Delver is a first-person action RPG game – a dungeon crawler with elements characteristic for roguelike titles. The game is maintained in an old-school style (you can see clear huge pixels). Delver was made in the Priority Interrupt, a one-man studio belonging to Chad Cuddigan, who mentions the classic RPG Ultima Underworld as his inspiration. The title was at the beginning launched on mobile devices and then ported to the Windows PCs. There is currently no version for PS4 or Xbox One.
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In Delver, you play as a warrior who’s looking for adventures. The main quest is to visit a multi-level dungeon and defeat the monsters that live there. The opponents you will meet on your way are all kinds of animals, people like a druid or a thief, fantastic monsters, for example, goblins or undead such as zombies, skeletons or a powerful Lich.
The main goal is to get the Yithidian orb, which is located on the last level of the dungeon. Get down there, get the orb and the victory is yours. However, it is not as easy as it may seem, because the game does not forgive mistakes. As befits a rogue in a roguelike game, when you die, you remain dead. This unpleasant phenomenon is called permadeath. When you get killed, you start fresh, and to make things even harder, the dungeon you visit is randomly generated each time.
The game is mainly about going through all dungeons and gaining levels. Over time, you have more and more life points (hearts) and collect useful items along the way. During your expedition, you kill more monsters that inhabit the dungeon and avoid traps, such as spikes popping out of the ground. The thing is, the lower you go, the more difficult the game becomes. There are stronger creatures that await you and it is necessary to improve the character and equipment, finding or buying better weapons and armor.
The big plus is the variety of levels. Although they seem similar, you never really go through the same dungeon twice. Each corner of the underground has its own charm when you do not know when and where the opponents will jump at you. The game can be compared to Dungeon Souls. Just like in this roguelike title from December 2016, also in Delver, you have a goal that you stubbornly strive for. The intense action generates a lot of adrenaline when you want to go through levels without getting hurt. Often, however, this is impossible and you have to start again.
The game is not difficult to control, there are no millions of buttons to remember, which makes the game more dynamic.
The creator of the Delver, in the PC version of the game, wanted to make sure that the fans of the game can diversify the gameplay on their own. The title supports modding so that new monsters, characters, weapons, and dungeons can be added to the game. Also, a level editor has been added
The Hardware Requirements for Delver
Delver does not have excessive hardware requirements. Here they are:
- Operating system: Windows Vista / 7/8
- Processor: 1.5 GHz
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics card: OpenGL 2.0 compatible
- Disk space: 200 MB available
The specs above with the exception of the processor: Dual core is recommended.
Despite such low requirements, the graphics are really pleasing to the eye, and will certainly satisfy players who like the gameplay in the old good style.