The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos – Review
Follow Genre: Turn-based RPG
Developer: Artefacts Studio
Publisher: Dear Villagers, E-Home Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Tested on: PC, PS4, Switch

The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos – Review

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Good: Great humor, Solid gameplay
Bad: No respawning enemies to level those units that missed some experience
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The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk has finally made its way to consoles after it was well-received on PC. Get ready to step into the Dungeon of Naheulbeuk with a big team of stereotypical heroes that will never bore you out. With a lot of humor, a fun story full of twists, and a great turn-based combat system, this game is sure to be a lot of fun.

Story

The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk, as the name implies, is set in the Dungeon of Naheulbeuk where you lead a band of adventurers to fulfill their quest to find a magical artifact. With a band of heroes comprised of some stereotypical characters, and a lot of humor, this game continues to be funny throughout the whole game. You’ll see a lot of witty twists in the story, like, for example, a tavern full of people appearing in the middle of a dungeon that was said to be untraversed for a very long time. Your band of heroes will meet a lot of people of which many are part of funny references to other games and famous characters from many well-known tales. For example, there’s a character whose name refers to the wizard Merlin, and the ‘arrow to the knee’ reference from Skyrim is also encountered. The story progresses quite smoothly with the story being quite straightforward, but you’ll also have enough options to wander around and explore the dungeon yourself. The further you progress, the more areas of the dungeon will be unlocked to explore.

Graphics

The game definitely looks great, as it already did on PC. The developers used a cartoony graphics style for the characters, and this definitely looks awesome. Each character has their own distinct appearance that perfectly matches their personality. The dungeon itself looks great as well, with a lot of eye for detail, and with each part of the dungeon having its own theme. Thanks to this, there’s a lot of variation to be found in this game. The effects and attacks are all perfectly animated with no remarks whatsoever.

Sound

The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk is fully voiced with each character having a typical voice that matches their character perfectly. All the humoristic conversations throughout the game really make the game a lot of fun to play. The background music in the game also perfectly fits the theme of the game, and all the sound effects are on point as well. There is not a bad thing to note in this department.

Gameplay

The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk is a tactical turn-based RPG where you’re in control of a band of self-proclaimed heroes on a quest to explore the Dungeon of Naheulbeuk and retrieve a magical artifact.

The combat in The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk is fairly easy to master. Each character can make two actions during their turn. They can move around the field within a certain range, and use an attack or skill. If your character has a lot of ground between his opponent, you can also make them move further by spending two action points, forfeiting your option to use an attack or skill for this turn. Most characters have the ability to wield two weapons; a melee weapon, and a ranged weapon. Depending on the type of character, they will have a greater affinity for one of the two types. When one of your characters gets downed, they’ll fall unconscious and you’ll have a few turns to heal them before they will be removed from the battle.

Your team consists of a variety of different types of stereotypical characters, which all have a class that fits their occupation perfectly. There’s the Ranger, Wizardess, Elf, Ogre, Thief, Dwarf, and the Barbarian. Each of these characters has abilities that perfectly fit their occupation, with the Barbarian being a specialist in melee combat, while the Wizardess is a specialist in both offensive and healing magic skills, and so on.

Each of these characters has an expansive skill tree with a lot of handy skills to choose from as your characters level up. In this skill tree, you can choose both active and passive skills. The active skills are usable in battle and have all sorts of effects depending on the character. The passive skills will grant you permanent bonuses to stats or activate certain effects when they’re adjacent to specific other characters of your team. Combining these passive skills with a tactical placement of your team before a battle can make your characters a lot stronger, so keep this in mind at all times.

After each battle, your team will gain experience based on their efforts in battle. Sadly, the enemies in this game won’t respawn at all, leaving floors of the dungeon empty after you’ve cleared them. Characters that are downed in battle will get less experience than the rest of the team, which will lead to them falling behind in level and with the limited number of enemies to fight against, there’s no way to regain the lost amount of experience.

You’ll also find a lot of loot in this game, containing new weapons, armor, and consumables. Each character has their own types of weapons and armor they can equip and most of these items can only be equipped by one or two of your characters, which makes it quite easy to equip them to the right character. The loot in the game is divided quite well, so your team will gradually get better gear as you progress through the game.

While we did play this game on the PS4 Pro, we did suffer some framerate drops while traveling through the dungeon, and the game did crash a few times while playing. Aside from these two things, we didn’t suffer from any game-breaking bugs, and as a whole, the gameplay is great.

Conclusion

The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk definitely is a great turn-based RPG with a fun story, a lot of humor, and a solid turn-based combat system. You have a variety of characters in your team that all have their own playing style that also comes with quite an expansive skill tree. The story is really fun to go through, and it is filled to the brim with witty from the beginning to the end. Everything in this game looks great and definitely feels like more than just an indie game. If you’re into games with turn-based combat, then we’d definitely recommend this one, as the whole game is a great experience to go through.

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