Pixel Mine’s Underworlds [99¢ / Free] is a hack and slash RPG that I really found myself enjoying back in April when I originally reviewed it. Since then the game has seen a few updates which have added things like music, online leaderboards, and other tweaks but none have been anywhere near as substantial as the impending 1.2 release.
According to Bill Money of Pixel Mine, Underworlds content updates are going to “chapter system" that will work very similar to D&D modules which are self-contained adventures that use your existing character usually with minimal relation to other modules short of a story hook to get your character to the beginning of the next one. The second chapter of Underworlds will have more than twice the content of the first chapter and the level cap is getting raised to 50.
The new town of Termon will act as a hub for your adventures and will feature a magical fountain for restoring health versus McTavish’s caravan in the first chapter that left you chugging potions to heal yourself in town. The quests found in Termon and the surrounding area will have multiple solutions to allow players to choose their own path, and through the main quest you will come across various side quests to create a much less linear experience.
Chapter 2 features five different maps, compared to the single map found in Chapter 1. Some of these maps are dungeons which are repeatable. Players can return to them as many times as they want to fight harder monsters with new treasures. In these different maps you will come across over 20 new monster types and spell casting NPC’s.
Two new in-game movies have been added along with a pair of new feats, all unlocked through questing. Giant Strength increases your character’s size and strength for 10 seconds and Bullseye increases your dexterity for a short period of time so every hit you do is a critical hit. Since a hack and slash is nothing without piles of loot and treasure, Pixel Mine has also added thousands of new armor and weapon combinations.
The Underworlds 99¢ sale will persist at least until the update is submitted, so if you’ve been waiting to pick this one up, now is your chance. If nothing else, now is a good time to try the lite version. For more screenshots and information on Underworlds Chapter 2, check out the thread posted in our forums.