Deepest Chamber Early Access review
Developer: Balcony Softworks
Published: The Awesome Guys
Platforms: PC (Steam and Epic Game Store)
What is Deepest Chamber?
Described as a deck-building game with rogue-like elements, set in a fantasy world where danger lurks at every level. Players encounter battle-hardened foes who will stop at nothing to halt progress and send players back to the start.
Civilisation has moved underground and players must navigate a seemingly endless network of chambers, embarking on scavenging missions and later, quest missions
Deepest Chamber is a deck-building game inspired by dungeon crawlers with rogue-like elements. Each time you restart a game loop players start with a starter deck and they must progress through randomly generated chambers. Chambers offer rewards including more cards, potions, cash and defeating harder enemies reward with trinkets! The trinkets can make or break a playthrough so make sure you get them when you can!
Each run is four floors and players complete three chambers per floor. Whilst enemies get predictably harder the deeper you go, you must steel yourself ready to face the enemy waiting below!
whilst still, in early access, the only setting open to us at this point is the sewers, but don’t think this won’t keep you busy. I spent hours trying to battle my way through the chambers, trying out different cards, potions and trinkets. I won’t lie, I died a whole bunch, but I had a great time.
Deepest Chamber captures the addictive aspects of a good roguelike, like Hades I was totally drawn in trying to win!
The combat itself can be a little tricky to get the hang of. There’s a lot to take in and a fair few things to try and remember. Though the frequent pop-ups with hints and tips do help to get the hang of it. I would recommend really taking your time on the first few runs and reading all the hints, you’ll be firing cards and kicking ass in no time.
The gameplay loop itself is quick enough that it doesn’t feel like a gut punch if you do meet your demise. It’s quick enough to jump straight back into the action and if you are successful then moving through the chambers doesn’t feel too much like grinding
Overall Deepest Chamber is hugely engaging. I am a fairly new player when it comes to roguelikes and dungeon crawlers, but I enjoyed every minute. There is an addictive quality to the gameplay loop and such a sense of satisfaction when you beat the bosses. It feels well balanced, though it is tough, it doesn’t feel unfair. Whilst it is arguable quite repetitive by its roguelike nature Deepest Chamber is a great addition to the deck building genre.
If you are a fan of card games, Deepest Chamber won’t necessarily deliver anything new, but it is very enjoyable. It is also a good introduction to the genre for newer payers.
Deepest chamber is atmospheric, addictive and overall a good way to spend a few hours.