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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Crawl (2017) is a dungeon fighting game where your friends control the monsters and traps. The hero player moves around, break boxes and attack enemies while the ghost players try and stop him. Once the hero dies they become another ghost and the next player takes over. It stands out for the frantic action and back-and-forth between the ghost and hero modes.

In this way you battle through randomly generated dungeons full of cruel traps and horrid beasts, all controlled by the other players. As you progress and level up you earn a variety of weapons, spells and items to help you take on the 60 different monsters. It's a race to gain enough experience points and loot to face the ghosts as they control the flailing limbs of the hulking final boss.

The result is an unusual game where you are only one sneaky ghost attack away from losing control. This, and the novelty of other people controlling the creatures and traps that the computer usually handles, makes it a lot of fun - particularly for groups of players in a family.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Crawl 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 days ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Crawl. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure and Role-Play elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Play solo or with up to 4 in local-multiplayer.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes around half an hour to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Violence. This game features frequent arcade violence containing blood and gore. When a character is hurt they begin to bleed leaving a trail of blood on the floor, and when a human character is defeated large amounts of blood are shown spurting from the character’s chest before they fall to the floor. All attacks in this game feature a splatter of blood from the opponent’s body, when monsters are defeated their bodies quickly disappear and become spirits. Some human bodies are shown littered on the floor, although they are very pixelated with little detail visible.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Crude Humor, Partial Nudity, Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to be able to cope with others targeting them. Players need fast reactions and to be able to identify threats and either attack or retreat.


Crawl usually costs £11.99 to £12.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
Switch Store Switch £12.99
Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/04/2017, updated in 2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Fighting, Traversal (Action, Adventure and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Developer: Powerhoof (@Powerhoof)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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