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App description: * English and Japanese text only.
* This game is free to play! However, you'll probably enjoy it more if you buy a Duck and a Pako!

Who is "Yamada-kun"?
Yamada-kun is a salaryman who, every night, develops a videogame alone in his apartment. In his videogame, he is a brave, successful hero experiencing trials and thrills within various retro-pixel-arty, chiptuney dungeons. He is the star of his own game. Also, he is the star of our game, (which you should download), which depicts his life, and also contains the entirety of his game.

Story
Yamada-kun (Age 36) is a salaryman working as a programmer at a major game publisher.

His job sucks.

Deep into every night, alone in his apartment, he works on his own game.

One day, the Chairman fires Yamada-kun!

Unemployment strengthens Yamada-kun's game-making resolve: the Evil Chairman will be the final boss!

He falls in love with Maria-chan next door -- he might as well put her in the game, too! It probably won't even be creepy or weird at all! She can be the princess, and he can rescue her. It'll be such a simple game -- a tale of pure love.

Yamada-kun is excited to make his game.

We are excited for you to play our game, which is about Yamada-kun making his game. Please play our game, within which you will also (make and) play Yamada-kun's game.

How to play
To clear a floor of a dungeon, use your finger to draw a path between the entrance and the exit.

Along the path, the Hero (that's Yamada-kun (that's us (that's you))) will encounter monsters, treasures, traps, and obstacles. The path you choose determines what you encounter, and when.

The Hero moves along the path, battling in real-time. Use whatever items you've brought in your Item Bag to heal, attack, defend, and keep the Hero alive.

Clear floors with a path covering all squares of the 5-by-5 grid for a bonus!

Clear entire dungeons for big rewards!

Get stuff! Get tough! Help Yamada-kun make a videogame in which he rescues a princess who looks exactly like the girl who lives next door to him, except in the game her hair is blonde instead of brown ("Original Character")!

Use your head: use items
You need to carefully consider when and how you use items.

Some items attack faraway enemies; some items attack all enemies.
Some enemies have special skills and / or movements.
Respect your items. Your items love you. Understand when, where, and how to use them.
It feels good to plan ahead.

Upgrade your weapons!
Let's be honest: you can't have an adventure without sometimes accidentally acquiring treasure, items, armor, and weapons. They're lying around all over the place!

Complete a dungeon to keep the treasure you earned.

Use treasure to upgrade your weapons and armor little by little. It's like cooking, except your weapons and armor do the eating.

Power up equipment to be stronger when you enter a dungeon again. (You start at level 1 every time you enter a dungeon. Yamada-kun is 36 years old: that's the sort of game he likes.)

Equip matching items to uncover a wide variety of fine, dandy, and sometimes idiotic equipment sets.

How high can you power up a piece of equipment? What materials work best with what equipment? We're not going to lie to you: the answers are "real high, sometimes" and "uhhh there's a lot of materials and you can play this game in the bathroom, so please experiment with whatever".

Who will love "Dandy Dungeon"?
Everyone
Everyone
Everyone
Everyone

Who will love "Dandy Dungeon" *a lot*?
People who like to lol
People who think it's funny that someone made an RPG about an avuncular unmarried unemployed man who lives alone making an RPG by himself
RPG fans
Anime
Dungeon crawler fans
Puzzle fans
Pixel art fans

Eli's comments:
This is out now in the US.

01-25-2017, 05:01 PM
#2
Wow! This is quite a surprise. The story is even spoken in Japanese(?) while the text is in English. The music, sound and pretty much the whole presentation are shockingly good. Definitely use sound and look for a quiet place to get the full effect.

The core game lies under an interesting story, and that game could be a stand-alone app - it's that fun. It's a dungeon crawler/RPG mixed with a line drawing puzzle mechanic that is really neat. Nothing too deep, but my early impressions make me think anything could happen with the evolving gameplay.

Just a couple things to know: There is a download required upon opening the app for the first time. This took a couple minutes for me, but I was on wifi so, no big deal. Second, you have to agree to some "thing" that I skimmed over and accepted. That seemed a little odd, but it may have something to do with the IAP currency exchange.

01-25-2017, 07:46 PM
#3
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 232
The app size after in-game download is 438 MB.

"I seriously don't understand the whole burying your head in the sand thing and insisting that jailbreaking doesn't have anything to do with piracy." - Eli
01-25-2017, 07:48 PM
#4
Wow, this game is fantastic. Really enjoying the story and gameplay.
01-25-2017, 07:51 PM
#5
Woah! This game is TONS of fun. The line drawing RPG mechanic is pretty cool and makes you think a little in order to plan a perfect path. The bits of story are very entertaining, and the animations are all super charming. It seems like it has a fair amount of depth too, with a sort of crafting mechanic to upgrade equipment you collect, various items that you can use during a dungeon, etc. seems like there'll be quite a good amount of content too. Haven't seen any F2P mechanics yet, apart from reviving in a dungeon by using the 'premium currency' of rice balls. I don't think that's particularly intrusive, since revival is kinda cheating anyway.

Basically I was quite pleasantly surprised by this game. It's actually heaps of fun and very very charming. The writing is quite humourous and self aware, and the RPG/Puzzle mechanic is very original and cool. It's free, so pick it up!
01-26-2017, 06:47 PM
#6
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 443
This game is absolutely hilarious. I'm really impressed with this one. I wish it got more attention as I know a lot of people would enjoy this.

Does anyone know if all your usable items can break after a certain amount of uses? Or was the breaking of the thunderall scroll part of the storyline?
01-26-2017, 08:29 PM
#7
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Originally Posted by Tinsel View Post
This game is absolutely hilarious. I'm really impressed with this one. I wish it got more attention as I know a lot of people would enjoy this.

Does anyone know if all your usable items can break after a certain amount of uses? Or was the breaking of the thunderall scroll part of the storyline?
I think all spells can break. I broke my medicine and thunder scroll. I just don't know how to see how many times you can use a scroll or spell.
01-26-2017, 11:39 PM
#8
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 843
This game is the best free game that has come out in ages...
01-27-2017, 07:33 AM
#9
What a secret masterpiece
And i ❤ this kind of humor ☺


The Duck IAP is infinity energie ;P

Last edited by TheRealist82; 01-27-2017 at 10:02 AM.
01-27-2017, 08:57 AM
#10
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 757
I'm assuming buying the IAP duck is unlimited energy?