Developer: Dumb and Fat Games
Release Date: 10/28/2014
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The Good: Quick and challenging gameplay, fast pace can be addictive, neat coin based gameplay
The Bad: Minecraft style graphics are tiresome, can be too simple, almost no RPG elements, gets boring after a couple of hours
Rogue-likes are becoming very popular these days. They are simple and quick challenges with lots of replay value almost like back in the day. You usually have a simple RPG system, combat, and basic level design. Once you die in the game you start all over again, usually in randomly generated dungeons. Rogue-likes are extremely addictive due to their fast paced nature, but also have a niche fan base due to their brutal difficulty. Coin Crypt takes this concept with a simple UI, 8-bit block graphics similar to Minecraft, as well as a interesting currency system.
My first play through, I didn’t know what to do; there’s no tutorial — you just go. I ran into a baddie and fought him. Your character is holding out a giant hand and in it is a coin that represents a combat move from attack, defend, magic, heal, etc. Holding down the button the coin represents while pressing RT to execute is quite satisfying. After I beat my first baddie I ran around buying coins from coin banks to continue my journey. I then ran into a boss right away and lost due to his higher HP and attack strength.
My second play through was a little more successful, I wound up filling my bag full of coins and got out of the dungeon 220 coins richer. These coins can be applied to buying new characters and then it’s back at it again. While Coin Crypt is fun to burn away an evening of gaming, I found it tiresome and too simple in the end. It didn’t have a unique style to it like Rogue Legacy or even mobile games like Tallowmere and Mage Gauntlet. The Minecraft art style has been done so many times it’s there now just to attract fans of that game.
Overall, Coin Crypt is a fun rogue-like for people who love quick yet challenging games, but don’t expect much more than a neat idea that will burn out in an afternoon.