WHAT’S THE MEANING?
A dungeon crawler is a subgenre of role-playing games, characterized by the exploration of a labyrinthine environment while battling monsters, looking for treasure, and defeating the enemy in aa occasional boss battle. The term “dungeon crawl” is analogous to “bar crawl,” since the player usually fights his way across dungeon room to dungeon room. A “dungeon” in this case does not only refer to an underground prison, but to any subterranean environment. As a genre, it was influenced by the tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons, as well as J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dungeon crawlers are closely associated with roguelike games. Roguelike games and dungeon crawlers have the same progenitor, the 1980 game Rogue. Rogue set the standards and defined both genres. However, dungeon crawlers are much more diverse than roguelike games as roguelikes, by definition, are “games that are like Rogue [in features and characteristics].” The 1980s was a pivotal point for PC RPGs and dungeon crawler games for alike. During that period, the complexity and gameplay of computer games were significantly limited by the lack of storage capacity and computing power of the computers. The tile-based graphics of the time were actually effective in building mazes because they resulted in similar-looking environments.
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Darkest Dungeon is a Lovecraftian dungeon crawler RPG game in which the most dangerous enemy is the madness that can grow on your team's mind. It features tons of dungeon challenges that randomly appear. It was developed and published by Red Hook Studios.Games
Windows, Nintendo Switch, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac
#6Path of Exile
#7Baldur's Gate IIIn Baldur's Gate II you have to choose between resisting the evil within you, forging a legend of heroic proportions, and ultimately destroying the dark essence that haunts your dreams; or embracing your monstrous nature, carving a swath of destruction across the realms, and ascending to godhood as the new Lord of Murder.Games
Windows, Mac, iOS
#9Legend of Dungeon
#13FTL: Faster Than Light
#14Legend of Grimrock
Transistor is a science fiction action, indie, and RPG game where the player takes on the role of the character Red as she travels through a series of locations, fighting against her enemies known as the Process. It is developed and published by Supergiant Games.Games
Mac, Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4
#19Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
#20The Binding of Isaac
#21Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
#24Dungeons of Dredmor