This week’s IGP First Look takes us into the cute, yet dangerous world of high-stakes die rolls with roguelike Dicey Dungeons.
Dicey Dungeons pits you against Lady Luck to win fabulous prizes like monster trucks and riches, but more likely, you’ll find yourself beaten up by adorable body builders and poisonous ice cream cone slimes. Dice are pretty much your only friend in this world, and how you use your various rolls, and how you prepare for various possible roll outcomes, will decide if you claim the treasures or just get beat down.
As I’ve said about this game before, I was not prepared for just how many uses you could get out of six-sided die rolls. The game offers so many different types of damage and roll requirements to use them. You can equip for high or low rolls, as well as use several abilities that let you split, raise, or lower your rolls depending on your needs. There are powers you can charge up over time, or abilities that work over and over again if you have very specific rolls. It’s a deep, deep system that felt really engaging on each turn as I fought to soak as much damage as I could from the rolls I got.
Adding dungeon crawling elements only made it better, as it was a blast to explore straightforward dungeons filled with goofy enemies and riches in the form of new or improved abilities. Your powers are always changing as you weigh new attacks against the probabilities of the dice, which had me continuously thinking and re-evaluating my strategies. Combining that with a super cute art style, pun-y enemies, and a snappy soundtrack made for some good, good roguelike play.
Even if the game was not prepared for my Bear victory. I beat it so hard that I crashed it. As should happen when a bear wins.
Dicey Dungeons is available now on Itch.io and Steam.