By Peter M Whalen
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Play cards! Kill monsters! Level Up!
Dream Quest is a roguelike deckbuilding game inspired by the likes of Ascension, Magic: the Gathering, and Shandalar. Explore randomly generated levels as one of 13 classes in short, 30 minute, sessions. One floor might find your wizard in the crypt, another your warrior underwater, and a third, your assassin stalking a volcanic wasteland. As you progress, your characters earn achievements, each making your future runs a little easier or more interesting.
Combat is a card game. Your abilities are a deck of cards that you develop as you gain power. For example, a thief starts with a handful of Slice cards and a Backstab, but can learn defensive moves like Dodge or powerful finishing moves like Coup de Grace. Carefully choosing which cards to add to your deck is the heart of the game: wise choices will find you slicing through monsters while poor ones will leave you tripping over your own two feet.
•14 different classes, with wildly different play styles
•Over 300 cards, ranging from the defensive Kick and Armor to the devastating Meteor and Curse of Doom
•More than 70 monsters carefully catalogued in the Bestiary as you encounter them
•Infinite replayability – easily 50 hours to see the majority of the content
•No In App Purchases – the price of the game is the price of the game. Everything is unlocked only by playing.
Reviews of Version 1.0 have been fantastic! Examples include:
"Don't be fooled by its simplistic stick-figure art – Dream Quest brings together roguelike dungeon-crawling and deckbuilding to create a truly unique challenge"
"This game is really one of a kind. The mix between rogue-like and cards is really well done...Kudos to the dev for such an innovative and challenging game"
"If you can get past the simplistic graphics, you're looking at a very interesting, strategic game. I've already lost a few hours to it - the kind of hours where you wonder where the time went. Outstanding game!"
What's New in Version 1.12
Update for iOS 11.
Minor bug fixes.
7 Plus (iOS 10.x)
I agonized for days before pulling the trigger on this one. Check out the review over at Pocket Tactics and game forum at Touch Arcade if you're on the fence. The developer has been very gracious and accommodating toward both existing and prospective customers. That's what finally compelled me to go ahead with the purchase, and I'm glad I did. This title is laden with depth and substance. The art is...well...it is what it is. Don't make the mistake of letting that deter you, though. Per the forums, there will be many updates in the coming months, one of which may deal with that particular issue. The one-man development team, a graduate student on a very tight budget, has openly acknowledged the obvious visual shortcomings. However, buyers may rest assured that it's a title of many virtues and few faults. And...no more HEARTHSTONE since grabbing this title! It did move me in the direction of Ascension, an iOS titan that employs the deck building mechanic.
My Favorite iOS Game
Seriously. Excluding console ports like Final Fantasy Tactics and KotOR, this is my favorite game on my phone. Dozens or even hundreds of hours have disappeared over hundreds of playthroughs. The achievement system is innovative and engaging. The art, while simple, has a lot of charm. The gameplay is unique and insures you never get bored. And the struggle? Oh, it’s real. It took a long time to ‘beat’ the game with each class, and as far as actually taking the legendary Lord of the Dream to 0 HP, in my hundreds of games I have done it exactly three times. A poison-loving Wizard, a Shark Bite and Three Wishes-spamming Scientist, and a Dragon run with unlimited mana and a few Shrinks on hand. I fully intend to be playing this game years from now...unless the dev finally gets a sequel out.
Don’t let the graphics put you off on this wonderful game. ( I actually like the simplicity) This card/rogue/board game is so amazing I’ve been playing for days straight... clear a level close the app and reopen again later. The progression is spot on and the different cards are fun. And FREE with no ADD’s! Come on, what are you waiting for!!!!