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Minecraft Dungeons - Grab your sword and kill some mobs

Minecraft Dungeons is the latest entry in the wildly popular Minecraft franchise, capitalizing on Minecraft's success, which is the most popular game of all time. It takes everything that you love about Minecraft - the inventory, charming...[read more below]

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Minecraft Dungeons - Grab your sword and kill some mobs

transpose into a dungeon crawler format and have fun!

Everything you love about Minecraft transposed into a dungeon crawler format

Minecraft Dungeons is the latest entry in the wildly popular Minecraft franchise, capitalizing on Minecraft's success, which is the most popular game of all time. It takes everything that you love about Minecraft - the inventory, charming graphics, Creepers, and story - and turns it into a dungeon crawler.

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A Natural Evolution of the Minecraft Franchise

Like any good dungeon crawler, Minecraft Dungeons is really about survival. Your goal is to defeat the various dungeons that the game throws at you and collect loot after killing the various bad guys. The game casts itself as a Dungeon crawler with surprising ease.

Of course, this game's real charm is that it takes well-known Minecraft enemies, like Creepers and Skeletons, and places them in a dungeon format. You now have to use your various weapons, skills, and techniques to defeat them, collect their loot, and ultimately become stronger for future battles.

Thankfully, the game doesn't just rest on its past successes and introduces new bad guys, loots, skills, and techniques as you march deeper into the dungeons.

Blocky Death

The game's graphics look like they came straight from the mother game. It's genuinely impressive. At the same time, frame-rates are smooth, and actions are richly detailed. A good dungeon crawler must meet a series of extensive challenges, including maintaining frame rate, hinting at hidden loot, and showing weapons and enemies in detail. Minecraft Dungeons succeeds in doing that with aplomb.

A Whole New Sense of Community

There are nine levels, or "biomes," that players must transverse. Each level has a different theme, like ruined villages or Redstone Mines, and each theme comes with a particular gimmick or design which you must defeat or survive. The levels are highly detailed and well designed, but because there are only nine levels does leave wanting more.

You can play this one alone, or with friends. You can also team up with strangers before going on a run. Like any good dungeon crawler, this game isn't really about your skills and your skills alone, but about your team's chemistry. Can your enhancer see when its time to cast a buff or when its time to conserve power? Does your healer know when your tank is in trouble?

Furthermore, this is the Minecraft we're talking about. "The game practically launched the "Let's Play" genre of YouTube videos on its own, so it makes perfect sense that the game comes with a robust online community." Developers created easy to use, built-in tools that game players can take advantage of to find online communities, join clans, and learn how to play better. This is important: A huge part of Minecraft's success has always been its broader community, and Dungeons clearly understands this.

Made with replay-ability in mind

The game premiered on May 26 and is available for download via PC, PlayStation 4, XBox Game Pass, XBox One, and Nintendo Switch. The standard price is $19.99, but you can download a "Hero's Edition" that comes with more content for $29.99.

The game was made with replay-ability in mind, coming with a scale-able difficulty system that will adjust based on your play. However, if you are good and someone in your party isn't, your lower-leveled friend will find themselves at a disadvantage, as the game will play for greater difficulties. This creates an unfortunate problem for new players.

TL/DR

Minecraft Dungeons is an excellent addition to the Minecraft franchise for both old and new players.

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From the Developers

What follows is the official description of Minecraft Dungeons, from the developers.


"Brave the dungeons alone, or team up with friends! Up to four players can battle together through action-packed, treasure-stuffed, wildly varied levels, all in an epic quest to save the villagers and take down the evil Arch-Illager!

Discover new weapons and items that will help you defeat a ruthless swarm of new-and-nasty mobs. Fight or flee through canyons, swamps and – of course – mines! Any adventurer brave or foolish enough (or a bit-of-both!) to explore this blocky and beautiful world will need to come prepared. So quickly, gear up!"

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