I’ve never played any of Red Winter’s Dungelot series, but apparently they must be pretty good as their latest title, Dungelot: Shattered Lands is the third entry of the game series. Anyone who enjoys games of chance, along with Minesweeper and roguelikes will find the strange yet effective hybrid gameplay an adventure they’ll want to dungeon-dive into again and again.
Once you’ve selected your hero (you start off with a paladin and unlock others as you play), you’ll be thrown into the world…or should I say dungeons of Dungelot: Shattered Lands, where the touchscreen controls make it easy to tap your way through tiles on a dungeon-themed board you play on. Tapping on a title will reveal loot such as gold, food and drink to keep your characters health and morale up, weapons, armor and more, as well as monsters you can avoid or fight by tapping on them. The goal of each stage is to find a key that unlocks the next floor of the dungeon, which can be used at anytime it’s found whether all the titles of the floor have been uncovered or not.
Every dungeon you encounter is randomly generated and split into a set number of levels, with the only way to complete them is to do so with the one life you’re given. While this is good for those who enjoy a unique challenge every time they play, it can prove frustrating for another. More often than not, I found myself noticing this game requires more luck than skill to play, as sometimes you’ll make your way through a level without a scratch while racking up some sweet loot, while other times you’ll encounter relentless enemies who’ll pick you apart. It’s not all gloom and doom though, as the simplistic graphics, sounds and enemies are sure to perk you up as you play, especially when you come across some like a zombie cow (there it is on the main picture up top). And even when you die, you’re still able to retain loot that ensures you’ll come out a little richer in the end.
If you enjoy roguelikes, Minesweeper and RPGs, or if you’re just looking for something simple yet unique to play on your mobile device, Dungelot: Shattered Lands should fit the bill. While some will be turned off by the luck-over-skill gameplay, others will find the temptation to slaughter zombie cows hard to resist as they delve deeper into this dungeon of fun.