|The Haunted Ruins
Browser - Screenshot - Title screen.
The Haunted Ruins is a dungeon crawler role-playing video game developed by Gamedesign and Skipmore and published by Gamedesign as a browser game in May 2011. The game is meant to pay homage to 8-bit dungeon crawlers.
In the game's story a witch has removed the protection to a the ruins of an ancient dungeon which houses an evil orb of power and now monsters are running amok. You play as a brave hero who is tasked with traveling to the depths of the dungeon in order to reseal it.
|No. The game was never sold.
I think I tried playing this game when I first saw it in the early 2010s, but gave up pretty quickly assuming it would be a long grind. On a Flash kick, I started playing more from Gamedesign and tried this one again.
Best Version: Browser
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- I like the cute monster sprites and the graphics in the shops.
- The game's music is decent and fits the theme of the game.
- Unlike the 8-bit games it's modeled after, the game doesn't wear out its welcome with tons of grinding. You can beat it within around an hour. It also isn't harsh with death, items aren't that expensive.
- I liked the ending sequence.
- Like the games it's based on, it is very repetitive.
- You get weak items from chests late in the game.
- The game lacks an in-game mapping system. Thankfully, the developers provided one.
- The graphics used for the dungeons are boring and ill-fitting.
- The menus are ugly and dull.
- The hi-res animations clash with the pixel art.
- The game needs keyboard support. Having to use the mouse to move around the whole time hurt my wrist.
| The Haunted Ruins
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