Dungeon Punks at PAX East – Hands on First Impressions

Dungeon Punks is the epitome of game developers wanting to include features they loved from other games and combine it all into one super game of their own. “Dungeon Punks combines our favorite ideas from old-school brawlers, RPGs and fighting games to mash-up the intense tactical play you can get from a great fighter with the joy of trouncing tons of bad guys with devastating magic from RPGs,” said Dan Goldstein, co-founder and developer, Hyper Awesome Entertainment. “The tag-team part of Dungeon Punks really sets the game apart with uniquely equipped heroes that work as a team to create fun and devastating combos. In the end, Dungeon Punks feels like playing a Street Fighter RPG – and that is an incredible thing to play with friends!” The team of writers at DKC Gaming saw and played many games at PAX East, and there weren’t many (any?) like Dungeon Punks. Whether considering the good or the bad qualities of the game, we had a lot of fun playing Dungeon Punks, and that is ultimately what matters, am I right?!

Dungeon Punks (ouch!)

Dungeon Punks Concept

Dungeon Punks is a multiplayer arcade style brawler and role-playing game with a unique tag-team fighting system, set in a fantasy world of magic, mystery, and even corporate greed. You’ll need to recruit a crew of six mutant heroes who will blast through the enemies with unique magical spells and combo attacks. Real-time party play allows players to take control of any of the heroes fighting alongside them at any time. There is mayhem, semi-fast-paced action, and just enough balance of challenge and intuitive gameplay to make this a well-rounded game.

Dungeon Punks at PAX East boss battle

Other features include:
• A wide variety of magical spells and team attacks at your disposal
• Tag-team combat system, letting you play as two characters interchangeably, each with unique moves and equipmentDungeon Punks map
• Survive as a team with up to three-player cooperative play
• Unlock, customize and master each character’s unique set of attacks
• Wield many rare and magical weapons
• Discover hidden power-up items, from enchantment elixirs to dragon summoning scrolls
• Explore the vast world and meet each location’s unusual inhabitants
• Go off the beaten track to accomplish missions for friends you meet along the way
• Defeat and ride powerful creatures like saber tooth cats, gorillas, and unicorns
• Highly interactive environment that lets you rain destruction on your foes
• Enjoy a dark, yet humorous storyline as you navigate a world of medieval fantasy where magic has taken the place of technology and the resurrection insurance industry has run amok! Yes, you heard that right…

Overall Thoughts

I believe the game was better with the company I was surrounded with at PAX East (my friends/colleagues). This game, to its presumed credit *or* detriment, feels like playing an old school beat ’em up arcade game, a la Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ classic arcade game or The Simpsons arcade game. With those two examples, I merely mean by gameplay and not art style; perhaps a

Dungeon Punks Lizard Character
“I’m gonna cut you up so bad!”

more realistic comparison is Golden Axe. But certainly this game is really ideal for local co-op play, or if the “Hyper Awesome Entertainment” team decides to add online co-op at some point, and hopefully your friends are just as into the adventure as you are… at least, if you’re a guy like me, really into the adventure. I was even giving my own crazy voice to the lizard character (a dev team favorite), with his shanking attack motions, saying “I’m gonna cut you so bad!” So it was definitely a game I could see myself getting sucked into for hours, adventuring with friends. The only thing that might put a stop to some of your adventure experience is the semi-heavy amount of dialog. To the story’s credit, however, players will be dealing with rather modern themes like corporate corruption. Please understand all of these judgements are based only on a 10-15 minute play session at PAX East.

Dungeon Punks is expected to be available for PlayStation®4, Xbox® One, and PC this summer. I would consider this one a “buy” for the right price, and I encourage everyone to research further if you have any interest.




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