* 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.

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"?

■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
・Dungeon crawler fans
・Puzzle fans
・Pixel art fans

What's New

Version 2.9.5

version 2.9.5
• Various small fixes.
• We added item, map, and Dandy Collection data for the new dungeons we haven't unlocked yet. We will let you know when those are unlocked in the game.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Short-Burst in Story, AND Design


TL:DR A wonderful little gem that oozes charm in every aspect, art, sound effects and music all form a gooey center of a unique little genre, the RPG-Puzzler.
Worth your time, and, depending on your enjoyment, an in-app purchase or two!
(If you don't have the money, you can play almost all of this game if you plan your time well.)

Each dungeon that Yamada, our hero, programs into his game takes time and effort on his part, it can be quite tiring working into the late hours making things, and the game works this into not only it's story, but it's mechanics. Past a certain point you will be given a limited number of Rice Balls, which you can use to revive yourself if you get knocked out in-game-in-game. This is where in-app purchases comes into play, with the ability to purchase more Rice Balls, (and other useful, exclusive items,) from the shop when you run out or if you don't to wait for them to refill. However, i have yet to need one. If you play it safe and patient, (and most importantly, in short-bursts,) you'll never need to purchase a single one. The other items are tempting as well... but you can survive on your wits and grinding if need be!

This game is super-fun and figuring out the puzzle of progress in each dungeon is rewarding and well done. Not being able to get EVERY ITEM from just playing the game or grinding is a little disappointing for completionists, and some little things like offering a "music player" in the shop, (I would have hoped there was a screen or option for that in a menu, not for sale,) no secondary options for longer play sessions and occasional instructions being just a tad under-explained keep the game from being near-perfect, (and getting five stars from me,) but it's pretty close!

This game is still being updated and works well in its format and use of touch, a lot of love was put into it and it shows. I hope you'll join me in putting just as much love as Yamada is and help him debug his game together!



You take damage if you take too long to “solve” he path out of the dungeon. Ridiculous!


Yung nerd

This game is so annoying I only lasted 6 minutes trying to play it. Just horrible. Worst game I’ve ever tried.


280.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Japanese
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
In-App Purchases
  1. Rice Ball $1.39
  2. Rice Ball x 6 $5.49
  3. Limited-time Rice Ball x 15 $10.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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