While I’ve been a fan of roguelikes for quite some time it’s only been in the past few years with top-tier titles the likes of Dead Cells, Hades, and more that they’ve really been catapulted into more mainstream gaming circles. That, of course, invites games looking to capitalize, but matching the high standards of stand-outs like those is a real challenge. While Dandy Ace isn’t quite as polished and impressive as Hades in multiple areas, I’ll at least give it credit for its visual and stylistic flair as well as hearty degree of challenge and (eventual) variety. As is the case with pretty well all roguelikes that have meta progression the early running will tend to be more repetitive and rough, as you won’t have access to much variety or power in the cards you’ll use to power your attacks. That said, if you’re willing to experiment with what you have you’ll find the game’s enhancement system, allowing for stacking cards to add secondary abilities to your attacks, quite versatile if you’re willing to take some chances and learn what overall style of play works best for you. If you’re a roguelike fan and have been searching for your next fix that will keep you on your toes this is a great option.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]