Desktop Dungeon: Rewind is now over. If you owned the original ten years ago, then you Have owned This remake of roguelike wonderfully engaging puzzle. Otherwise you’ll find it on Steam for £14.23/$17.
The original desktop dungeon was a devilish delight. With your chosen adventurer selected from a large pool of fantasy archetypes, you’ll battle and explore through levels of miniature dungeons – just like in many other roguelikes. The bottom line here is that you regain health and energy by exploring new terrain, which means you need to map out your route through each level carefully. Explore too much too soon and you run the risk of becoming weak in the face of the level’s final enemy.
Desktop Dungeons: Rewind maintains this appeal, with a new 3D art style and a slightly more forgiving ethos. Now when you die you can replay the same dungeon from an earlier point in time. Does this make it a roguelite rather than a roguelike? I don’t know, but I think it’s a good design choice for these thoughtful combat challenges (and my tired, addicted brain).
As noted, if you purchased a 2013 Desktop Dungeon for a few pounds at any point in the last ten years, you will receive a free copy of the Desktop Dungeon: Rewind. The developers say it will automatically be added to your Steam account.
If you buy the original Desktop Dungeons now, alas, it’s too late – you won’t get Free Rewind. However, next week, you Maybe get the original Desktop Dungeon free to keep via its Steam page.