Delver's review


Super difficult, randomly generated, roguelike dungeon crawler with Minecraft-like graphics

  • Genre mashup: RPG/roguelike/Minecraft
  • Tons to explore
  • Lush music and sound design
  • Intuitive controls
  • Difficult in an addictive way
  • No tutorial
  • Unforgiving difficultly makes it rather niche

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"Cave full of baddies, pocket full of bones"


Delver is a fresh riff on the Minecraft vibe, co-opting the blocky elemental creation and description mechanic and placing it squarely (see what I did there) in the framework of a roguelike dungeon crawler. Every round starts off anew outside a dangerous cave, which is filled with bad guys and treasure and all sorts of weirdness. Fight off the nasties long enough to collect sweet loot, because if you die in the process, your progress is reset to zero every time. A well-made hardcore game that's surprisingly simple to just pick up and play.


The music and sound design is actually lush, adding a ton of creepy exploratory atmosphere. There's loads to discover, including the classic Minecraft strategy of combining two or more items to make something new. It's also super difficult in a very good way; the get-loot-or-die-trying approach makes for a particularly interesting shade of caution as you creep around the map.


Like I said, it's a tricky game - best for those who come armed with plenty of both strategy and patience. There's also no tutorial.

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by Janel , Appszoom

May 11, 2015

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