Dungeon Hack won't win any awards for being the most plot-ridden game to come down the industry pipeline. In fact, judged solely for plot, the game is a washout unless you happen to like dungeon crawls with a single minded purpose. But, judgment of Dungeon Hack should not be viewed in that light by any fan of the role playing genre because to do so would be a mistake and do it an injustice. In fact, the game is designed for speed, user customization and that aforementioned single minded purpose which is to provide hour after hour, day after day, month after month enjoyment to any would be hero who ever crept through a dark and gloomy dungeon. Dungeon Hack is designed to do nothing more than put you in a dungeon (or any one of four billion possible dungeons) as the single, lone adventurer and simply challenges you to kill monsters, overcome magical traps, find treasures and fight your way through level after customized level.
Does the game succeed at it's stated purpose? Is the game fun? You bet your dust encrusted dungeon boots it does! Spit shine that footwear and dive into one of the most cleverly designed dungeon crawlers imaginable. Again, don't look for plot -- look for unmitigated exploration and monster bashing and you won't be disappointed. Not only does Dungeon Hack allow you to customize nearly every conceivable aspect of the dungeons you explore and the character you create (read that again, it's true!) but it provides the opportunity to create your own difficulty level if you're not happy with the default easy, medium and hard levels. You can predetermine the number of levels in your dungeon from 10 to 25 and even note the dungeon "seed" code so you or a friend can replicate that very same dungeon at any time. Monsters are viewed from a first person perspective and game play takes place on a single screen with no need to switch back and forth from inventory or character screens -- it's real time show time, quick, smooth and 3-D. The game even has a setting called "Character Death Real" which simply means what it says. Use that option and if your character dies all your save games die with him (not recommended for the timid).
From character generation to total control over dungeon characteristics, Dungeon Hack lets you decide nearly every aspect of your challenge (monster strength, depth of puzzles, items, food availability, etc.). There is even an auto-mapping feature that allows you to print maps with a legend key. Spells galore (nearly a hundred), a huge bestiary, an incredible array of weapons, special objects, amulets, gauntlets, boots, potions, scrolls, books, armor, ioun stones, wands, rings, musical instruments and magical/non-magical items are awaiting you in Dungeon Hack. Track your progress on the Monsters Vanquished scorecard. Strive for the Hall of Heroes. But be warned and don't worry if you don't make it because in this case, just getting there is all the fun.
Graphics: 3-D environment. Monster artwork is credible, not particularly special. 256-color VGA recommended for best viewing. Satisfying in a simplistic way.
Sound: Crisp digitized sound effects enhance game play.
Enjoyment: To a fan of the dungeon crawling, RPG genre, Dungeon Hack's nearly total customizable game world is superb. Never before has the user been granted such largesse in defining his own fantasy environment.
Replay Value: Four billion possible dungeons. Enough said.
Combine the gameplay ideas of Hack/NetHack with the Eye of the Beholder III game engine and you get a graphical version of Hack: Dungeon Hack. Largely based on a construction set, the player can create their own dungeons and then crawl through them.
This is ultimate dungeon crawl with over 4 billion possible dungeon configurations thanks to the random level generator. The generator has the ability to regenerate the entire dungeon structure, or just the items, the style, monster frequency, trap frequency... or any combination thereof.
Also includes a "realism" option that, when a character dies, completely deletes the character and saved games.
People who downloaded Dungeon Hack have also downloaded:
Eye of The Beholder 1, Eye of The Beholder 3, Dungeon Master 2: The Legend of the Skullkeep, Dungeon Master, Eye of The Beholder 2, Dark Sun: Shattered Lands, Dark Sun 2: Wake of the Ravager, Dungeon Master Java
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