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Game #3070
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Dungeon Explorer    View all Top Dogs in this genre
RPG   Top-down

Rating: 8.4 (55 votes)

Dungeon Explorer box cover

Dungeon Explorer screenshot
Dungeon Explorer is a fun EGA RPG game that is similar to Vampyr, although IMO more fun thanks to more diverse gameplay. The goal is simple: create a character, buy equipment and explore a dungeon or ruin. You must defeat whatever monsters you encounter to gain experience and wealth, causing your character to become more powerful and stronger. The game was designed to allow additional adventures to be installed and played as a separate game. The freeware version of the game is called Dungeon of the Beast which contains 64 rooms to explore. The only real goal of the game is to explore every room of the adventure and return alive.

Dungeon Explorer emphasizes adventure-style puzzle-solving and exploration over traditional RPG elements such as statistics and combat. You can create a character just by naming him/her -- no need for dice rolls for statistics. Once you have a character, the first order of business is to equip the character with armor, weapons and other handy items. Since your starting funds are limited, you must begin the adventure to find gold and gain experience fighting monsters. With additional funds you can buy healing and better weapons, which allow you to explore further and further. As you progress you will find a number of puzzles and devious traps which are quite fun to solve. Most of them are physical puzzles similar to Zelda, requiring you to push blocks around, for example.

I find Dungeon Explorer a fun RPG that fans of the adventure genre or anyone who dislikes intense combat in RPGs should take a look at. There are enough monsters to hack and slash, but it's the puzzles that distinguish the game from most other freeware RPGs. Two thumbs up for this underdog, and please let me know if you have "full" version with additional adventures!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: John Murphy
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1990
Software Copyright: John Murphy
Theme: Fantasy, Shareware
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Vampyr: The Talisman of Convocation, Ultima IV: Quest of The Avatar VGA, Akalabeth Remake

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