Dungeon Ward is an old-school offline RPG that takes you through an interesting story, involving plenty of dungeon crawling goodness. Here, I have curated a list of everything you need to be aware of before delving into your first dungeon.
Tip #1 – Get used to the controls
This may seem self-explanatory, however, being a grid-based old-school game differentiates this title from what we would normally be used to. The game offers a variety of ways to control your character. Still, the fundamental movement mechanic of moving grid space at a time, without any observable grid, may be confusing to some. Without the fluidity of moving everywhere, you see fit, the game actually allows a more streamlined experience.
It is something to accustom yourself to, however, as it means that combat with enemies that seem to have more liberty with their movement may seem difficult or unfair. Combat in Dungeon Ward has the same fundamentals as other RPG titles, but only as long as you adapt to the interesting movement arrangement. You need to be careful and not let enemies swarm you, for you can’t face two directions at once.
My advice when in combat is to keep moving. Use the system to your advantage and back up, or funnel your enemies to a tight hallway or worst case scenario a corner. Fighting on two fronts is better than three, or four, I suppose. More generally, the movement, once you’ve played around with it, isn’t an obstacle and will become natural.
Tip #2 – Fighting foes
A core element to any dungeon-crawler is the enemies. And this game features a variety of enemies to face. During the first level, you will acquire a weapon and a shield, the two basic tools needed to destroy your opponents.
One crucial element of this game I found was the swing speed. In other games, attack speed is often compromised and happily traded in for damage. But this isn’t really the case for Dungeon Ward. The enemies will hit you hard – and fast. Without much of a health pool, you’ll soon see how a slow swing will bring about your doom. If they can manage a few hits by the time you’ve worked one, you won’t survive for too long.
So, I’m sorry if you prefer bulking warhammers or huge battleaxes, as your efforts will be mostly in vain unless you have the armor to justify your tardy attacks. Your shield will be one of the most valuable tools in your belt. Being able to block their hits free of damage is great, but it will wear it down. Like your health, your shield’s hit points will almost instantly recover outside of combat, but you don’t want it breaking on you in the middle of about. Although it may save your life, you must use it sparingly, and this entails finishing your fights as quickly as possible.
Making full use of your abilities and your power attack will ensure your foes fall promptly. Relying on your shield will only prolong the inevitable. Make sure to incorporate dodging into your battles, but quickly backing off when the enemy goes to take a hit. When their swing falls, jump in to land a hit. If need be, raise your shield, just make sure you are using every opportunity to destroy your aggressors.
Tip #3 – Explore to the fullest!
Exploring is fundamental not to be ignored. Even if you are no completionist, exploring these moderately sized dungeons will reap much-needed rewards. Located in the top right corner is a handy map, so be sure to leave no sector unseen. Hidden are bountiful chests, but also skulking enemies and silent traps. Proceed with caution, you know what they say about curiosity, after all.
If you stumble upon a ladder descending into a trapdoor, do not go down it until you are satisfied with your level of exploration. The game isn’t exactly explicit that the ladder is an exit out of the level. Just a head’s up.
Tip #4 – Don’t shy away from retail therapy
Outside of the dungeon, you will find vendors. Usually, I would recommend not spending loads of money on RPG games, and saving your potions and trinkets. This game is an exception. Do not shy away from buying gear, especially if you don’t have that type of gear in the first place. Dungeon Ward offers a generous armor inventory, so be sure to wear all that you can. It is not exactly common to find pools of gear in the dungeon, so buy things you’re missing, and definitely be sure to buy better weapons.
Don’t worry about money, either. The dungeons are full of gold as long as you fully explore them! Dungeon Ward is a refreshing old-school RPG that will make you want to explore every nook and cranny. Any tips I’ve missed? You can put them in the comments below. Interested in the game? You download it from Google Play.
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