Dungeon Slime: Puzzle’s Adventure
It has a simple premise, but Dungeon Slime: Puzzle’s Adventure from Pequi Estudio is a game you have to keep playing. You adventure as a green slime block named Billy the Slime making your way through a series of dungeons. With goofy sound effects, a certain amount of strategy, and the overall joy of simply being slime, there’s a lot to be said about Dungeon Slime as a game that gives far more of an in-depth experience than you would expect at first glance.
1 - Visuals
Dungeon Slime’s visuals are exactly what you would hope for in a game about a block of slime trapped in a dungeon. The foreboding gray tones of the dungeons are offset by the lime green of the slime, and the splatters of slimy residue left behind on the walls when you bounce off brightens up the dungeon as you make your way through the levels.
The Dungeon Slime visuals are fairly simple and don’t distract from the gameplay, which is excellent considering how much concentration you will end up putting into conquering these dungeons.
For visuals, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.
2 - Audio
Overall, the background music suits the aesthetic of Dungeon Slime. Something about the music is both funky and mysterious, which is a definite fit for a game about a block of slime navigating its way through a series of semi-perilous dungeons.
Personally, my favorite audio aspect of this game is the “splat” noise that happens every time you run up against a wall or block. It’s a goofy sound, and it adds a level of humanity to Billy the Slime. Everytime I hear that “splat” sound, I feel for the little guy, and if it was an accidental “splat” with no real purpose for the end goal, I feel bad about putting him through unnecessary pain. That being said, each successful “splat” really drives home the feeling of pride as you master the dungeons.
For audio, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.
3 - Story/Progression
While there’s not much of a story to Dungeon Slime (Billy the Slime falls in a dungeon and has to navigate through many treacherous levels of dungeon to make it out), the pull to progress through the dungeons makes this game narratively compelling in its own way.
In the beginning, it’s pretty straightforward, and you start to zoom through the dungeons in anticipation of what comes next. Once you reach level seven and the spikes appear, the real fun begins. If you stick yourself on the spikes, you get pushed back to the start of that level, and believe me, there’s nothing quite so motivating as knowing that all your hard work will be wasted if you slip up towards the end of a level.
The spikes up the stakes, and later on, when the moving blocks you have to position appropriately come into play, the outcome of your success through the levels is weighed on heavily by your ability to plan ahead, put the blocks in the right places, and avoid the spikes at all costs.
For Story/Progression, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.
4 - Gameplay
The Dungeon Slime gameplay is exceptional. The controls are easy to manage, and the layout of the levels makes it easy to get used to navigating new steps in the dungeons before being plunged into anything too difficult.
Even for a somewhat-novice gamer such as myself, this game was easy to get the hang of and absolutely addictive once I got started. While it is a simple idea, there’s something about the combination of an adorable little slime persona and some truly difficult dungeons that will definitely have me coming back for more.
For gameplay, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.
5 - Context
In terms of context, Dungeon Slime falls nicely into the category of strategy-based puzzle and escape games. There’s not a whole bunch to the game, but it hits all the points of a solid puzzle game, and at only $1.99 on Steam, it’s easily accessible for anyone looking for a game that will draw you in and keep you pushing forward through the dungeon levels.
Other than that, there isn’t much context to be addressed. It was released on December 12, 2020 and while it hasn’t hit the major airwaves, it’s had an outpouring of positive feedback from everyone who has taken the time to review it. It may be a simple puzzle game, but it checks all the boxes of what you want a puzzle game to be.
For context, this game gets 4 out of 5 stars.
When all is said and done, Dungeon Slime: Puzzle’s Adventure is a stellar example of a progression-based puzzle game. It’s entertaining, easy to grasp, and extremely addictive once you get started. I’ll be replaying this game many times over, and I’ve already purchased the sequel to enjoy a new environment for Billy the Slime.
While it may have gotten a 4 in context, overall, this game gets a full 5 out of 5 stars; it’s just that good.