra blow before itâ€™s game over. Collect even more coins and you can unlock new and better characters. The coins you’ll need for these acquisitionsÂ are fairly significant in number, but thereâ€™s always the option of watching an ad to double the amount you collect.
More importantly, this gives you something to aim for. Redungeon isnâ€™t then just about survival. Itâ€™s about progression, and seeing what else the game can provide you with. Will everyone see such things in the end? Possibly not, but itâ€™s rewarding for those determined to not be beaten by it. The sheer fact that you can restart a session within a second, immediately getting back into the action, means you soon rack up some coins purely out of perseverance.
Itâ€™s that quick nature of Redungeon that endears you towards it. Even those who shy away from such challenging things will still feel like thereâ€™s time for them to achieve something and see what can be accomplished. Best of all, itâ€™s enjoyable — even when you sigh at yourself for the twentiethÂ time because you were foolish and ran too fast. For those reasons, this is a particularly classy hardcore dungeon crawler.