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Review – Dandy Ace (Steam)

Upon seeing the trailer for Dandy Ace, some may start complaining that this game is a copy of one of the best games of 2020 (and perhaps the best roguelike of all time), Hades. I did this little experiment with a few friends and even a few colleagues at WTMG, and I heard a lot about my God, it’s like Hades. I understand their position, but I cannot agree with this statement. It only took me a few minutes to realize that Dandy Ace shines with its many virtues and is one of those titles that should not be ignored.

Almost as good as Gambit.

Dandy Ace sees you as the titular character, Dandy. He is a brash but good-hearted magician who is invited and thus trapped in Leela’s ever-changing palace; always a cocktail party, but a badass magician who wants to be the best like no one has ever been. Your goal is simple: Get out of this palace hell in one go while defeating tons of magical creatures along the way. A typical roguelike excuse for a plot. That’s all you need to know before you get caught up in a vicious but very fun cycle of dying and reincarnating until you have enough experience points for a perfect run.

This is a typical roguelite fighting game. With each new game, the palace levels are completely rebuilt, with new enemy homes and room layouts. You must find your way to the next level to restore your energy and access permanent upgrades with blue crystals you collect along the way. You can also buy temporary bonuses with regular currency. Every time you reach a new floor, you get a health boost, but you can also occasionally find cupcakes that are randomly dropped by normal enemies.

Yes, I trust you completely, who wouldn’t?

The best aspect of Dandy Ace is the combat system. It’s a mix of the fast and smooth battles of Hades, but with a taste of the map. Each of the four face buttons can be assigned to a different card you collect in the dungeon. This can range from a standard scatter attack to a Dash, which you use to dodge enemy attacks. So far so good, right?

The real problem is that each face button slot can hold a maximum of two cards, but that doesn’t mean you can alternate attacks at will. Basically, each card has a primary function, which is the main attack when you press the corresponding button on the front, and a secondary function when you insert the card into a secondary weapon slot. They give you active or passive buffs, depending on the card. You can improve the power of your attack, change its element, or even inflict a condition on your opponent when you attack them. This opens up an almost infinite number of combinations for your attacks. I was shocked at the simplicity of this combat system, although it is far more detailed than I ever imagined.

We all deserve a break.

Dandy Ace is pretty fantastic in its gameplay loop and combat system, and it doesn’t disappoint in its art department either. Sure, it’s wrong, but it’s still pretty good. The animation is excellent and the design of the characters is generally good, with the main character and her assistants being highlights. The enemies are all weird and strange, from deadly rodents to intelligent cuckoos that look like cannibals. The biggest problem with the graphics, however, is that most of the floors (which should be different) look too similar, leading to repetitive visual effects.

Finally, the soundtrack: He’s great. It’s optimistic, with tones that can only be described as magical, perfect for the subject matter. His voice acting is as good as the soundtrack, and some of the characters sound too amateurish. However, there is one character who stands out above the rest: the villain Lele, who is as terrifying as he is pathetic.

It’s another floor, but it looks too much like the others.

Dandy Ace will probably suffer the miserable (and totally unfair) burden of eternal existence compared to Hades, which is actually the most perfect Roguelike ever. That’s not to say it’s not a fantastic roguelike that stands out from other games with its unique ideas and gameplay elements. It’s still one of the most enjoyable roguelikes I’ve played in a long time, mostly because of the humor, the truly impressive production values, and the excellent combat system. If you’re a fan of the genre, you should get this book ASAP.

Dandy Ace has great animations and a wonderful character design. The biggest problem with the visuals is that the environments are too similar. At first glance it may seem like a copy of Hades, but Dandy Ace has an excellent card system that allows players to easily create entire arsenals of moves. However, sometimes the collision detection does not work properly.
The sound department of Dandy Ace consists of very good music combined with inferior voice acting. But I did enjoy the performance of the actress Lele. After a while, the game becomes a bit repetitive due to occasional performance issues and a lack of variety in the environment. Moreover, the biggest problem is the obstacle compared to the almost perfect roguelike. But it’s not really the end of the world if it happens.
Last block : 8.5

Dandy Ace is now available on PC.

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The copy of Dandy Ace was provided by the publisher.

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