Super Dungeon Boy Review
Taking liberal cues from Team Meat’s platformer Super Meat Boy, Tower Up Studios’ Super Dungeon Boy has you spelunking your way through a series of caverns. Should you seek out its secrets, or is this title not worth exploring?
Super Dungeon Boy Review
The goal of Super Dungeon Boy is simple – find your way to the exit of each stage, collecting coins and shooting anything that stands in your way. Our hero can jump, wall jump, roll dodge, and fire arrows, and can withstand three hits. However, our hero falls like a lead brick, making platforming more challenging than it has any right to. In addition, the roll (which has i-frames) can be tough to judge, and covers far too much ground. Players can only fire forward as well, which makes it tough to hit certain enemies. When a bat is flying every which way, it can feel unfair when you can’t jump or time your shot properly. The game prides itself on being challenging, but it is challenging for all of the wrong reasons.
The level design of Super Dungeon Boy is pretty basic as well. Each of the 26 levels is simply a letter of the alphabet, and almost all stages look exactly the same. Repetition quickly sets in, and if you didn’t know any better, you’d say that the nondescript layout was procedurally generated. Put simply, this title does not make a lasting impression.
Despite its basic nature, there are some secrets to be found in Super Dungeon Boy. Some levels require you to find the key to each level to unlock the level clearing door, which adds a bit of exploration to the game. There are also hidden areas in each level that contain treasure chests full of coins and one of three hats. These coins can then be used on statues that serve as checkpoints or health replenishment spots. The amount of coins each of these things costs is kind of an arbitrary number, but it gives some motivation to the player.
There’s not much here to keep people playing beyond the main game. After beating the main game (which takes a few hours), there’s nothing else to speak of. Leaderboards and multiplayer are both missing in action here. Sure, there are a number of achievements to unlock, but this title is not one you’ll be coming back to for weeks to come.
Super Dungeon Boy wears its inspiration on its sleeve, but it does not manage to do anything out of the ordinary. It is a challenging game, sure, but it quickly veers into frustrating territory on more than one occasion.