Let’s check out this Minecraft spin-off.
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 One (the game is also available on Windows 10, PS4, 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.
+ Fun gameplay
+ Support for local multiplayer
+ Various new items, abilities and effects
– Too short
Final Rating: 3.5/5