Developer: Gaewool
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Dungeon Core is a “specialty” game that really caters to a certain type of person. This person must have boundless patience, absolutely zero temper, and a willingness to plug on even though there is absolutely no hope.

I hate this.

I’ll try to get you into the right mindset here. Imagine Dungeon Core as two 8 year old children trying to make up a game. One child is in charge of the hero and the other child is the “nuh uh” kid (otherwise known as the cruel designers at Gaewool).

So the hero kills a bunch of bad guys, upgrades his hero with HP raising shields and speed controlling boots, hurtling downwards to fight the boss and the “nuh uh” kid says, “Nuh uh, I’ll just have a random fireball shoot from nowhere to kill you!”

“Well then I’ll dodge the fireball and keep going.” Nuh Uh kid puts a scowl on his face and says, “Nuh Uh, when you are trying to escape I’ll take up half the screen with a flying shark with man sized teeth. (actual game occurrence).

Nuh Uh kid is spiteful too, instead of giving you saves and checkpoints, he expects you to finish the entire game in one go. Get hit my some spikes that appeared from nowhere, or hit by a large flying shark… too bad, you’re dead. Start over. He also decided that your downward quest would be more fun if you can’t stop, instead you have to tilt your way in constant motion downward. Oh, and if you tilt your way beyond where the screen is, you’re dead.

Good luck!

The pain isn’t over yet, when you finally die you get to see a diagram of where you died in relation to how large the dungeon is. You can play for a good long while, get eaten by a screen sized shark, and still only be about 1/8th through the game. Ahhhhh, I hate this game, but I just can’t stop playing.

Here’s my recommendation. Buy DungeonCore, but not because you will like it, but because you’ll want to be a part of the shared misery. Buy it for the same reason that you bought Zelda 2 on the NES then wanted to throw your controller when you went off the “yellow brick road”.

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