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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Die in the Dungeon (2021) is a battle game where you defeat enemies using dice with different powers and effects. Play involves placing combinations of dice on a grid, making use of Scrabble-like multipliers and the dice combinations to trigger powerful attacks. This offers a simple premise that grows with your ambition to find complex and inventive combinations to win.

Play involves moving from room to room in a neverending dungeon to defeat the enemies you find. Combat is a turn-based placement of your dice on a grid. Each type of dice has a specific effect, such as dealing damage to an enemy, restoring your health, or blocking incoming damage.

But this is just the start, as it's not only which dice you play but where and when you play them that's important. The different dice types work in tandem to power up neighbouring abilities. Experimenting with different strategies, placements, and combinations is essential as you face off against ever-stronger enemies.

For each room you defeat, you gain a new dice that then expands your options for play. When you are defeated (which happens a lot at the start), you get sent back to the beginning, but keep all your dice from the previous run. This enables you to progress further each time and slowly increase in strength until you can conquer every challenge you face.

The result is a game where typical turn-based move selection is swapped for careful and considered combinations of dice effects. It challenges you to think carefully about your every action, while still remaining fun and engaging.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Die in the Dungeon 8 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Sequencing game with Collecting, Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between half an hour and 2 hours to play a round of this game. Runs initially take less than an hour, but as you continue to gain more powerful and plentiful dice and effects, you can last longer and get further.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The dice help categorise and distinguish between the different types of actions you can do, with the number indicating power, so it's relatively easy to understand. Still, older children will enjoy the nuance and depth of optimising your deck and working out the best ways to use the dice.

CostsCosts

Die in the Dungeon

Steam Store PC -
App Store Mac -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
The game can be played on a web browser for free on Itch.io. It's a slightly simpler version than the one coming to Steam, but the core gameplay is the same. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/03/2021

Out Now: Mac, PC and Web

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Sequencing (Collecting, Fighting, Puzzle and Strategy)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Dice, Grid and Pixels

Developer: Die In The Dungeon (@DieInTheDungeon)


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