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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 64
  2. Negative: 10 out of 64

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  1. Oct 18, 2018
    4
    Desktop Dungeons is constructed upon a brilliant, short puzzle based dungeon crawler. The mechanics are very tight, managing to avoid the loose and arbitrary balancing of other dungeon crawlers.
    However, this sort of puzzle captures less long term attention than I would have originally expected. Furthermore, the persistence and grinding added to the game by the long term "campaign" is
    Desktop Dungeons is constructed upon a brilliant, short puzzle based dungeon crawler. The mechanics are very tight, managing to avoid the loose and arbitrary balancing of other dungeon crawlers.
    However, this sort of puzzle captures less long term attention than I would have originally expected. Furthermore, the persistence and grinding added to the game by the long term "campaign" is very obstructive and frustrating. There are also a lot of mechanics which just don't feel like they were very well thought out in terms of their overall contribution to the experience. Lastly, the game tiles are very ugly.
    Overall, Desktop Dungeons is a sort of annoying time and money sink which won't provide very much gratification.
    It is worth noting that a reduced, free version of the game is available online.
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Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mar 6, 2014
    90
    One of the best games to come out of the indie dev scene in recent years, Desktop Dungeons takes the best aspects of a roguelike dungeon crawl, distills them down to the essentials, and puts a tactical, puzzle-minded spin on the genre that is not only unique, but brilliantly executed.
  2. CD-Action
    Feb 10, 2014
    70
    It’s ugly as sin (upscaled 800 x 600 resolution) and there are no animations but this indie rougelike/puzzle game is addictive as hell. [02/2014, p.63]
  3. Jan 16, 2014
    90
    'Just one more dungeon!' – this is the sort of addictive game that gets a reviewer in trouble for not getting the article done in time.