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  • Summary: Long ago, the Dark Lord Dredmor was bound in the darkest dungeons beneath the earth by great and mighty heroes. Centuries later, the magical bonds that hold him in place are loosening and his power grows ever stronger. The land cries out for a new hero, a powerful warrior or a mystic wizard like those spoken of in the prophecies of yore. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jul 22, 2011
    91
    There is a truly massive amount of game here for the $5 asking price, and Gaslamp Games has clearly set Dredmor apart from the crowd. If you've ever felt the need to crawl a dungeon, this one is most definitely for you, as it serves as both an excellent "my first roguelike" and a challenging quest for the experienced spelunker.
  2. Aug 21, 2011
    88
    A fun game, especially for rogue-like veterans, who will get its dry British wit and genre in-jokes. The game is basically the next generation of the true rogue-like, much like Fatal Labyrinth was before it.
  3. Jul 28, 2011
    85
    Dungeons of Dredmor's voluminous depths are littered with an abundance of wacky treasure to horde and enticing weaponry to cleaving all sorts of evil beasties in twain with.
  4. Jul 20, 2011
    80
    I'm quite taken with this roguelike; it feels like a game that came out of nowhere and hits all of the dungeon-crawl buttons -- steep challenge, lots of loots, and a ton of monsters. Throw in its humor and soundtrack and you've got a roguelike that should appeal to anyone who likes a good dungeon-crawl.
  5. Aug 9, 2011
    80
    It's mean-spirited, dizzyingly deep, and snarkily nostalgic all at once - and those are just the skills and attributes I look for in a roguelike.
  6. Jan 3, 2012
    72
    Dungeons of Dredmor isn't without problems, but the good humour and addictive gameplay make it an amiable purchase. It might not be to everyone's tastes, and the random generation can be frustrating, but for only a few dollars it's pretty easy to recommend.
  7. Jan 15, 2012
    50
    Dungeons of Dredmor is like a year-round tyre: it will do its job but no one is going to be enthusiastic about it. Masochists will find this game too soft, while common gamers will find no amusement at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 69
  2. Negative: 4 out of 69
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    10
    This is an incredible game. I can't praise it enough! Expect at least 10 hours for a full playthrough, but don't expect to be playing that playthrough for quite a few attempts. Expand
  2. May 11, 2012
    10
    Dungeons of Dreadmor is a rogue-style game, in which you control an 8-bit hero (or, in the expansion, heroine) who is slaying his way through increasingly tough monsters in order to defeat the evil Lord Dredmor. The game is very hard and should be played with permadeath (I can imagine it being a bit boring without it). Character creation offers you a wide range of options, as you create a character by picking seven skills form a long range. Want a fireball throwing, Odin worshipping, axe swinging berserker-vampire-archeologist? Go right ahead! The game doesn't take itself very seriously and has a good sense of humor. The sound track is very catchy and would be worth the cost by itself imo. I immensely enjoyed playing it, even when it was handing my ass to me over and over on level one, and I simply had to play it till I got through it. Of course it doesn't provide you with amazing graphics, an epic plot or such - these things are not what the game sets out to do though ... what it does set out to do it does excellently, and if you like looting, character building and a hard challenge this is the game for you. Expand
  3. Jul 20, 2011
    10
    Wonderful team of developers intent on making a great game. The game is difficult and enjoyable. I love how gaslamp games have brought a roguelike to the masses like it was nothing. I love this game and I am looking forward to the content that will be forthcoming. Huge recommendation to all! Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2013
    9
    Now with the expansion packs added on, this game has gone from great, to absolutely legendary. It's staggering and exciting when you start to think about the endless skill combinations available here. There's just so much variety within the maps, items, and skills, that it's never the same game twice, and with it's perma-death (if you're playing it right ;p) it always keeps you on your toes even when you are nearly sure you've reached that godly state, you open the door and a named monster has you running for your life. Exceptionally balanced, easy to get into, hard to let go of, entertaining humor and style. For 5 bucks, you'd be hard pressed to find a better use of your money. It's really quite a feat, and if you've been holding off, (and you're into these sort of games) then you're really missing out. Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2011
    8
    This game is hands down the best Roguelike like I have played as of writing this. The graphics are charming, the items unique, and the shear amount of replay value is through the roof.
    The game has you choose your difficulty, then permadeath on or off, then your starting skills. If you are like me, then choosing random skills with permadeath on is the best way to have fun and use survival skills to try for a high score or see how far you can make it.
    Some negatives about the game are you can't customize, change, or even see any equipment changes to your cahracter. You will always be the young lad with large eyebrows. I'm sure the developers could add a character creator, but to not see your character wearing that kick ass skull sword, fury wand, or goggles, is kind of dissapointing.
    The game also doesn't take itself seriously at all. There is so much humor and parodies packed into this game that it's oozing out from the seams. You can't pick an item up, kill a monster, or read dialogue without seeing some of the funniest RPG nerd jokes.
    As it stands, for $5 on Steam, you have no reason not to pick this title up and support the developers who really put their blood and sweat into making a game they obviously really cared for. If you are a dungeon crawling gamer, or love roguelike games, I urge you to check it out.
    If not, and you have some cash, try it out. The few flaws far outweigh the great time you will have for hours and hours this game provides.
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  6. Mar 3, 2013
    7
    A true "Rogue-like" with improve graphics, controls, and interface functionality for a modern audience. Character customization is fantastic with many diverse skills, unique build options, and damage types to choose from. On "Normal" difficulty you can pretty much play however you want provided you are careful with your positioning and kiting. Although more forgiving than many permadeath games, it is easy to get cornered and beaten to death; My biggest complaint about this game is how some enemies have very unpredictable movement sets. Many enemies will also have very high resistances to specific damage types, leaving you unable to kill them. With the right skills, you can teleport and parry your way down 10 gigantic floors that are packed with plenty of loot, puzzles, secret passages, and a wide variety of traps. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2011
    2
    As a fan of many roguelikes, I have to say that this game isn't terribly good. It's your standard roguelike with less complex mechanics in favour of eyecandy. On top of that you have to pay for it, when you'll get a much more rich experience from the countless FREE roguelikes that are infinitely deeper. Its basically ToME with "humour" which wasn't terribly amusing. Expand

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