Over the weekend I had a lot of fun with the Kickstarter success story, Undungeon. While it is available on Steam, I played Undungeon thanks to it also being available on Game Pass. It is a sci-fi-based RPG and one that I only intended to try out, but ended up playing for a couple of hours in my first sitting!
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The Game Review
The whole setting and story of Undungeon are crazy and I am still not entirely sure what is going on. We play as an entity called Void that has been created by God to try and put back together the multiverse. Reality is coming apart at the seams and we are sent to try and piece it back together somehow.
I love the whole premise of the game and the sci-fi nature of it all is very cool. However, I found myself having a hard time keeping focused on what was going on. You get to make dialogue choices and the game is well written, but most of the time I felt like I only had the gist of what was going on rather than a full idea.
The gameplay is quite addictive. This is an action RPG and you will be doing your typical quests as you would expect. Go and kill this, go and get that, have you seen this and that kind of thing. The cast of characters is super quirky thanks to the multiverse setting so you never get bored, even when the quests are quite similar as they are presented differently most of the time.
You can hack and slash with your claws, but you do have other means of attack as you progress such as arrows and grenades. Actually, you can improve most of what makes your Voice special. Not just in the way they look, but with the actual fiber of their being! This means you can have a character that is suited to your play style.
As you upgrade the various parts of yourself such as the brain, skin, legs, and heart. You can get various attribute boosts that will help you as you progress through the game. Moving around feels decent enough, but I found that you do move a tad on the slow side. You do have a dash, but the general walking speed I feel needed to be kicked up a notch.
There are a few things that make the game start to creep a bit towards being frustrating. When you take damage, the screen can start to crack and also dim, making it much harder to see what is going on. I get what they were going for, but this is very annoying and feels a bit unfair. Also, the way the enemies get more powerful after landing a strike feels kind of weird and unbalanced.
The first thing that most people will notice about Undungeon is the visuals. The pixel-art style graphics are some of the best that I have seen! This game looks amazing and the way things get all distorted and glitchy as reality is coming apart is very, very cool. I know that a million games are done with pixel-art, but this one really does stand out from the crowd. To go along with these great visuals we have a fantastic soundtrack.
I am not going to say that Undungeon is a perfect or near-perfect game, it certainly has its flaws. However, this is a fun action RPG and one that was so much fun, I was able to keep on going and have fun despite the noticeable flaws. If you have Game Pass, be sure to give this one a look if action RPGs are something you usually like to play.
- I liked how we could customize our character
- The gameplay feels quite satisfying
- I liked the dark humor that the game offered
- It has some of the most amazing pixel-art!
- The way the screen changes, when you are near death, is very annoying
- The enemies can feel way too overpowered sometimes