I’m a retro gamer at heart. Give me chiptunes music, monochrome graphics and simple controls and I’m in heaven. So you don’t have to be halfway through this review to realize I was over the moon with Tiny Dangerous Dungeons!
Rocking the Game Boy look, and here I’m talking full on green and black graphics, this iPhone app was released earlier this month. Made by Jussi Simpanen who created this game during a Game Boy inspired jam, the game is a port of the playable online version available on Newgrounds and Kongregate.
You start Tiny Dangerous Dungeons by falling from a tunnel into the dungeon. Simple instructions about the controls are displayed on the wall next to you: left and right arrow will make your character move in that direction. And an up arrow will make your character, the little Timmy, jump, open a chest, or use a save point.
You don’t have access to weapons to defeat your enemies at first, the frogs, bats and other nasty dwellers you will encounter through your adventures. A notice displayed on the wall next to them when you first see one will advice you in the form of a skull that they might be hazardous to your health, so you’d be best to avoid them!
Thankfully, the save points that are displayed in the form of statues through the dungeon additionally will fill up the HP of Timmy.
Think Tiny Dangerous Dungeons is too easy for you? To make things interesting you will also have access to a time trial mode.
With it’s low price point, the game doesn’t require you to invest in any in-app purchases to succeed. And I could listen to its chiptune soundtrack all day, which is a plus in a platformer where the music could either make or break the ambiance.