The old indie darling is back in 3D
desktop dungeons, the beloved turn-based roguelike, returns in a new style. And while it can be tricky to go from a quaint pixel art presentation to a more general modern 3D style (albeit with some nice new illustrated character art), the main draw was, and should remain, the puzzle-solving gameplay. . Developer QCF Design announced the 3D remake Desktop Dungeons: Rewind for Steam with an estimated release in Q4 2022.
According to the team, “the goal with Desktop Dungeons: Rewind is to bring a game we love to modern devices and modern audiences. For a long time we have felt that we have not served the players with the resolution choices we made for desktop dungeons in 2011 (!!) and I’ve had to keep going ever since. This is the perfect opportunity for us to address that, while adding new features to the game to make it smoother and more rewarding to play.”
You can actually rewind
One of the main novelties of Desktop Dungeons: Rewind is the ability to rewind your turns when you die, to take better steps on the way to the boss.
Success comes down to knowing when to poke around in the dark, when to start fights, and when to double down – you’ll gain health and mana by exploring the shrouded dungeon tiles, so it pays to move deliberately. If you play well, your hero will rack up a lot of XP on lowly creeps and become powerful enough to survive the boss.
Of course, with different classes, gods, status effects, and other “oh huh…interesting” mechanics in the mix, it’s never that simple. Over time, you pick up a style of play and learn to take into account all the little considerations that add up to a successful run.
Today, roguelikes and roguelites mean a lot of things to a lot of different people, and a lot of people are tired of anything but the best. I still have a soft spot for desktop dungeons. In my opinion, it’s a puzzle game at heart, especially now with rewinds.
The original game lives on to this day (out of curiosity, I checked to see the last time I played it; 2015), so Rewind it does not replace anything. It’s still on Steam.
Interestingly, old save games will be “fully compatible” with Desktop Dungeons: Rewind.
QCF Design says to expect “hundreds of hours of content, daily online challenges, the incredible soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky and Grant Kirkhope, all the DLC, and more.”