Good things first: I love the concept of this game, how it looks and how it plays. Enough was said already about the originality of weapons, items and their effects, the incredible lighting, the strategic balance than can be achieved by a combination of the items at hand which, even if their finding depends on luck, they can be combined in your favour when put to good use, like when you meet a minotaur: You can reach satisfaction by defeating it with an army of skeletons, an huge rain of blue skulls, a blow from your mighty blade while it is distracted by one of your minions, or just trap it in a strategic place and use your laser cat to blow it to pieces.
Or when you realize that useless spell book that only makes crates is actually a key element for reaching a certain out-of-reach ledge with no switch in sight but that contains a shining warhammer.
So, it's a great game, has good ideas and provides great entertaining moments... however...
After spending 200+ hours in it I HATE IT!
And why did I put so many hours in it? Because this thing has no Save feature, no checkpoints, no continues, no nothing... I like to be thorough in my dungeon crawling, so a proper game that is going well and allows me to reach, say, level 20+, it's something that takes around 3 hours. I was even able to return with the treasure several times... each of those times were around 4 hours of gameplay or more. This sucks! There are no words to describe both how the he** can a game take that long to finish and doesn't have a save feature and how silly I feel to actually sit through a long session like this!
If that was not bad enough, even when we finish the game the "feel good" sentiment doesn't last, as there were a couple issues that really pissed me of in 2 occasions:
- reaching the 26th floor and finding the treasure, all-powerful and with no possible fear of death on the horizon, I noticed another set of steps going down... so I did go down. The screen went black and I "fell" into some place that looked like the usual dungeon but... something didn't feel right... what was it?! Oh, I see: I am not casting any kind of illumination aura anymore, not me, not my hat, not my firesword. On top of that, the item menu became half-broke. I say "half" because I was still able to switch weapons/items but the icons wouldn't scroll. I could see the items in my hand as I scrolled through them, but kind of difficult to know which book is which or which hat is better when I can't see either the icon or it's properties on the icon menu. I went up a few levels but didn't reach the tavern this time: died a stupid death in a dark room while trying to scroll through my items looking for a lantern (remember, it was pitch black, not even a pixel-wide lighting aura around my character). This may be a "feature" (a trap on the 26th floor) or a bug, as I reached the 26th floor on another occasion and saw some steps going down again in a room: Didn't try to go down that time!
- once I got an incredible game. I got one of those magic books that shoots random items and monsters, and between a mix of Blue Grimm Rippers that killed every enemy in sight and allowed me to harvest plentiful experience, health and coins, a powerful weapon I had at the time and allowed me to kill those monsters at will and I was an happy camper... literally! As I staid in some strategic rooms summoning monsters and hacking and slashing like if there was no tomorrow until eventually getting tired of it and move along.. to another room where i would repeat the process or until a giant skull was summoned and I had to get the he** out of there!
Then I realized that even those Giant Skulls were no reason to be scared, as I was really powerful by then. So I continued to hack through those Giant Skulls as they appeared. I could defeat them in a few blows. I could stand in front of Wraiths and tickle them for a while before punching them in the face into oblivion. I was that strong and I had that much health!
I finally got bored of it and reached the Tavern with a whopping 20K+ of experience (usually 6K is OK), lost track of how many levels I gained, each blow of mine was causing around 1800 points of damage by then... I wish I knew how to upload a screenshot of this to show it to you.
After 5 hours of satisfying but tiring hacking and slashing, I just wanted to get to the Tavern and see my score in first place (it had to be first place, I never saw those many coins in my life, and never saw that much experience ever, and never had played for so long... and never will!). So when I reached the Tavern... nothing appeared for a while, just the usual pixeldust and patrons standing around... and then my name appeared... ALONE... with "????" instead of a rank position.. WTF?!?! A moment later I realised that (what a coincidence!) my Internet was down for a while and at the time I reached the Tavern the game couldn't get the online scores, so didn't upload my score for others to see and I couldn't compare my position to others... Talk about bad luck and wasted time!
So those are the 2 major letdowns of this game:
-no saving feature of any form (I usually dislike checkpoint-only games, but even that would be better in this situation)
-not being able to see Online scores whenever we want, nor upload our local scores when we get online again.
As such, I need to uninstall this, and I cannot loose another 5 straight hours of my life... because you see, the first hour is entertaining... all the rest feels like obligation to sit there, it feels like work, and if we quit.. we just feel that it was 1 wasted hour, so instead we waste 3 or 5... it just sucks and I HATE IT!