Developer: Artefacts Studio
Publisher: Plug-In Digital
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 24/06/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
So when I first heard of The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos Chicken Edition, I get a little excited as I constantly talk about chickens with my kids. In fact, I just wind them up by saying chicken as much as possible. After I told my son he was rolling around on the floor laughing and telling me I was lying. So just for that I had to review it.
The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk (pronounced Nah-oh-bock) started as a French table top RPG parody audio series back in the early 2000s. And has now made it to the world of video games.
The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk introduces a rag-tag bunch of heros of different races and jobs that can just about stand each other. They enter The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk to find the cursed amulet; it is found right away. Game Over good night, not so fast, the amulet curses the band of heros. And they now have to travel the dungeon’s floors to lift the curse. Wise cracking and picking on the Thief as they go.
The story is no way going to win any prizes, but the heroes themselves were the best source of story and of course comedy, with excellent voice acting.
The gameplay of The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk is most akin to X-Com, to give you some understanding of the battle system. Each hero and enemy can do up to two actions per turn and each individual character acts at one time. Any character in the battle can move, then attack per turn. Where placement of the hero is paramount to keeping them alive, i.e. finding cover to lower hit chance. Each battle will continue until one side is defeated or the battles win condition is met. I will not dwell on the battle system too much as it brings nothing new to the table.
The main stars of The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk are easily the heros themself. Each character is a classic table top archetype there are;
The Human Ranger – Overly confidant and the party’s leader.
The Elf Archer – Ditzy and blonde.
The Dwarf Tank – Fouled mouth, money mad, wee man
The Human Thief – Slow and well scared of everything
The Human Barbarian – No much talk kill things type of guy
The Huaman Magician – Powerful spells, can’t take a hit
The Orge – It’s an Orge powerful carries stuff
Each of these classes has their own unique skill tress that allows you to customise them to fit your play style. Also, each one has a ton of funny quips, their own personality and are all useful.
The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk is a dungeon crawler that will see our heros take on the foulest of foes and the deadliest of traps that will take each party’s own unique abilities to overcome. From taking down big bosses to finding hidden room and disarming traps.
Overall, The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos Chicken Edition is a good strategy RPG with a well written and laugh out loud cast of heros that will keep you happy as the enemies make minced meat out of you.
I enjoyed my time with The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos Chicken Edition, even though it does not bring much new to the table in terms of mechanics. Any fan of X-Com style gameplay will be right at home here.