Tangledeep: Is It Worth It?
Tangledeep is surprisingly complex. I really wasn’t expecting this indie titles to be laid out the way it is. The game features a “job” system and we will explain what that means later. It is described by the developer as a “roguelike Dungeon Crawler”, pretty interesting right? This indie title has received quite a bit of traction and was brought to my attention via Humble Bundle. The games is definitely something else, but is that something worth it? Let’s find out.
Alright so the game features a pretty intricate job system, known in others games as classes. There are currently 12 jobs within Tangledeep and each one has it’s own particular set of skills. Many of the jobs are pretty self explanatory and are classes you may have heard of before. Then there are some jobs that are completely unique to the world of Tangledeep. The 12 jobs also have their own difficultly level that the game informs you about before you lock in your character. While this was helpful to me I completely ignored the difficulty of the classes and decided to be a Soulkeeper. The soulkeeper is a magic archer, so how could I pass that up? The job system can be pretty overwhelming for new players, but like any game with classes that is to be expected. I honestly thought this was a huge improvement on the typical dungeon crawler I felt that while Torchlight 2’s classes were simple they did still feel somewhat limited.
Tangledeep’s gameplay was definitely something that was new to me. I think Chrono Trigger was the closest I have come to this game. The combat system is dynamic and utilizes squares. As you move so do the enemies. You can kite your enemies around as a ranged character to get the advantage and take far less damage. I would call the game mildly turn based. While you and your enemies certainly take turns attacking, the quick paced action makes it seem like you aren’t actually waiting around.
While the combat system was new to me, the item system was not. You can acquire equipment from the different vendors or monsters that you fight. Along with that the game offers potions and all sorts of items to help give you an edge, or power yourself up. You are also able to teleport out of dungeons and right back where you left off.
Tangledeep is a web of new and exciting experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game and I would definitely reccomend it to anybody that wants a roguelike dungeon crawler. From the dynamic combat system to the class system. Tangledeep will give you your money’s worth and more. Finding the right class to play may take some extra time, and that can be a bit of a hindrance. The pixelated graphics will take you back 25 years, but the game play will keep you in the present. This game is how I want to see dungeon crawlers done from here on out. Tangledeep is amazing, and you need to get it!