#3 Boyfriend Dungeon
Date with the knife
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