If there’s one genre in VR that could really use some more content, then it’s probably dungeon crawlers. Especially interesting ones that don’t follow the usual tropes. Well, according to Oculus and Far North Entertainment at least. The Sweden-based indie studio just released their debut Gear VR title called Down To Dungeon and according to them it’s a small roguelike dungeon crawler that was inspired by games like Diablo.
There aren’t many third-person VR games for Gear VR, though some like Augmented Empire managed to create a nearly perfect recipe of third-person mechanics and immersive gameplay. As for Down To Dungeon, we have yet to see how the game tackles third-person in VR but so far things look very promising.
Check out the trailer:
Since it’s a roguelike title, you’ll find that the levels are procedurally generated so no playthrough is ever exactly the same, and perma-death is very much a hazard. The game has no save option, meaning that you either play it through in one sitting or try again from the start. The studio has justified this design decision by saying that “based on the low session time” it made sense to leave out a saving system and have people experience the many aspects and different playstyles of the game by playing it again and again.
Which might make you hesitant because what makes Diablo great is that you can put in as much time as you want each day but it all works towards countless hours of leveling and progression. You might not experience that exact level of fulfillment in Down To Dungeon, but according to the studio you’ll “find the game rewarding in its own terms, and it is fun to restart to try out different builds.” These builds are the different type of playstyles and character ‘talents’ you can choose as you progress and your character gets stronger, which adds to the replay value as you try to find a style that suits you.
Of course, this is an RPG so there’s plenty of interesting loot to find, including armor, mage robes, weapons, and more that improve your stats. Though the only way to find them is to survive and travel through the many enemy-infested levels of the game. The levels’ themes are varied in both the isometric-like environment and types of enemies you’ll face. From facing off against samurai in Japanese gardens to invoking your inner Indiana Jones against mummies in Egyptian tombs, there’s a lot of adventure to be had.
So if you’re looking for a unique Gear VR experience then make sure to give Down To Dungeon a try. It’s available now on Oculus Home for $2.99 – though it does have a 10% launch discount running at the moment.