The Best Dungeon-crawler Games

Update : Dark and Darker added at rank #47.
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Kharon's Crypt - Even Death May Die (2020)

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Linux PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Escape the eerie and deadly crypt as Kharon, a being thought to be death itself, in this metroidvania dungeon crawler game full of puzzles and riddles. Possess the bodies of your enemies to use their unique properties - fly as a bat, open locks as a skeleton, and more. With over 11 challenging boss fights and collectable Necronomicon pages full of lore, Kharon's Crypt is sure to keep you hooked. Plus, its colorblind-friendly design ensures accessibility for all players.


What we like:
  • Fun gameplay mechanics with controlling enemies
  • Good balance between simple gameplay and adding new abilities
  • Many creative puzzles with intuitive design
  • Charming look and animation
  • Good achievement support
What could be improved:
  • Excruciatingly janky combat
  • Some difficult-to-see visuals
  • Limited amount of saves
  • Needs a colorblind mode
  • Story only expands toward the game's end

  • protagonist
  • dungeon-crawler
  • souls
  • metroidvania
  • villain
  • logic
  • dark
  • post-apocalyptic
  • medieval
  • action-adventure
  • old-school
  • retro
  • anime
  • mystery
  • story

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The Bard's Tale Trilogy (2018)

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PC Windows Xbox One Mac OS

Ready to embark on an epic adventure? The Bard's Tale Trilogy brings back classic RPG gameplay that lets you create your adventuring party and journey across three different worlds. Battle legendary monsters, solve mind-bending puzzles, and wield the powers of the bards as you save the world from peril. With updated graphics, a new auto map feature, and a wealth of content, this remastered version delivers the best of nostalgia and modern gaming. Are you ready to embrace the call of the bard today?


What we like:
  • Fun gameplay
  • Mountain of content
  • Great puzzle solving
  • Updated graphics and auto map feature
  • Perfect blend of nostalgia and updates
What could be improved:
  • Keyboard controls not fully supported
  • Limited graphic settings
  • Can be grindy

  • dungeon-crawler
  • rpg
  • dungeon
  • classic
  • tabletop-rpg
  • movement
  • grid
  • party
  • fantasy
  • monster
  • maze
  • old-school

3

The Genesis Project (2022)

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early access PC Windows Linux Mac OS

The Genesis Project is an attempt to replicate Sburb from the popular webcomic Homestuck, made by Andrew Hussie.

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  • rpg
  • party
  • memes
  • base-building
  • building
  • dungeon-crawler
  • action-adventure
  • character
  • 3d
  • tag
  • exploration
  • customization
  • crafting
  • management
  • fantasy

4

Wizard of Legend (2018)

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Android Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One IOS iPhone

Wizard of Legend is a fast-paced dungeon crawler with rogue-like elements that will have you addicted from the very first level. Battle through challenges, collect spells and relics, and build your magical arsenal to fit your playstyle. With over 100 unique spells and items, there are endless possibilities for creating devastating combinations. Get ready for some spell-slinging action!


What we like:
  • Fun and satisfying gameplay
  • Variety of builds and playstyles
  • Inexpensive game from small developers
  • Collecting spells adds replay value
  • Online mode coming soon
What could be improved:
  • Extremely difficult and punishing
  • Lack of information on item descriptions and cursed relics
  • Map design can artificially increase difficulty
  • Bosses and enemies become drastically harder as levels progress

  • rogue-like
  • dungeon
  • dungeon-crawler
  • cooperative
  • boss
  • local
  • pixel

5

Siralim Ultimate (2021)

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early access Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS Android IOS iPhone PC Windows Playstation 4

Siralim Ultimate is an RPG with over 1200 monsters to collect and customize to your liking. With randomly generated dungeons and post-story content, this game offers a never-ending adventure. The game's specializations and teambuilding options give an insane amount of choice to the player. If you're an RPG fan who loves discovering something new each time you play, Siralim Ultimate delivers.


What we like:
  • Endless teambuilding and tactic optimisation potential
  • Engaging and streamlined grind
  • Castle customization and skins/avatars/transmogs are well done
  • Turbo mode and the ability to program macros to deal with any situation automatically
What could be improved:
  • Can be too grindy to progress into the cooler parts of the game
  • Simplistic story
  • Sound is average

  • collector
  • creature
  • rpg
  • dungeon-crawler
  • party
  • turn-based
  • collectathon
  • procedural
  • pixel
  • loot
  • character
  • retro
  • isometric
  • battle
  • dungeon

6

Darkest DungeonA (2016)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Playstation 4 vita IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch Xbox One

Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes against unimaginable horrors, stress, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Can you keep your heroes together when all hope is lost?

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  • dungeon
  • turn-based
  • rogue-like
  • dungeon-crawler
  • rpg
  • gothic
  • battle
  • fight
  • psychological
  • narration

7

Wigmund (2022)

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PC Windows

Enter a world of Anglo-Saxon and Celtic-inspired medieval fantasy in Wigmund, a story-driven RPG where you build your fellowship of warriors to explore an open world filled with outlaw camps, ruined castles, dangerous caverns, and forgotten ruins. With no class limitations, you can customize your character's development in speed, health, damage, or preternatural abilities. Master unique gameplay for swordsmen with gesture-controlled sword fighting and dodge and rolls. Engage enemies from a safer distance with your archery skills or use your professions in Medicine, Crafting, and Survival for potions, crafting, and gastronomic experiences. Crush your foes with devastating special attacks and unleash upgradable preternatural abilities. Will you become the true king?


What we like:
  • Impressive game developed by only two people
  • Great adventure with enjoyable combat
  • Glitch-free experience with perfect music
  • Customizable settings and supports widescreen
  • Interesting and vibrant world to explore
What could be improved:
  • Monsters aren't scaled well, making the game difficult and bow useless
  • Crafting is a grind with limited resources
  • Some quests need more work
  • No ability to swamping out weapons in combat
  • Combat is super repetitive, and skills lack impact

  • werewolves
  • loot
  • dragon
  • rpg
  • old-school
  • hack-and-slash
  • dungeon-crawler
  • medieval
  • top-down
  • open-world
  • isometric
  • dark
  • fantasy
  • atmospheric
  • retro

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Etrian Odyssey III HD (2023)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Embark on an epic adventure in Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City, a dungeon-crawling RPG that lets you build your own guild of explorers and venture into the unknown. With unique and interesting character classes, turn-based combat, and a sailing mini-game, this game offers hours of gameplay and endless experimentation. The auto-mapping feature and lower difficulty modes make it accessible to beginners, while the challenging gameplay and quality-of-life upgrades cater to seasoned players. Discover the secrets of the undersea labyrinth and write your own legend as you explore Armoroad.


What we like:
  • Amazing dungeon crawler
  • Quality of Life improvements
  • Endless variety in play styles
  • Hours of gameplay
  • Accessible to beginners
What could be improved:
  • Complex mapping system
  • Clunky controls for Switch
  • Lackluster visuals
  • Some grinding required

  • dungeon-crawler
  • dungeon
  • rpg
  • japanese
  • turn-based
  • battle
  • jrpg

9

FIGHT KNIGHT (2021)

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PC Windows Playstation 4

The mysterious Tower has risen again, shrouding the land in darkness. Do you have what it takes to climb through its twisted halls and reach the top, where great treasure awaits? FIGHT KNIGHT is a unique mix of first-person dungeon crawler and high-speed action game, with thrilling real-time combat and challenging puzzles to solve. Equip your character with powerful moves and gauntlets, and fight your way past clever enemies that work together to defeat you. Conquer the Tower and be the hero who saves the land!

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What we like:
  • Unique and engaging combat system
  • Charm and style in visuals, music, and dialogue
  • Linear gameplay with light puzzles and boss battles
  • Plenty of replayability with potential new game+ run
  • Non-roguelite dungeon crawler
What could be improved:
  • Some puzzles can be a pain to get through
  • Frantic combat can get too difficult
  • Restocking on potions is monotonous
  • Linear gameplay

  • movement
  • beat-em-up
  • dungeon-crawler
  • fantasy
  • grid
  • dark
  • souls
  • comedy
  • rpg
  • pixel
  • first-person
  • hack-and-slash
  • rhythm
  • retro
  • cartoony

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Barony (2015)

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PC Windows Android Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS

Barony is the premier first-person roguelike with cooperative play! Adventure alone, or gather a party with iconic and unusual RPG classes to face off against the brutal dungeons. Test your resourcefulness, wits, and friendships, on your quest to lift the evil lich's curse!


  • cooperative
  • rogue-like
  • campaign
  • dungeon-crawler
  • rpg
  • local
  • immersive
  • voxel
  • split-screen
  • 4-player
  • moddable
  • first-person
  • dungeon

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