[Roguelike expert John Harris talks with designer Rodain “Nandrew” Joubert about the buzzed-about Desktop Dungeons, its inspirations, and a little bit about goats and orcs.]Desktop Dungeons is a quick-play freeware PC dungeon exploration game that has been enjoying tremendous popularity over the last few months. Each game involves a single screen of a dungeon, and is typically less than thirty minutes to complete. Yet it provides an abundance of races and classes to play as, and special dungeon types to explore, that endlessly remix its small number of basic elements into completely new challenges each time.As comments in blog posts about it tend to point out, Desktop Dungeons is not technically a roguelike game. It doesn’t have tactical combat, has no identification features, and it’s simulation of time is fairly simplistic. And yet, it has some fairly strong ties to roguelikes that definitely brings it into the purview of a roguelike column. It is a game, ultimately, about gaining levels and making good use of limited resources, it’s quite difficult and yet also has a strong sense of balance, where a decision made half the game ago can suddenly be what pushes you over the edge at the end. Also,… Read full this story
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