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Just to promote some discussion for the fun of it, I thought I'd do a series of forum posts based on the 53 genres listed in VGG.* Here's a GeekList of all 53 threads. And a POLL.

This thread's genre: Dungeon Crawler

Listed below are the top-ranked games in this genre. How does the list fit with your experience?


Have you played any of these games? Which ones? Do you agree or disagree with the ranking? How would you rank the games listed? Are there other games in the genre that you think should be in the top ranks?

And by the way, what do you think of this genre in general?

Torchlight II
Dungeon Master
Legend of Grimrock
Darkest Dungeon
The Binding of Isaac
Crypt of the NecroDancer
The Bard's Tale (1985)
Gauntlet (1985)
Phantasy Star
Dungeon of the Endless


*In case you don't know how to find the VGG genres and rankings, hover over Browse at the top of the screen, then click Genres. Click a genre, and scroll down to Linked Items. Click the Sort window, and sort by Rank.
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Darkest Dungeon took me by surprise and quickly became a favorite game. It's a grind, but it's cool.

I almost bought Dungeon of the Endless. I restrained myself so as to focus on games I already own.
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Not many games on here are classified as Dungeon Crawlers, are there?

I haven't played much of the games on the list, but I suspect there are dungeon crawlers that are categorized as something else on here (probably RPGs) and not also this category.
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I think it's just me, but calling Gauntlet and Phantasy Star dungeon crawlers seems a little weird to me. Always thought of Phantasy Star as just an RPG, or a JRPG, and Gauntlet as... I'm not sure, arcade action game?

I assume they're on the list because Phantasy Star has those first person dungeons with the grid tile movement, while Gauntlet is nothing but adventurers roaming a large dungeon, collecting keys, potions, and treasure, fighting hordes of monsters and getting annoyed when Elf accidentally shoots the food?

I associate the term "dungeon crawler" mainly with stuff like Dungeon Master, or... Diablo, maybe?

These "Experiences vs VGG Rankings by Genre" posts are interesting, quite enjoying them. They're also teaching me that I know nothing about video game genres! shake
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They're also teaching me that I know nothing about video game genres! shake

I'm not sure this is a great place to learn about them, TBH. I just went with what's here in VGG, but about half the so-called genres seem iffy and ill defined to me. Also, I don't think there need be so many of them. If people would pay attention to what games have in common, instead of focusing on what makes each one unique, we could probably get by with five or ten useful genres.
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One of my favorite genres. There is just something so satisfying about exploring a dungeon and mowing down your enemies!
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The only ones I have played that might fit this category are more classed as rogue-likes (horrible genre name) like NetHack and Castle of the Winds. Could still be fun if it was one which didn't require action.
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