Let’s check out this Minecraft spin-off.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: This review has been updated to include the DLCs released for the game, including the newest one, Howling Peaks. The final score for the game remains.]
Unarguably one of the most well-known games of all time, Minecraft offered more than just playtime for the kids and adults. The game’s merchandise along with various spin-offs is a cash cow for both Microsoft and its developer Mojang. With Minecraft Dungeons, it is entering action-RPG territory that somehow changes the gameplay, but the result is a game that’s still fun to play. Microsoft kindly gave a code to review the game, so we’re checking it out for the Xbox Series X (the game is also available on Xbox One, Windows 10, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch).
A friend told me the game felt like Diablo, but with the violence replaced by more kid-friendly elements. If you’ve played Minecraft then you’ll easily recognize the different aspects of Dungeons. You’re tasked to protect a village from the evil Arch-Illager – this includes fighting monsters that bring a fantasy element of the game that’s set in the Minecraft universe.
Most of the core aspects of Minecraft migrate into Dungeons, and the transition is great. Minecraft already has a vast array of monsters and weapons all are present in the game which in turn you can use to protect your village. Gears that are collected in the game will decide which abilities your character will have. Gears will have melee and ranged weapons, along with artifacts that include special spells and other secondary weapons that you can use.
The game’s loot system is mostly straightforward – you’re getting various points that can be used for specific gears as you level up along with the ability to unlock more special weapons. The possibilities are endless in this regard, which somehow will challenge you on how to proceed with your strategy.
Fans of the game should find something to love about Minecraft Dungeons. It’s a great spinoff that takes everything you love about Minecraft and transitions it into a game that’s worth your time.
You can purchase Minecraft Dungeons separately or get it as part of your Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Following the release of the first two DLCs Jungle Awakens and Creeping Winter, Minecraft Dungeons has released its final DLC called Howling Peaks. While the first two DLCs offered a decent amount of content, Howling Peaks is the one that got me interested to play Minecraft Dungeons again.
Howling Peaks will take you on story missions (Windswept Peaks and Gale Sanctum) that will require you to search for an Orb of Dominance shard. It proved to be as challenging as Dungeons itself, but the gameplay is more engaging than the previous DLCs. Going along the mountainside meant facing gusts that made me fall off most of the time. The new enemies will also use the wind to take you down, though admittedly it was one of the best parts of the level for me. It will also bring a new secret mission that would require you to take on large beats called Ravagers.
But don’t worry if those pesky winds keep pushing you off cliffs, the plethora of different gear will help you traverse these lands with ease.
If you have Xbox Game Pass, then you already have access to Minecraft Dungeons and purchasing the Hero Pass upgrade will unlock the DLCs plus some special items.
+ Fun gameplay
+ Support for local multiplayer
+ Various new items, abilities, and effects
– Too short
Final Rating: 3.5/5