The Best Dungeon Crawl Video Games

Dungeon crawl may be familiar to those who love role-playing games and encounter different obstacles and enemies in a labyrinthine location called a dungeon. Fortunately for those who love dungeons, there are games that devote a lot of time on such a location.

Here are the best in the genre.

Diablo (1996)

Well-known as a hack-and-slash game, Diablo also allows the player to control one character who must save the world from the Lord of Terror by completing the different challenges in sixteen dungeons.

Legend of Grimrock (2012)

This game was based on other titles like Eye of the Beholder and Dungeon Master, but has a real-time gameplay with tile-based movements. The player can control up to four characters, which are used to solve puzzles and defeat enemies.

Rogue or Rogue: Exploring the Dungeons of Doom (1980)

The goal of this game is to find the Amulet of Yendor by controlling one character, who must get to the lowest levels by fighting monsters and collecting items.

Darkest Dungeon (2016)

Unlike the other games, Darkest Dungeon allows the player to control different characters who are exploring a mansion. The gameplay also utilizes turn-based fights with real-time movements. As if that isn’t enough, the game also includes a stress level that can affect a character’s ability to finish the missions.

Etrian Odyssey (2007)

This role-playing game spawned several sequels and spinoffs with its unique use of time to create different encounters and combats.

Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (1992)

Part of the Ultima series, Ultima Underworld features an underground cave system and a utopian civilization that the character Avatar must explore to find a baron’s daughter.

Stonekeep (1995)

More popular for the length of its game development, Stonekeep is the ultimate model for a dungeon crawler that features underground caves systems filled with enemies and treasures. The player controls the character Drake who must make use of different items and a rune-based magic system.

NetHack (1987)

Inspired by the game Rogue, which is also on this list, the player controls a character who must find the Amulet of Yendor, which unlike in Rogue, is generated randomly in a total of about 50 levels.

Grim Dawn (2016)

Based on the Titan Quest engine, Grim Dawn introduces the player to the world of Cairn where humans are nearly wiped out and are trapped between entities called the Chthonians and Aetherials.

Don’t Starve (2013)

The player controls Wilson is this survival game, making sure that he is fed properly and is physically and mentally healthy while avoiding enemies that are trying to eat or kill him. This is also one of the few games that includes a permanent death in the gameplay if the player fails.

Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition (2013)

Anyone who has played Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal will enjoy this enhanced version and some new content.

15 Oct 2019

The Best Video Game Soundtracks You Should Listen To

Tired of your usual music playlist? If you love video games, then you should listen to some of these awesome video game soundtracks.

LittleBigPlanet
The first installment of this series has some amazing indie tracks from around the world. The soundtracks from the sequels LittleBigPlanet 2 and LittleBigPlanet 3 are also equally fun to listen to when you need to focus on your work.

NieR
A lot of fans enjoyed this role-playing title not just for its appealing gameplay and characters, but also for its unusual mix of orchestra and futuristic music.

Fallout 3
While most recent video games feature modern music, Fallout 3 includes some of the best classical pieces and old school music from the 40’s onwards, such as “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” by The Ink Spots.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Not only is this one of the best video games of all time, but its soundtrack is also iconic in the gaming world.

Super Mario Galaxy
Another iconic game series, the Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack features an orchestra for an out-of-this world music experience.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
It’s not unusual for some video games to feature several artists in its soundtrack, but if you want to listen to punk and hip music, this is the one for you.

Chrono Cross
Composed by Mitsuda Yasunori, this award-winning soundtrack should be a staple for Chrono Series fans.

Mega Man 2
Want something fast and upbeat? Mega Man 2’s soundtrack will get your heart pumping with its fast tunes, perfect for a slow morning at the office.

Journey
The title of the game should give you an idea about the gameplay, but it’s also perfect for those days when you just want to relax and listen to soothing music to calm your nerves.

Red Dead Redemption
Although you could also pick any of the Grand Theft Auto game soundtracks, what makes the soundtrack of Red Dead Redemption stand out are its emotional pieces that complement its powerful storytelling.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Orchestra and video games commonly go together, but Skyrim stands out because this massive title includes an equally massive soundtrack. The most notable, however, is the main theme “Dragonborn.”

Metroid Prime
Another classic game on this list, Metroid Prime features not just futuristic themes, but also choral chants and alien insect sounds.

Shadow of the Colossus
Need to study for an exam tomorrow? Hailed as one of the best games ever, Shadow of the Colossus also features the best soundtrack that will serve as background while fighting the sixteen colossi.

Crypt of the Necrodancer
If you need to hit the gym but don’t want to listen to the usual songs on your playlist, try the Crypt of the Necrodancer soundtrack for upbeat techno, jazz, trap, and metal that will inspire you to work harder.

31 May 2018

5 of the Best Survival Mobile Games in 2018

Survival games aren’t new in the gaming industry. With the genre bringing thrill and excitement to its players, it’s not a surprise to know there’s a blooming fanbase in Singapore. This type of game has a general gameplay: you are to land somewhere, make use of the available tools around (such as guns), and fight other players to death. Your only goal is to survive.

These survival games aren’t exclusively played on a computer, too. Even just with your smartphone, you can enjoy the best survival experiences on your handheld device through downloading these games:

1. Rules of Survival
This game is arguably one of the leading survival games when it comes to graphics and gameplay. It is similar to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), a Battle Royale themed game that has been well-received by the PC community. The major difference is – you can play Rules of Survival on your smartphone. It allows solo, duo, and team games. A virtual thumb stick is used for smooth movement, but practice is still key.

2. Black Survival
Think of Black Survival as your typical survival game with an added twist: it has a visual-novel style gameplay. You will have to travel around static environments until the moment you come across another player – which is contrary to other survival games where you have the freedom to shoot around given you have a weapon. Your quick reflexes and better stats will render you victorious in this game.

3. Grand Battle Royale
Named after the 2000 survival-themed Japanese cult classic film, Grand Battle Royale mixes up the classic battleground set-up with Minecraft-style visuals. This adds another edge to the game, making it stand out from the rest. You simply spawn from one island to another – and once you hear the buzzer, the carnage begins. It’s a mad dash for nearby weapons once you begin to converge on the center.

4. Free fire – battleground
With high-end graphics, Free fire is considerably too beautiful for your typical mobile game. This easily makes the game the most visually pleasing title in this article. It boasts of a smooth and clean gameplay, and it also adheres to the general playbook of survival games (with the inclusion of teamplay and vehicles). The map may be too wide for the initial small player count – but just wait until the safe zone shrinks sufficiently!

5. Last Battleground: Survival
This game has a similar gameplay to that of Rules of Survival, but its visuals rely heavily on crude aesthetic. Nonetheless, it adds to the game’s appeal. It’s almost as if you are playing a PS2 game on your handheld device in many ways. This free-to-play game only has a 32-player count and doesn’t offer duo/team plays. However, the core gameplay of Last Battleground: Survival remains addictive enough to encourage loyal players to continue playing.

26 Mar 2018