Legend of Dungeon Virtual Reality Dungeon Crawler

Posted January 13, 2015 by in All

Developer: Robot Loves Kitty
 
Release Date: 13-09-13
 
Game Type: RPG
 
Platform: PC, MAC, Linux
 
HMD: Oculus DK2
 
Control Schemes: Xbox controller, Keyboard and Mouse
 
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Best Part:

Great retro art style, Surprisingly deep gameplay, randomly generated maps which adds great replay value
 

Worst Part:

Steep learning curve as difficultly is ramped up extremely fast after level 8
 
Bottom Line

Having flat sprites moving in 3D space inside an interesting game environment is almost magical at times as watching 8 bit graphics come to life in this way is just how I envisaged them in my mind as a child of the 80s when playing my Atari and Legend of Dungeon certainly brings a smile to my face with all its retro flair and humour.

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3/ 5

by David
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Legend of Dungeon is a randomly generated action RPG Beat’em’up from Indie developer Robot Loves Kitty that brings 8-bit dungeon crawlers to Virtual Reality.

This might not sound appealing on paper but once you start to play it the retro art style and the developer’s sense of humour shine through and make this a uniquely enjoyable experience.

vr dungeon 1Legend of Dungeon has no storyline as such. You play as a generic adventurer who has to battle their way through 26 floors of randomized mayhem to retrieve the treasure. You descend down through the dungeon gaining experience points as you kill monsters. The further you go the stronger the enemies will become and button mashing your way through the Dungeon cells will not get you very far as different weapons will have different damage effects on the wide range of monsters and ghosts you encounter.

As you play you will collect Hats that act as armour or useful items in the game. Different hats protect against different types of monsters and some hats such as the miner’s hat will light up dark areas that you need to pass through. As the dungeons are generated randomly so are the enemies and you come across an extremely wide range of ghosts, goblins, wizards and even devils.

It’s been a real surprise this past couple of weeks with all the third person VR experiences coming out at how enjoyable they really are. When playing Legend of Dungeon in the Rift you really get a sense of the game world as the Dungeon sits just a couple of feet in front of you. The game sprites, like your character and the enemies all look flat on a 3D background where you can move them about in 3D space. The best way I can describe this is like looking at a pop-up book where you have control of the characters involved and can move them freely around the page either bringing them forward towards you or pushing them back further away from your point of view.

vr dungeon 2Having such a strange view of a normally flat world with thanks to the Rift is highly entertaining and after playing Legend of Dungeon in this way I started to think of other games that might benefit from this unique view point and Fez immediately came to mind with its well implemented 2D / 3D level design.

Playing Legend of Dungeon in Virtual Reality is a real eye opener to me for the possibilities of VR to deliver classic Retro style gaming in a new unique way that  is more than a gimmicky “play the same game on a massive screen.”  Having flat sprites moving in 3D space inside an interesting game environment is almost magical at times as watching 8 bit graphics come to life in this way is just how I envisaged them in my mind as a child of the 80s when playing my Atari and Legend of Dungeon certainly brings a smile to my face with all its retro flair and humour.

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David

David Whelan a professional web developer has been a serial early adopter of the latest technology. From an early age playing on a C64 he always dreamt of entering virtual worlds and exploring the endless possibilities that could be offered up by the platform.

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