Friday, May 2, 2008

Mystery Dungeon

The Mystery Dungeon games are a special type of rpgs made by the Japanese developer Chunsoft. They are very traditional dungeon crawlers and have hardly changed since the first game came out for the Super Famicom. Or so I have heard, I just started playing the series for the first time.

I picked up the most recent one that was made in cooperation with Nintendo. This time the game takes place in the world of Pokémon and is called Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time. Its the same old school type of dungeon crawling only now you can do it in the company of cute Pokémon. Which fits me very well since I usually like colorful cutesy games more then the once that mostly use grey and brown.

The Mystery Dungeon games always future randomly generated multi leveled dungeons where the enemies get to move one step for every step you take. You dont realize the turn based nature of the game until you stop moving and notice that everything else also stopped. So even if it plays like an action rpg its really a turn based rpg and you can at any time stop and think about your actions.

Im finding that I really enjoy this special Mystery Dungeon type of gameplay. The tactical yet simple style is nice and I like its old school feel.