#3 Boyfriend Dun­geon

Date with the knife

Games Master - - Indiemaster -

Un­less you’re the staunch­est of paci­fists, you’re bound to have a favourite videogame weapon. Whether it’s Hy­per Light Drifter’s shot­gun, FEAR’s, er, shot­gun, or Res­i­dent Evil 4’s… look, we clearly have a thing for shot­guns, okay? Any­way, this suc­cess­fully crowd­funded dun­geon-crawler goes one step fur­ther, by let­ting you go on dates with these so-called ‘bae blades’. Well, if noth­ing else, its pun game is al­ready strong. In this won­der­fully weird piece of hack-and-slash-fic­tion, you’ll first have to lib­er­ate these weapons from chests scat­tered around the iso­met­ric stages. Your stylish­ly­de­signed blade – whether it’s a dag­ger, glaive, or law­suit-avoid­ing ‘lasersaber’ – will trans­form into an equally stylish sen­tient be­ing, and you can start chat­ting them up.

De­spite the ti­tle, you’re not lim­ited to hook­ing up with hunks. A ham­mer be­comes the karaoke-lov­ing, pa­tri­archy-smash­ing Leah. And if you’re af­ter cute com­pan­ion­ship rather than ro­mance, a set of brass knuck­les be­comes Pocket, a gin­ger cat who de­mands your af­fec­tion. Win over your fave by say­ing the right things, and they’ll level up, mak­ing them all the more ef­fec­tive.

There are nine weapons to mas­ter, and they han­dle dif­fer­ently: the dag­ger’s all about jab­bing and re­treat­ing, while the lasersaber can deal with groups and the glaive clears space if sur­rounded. With crisp 2D art for its di­a­logue sec­tions and fast, fluid ac­tion, it looks ev­ery bit as at­trac­tive as the po­ten­tial part­ners.

Boyfriend Dun­geon sailed past its Kick­starter tar­get within a day, even­tu­ally earn­ing four times the orig­i­nal goal. No doubt that’s partly down to the de­vel­oper’s pedi­gree: Kit­fox Games was re­spon­si­ble for the en­joy­able (if slight) Moon Hunters and the won­der­fully at­mo­spheric The Shrouded Isle. But it’s the premise that seems to have hooked so many back­ers. Here’s hop­ing the fin­ished game’s as easy to fall for as its weapons.

With Meg Jayanth (writer of the bril­liant 80 Days) on board, Boyfriend Dun­geon’s script should cer­tainly be up to scratch. Miaow.

For­mat PC De­vel­oper Kit­fox Games ETA Septem­ber 2019 Web bit.ly/gm_boyfriend

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