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  • Summary: Iratus: Lord of the Dead is a dark, challenging turn-based roguelike RPG through which you play as an evil necromancer escaping from your dungeon prison to once again embark on the domination of the world.

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Iratus: Lord of the Dead Is Darkest Dungeon With Bad Guys - PAX East 2019 Gameplay
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 24, 2020
    90
    Unfrozen's Iratus: Lord of the Dead is one of the greatest tactical rogue-likes one can enjoy right now; one that surpasses the titles it pays homage to in almost every way. The road to getting rid of anything that breaths with your necromancer is filled with a series of challenging battles, with an enormous amount of depth in the mechanics on offer, and with a heavy dose of resource management thrown in as well. The challenge will test your mettle, as mistakes are rarely accepted, and failure is part of the recipe. It suffers a bit from a lack of content, and a slight dose of repetitiveness, yet the gameplay is so much fun that you'll keep coming back to it no matter what - not to mention that the visuals are so beautiful that it makes staring at corpses and apparitions quite the enjoyable pastime.
  2. Apr 23, 2020
    88
    A fresh take on a familiar formula, with enough quality and new ideas to make for a great experience. Highly recommended for roguelike and Darkest Dungeon fans.
  3. May 18, 2020
    82
    While Darkest Dungeon has more layers of complexity, turn-based combat in Iratus is just as compelling. You have to pay attention to negative effects, preempt potential threats, exploit loopholes in the game’s sophisticated rulebook and build effective combos.
  4. May 5, 2020
    78
    If you’re into merciless turn based tactics like Darkest Dungeon, you will get a decent amount of entertainment out of Iratus.
  5. May 3, 2020
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Apr 27, 2020
    75
    Behind the browser game aesthetics and the somewhat forced humor there’s demanding tactical combat on par with Darkest Dungeon.
  7. May 20, 2020
    60
    Iratus could have been a worthy successor to Darkest Dungeon, but is cast down into the swamps of mediocrity by its monotonous, boring battles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Sep 24, 2021
    10
    Nice dark humor, cool voice acting, playing for the bad guy aaand no grind!
  2. Oct 15, 2021
    10
    Wow! I really like roguelike games, in addition its dark rpg, so cool project^^
  3. Sep 23, 2020
    10
    Very good clone of Darkest Dungeon where you play for 'bad guys' and without grind. Very impressive.
  4. May 20, 2020
    8
    I haven't played Darkest Dungeon so I have no comparison like all the other reviews, but this was a fun, simple way to kill a dozen hours.I haven't played Darkest Dungeon so I have no comparison like all the other reviews, but this was a fun, simple way to kill a dozen hours.

    You put together a handful of troops (4 max from about ~15) and go into combat against another 4 guys. You're the titular Iratus but your undead troops do the fighting for you. Combat kind of reminded me of older wizardry rpgs, though thats a bad comparison.

    People who enjoy pain will probably enjoy the harder modes.
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  5. Dec 31, 2020
    7
    A pretty good TBS somewhat similar to Darkest Dungeon but lacking its taste and style.

    Good: - many unit types, with many abilities - as
    A pretty good TBS somewhat similar to Darkest Dungeon but lacking its taste and style.

    Good:
    - many unit types, with many abilities
    - as others mentioned, there is no grind. You can't replay completed battles, but also you're free to create new minions at will (no need to wait for recruits)

    So-so:
    - art - it's functional and is highly detailed, but overall the game just lacks personality. It even feels somewhat like a mobile port (hidden object game?) due its almost casual palette. It's especially noticeable when one compares it to Darkest Dungeon: there art was a significant part of the game's appeal and character. But here it's generic an adds to the feel of it being a mediocre clone of Darkest Dungeon (which it's not)
    - the Dungeon Keeper-style narrative of expanding the kingdom of an evil master, killing humans and converting their corpses into undead armies. I guess the idea is just not fresh anymore. Also, Dungeon Keeper had a lot of dark humor, and the evil master was intentionally over the top. But this game stays serious all the time. And one quickly notices that this narrative just doesn't offer enough motivation to proceed.
    - music is rather generic as well

    Bad:
    - I found English localization pretty shaky, with misuse of words in some places - which makes understanding the game's rules harder at times

    The game's complex battle mechanics deserved more dark humor and more character in the aesthetics. But it's a passable game if you've already completed Darkest Dungeon and wanted more of the same but with a bit different units and abilities.
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  6. Aug 1, 2020
    7
    Прошёл игру на одном дыхании. Правда на самом легком уровне сложности, но тем не менее игра заставила меня подумать.
    В бою действуют до 4
    Прошёл игру на одном дыхании. Правда на самом легком уровне сложности, но тем не менее игра заставила меня подумать.
    В бою действуют до 4 юнитов с твоей стороны и со стороны противника, у каждого юнита по 6 способностей, плюс заклинания самого некроманта, что делает каждую схватку тактической задачей. Darkest Dungeon тоже играл, игры очень похожи и в то же время впечатления от них совершенно разные.
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  7. Jun 22, 2020
    1
    I hate to write a bad review for an indie game, but this really had a lot of potential and did not live up to expectations at all. First, theI hate to write a bad review for an indie game, but this really had a lot of potential and did not live up to expectations at all. First, the graphics are very dark and unpleasant. I understand this is a stylistic choice, but it is not executed well at all. Darkest Dungeon for example is the same style, but way more polished. Most importantly, the gameplay is not intuitive and very complicated. Slay the spire and other successful roguelite rpgs are very simple to pickup and have a lot of depth. This was just complicated and intimidating. Expand

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