Our Score: 8/10
Enter the Dungeon of Naheulbeuk, a bizarre heroic fantasy setting. In an epic and tough tactical RPG, lead a group of unexpected and inept heroes. Embark on a journey packed with hilarity, surprises, and amusing interactions.
What is The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos?
The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos appears to be based on an audio comedy series by a French novelist named John Lang. The series appears to have begun as a satire of role-playing games and heroic fantasy cliches. Surprisingly his creation, the Naheulbeuk universe, is now a game. It’s encouraging to see that the humor has been preserved.
We assume command of a mishmash of adventurers with no names and only titles. As a result, rather than Dave and Erica, anticipate to hear the characters refer to each other as “The Dwarf” or “The Elf.” Furthermore, they are fully voiced which adds to the feeling of the game.
Characters dispute the path that determines their fortunes and the objectives they must do. Suffering most of the time and continuously taunting each other. Even when every cliché is exaggerated and mocked, the plot holds together. Interestingly this transports the player from one location to another in a fun journey.
Gameplay of The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk
Aside from the humorous themes, the game’s major features are exploration and fights. Hidden traps, locked doors, treasure boxes, merchants, and a variety of other characters must be dealt with by the valiant band of heroes.
There are also puzzles and riddles to answer in order to progress or gain access to chests containing useful items. The exploring components don’t bring anything new, but they’re interesting enough to keep people interested. Aside from the main plot, the party can run side errands, such as going to the bathroom on a regular basis. Due to the game’s numerous options, players can choose to be good or evil. Such as selecting sides in morally ambiguous situations and determining whether to act selfishly and keep the loot or keep their word and earn experience. Additionally, an eighth member can join the party, dividing experience and gold with another stranger. But they compensate by being extremely valuable in battle, as well as providing a handful of tasks and additional amusing remarks.
Combat is a typical turn-based experience for most Dungeons & Dragons players. Each character can move and perform an action each turn, which includes basic attacks, special powers, and defence. Agility determines how many squares each ally or opponent can move. The other characteristics and each fighter’s position determine how successful their actions are. Some instructions can be used multiple times per turn, but special techniques must cool down before being used again. Therefore timing is key. Luck plays an important part as well in this game. Important wins and failures can drastically alter outcomes, keeping combat fresh and preventing predictable conclusions. Although the encounters might be smoother if the enemy actions moved at a faster rate. Nonetheless, they’re enjoyable and may become quite difficult at higher difficulty levels.
Look and Feel
The graphics in the Dungeon of Naheulbeuk are full of personality. From the wonderfully expressive NPCs lounging in the game’s vibrant tavern to the menacingly cute demons. Simply put, it’s difficult not to drool over the game’s lovely designs. The aesthetics add to the game’s humorous overtones by adding refined silliness across character and environmental designs.
The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk shines brightest in terms of sound design. The game’s goofy sound effects are contrasted with immersive mediaeval music. The voice acting is top-notch, with notable performances by Felicia Day, John Lang, and others. Additionally, players can select a male or female narrator for the game’s running commentary. This can be quite snarky and humorous.
The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk is a fun expansion of the original audio comedy series. It has great humor and stands on its own because of it. Thanks to the Dungeon and Dragons play style, and a quirky look and feel, it is easy to get into this game. The world is very charming, the voice actors on point, and the quirkiness is just enough. It’s a unique experience that really helps make it stand out from the rest.