Late last year, we saw a semi-roguelike for newbies by Mechanic Arms called Excave. The series is getting another title on the Nintendo 3DS, with more content and ways to explore dungeons.
Similar to the first game, there’s a male and female protagonist in Excave: Sorcerer of the Underworld. The male character excels at powerful attacks to go with sword, great sword, spear, katana, and axe as weapons. Meanwhile, the female lead is a speedy fighter, who uses a sword, bow and arrow, dual swords, rapier, and rod for weapons.
Like most roguelikes, you don’t progress through character leveling, but by acquiring items and equipment found in dungeons. Weapons boost attack and elemental attributes, Magic Stones can be used for spells, equipment for defense and resistances, and food for healing and boosting max HP.
Dungeons are filled with all kinds of loot, and you’ll have a storage of up to 900 slots in town. However, while exploring dungeons, you can only carry 23 items with you at a time. These items can be found as drops or in treasures.
Excave: Sorcerer of the Underworld also brings back the feature that lets you return to town when things get too tough. This time, there are set dungeons that are used in the story quests, but there are also auto-generated maps that have different drops.
Additionally, there’s the Challenge Dungeon mode, where you won’t be allowed to go in holding any items. The game also introduces Dungeon Medals, which can be found throughout your explorations and exchanged for rare weapons, and more.
Excave: Sorcerer of the Underworld is slated for release on July 16 in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for 1,300 yen.