10 May, 2023
RoundguardRoundguard is a super fun Peggle-inspired game with typical roguelike RPG gameplay, which means our goal is to get through a dungeon full of stages while gradually upgrading our character.
Each stage in Roundguard consists of a one-screen level full of clay pots, enemies, and health and mana potions that are all spread out like the pegs in the original Peggle game.
To complete a stage, we must defeat all the enemies by hitting them with our character. We do this by aiming and launching our circular hero from the top of the screen and then watch as it bounces between objects until it eventually reaches the bottom.
Just like our hero, all the enemies have health and attack stats, which means we both deal and take damage whenever we hit one of them - and that’s exactly where the potions come in.
But this is where it gets interesting because we can also equip two skills that we trigger by tapping either side of the screen. Using these strategically is crucial to winning, and they’re fun to experiment with.
Whenever we complete a map, we may get a new skill or piece of equipment that drastically increases our stats and makes it easier to defeat the final boss. Unlocking these and deciding which to use is part of what makes the gameplay great.
Before starting a new run, we select one of four distinct classes and may equip a relic that drastically changes the game to ensure each playthrough feels different. The game also features quests, daily puzzles, and even a weekly speed-run mode where we compete against all other players.
The controls work surprisingly well, and the art-style is well-executed.
Roundguard is a $6.99 premium game and it’s one of the best roguelikes I’ve played this year.
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