The genre of dungeon crawlers came to be because of the love for Dungeons & Dragons that most developers feel. They lead the way in the days when floppy drives and CD-Roms were the high points of technology. When FPS and RPG’s gained popularity, they took to the back seat and worked on what was good about them to make it even better. Today, we have an enticing lot to choose from when all we want to do is send the demons back to where they belong!
This game that lets you solve puzzles and kill bad guys at the same time. In terms of the ambience, the Legend of Zelda is not one of the most foreboding but it is most definitely a great deal of fun. Happy memories guaranteed!
9. Dark Souls
The finest RPG ever! Any true lover of the dungeon will tell you so. It begins with your character locked in a cell and as the game progresses you die as many times as you may have in all the games you have ever played put together. Fun, fun and more fun!
8. Dante’s inferno
Can there be more real dungeon that hell with Dante’s nine circles present? With some of the most repulsive demons and scary bosses, this is definitely one of the best dungeon crawlers created till date. If you were a fan of the Hellboy and Hellraiser movies, you will certainly love this game too!
7. Dragon Age: Origins
This conventional RPG fantasy’s world was so diverse and immaculate with countless towns that the dungeons never really took the centre stage. But they were nevertheless huge, atmospheric and all involving deserving all the credit can get!
6. Demon’s Soul
Dark and bleak that is what we dungeon lovers crave and that is what the demon’s soul gave us. Dubbed by many as the first proper dungeon crawler, it’s slightly tricky mechanism is a treat to navigate through.
5. War on Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Find us another game that has a better name for the quality of the dungeons. We challenge you! Even the smaller ones had more of a challenge to them. Designed for a pack of 5 to 10 people, it was definitely a lot easier to manage the group. It is possible that many developed an eternal love for dungeons after having played this game. And dungeons always love you back!
4. Dungeon & Dragons: Dragonshard
This game is not among the extremely popular but it is definitely a treat. Set in the Eberron D&D campaign, this game is unique as it falls in the category of real time strategy genre too. The players control an army of heroes and soldiers as they compete over the magical powers of an artefact. It has both the elements of a dungeon crawler and above ground army battles.
3. Baldur’s Gate – Dark Alliance
Baldur’s gate shares it name with a few others but very strongly stands apart in the fact that it is among the first games that lent an isometric view allowing two people to work cooperatively. This was the beginning of a trend that gained great popularity and stayed popular through the rest of the decade.
2. Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara
Even today you will find people who would speak in favour of this game built back in the nighties. The all welcoming graphics, good variety of enemies to beat and different characters to choose from made this one of the most fun cooperative games of the time.
1. Baldur’s Gate: Shadows of Amn
This game lent BioWare the popularity it has today making it one of the greatest RPGs ever made as complicated and strategic battle system. Baldur’s gate not only has a brilliant variety of characters but also allows a great deal of customization.
It takes nothing short of a combination of vision, imagination, skill and training in game designing to bring alive a piece of art of this caliber!