There are at the moment 3,946 video games with the “roguelike” tag on Steam, however I do not suppose there is a single one fairly like Dungeon of the Infinite. If there may be I actually have not performed it, and that is fairly outstanding contemplating simply how saturated this style has change into in simply the final decade. Dungeon of the Infinite’s hook is that it is just a little bit RPG, just a little bit technique game, and really a lot a tower protection game, with the randomization of a roguelike to hold it attention-grabbing.

I can not inform you what number of Sunday mornings I’ve misplaced to co-op periods of this game—for fairly a number of years it was a game {that a} buddy and I might drop 4 hours into on a whim and I by no means regretted it as soon as. It has been dust low cost in loads of Steam gross sales over time, however for those who’ve by no means purchased it, you are in luck now, as a result of it is free to carry on Steam till July twenty seventh.

Developer Amplitude Studios (the identical people behind wonderful roguelikes Infinite House and Infinite Legend) have really been engaged on a sequel to Dungeon of the Infinite. Whereas the unique wasn’t an enormous hit initially, it looks like it is stored promoting over time, and even achieved properly sufficient to finally get ported to the PS4 and Nintendo Change. The title of the sequel, Infinite Dungeon, is actually on-brand however kinda makes it sound like a remake of Dungeon of the Infinite. It is not, although, and ditches the distinctive pacing and nice pixel artwork of the unique. 

The brand new Infinite Dungeon appears like a enjoyable however extra standard motion roguelike, whereas the unique is far more about technique. Every room you uncover as you progress by means of the dungeon has nodes on which you’ll place numerous towers to gather sources and defend towards the hordes of enemies that come your means. Enemies solely have an opportunity to spawn if you open doorways, so that you management the tempo of planning and motion. Your character mechanically assaults enemies that come shut, so your solely direct enter in fight is triggering particular expertise or clicking frantically in one other room to GTFO for those who’re taking an excessive amount of harm. 

It is a unusual however actually enjoyable combine, where you are largely planning after which watching the motion play out, however typically nonetheless should be actually engaged—particularly on the finish of every flooring, when you need to process one character with slowly carrying your valuable energy crystal to the exit whereas enemies constantly stream in behind you. Development between flooring is satisfying, too, as you discover gear to your characters, meet new survivors to recruit to your occasion and unlock extra highly effective variations of the defensive towers.

Over time Amplitude added a complete bunch of characters to Dungeon of the Infinite with distinctive talents, and many of the DLC is free, making it an excellent higher, deeper game than it was once we reviewed it. One of many updates even provides TF2 characters like Engineer and Heavy to the game, they usually’re a whole lot of enjoyable. It is a bizarre, unlikely crossover however it works, and it is significantly enjoyable seeing these TF2 characters rendered on this pixel artwork fashion.

I am wanting ahead to Infinite Dungeon, which is out in October, however I do not suppose it will seize me the identical means Dungeon of the Infinite did. Regardless that it is 9 years previous I would completely happy advocate it to anybody as we speak, particularly without spending a dime.