Exploring a dungeon in the hopes of reaching deeper and deeper depths has been a winning formula for decades. However, does Bit Dungeon+ do enough to keep gamers coming back for more?
Bit Dungeon+ is played by controlling your hero to traverse rooms within a seemingly endless dungeon. Each single-screen room is inhabited by different enemies and clearing them out will grant access to the adjacent rooms. Once you find the boss's room and slay it, you can descend to a new floor. Along the way, you'll uncover tons of equipment pieces that you can put to use as soon as you pick one up. You control your hero by slashing your weapon, holding up your shield, and unleashing magic spells. It's one of the most basic roguelike dungeon exploration games that I've ever played. Besides the spells (which can be rather cool), you basically just run around while slashing your sword at monsters and collecting the odd piece of loot. Because it's so simple, it's a great game to play if you want to wind down after a rough day.
When it comes to graphics, Bit Dungeon+ doesn't do much to differentiate itself from any other retro-style indie game. The enemies look decent and the environments are mostly dimly lit caves although there is a good amount of variety as some floors are covered in ice while others are much more sinister. The best part of the visuals is that the hero's equipment is reflected on its sprite which makes it fun to equip new pieces and gradually watch the little fellow completely change his appearance in the process. On the audio side, Bit Dungeon+ unfortunately disappoints. The music is composed of modern chiptune-inspired electronica which doesn't quite seem to fit the atmosphere of the dark dungeon while sound effects are all over the map. For example, loud laser effects when enemies shoot fireballs just doesn't sit right. I also found the audio to get louder and quieter in waves which is also rather off-putting.
Thankfully, Bit Dungeon+ excels in its variety of enemies and loot. You'll fight many odd-looking monsters that have a wide array of short-range and long-range attacks so being able to defend and take them out without receiving any damage is very rewarding. The bosses are large and can be quite tough, too. Even though there are different weapon types, they all seem to handle similarly enough to be indiscernible but they still look different in your character's hands. The magic spells are the most prominently varied aspect as you'll find yourself summoning things such as balls of energy that rotate around you.
Although there is a good amount of variety in the enemies and equipment, Bit Dungeon+'s gameplay sure gets tedious fast. Exploring room after room while fighting hordes of monsters quickly turns into a blurry haze of a gaming experience. If there were more complexities introduced such as puzzle rooms, new abilities, or challenges to complete then it would feel like a much more fulfilling adventure. Instead, Bit Dungeon+ fails to pull itself from its primarily monotonous and extremely basic core gameplay.
Bit Dungeon+ is a simplistic and enjoyable little dungeon exploring roguelike with a decent amount of enemy variety. However, its gameplay, graphics, and sound don't do much to make it a wholly worthwhile game.
- + Simple gameplay that's fun to play when you want to wind down
- + Good variety of enemies and loot
- + Equipment reflects on character sprite
- - The gameplay is a bit too basic and gets tiresome fast
- - Visuals aren't anything special
- - Audio feels out of place