Today I will review an indie action-packed adventure game called Dungeon Souls. This game was created by Lamina Studios, and founded on January 20, 2016. The project started in October 2015 and was later transitioned. Some of the elements Dungeon Souls were inspired by Nuclear Throne, Risk of Rain, Overture, BitVenture and Shoot First.
I enjoy the amazing gameplay of this title! Players have the option to choose one of many fallen heroes and start out in the middle of a randomly generated dungeon. In the game, the gamer progresses by fighting enemies, receiving experience points, upgrading weapons and collecting gold & items. The gold you collect can be used to purchase items while in the dungeon. The main goal of the game is to stay alive, search, and activate marks placed in each dungeon and escape through a portal.
The graphics of the game look fabulous. The GUI looks very clean, simple and it’s very easy to navigate through the menus. The glowing and lighting effects look incredible; it gives the enemies more character, and the torch lights & candles really complete the look of the dungeon scenes. The game is made to look retro, and I really like the pixel art animations that their graphic designers created; their work is really great!
While the game is made to look retro, the quality of the audio is satisfying. The high-quality music of the game is great, it fits with the theme of the dungeon. The sound effects sound really nice. Some of the sound effects sound retro, such as the pickup items, but that’s expected because the game was intended to look retro. The retro sound effects make the game more fun, it gives players the feeling that they’re playing this game at an arcade.
The controls of the game are very simple:
- W, S, A, & D keys are used to move the player up, down, left and right.
- Mouse left click to use weapon one & right click to use weapon two
- Q key to use second ability
- E key to use third ability
- F key to use item
- Space bar to pick up or select an item
- Tab brings up the stats menu
- M Key opens The Map
- C Key to open inventory
You can customize the keyboard settings if you would like, however, you can’t customize the mouse button settings. The game does support game controllers, and like the keyboard you can customize the settings for the gamepad.
In addition to the enjoyable gameplay, the stunning and visually appealing graphics, and the great quality of the music and sound effects, this game has great replay value. All the contents of the game draw the players in and keeps them entertained. Because the dungeons are randomly generated, it gives the players a different experience every time they play it. The variety of different characters and the progression the players make gives the game more replay value.
Dungeon Souls is an early access game, which means that it is not complete and the creators of the game may or may not make changes to the game. As of right now, the game is only single player. On the game’s steam page, however, the developers plan to add multiplayer support, more playable characters, items, and a larger variety of enemy types, traps, music, and levels. I would recommend trying this game now. Dungeon Souls is already a fun game as it is, and it is definitely worth the ten dollars.