On January 29, 2021, Waffle Games released Daring Dungeoneer. Daring Dungeoneer is a 2D, card battle roleplaying game. Players play through randomly generated decks to gain experience and loot.
The game begins with the player stumbling upon Mimic Town, a town of treasure-chest-headed entities called Mimics. Looty Chesterton, the town’s merchant, serves as a guide through the tutorial section of the game. Looty instructs players to click on “The Wishing Portal”, a well located in the middle of the town.
Players use The Wishing Portal to access the game’s dungeons. At the start of the game, only the Lootorial Forest is unlocked. You can unlock additional dungeons by leveling up and using either Gold or Gems. Gold and Gems are the two types of currency used in Daring Dungeoneer.
The game breaks each dungeon down into ten smaller sections called zones. Players unlock a new zone by successfully clearing the previous one. A player clears a zone by turning over all the cards in the deck.
The Wishing Portal shows players what kinds of cards that they will encounter in each zone. There are three different types of cards: enemy cards, loot cards, and rest cards. Enemy cards are the monsters that players encounter in dungeons. Each enemy card has a set damage and health amount. Players earn experience by defeating monsters. Loot cards award players with equipment and Gold. Rest cards restore the player’s health.
The game screen can be broken down into three sections. In the top section of the screen is the level bar and the loot bar. The level bar shows what level the player has reached and how much experience they have gained. The loot bar shows players how much equipment and Gold they’ve collected in a zone.
The middle section of the screen is predominated by the card deck. Beneath the card deck are the Dare Button and the Flee Button. Clicking the Dare Button flips over the next card in the deck. Clicking the Flee Button exits the dungeon. When this happens, players keep all the equipment and Gold they have earned. Players cannot flee while fighting a monster.
On the bottom section are the attack and health bars, the trinket button, the quest button, and the potion button. Attack damage and health points are determined by the equipment the player is using. Upgrading equipment increases the player’s attack damage and health points. Trinkets provide different buffs that work alongside equipment. Players can purchase trinkets with Gems from Treasure’s Trinkets in Mimic Town.
The quest button shows all the active quest in the game. Players can earn Gold and Gems from completing quests. Lastly, the potions button allows players to choose from a variety of effects. For example, the Berserker Potion increases damage by two points for one turn. Players can purchase potions from Boxby’s Potion Shop. Like trinkets, potions cost Gems.
Since Daring Dungeoneer is a free to play game, it does have paid features. Players can purchase Gems using real world money. The lowest amount a player can spend to purchase Gems is $0.99 USD. You can also obtain Gems on a monthly basis by paying for the Premium Membership, which costs $2.99 USD per month. Alternatively, players can earn Gems by consecutively redeeming the Daily Rewards.
Another paid option in Daring Dungeoneer is the ad-free experience. The game runs autoplay ads that occur every so often. For a onetime fee of $4.99 USD, you can permanently remove ads from your game.
If you’ve been looking for a new roleplaying game to try, Daring Dungeoneer might be right for you. The randomly generated card decks make dungeon crawling an exciting experience. In addition, once you have completed a zone, you have the option of risking your loot and experience for more of it. When this happens, you begin the dungeon again, except your health remains the same. You’ll find yourself wondering whether to stick through it or quit while you’re ahead.