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Guild of Dungeoneering: Ice Cream Headaches

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Deceptively simple dungeon crawler offers deep strategy.

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Dungeon crawler fans will have fun with this one, no question. This snow-themed expansion has all the strategy, loot, and unexpected twists of the best games in the genre, plus something most of them don't have—a sense of humor. The only unfortunate thing is the thin-ice-like instability that seems to have accompanied the new DLC.

Your goal in Ice Cream Headaches is to send your minions into the snowy mountains to steal ice cream from the monks who guard it. You can't do this though, until you've played a good chunk of Guild of Dungeoneering. (This is actually a good thing; it teaches you the ropes before throwing you into combat with angry yetis and disembodied brains.) In many ways, the expansion is much like the base game: turn-based, card combat, random dungeon layouts, useful loot. Though it adds three new classes, twenty-one new missions and a range of new items, the only real non-thematic difference between it and GoD is the Favour system. Dungeons are strewn with Favour-granting runes that let you manipulate cards—both yours and your opponent's—and this adds an interesting new layer to combat strategy. The only downer about the app is its instability. It crashes every ten minutes or so, abruptly shutting the app down right when you've won a battle or grabbed some good loot, and setting you back a step. Fast load times prevent this from becoming unbearable though, and developer Gambrinous' deft hand with combat and sly brand of humor make it well worth restarting.

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