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Eldritch Preview: Well Thought Out Dungeon Crawling

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Most video games aim to strike the perfect balance between fun and challenge, Eldritch is one of those games that has found that sweet spot. Developed by David Pittman, a former employee of 2K Marin, who after being disgruntled at the lack of creativity in AAA titles, decided to create Minor Key Games with his twin brother J.Kyle Pittman. Eldritch is the brothers’ first title.

Praying at shrines will give you a special ability.
Praying at shrines will give you a special ability.

In Eldritch, you are tasked with exploring randomly generated dungeons that get progressively more difficult to traverse. The game is a rougelike, so permadeath is present, but respawning is instant and any areas that you have unlocked during previous lives are still available for exploration.  As the dungeons are randomly generated, each new adventure feels fresh and every dungeon is multi-tiered, with many different paths, nooks, crannies and secrets.

Each enemy has a unique attack style and requires you to adapt to differing situations.
Each enemy has a unique attack style and requires you to adapt to differing situations.

At first glance, Eldritch can seem to be a very simple in concept, but after spending time with the game you start to realize that  it has  a great deal of depth hidden away in its sprawling dungeons. Much of this depth comes from the choices that are forced onto the player, for example you can only carry two primary weapons and one special item. This leads to some interesting gameplay whereby having your compass will show an icon as to the location of the dungeon exit, but by switching it to something else you lose that marker for the benefits of whatever item you have chosen.

Only your coins can be stored in special bank chests.
Only your coins can be stored in special bank chests.

Stealth also plays a big role in Eldritch. You can sneak around the levels, carefully waiting for the right moments to move and descend further into the depths. There are also times when you can dash haphazardly through to the exit, blazing down through the layers, but as you progress further into the game you will find that the enemies, which are different in each dungeon, have been cleverly thought out so that you have to mix up your play style, especially when you start getting into the later levels.

Expect to see this pop up a lot.
Expect to see this pop up a lot.

It feels as though Minor Key Games have thought out every player action and reaction in meticulous detail and in turn it makes Eldritch a thoroughly interesting Indie title. Eldritch is still in its alpha phase and even in this current state it’s incredibly well polished and just downright good fun to play. If you are looking for a title game that hits that perfect spot between fun and challenge, then Eldritch should be one to keep your eye on.

The choices you have to make really help Eldritch have a unique sense of depth.
The choices you have to make really help Eldritch have a unique sense of depth.

 

Eldritch is scheduled to release for PC on October 21st. You can find more information at the official website, where you can also pre-purchase Eldritch for $15/£9.50 and gain access to the beta when it becomes available. You can also help to get the game Greenlit on Steam here.

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