iOS Universal, Android, PC/Mac •
You might remember Mi-Clos Studio from their classic study in isolation, Out There, a game with beautiful art that tells the story of a stranded astronaut trying to find their way home. It was thoughtful, a little dark, and very hard. These are all traits that do not apply to their latest, Dungeon Rushers. Developed by Goblinz Studio and published by Mi-Clos, Dungeon Rushers is full of 8-bit art and has its tongue firmly within its cheek. This is a game that takes dungeon crawling the level of seriousness it probably deserves, but still manages to be a fairly deep and interesting RPG. Oh, and it’s coming to iOS and Android on February 23.
Dungeon Rushers was originally released for PC/Mac last September and has garnered fairly decent reviews over on Steam. Dungeon Rushers is a standard dungeon crawler in which you’ll take your character through dungeons to bash heads and uncover loot. Unlike other dungeon crawlers, however, this one has skeletons firmly aware that they’re cannon fodder and bosses that are more annoyed with your exploits than truly evil. Unlike other RPGs that try to mine meta-humor, Dungeon Rushers doesn’t beat you over the head with it and, therefore, the humor remains fresh throughout.
Eventually, you can build and coordinate parties which is where the game truly shines. Combat is turn-based and tactical, and adding more characters with more options only makes it better. Characters can level-up, and you’ll find a whole bunch of loot to deck them out in new gear so you’ll always want to see what you can find next.
When I first saw the 8-bit graphics and saw that it was being promoted as “full of humor” my expectations were low, but I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve been enjoying it so far. There’s a much deeper RPG here than you’d expect at first glance. The PC/Mac version includes a multiplayer mode in which you can create your own dungeons and share them for other people to conquer. From the info I’ve been able to gather, it looks like that feature will be coming to the mobile version as well.
Dungeon Rushers will be available for iOS Universal and Android on February 23.