Indie Developer Turns Shibuya Into A Retro RPG Dungeon

By Eugene . April 1, 2014 . 4:32pm


Tokyo’s Shibuya Station sees millions of people go in and out of its gates on a daily basis. It’s also one of the largest stations in Japan, with one of its more memorable bits being the Hachiko statue meeting point.


It is also, when you’re wandering its underground bits, a veritable dungeon. One that even Japanese people can get lost in. Therefore, it’s the perfect spot for a retro-style RPG labyrinth dungeon-crawl on your smartphone commute through it! UeharaLabo thinks so anyway, and he’s released an indie dungeon crawler called Shibuya Dungeon.



The goal of the game is to somehow figure your way out to the right exit that links to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building and its legendary crystal with monsters and other things like puzzle gates in the way to stymie your advance of course. (Fun fact: This is one of the few places in Tokyo with a free observation deck. Why go to the Sky Tree when this is free?)


If you’re a denizen of Tokyo who has to take the route through this subway hell daily, rest assured says Uehara that he’s recreated the entire thing faithfully to give you a minor leg up. There’s even a collection mode which tracks how much of each different line’s areas you’ve explored and picked up gear from.



If you want to cheat though, as Indie Navi points out you could rely on maps such as Tokyo Metro’s…


Yeah… Good luck.


Shibuya Dungeon is available now for free on iOS and Android.

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  • biskmater

    Looks somewhat interesting.

  • Hound

    Oh dear lord.. that map O.O
    And that deceptive promotional video O>O

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    I tried it when it was first released few weeks ago and after some hour of playing it I deleted it. Too boring. Better play Pixel Dungeon.

  • neocatzon

    That is one complex non-linear dungeon. Throw some gaijins there and let loose the hounds. We should count how many will survive.

  • relsirc

    It is actually Shinjuku dungeon and not Shibuya.

  • That’s quite the misleading trailer. But thanks for the android link! And thanks for Block Legend the other day! Keep ’em coming!

  • s07195

    Um, the trailer and everything else says that it’s Shinjuku Dungeon, not Shibuya. Might want to change this quickly.

  • I do have this I have to say its pretty fun

  • Yan Zhao

    Love the graphics, throw back to the gameboy SquareSoft games like Seiken Densetsu and SaGa.

  • Wow, the character sprite looks just like Erdrick from the GBC DQIII game.

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