DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold2.0.16 Description:
Dungeon crawlers are part of a niche genre and they are certainly not as popular as regular RPGs, mostly because the difficulty level is usually much more gruesome and the gameplay does not show any kind of mercy on beginners. Permadeath is a given and there is usually the risk of catching incurable diseases, or simply walking into a deadly trap as you scour the narrow corridors. DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold tries a different approach and it includes some puzzle mechanics as well, by integrating them into the gameplay and making them mandatory in order to pass the levels. Hence, exploring and staying alive is not enough anymore, given the fact that you must also calculate your movement path and battle the enemies in a chess-like manner. The game starts with a vague story about a man and his nephew exploring a dungeon, as if that was the kind of place you take a child to. Naturally, the boy goes missing after a few minutes in and you have to search for him, while also avoiding death yourself and navigating the intricate mazes that lead to the exit. Armed with a sword and the ability to move in every direction, including diagonals, things quickly become rather difficult and frustrating.