Earlier this week we had the opportunity to check out Coldfire Keep, the latest title from publisher Crescent Moon Games. A combination of old-school, first-person dungeon crawler gameplay and updated visuals, this indie game certainly has what it takes to offer fans of this classic genre with a new adventure.

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With gameplay reminiscent of The Quest [$4.99], Coldfire Keep certainly takes its dungeon crawling roots seriously. After building your party of four and being introduced to the story, the game dumps you off on the first floor of an abandoned keep. After learning that the castle isn’t as abandoned as once thought, your group of adventurers decide to go on an adventure to test their mettle (and earn some loot) against the evil denizens of the deep. Even at the onset, it’s easy to get the impression that Coldfire Keep will be a text heavy RPG, using the written word more than its visuals to set the stage.

Now that the visuals don’t deserve some mention, one of the easiest differences to see between Coldfire Keep and The Quest is the former’s lack of retro pixel-art graphics. Instead, Keep boasts a more detailed engine that with environments, effects, and monsters that give it a more modern feel and actually look pretty decent.

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Meanwhile, gameplay looks to be what you’d expect with an old-school dungeon crawler. Coldfire Keep is light on tutorial and hand-holding and instead puts the onus on the player to discover what needs to be done yet. The ability to customize each of your party’s class and attributes add some initial strategy (although there isn’t much in terms of class variety). It also looks like there’s potential for depth in terms of weapons and armor for your characters. However, the combat system feels pretty simplistic without much in terms of tactics.

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Like other similar games, Coldfire Keep certainly starts off slow, but I see a lot of potential for reward for gamers that stick with it. Suffice to say we’ll give this title a deeper look when it hits the App Store next week.

  • loophole

    Is there coop with other players?

  • sivad

    Very nice... I will be all in

  • jpjrdorion

    Depending of the price i might give it a go. I hope it'll be good like some old Might & Magic.

  • gmattergames

    So what, your party consists of nothing but hot teen chicks? Interesting.

  • Maglor

    Insta Give it a Try!! See U Next Week!!

  • ste86uk

    I got pretty excited until I see that there isn't much variety in classes and combat

  • RLennon

    Kinda like Legends of Grimrock for IOS, right?

    • RLennon

      I actually meant that in a positive light, LOL. Sorry if that sounded confusing

      • Bloodangel

        Yep and like the old dungeon master on Amiga and black wych. Can't wait!
        Grimrock never came out on iOS did it?

  • swisssk8er1

    Does this game only consist of dungeons or does it also have an open world like in the quest?

    • Nekku

      Quote:
      It's a single dungeon. There are no towns/above ground type areas.

      • swisssk8er1

        Thanks

  • auver

    This is what I'm waiting for!

  • CecilMcW00t

    Definitely keeping an eye out for this. Been itching for a dungeon crawler.

  • camo

    8===3

  • Pivi

    INSTABUY. Got Eye of the Beholder vibe from it.

  • The kernel

    Ill be spending money on this the minute it hits. Just sayin

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    The Quest? I was thinking Might and Magic.

  • Dueler

    Totally looks like something my mom would play.

  • Bone16

    How much?

  • thiagovscoelho

    Remember when the walls for these were vectors