By Josh Speer / September 1st, 2015
Did I mention I played a lot of dungeon themed games this year at Prime? Not quite sure how that happened, but I’m glad it did, since they were all entertaining for different reasons. Perhaps one of my favorites was Super Dungeon Bros, slated to release this Winter for PC, Mac, PS4 and XBox One.
The first thing you should know about Super Dungeon Bros is it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is rock and roll themed, which is apparent in the names of the 4 heroes – the blue Axl, red Freddie, yellow Lars and green Ozzie. Once you pick your hero, you select a weapon for them. I went with a large hammer, which let me place traps in front of me and bash enemies in the head. Also of note is the Yoshi-esque hover jump, which is integral to getting over bottomless pits and enemies. Which is all well and good, but you can’t do well in this game solo. It’s all about teamwork. Case in point, sometimes you’ll need to grab your bro and toss him to a higher ledge, or team up and unleash a crazy Bro Nado attack. It’s all ridiculous fun, and is well represented by the colorful, chibified graphics.
It kind of struck me as a new age Gauntlet. You’ll have to make your way through various randomized dungeons (of which there are over 32,000,000 unique combinations), slaying enemies until you get to the huge boss. There’s a catch, though. The longer you take making your way through the dungeon, the harder the dungeon gets. This might seem minor, but you see how brutal it gets when you’re facing a boss. When I was playing the game, it was with two other people, and we finally made our way to a large grim reaper looking boss.
The boss had giant mace hands, with which it would pound the arena, sending out shockwaves. That was bad enough, but the longer we took fighting him, the more skeletal minions he would summon to distract us. I was murdered several times by him, which was mitigated somewhat by the ability of my companions to revive me. Unfortunately, we took so long, and the threat level got so high, that eventually so many enemies were spawning that the game started to freeze up. Which is unfortunate, since we were probably minutes away from taking his bony ass down. All in all, I had a good time with Super Dungeon Bros. If it looks like your cup of tea, it will be cross platform between XBox One and Windows 10, as well as PS4 with PC and Mac. If you like slaying foes with your friends, it is sure to delight.
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