I recently got my hands on Dungeon Punks for the PC. I’ve always been a huge fan of brawlers since the days of Battletoads and Double Dragon, needless to say I was pretty excited to see what this game was about. First thing I noticed when I fired the game up was the bright, beautiful, bold colors. They were everywhere, the characters, the backgrounds, everywhere. Each character that moved in the game (players and enemies) had a distinct outline around them that made the characters ‘pop’ out from the somewhat unfocused background. This gave the game a slightly mobile game feel, which turned me off at first, but grew to enjoy the coloring and overall art work in the game.
In Dungeon Punks you play as an oddball delivery team that happens to unfortunately stumble upon the secrets of Rezcorp. Rezcorp is a resurrection insurance company that with resurrect you if you die for a premium. The story was surprisingly fun and humorous and not overly cheesy. The side quests though were a little awkward at times and didn’t build any insight to the atmosphere besides seeing how corrupted the world actually is.
The gameplay is aimed to be played with a controller, but I used my keyboard, just don’t expect the mouse to function as you select options with the ‘D’ key. Dungeon Punks is meant for couch co-op which I was unable to locate anyone to try it out with me, but did some research and overall impressions were great. Playing solo was a bit rough as the AI kept getting cornered and left me to continuously save the day. The game is a brawler, but they added some RPG-like elements to the game. Each character can level up, and you can also level up their spells with tomes making them more powerful and being able to customize your fighter and partner as your fighting style sees fit. The game starts you off with six characters to choose from and the game will start you off with two other characters as your teammates that fight along side of you. As you progress through the levels you will unlock the other characters. The first one will be your partner you can switch back and forth with in the heat of the battle to let rip some slick combo work. The others that unlock will become the other partners for the AI (if you’re solo), they will swap out automatically when their health is low. You will find items such as health potions and rage stones (which unleashes an ultimate move which does some amazing damage), armor and weapons will drop as well. You use one button to attack, once you attack enough you build up mana and can then use your spells. Your partner that you aren’t play will build mana sitting idle so if you need a quick attack boost, swap out and unleash some hell on your attackers.
Each level has a main quest for you to complete, with side quests scattered across the level you can choose to complete if you’d like. Each level is separated by room like areas, you’re not able to progress to the next area until all of the enemies are defeated. Along your travels through the areas you will find exits. These are key and does not mean you will end your level or that you have completed the area. If you find yourself almost dead and out of health potions, make sure you get to an exit asap so you do not have to pay Rezcorp the premium if you get wiped. You will have to start the level over again, but you will keep items and experience to try to get the little boost you need to complete the level.
You always start your missions on your ship. Here you can equip, buy, and sell items, use tomes to upgrade your spells, and get back to the world map to continue your journey. One great detail is that the actual weapon and shield you have equipped will show up on your character during battle. Be sure to equip the characters you don’t play with as well, you don’t want to have to keep reviving them because they lack sufficient armor.
Overall Dungeon Punks is a fun brawler with that added touch of RPG element to make you want to better your character and evolve them into your fighting style. Playing solo can get frustrating at time with the AI not holding their end of the rope in battles, but if you have someone to play co-op with you, that’s where the fun really gets going. The price tag is great as well. Dungeon Punks is currently on Steam for $14.99 http://store.steampowered.com/app/503140/
Dungeon Punks is also available for PS4, Xbox One, and PS Vita.
Great brawler with RPG element
Bright beautiful characters
Decent humorous story
$14.99 starting price
Mobile game like look and feel
Definitely meant for co-op