Through the years, there have been many video games that debuted on consoles and PC, that felt excellent for potential cell variations. Dicey Dungeons ($4.99) took issues additional. It even seemed prefer it was constructed for cell interactions from the beginning, however it’s the uncommon game that feels wonderful with contact or button controls throughout all platforms. The deckbuilding roguelike dungeon crawler hybrid expertise Dicey Dungeons is a captivating game that may be my favourite cell game of 2022 regardless that it’s a late port. I’ve now performed it throughout Steam Deck, Change, and iOS for evaluation, and can be evaluating these variations with the iOS launch as with my different port opinions.
When you’ve in some way not heard of Terry Cavanagh and play cell video games, he has launched and is most identified for the good Tremendous Hexagon and VVVVVV. When Dicey Dungeons was lastly confirmed for cell, I used to be nearly sure it will play greatest on iOS. Having now performed it on iPad and iPhone alongside the Change and Steam Deck, the iOS port is sort of excellent, and the few points I’ve may not hassle you in any respect.
Earlier than stepping into the port and cell model options, Dicey Dungeons is a really shocking game. It appears simple initially, however is a masterclass in design so long as you’re pleased with some RNG. You discover dungeons as a strolling cube in procedurally generated mayhem involving cube rolls, a superb soundtrack, nice visuals, and extra. Dicey Dungeons initially felt prefer it would possibly put on skinny after an hour or so, nevertheless it opens up a lot with new characters to make the whole lot really feel contemporary as soon as once more. It additionally helps that the cell model has arrived with further free content material proper from the get go making this an incredible worth package deal.
What makes Dicey Dungeons stand out from different video games like Slay the Spire, in addition to catering to an analogous viewers, is the way it blends in puzzles with its deckbuilding and roguelite gameplay. Whereas different video games lean closely on the random components, Dicey Dungeons feels equal half puzzle in a number of the levels. That is elevated by how every of the playable characters will increase the problem and introduces new mechanics. This isn’t to say that the beginning character is boring, however the design for the opposite later characters may be very particular, and making your approach to the ultimate stage and boss for every character in their very own episodes goes to check you for certain.
The varied flooring, character designs, enemies, and animations are wonderful. I’ve all the time preferred the aesthetic from the preliminary reveal, however seeing it in movement on excessive decision shows actually hits dwelling with how polished and beautiful Dicey Dungeons seems and feels. Marlowe Dobbe’s artwork deserves an artbook launch for certain. One factor to remember is that the game isn’t natively fullscreen on fashionable iOS gadgets. There are appropriately coloured borders that you may disable, however I left them on as a result of this is likely one of the greatest examples of implementing a border for a game designed for 16:9 shows dropped at iOS.
This launch of Dicey Dungeons on iOS and Android consists of the game, the Halloween bonus pack with its personal new content material, and the brand new Reunion DLC that arrived on different platforms the identical time the cell model launched. Even with out the free DLC and bonus content material, Dicey Dungeons is greater than definitely worth the asking worth on cell.
Efficiency on my iPhone 11 and iPad Professional has been good. The spotlight of the cell model is the load occasions. Dicey Dungeons hundreds close to immediately on iOS in comparison with the Change model. The PC model additionally hundreds close to immediately like iOS on Steam Deck.
In the case of the controls, Dicey Dungeons has excellent contact controls which can be responsive and intuitive. It actually makes me extra dissatisfied in how Slay the Spire nonetheless hasn’t seen management enhancements. Dicey Dungeons performs greatest with contact controls. In actual fact, I’ve been utilizing contact controls on Change and Steam Deck as effectively. It does work very well with a controller on these platforms too, however the cell model doesn’t have controller help as of now. At the least it didn’t work with my DualSense controller. This isn’t a dealbreaker for me given how effectively the contact controls are, however it’s value mentioning in any console/PC to cell conversion.
Dicey Dungeons seemingly doesn’t have iCloud syncing help between iOS gadgets. That is disappointing for certain, nevertheless it does have an Edit Progress choice to let gamers from different platforms or between gadgets manually transfer progress by selecting what character and episode you wish to unlock. That is an attention-grabbing addition and approach to let individuals “deliver over” progress, however I’d have most popular correct iCloud sync as an choice between iOS gadgets. Whether it is in, I’ve not been in a position to get it to work throughout 2 completely different iCloud accounts on 4 gadgets.
I do know the look forward to Dicey Dungeons on cell has been loads longer than I anticipated, nevertheless it has been value it to see the game launch in such a elegant state. Whereas it has a couple of points that I hope will be mounted in potential updates, Dicey Dungeons is obvious good and an ideal match on iOS. When you aren’t a fan of deckbuilders or don’t like all RNG, this may not be for you. When you loved Slay the Spire, I believe you’ll love Dicey Dungeons. It will be exhausting for something on cell to high this for me, and I’m trying ahead to experiencing the brand new DLC on Change this weekend throughout breaks from enjoying Sunbreak having performed the bottom game and checked out the DLC for evaluation on iOS.