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Review: Pangeon Lacks Polish and Replayability.

Screenshot: Pangeon

Roguelikes have enjoyed a lot of popularity in recent years: Enter the Gungeon, The Binding of Isaac, and Dead Cells, to name a few. Their replayability, pleasing art styles, and satisfying combat make it easy to play them for a bit longer than you wanted to. Developed by Vegetable Games, Pangeon is a roguelike dungeon crawler that takes cues from games like the original Elder Scrolls and other classic dungeon crawlers. Unfortunately, I don’t think it lives up to its inspirations.

Pangeon’s gameplay is pretty standard stuff for a roguelike. At the start of every run you can choose between four classes. You’re then given a random roll of points across all your stats, as well as a pool of points you can then allocate to whichever stats you like. After that, you’re thrust into the dungeon. Combat is pretty simple–you’ve got a selection of melee weapons like swords and daggers and ranged weapons like magical staffs and bows. Different classes are suited to different weapons, so picking up everything you see isn’t the best plan. Combat is fun if simple, and the weapons feel satisfying.

Screenshot: Pangeon

My main complaints about Pangeon are its short length and repetitiveness. Being short doesn’t make it bad by default, especially if the game is highly replayable, as most roguelikes are, with their randomly generated levels, monster spawns, and loot drops . Another problem I had with Pangeon was that its dungeon and monster spawns are the same for every run. Sure, the multiple classes and randomized loot drops make it a bit less predictable, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s barely a roguelike at all. It’s more like an RPG with randomized stats and loot drops.

As is, Pangeon feels more like a beta or a proof of concept than a full fledged game. It’s fun to play, and if they put a little more focus on actually making the game a roguelike, it would go a long way to making this a better game.

 

Pangeon is available now on Xbox Series S|X, Nintendo Switch and Windows via Steam.

 

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