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  • Summary: Ring of Pain is a roguelike / card game / dungeon crawler mashup. Levels are generated randomly from decks of cards, and arranged in a format (like a ring) which lets you observe the level and strategise. As you interact with cards the dungeon dynamically adjusts based on what you're doing.Ring of Pain is a roguelike / card game / dungeon crawler mashup. Levels are generated randomly from decks of cards, and arranged in a format (like a ring) which lets you observe the level and strategise. As you interact with cards the dungeon dynamically adjusts based on what you're doing. Ring of Pain blends elements of modern roguelike/roguelite dungeon crawlers (Binding of Isaac, Enter the Gungeon etc) with a turn-based card game, set in a world distorted by your mind. A cryptic world of fear and delusion. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
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  1. Oct 15, 2020
    85
    Ring of Pain is an immensely enjoyable experience that can be monumentally frustrating due to its luck-focused nature. It has excellent mechanics and really has a way of worming itself into your brain. But it can be horribly aggravating all the same.
  2. Oct 20, 2020
    82
    All in all, Ring of Pain is a different enough take on the card game genre that it’s definitely going to be a good time. While not perfect, it has enough lurking in its depths to keep you thinking “Okay, well just one more run!”
  3. Oct 28, 2020
    80
    Ring of Pain is interesting and enjoyable in ways that can keep you enthralled despite doing almost the exact same thing for hours. The quick runs are really nice for just jumping in and having a few goes rather than oversaturating yourself with this world. It nails the creepy aesthetic from the art and sound design right down to the way it plays. It can make you feel a bit unsettled no matter what stage of the game you're at and how confident you're feeling. Ring of Pain swings between frustration and satisfaction but thankfully leans heavily to the latter most of the time. It's a delightfully disturbing mix of roguelike and card game genres that's worth stumbling in the darkness to discover.
  4. Oct 15, 2020
    70
    There's certainly room for improvement in Ring of Pain, but what is here is an intriguing step forward for the genre that's just in time to celebrate the Halloween season. With a few content updates and a rebalance that lets players experience more of the game's arsenal more consistently, this could be a real contender. As it stands, it's an engaging mystery waiting to be solved, a gameplay loop that's perfect for shorter play sessions interspersed with more in-depth dungeon dives done elsewhere.
  5. Oct 19, 2020
    70
    Ring of Pain probably isn’t something you’ll sit and play for hours at a time. It’s the sort of thing you’ll enjoy a few rounds of before turning it off, more than likely feeling defeated. But it won’t be long before you’re itching to jump back in and try again. There’s something infectious about its simplicity; it’s a roguelike dungeon crawler like no other, and despite the lack of action or actual dungeon-crawling, it’s huge amounts of fun. Even when you’re exploding left, right and centre.
  6. Oct 15, 2020
    70
    Ring of Pain is an excellent concept which is almost perfectly executed, but falls flat at the final hurdle. The gameplay is as engaging as it is moreish, which is why it’s such a shame that the difficulty spike at the end ruins the experience. Hopefully this is something that’s amended after today’s release.
  7. Oct 28, 2020
    55
    Ring of Pain shows creativity and promise, but all to little depth to carry those qualities through. The choices presented by the game are interesting in principle, but in practice your success or failure are determined by luck more than anything else. The result is a game defined by repetition, which struggles to justify the time it asks of you. That said, for a minor price and a fun few runs, you could do far worse as a distraction.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
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  1. Mar 1, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Ring of Pain is a linear survival card game with 16+ levels.

    Gameplay
    5/5

    We can either move left or right, sometimes teleport to a different position, pass cards, try to sneak past enemies or attack them. There are plenty of stat cards, healthy potions, random rewards, chests and various strong enemies. New levels have stronger enemies and ultimately lead into a boss battle.

    Replay value
    5/5

    Each run is unique as we build our deck of cards, increase our stats and gain some special abilities.

    The game also offers daily challenges that have special rules.

    Graphics
    5/5

    Cards look very distinctive, move positions in the ring, they can transform, explode or evolve.

    There is a symbol above them what action they will do next and below, there are stats.

    We will unlock new cards everytime we discover them in the treasures or at the traders, there are also various exits.

    Similar to Slay the Spire.

    Music
    5/5

    It is very subtle and mostly focuses on sound effects.

    How many hours
    It's possible to finish it from start to boss ending in an hour but as a newcomer there will be some unexplored parts and getting used to game mechanics takes a while. Moreover, we need to play carefully, build up for the finale with the best possible card combinations.

    Difficulty
    Hard. Tricky. It is different from game to game, some can last almost till the end without struggle, some end up being too short because the placement of enemy cards makes it painful to stay in the level.

    Verdict
    10/10

    It's an interesting spin to card games, giving players freedom of choice, forcing them to make well thought-out decisions when overwhelmed by strong opponents.

    I've only been half successful as I have unlocked the majority of items but only beat one of the bosses.

    It's got great replay value and despite not offering direct progression, it feels rewarding after a long run.
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  2. Oct 17, 2020
    10
    Cool rougelike game, catchy design. Suggested!

    This is a great twist on the usual card-roguelite game. Every choice feels important and
    Cool rougelike game, catchy design. Suggested!

    This is a great twist on the usual card-roguelite game. Every choice feels important and card combos are really interesting.
    the art and Atmosphere of the game is also excellent
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  3. Oct 8, 2021
    7
    I have a lot of experience in other card-based roguelikes like Slay The Spire, and for a while I felt like this game would be a greatI have a lot of experience in other card-based roguelikes like Slay The Spire, and for a while I felt like this game would be a great alternative. There are a ton of elements to this game that I really enjoy, but after playing about 20 or 30 runs now I have to say that there is just too much volatility, especially in the endgame, and it leads to runs where I've made hundreds of good decisions ending because of a single misclick, which is just aggravating and not very fun to play around. I enjoy playing games with a lot of risk, but this game takes it way too far and makes it unconscionably easy to die in an instant to something that wasn't even obviously a threat. Expand
  4. srx
    May 2, 2021
    6
    A unique take on the roguelike deckbuilder genre, but it's not only very repetitive, but also terribly luck-heavy to a point that it's justA unique take on the roguelike deckbuilder genre, but it's not only very repetitive, but also terribly luck-heavy to a point that it's just unfun most of the times. However, it does show promise and with more content and balance tweaks when it comes to "dungeon" generation, I can see it being a banger. Expand