Minecraft Dungeons is the latest video game released under the Minecraft title. It is a new dungeon crawler RPG game that took elements from old RPG games of the same genre like the Diablo franchise, Grim Dawn, and Torchlight. Unlike the original Minecraft sandbox game, the latest title is linear, and story-driven, featuring different minecraft dungeons, all with unique hordes of enemies that play a part in the game’s story campaign.
News about Minecraft Dungeons first circulated around March 2020 when Mojang Studios released a beta version of the game titled Minecraft Dungeons Beta. Fans of the original Minecraft game jumped in at the opportunity to play a new Minecraft game. It was a surprising, yet fun experience for young Minecraft fans as it completely went out of their Sandbox type gameplay, and went into the dungeon crawler genre alongside Diablo, and many others. The full Minecraft Dungeons release date was on May 26,2020 across multiple gaming platforms.
But unlike the Diablo franchise where its story revolves around a dark, and mature theme. Minecraft Dungeons’ appears to embody a liberation story. It starts off with a homeless villager Illager named Archie, who was shunned away by the other Illagers.
He chanced upon a certain orb that granted him special powers, which he used to raise an army, and force the world into slavery. The hero is tasked to defeat the villain, with the hopes of freeing the world from its clutches. And though the story might sound a bit grim, it is a classic hero versus villain story, and it does shy away from the grimmer, and heavier story of the other mentioned dungeon crawlers. Making it perfect for the young generation to try out.
Parents who might also worry that modern video games are too graphically violent for kids can take comfort in the fact that it shows no depiction of gore, and blood. It’s a game meant for kids, and can be played by the whole family.
Like any dungeon crawler game, players can find rare equipment, and artefacts while inside a minecraft dungeon, and these can be acquired by defeating enemies inside the dungeon. They can also earn experience points that allow them to level up, becoming stronger, and able to take on bigger, badder enemies. Players of the game can also take comfort in the fact that their characters can be built up to suit players’ needs. This can be achieved by equipping the wide variety of weapons, and armour in the game, with perks that match certain play styles.
Another feature of the game is its difficulty scaling. When players earn enough experience they can replay past dungeons on a higher difficulty setting. The game also offers four-player cooperative modes, where they can team up, and take on the tougher challenges, and earn better rewards.
The game’s interface is bright, colourful, and simple to understand, especially for the kids. It doesn’t share the complicated, lengthy instructions of other titles like Grim Dawn, or Path of Exile. Another thing to note about Minecraft Dungeons is the players’ ability to switch between melee and ranged weapons. Making the experience more versatile compared to other dungeon crawler games. Minecraft Dungeons also offer character customization features. Players can change the cosmetic skin at the character selection screen and will use it throughout the game. The game also notes that it’s also possible to change cosmetics at the character select screen.
Needless to say, Minecraft Dungeons is perfect for kids to step into the dungeon crawler genre minus the gore, and more mature themes of the older titles. It’s simple and challenging enough to keep them busy for a while, and it retains all the aesthetic that fans of the Minecraft game fell in love with.
Minecraft Dungeons’ price is at 19.99USD, and it’s playable on Windows PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation 4. Players can also grab the Hero Edition priced at $29.99, which includes a cape for cosmetic purposes, a chicken pet, as well as a season pass that gives players access to future downloadable contents (DLC).
Minecraft Dungeons is a four player action-adventure RPG game developed by Mojang Studios, Xbox Game Studious, and Double Eleven. It was first announced at MINECON Earth 2018. The original release date for Minecraft Dungeons was in April 2020, but the recent COVID19 outbreak delayed its release to May 2020. Minecraft Dungeons took inspiration from classic popular dungeon crawler in the video game industry.
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