Review – The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos

Have you ever been duped while playing a dungeon crawler? No, neither have I, well, until The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos came out. This tactical RPG is full of story, heart, orcs, and humour. I don’t know why, but starting this game I didn’t expect to hear all the characters swearing casually as well, but hey, it ended up happening. You learn something new everyday.

Good ol’ dungeon crawling adventures

In The Dungeon, you meet your ragtag groups of heroes right away, no going around and collecting your team one by one before the story truly begins. Each character has his/her own play style and own stereotypical personality. The “leader” of the group, The Ranger, is an egotistical guy who thinks he’s the top dog. The Barbarian is a dumb jock who just wants to fight the creatures of the dungeon. The Elf is an archer, and also your stereotypical ditsy, dumb blonde. The Wizardess is a sassy, well endowed, and strong female, not quite a wizard, and apparently not a witch, for some reason. Then you have the scared thief, who wants to take everything slow and covertly. The thief is probably the most helpful character in the entire game, as he can detect traps hidden throughout the dungeon. There’s also an ogre, who’s basically just an ogre, and a dwarf, as the game explains him, “just a dwarf.” With a few others happy, or maybe not to much, to join your group.

You don’t want to know what he’s throwing..

Our heroes are sent into the dungeon because no one has ever entered it before, t/in order o find a statuette. On the journey, you’ll come across orcs, giant spiders, “but definitely no dragons”, as the game proudly boasts. With magic locks blocking the way, the only logical option is to smash them, which sets off a spell and splits up your party. This is where you learn how each character plays. As you traverse the dungeon finding your allies, each one will show you their own talents. The battle system is pretty similar to that of XCom and the like. All characters move in order of speed, meaning you have to think about every move you make and make sure some of your less defensive characters are tucked back a bit.

Quickly in your journey through the dungeon, you’ll find plenty of NPCs. People who live in the dungeon, or work inside of it. Your party’s sponsor told you no one else would be here, but the lie detector determined: that was a lie. This becomes even more clear upon finding the inn, the main hub of the dungeon where you’ll meet new friends and find quests to take on. Yep, a dungeon has an inn. Go figure.

Welcome to my Inn, care for a drink?

Honestly, The Dungeon looks great, which is a bit unexpected. The gameplay is smooth, although certain actions feel a bit bugged when using a controller, but it’s something you can work past pretty quickly. The weirdest glitch I found in this game was a sudden change in translation, in which everything would suddenly change from English to French. Luckily, being Canadian, I know a fair bit of French and was able to sort myself out, but I’m not sure why that happened. Even after checking the option to make sure everything was set to English.

The music in The Dungeon is pretty bland. It certainly fits the feel of fighting orcs in a dungeon, which is not much else you could ask for, but it’s very forgettable. The dialogue is great, but it is kind of weird that the f-word is the only swear word actually censored out of the game. All the other ones are there, blasted out at all times, which was a bit strange.

How to play 101: don’t get killed

The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos might not be very impressive, but it’s a decent game at the end of the day, with a couple small bugs that could easily get patched out that may have simply not been noticed. Considering its indie nature and small team, though, it’s still quite alright.

 

Graphics: 7.5

The Dungeon looks pretty good, especially for a smaller indie title. Little hiccups here and there but nothing too damaging to the overall experience.

Gameplay: 5.0

Doesn’t exactly add anything new to the Tactical RPG style, but that makes the gameplay pretty easy to handle and manage.

Sound: 4.0

The voice acting is quite good, but the soundtrack as a whole is pretty forgettable.

Fun Factor: 6.0

All around a fun game with some good humour, not very interesting if you aren’t a diehard fan of the genre, but still a passable introduction at the end of the day.

Final Verdict: 6.0

The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos is available now on PC

Reviewed on PC.

A copy of The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos was provided by the publisher.