Levels are chock full of enemies, but can sometimes provide sustenance, healing, and allies. You get some points for rescuing others imprisoned in the dungeon, which may influence which of several endings you earn by the end of your escape. Controls are simple enough and are limited to jumping and swinging your weapon as you move around each level. The feeling of powerlessness is really strong in TinyKeep
, making it a game that never quite gives you that powerful feeling. The creative direction leans toward cute, but the actual experience is more like a survival horror game. Youíre constantly jumping in surprise and running madly for your life, and even the top-down perspective doesnít make it any less dramatic.
Thereís not a lot of variety here, but the basic premise is lots of fun. If roguelike hack-and-slash games are your thing, TinyKeep is well worth checking out. Most of the games in this genre are taking a pixel-graphics, 2D approach, so itís refreshing to see a full 3D experience done with this skin-of-the-teeth style gameplay. Survive, thrive, or die.