Niche Spotlight – Dark Quest 2: Glorious Homage to 80s Tabletop RPGs

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Today’s Spotlight is about Dark Quest 2, a turn-based dungeon crawler by Brain Seal that released from Early Access back in March.

As old school tabletop gamers have probably already noticed, Dark Quest 2 is heavily inspired by the classic Hero Quest board game created by Games Workshop and Milton Bradley back in the final days of the 1980s.

Assemble a party of heroic adventurers and explore dungeons on your quest to stop an evil wizard that will actively try to hinder your progress through the Skull of Fate mechanic that applies penalties based on dice rolls.

Besides updated visuals and some new heroes to recruit, Dark Quest 2 also added online co-op and a robust map editor with full Steam Workshop support. You can find the launch trailer above.

Dark Quest 2 is available on Windows PC and Mac via Steam and the Humble Store for $7.99. The Steam version is currently 20% off.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

Dark Quest 2 is a turn based RPG inspired by legendary board game Hero Quest. The game features a party based system where you control a group of heroes, an isometric hand-drawn art style, dice based mechanics and much more.

Each map is designed to take you through an adventure that will test your party’s strength, courage and sanity as you go deeper and deeper into the castle in search for the chambers of the evil sorcerer.

Key Features:

  • Single-Player Campaign: Play a story driven campaign that takes you through a series of adventure on your epic quest to defeat the evil sorcerer.
  • Map Editor: Create new adventures and distribute them through steamworks
  • Multiplayer: Play together with your friends and complete the campaign cooperatively!
  • Turn Based Mechanics: Every turn each of your heroes in your party can take one single action. Play wise and carefully or fall captive in the eternal prison of the sorcerer.
  • Skull of Fate: In the darkest dungeons of the castle, when left with no hope your last and only way out will be to roll the skull of fate and reveal your twisted fate.
  • Assemble a Party: Control a group of heroes each with their own personality and strengths. Use the unique strengths of each character and work together to defeat the minions of the evil sorcerer.
  • Enter a world of fantasy and adventure: Explore twisted mazes, find hidden doors and fight bloodthirsty orcs!
  • Village: Stay with the old masters and learn new powers, craft new weapons and mix potions that improve the capabilities of your heroes.

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