Death’s Gate review – dungeon crawler full of delightful secrets


As a fan of Titan Souls, Death’s Door has been a day for me, and it was worth it. Developed by Acid Nerve and published by Devolver DigitalIt is yet another game to be added to the impressive list of indie titles that came to market in 2021.

Although the game is only set to last about 10 hours, I can see that this game is for those who complete it. You can allocate more time to the game to solve different puzzles and reach all secret areas. The game balances its complexity (no map…no map) with plenty of humor and secrets.

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First of all, the game looks great. It’s a cool art style that’s equal parts dark, depressing, colorful, and exotic. There are weird character designs, each boss feels completely unique so far, and the story develops in ways I didn’t expect.

The gameplay is flexible, for the most part. Early reports emerged that playing with a console is literally impossible on PC (regardless of whether you purchased steam or GOG or any other platform) and there are also some issues with frame rate stutter and general performance issues.

But in terms of meat and bones in the game, the combat is quite addictive. Working toward the next upgrade or getting a weapon feels like a huge step forward in how the game is played. It’s not just “here’s another weapon, enjoy it”, the weapons or abilities you use can actually have an impact on how you move through each dungeon.

She might, as I did, venture back to the areas she had already explored to see if the new equipment could be used there. Spoiler: can.

The combat is a bit ruthless at first because you can only take four hits before you die. Once you’ve completed these combos and practiced a little bit with each weapon, they’re actually pretty satisfying. Balancing your treats and saving them for crucial moments adds a bit of strategy to the game.

What really stands out about Death’s Door is its narration and characters. Whether it’s the enchanting Pothead, the miserable ravens taking lives, or even the minute details of the different enemies you fight, this is a game that prides itself on doing something a little different.

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At $20, I have to recommend it. It’s 5/5 of me.



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