Caves Roguelike by 36Dev

Caves (Roguelike) is an Android game developed (apparently) by Russian studio 36devs.

Title Screen
Title Screen

There is not a lot of context around the game, but you’ll find yourself exploring a system of caverns. When you are creating a new character you assign your stat points to Strength, Agility and Luck, and your equipment is then randomly chosen (You always start with a melee and ranged weapon, but those may vary between knifes and pistols).

You may find surprises such as skeletons stuck into the walls
You may find surprises such as skeletons stuck into the walls

Mining is an important feature of the game, you can mine almost all of the level except some unbreakable walls, there you may find treasure or just create pathways to avoid unnecessary conflict.

Levels are huge, mining is important to avoid conflicts and get treasure.
Levels are huge, mining is important to avoid conflicts and get treasure.

The game is a bit too hard and may need some balance; you can easily find yourself in hard to survive situations just against your first enemies (Say an armoured skeleton able to deflect all of your attacks, backed by two skeleton archers tearing you from the distance and a goblin stabbing you quicker than you can react).

You may easily find yourself into this kind of situations just starting the game.
You may easily find yourself into this kind of situations just starting the game.

Survival is hard since health crystals are expensive and potions require quaff-identification in order to know their effects, most of the times you’ll find yourself giving up and just mining gold and crystals, since there’s persistent advancement thru the games and after dying you can then use these to buy equipment for your next character.

This is the area where new characters appear, you can buy equipments and skills using your persistent treasury.
This is the area where new characters appear, you can buy equipments and skills using your persistent treasury.

Your best bet may be staying off open areas and dig thru instead, hoping to find a good treasure (armour, weapons, useful potions) while fighting weak skeletons buried in the mud. You can also use some sort of special power allowing you to double your speed and escape dire situations which is very handy.

Caves is a pretty classic roguelike, when you level up you can assign points to skills.
You can always check your status, and when you level up you can assign points to skills.

“Caves” is a classic roguelike with a great mobile UI, it is currently a bit unbalanced and too luck-based, although some strategies may help you get around it. The game seems to be still in development so be sure to check the updated. It’s also free (supported by ads), get it now!

Reviewed by Slash, priest of Temple of The Roguelike

7 thoughts on “Caves Roguelike by 36Dev

  1. Not sure about the magic chalk, but the magic power is used on the floor where you cross over it and it lights up. You need to walk in a (plus) symbol and you will get a bonus but sometimes you will get a status taken away. After acquiring whatever it is on that spot, you then use the powder on each of the 5 spots and go over it again to aquire a new bonus. I haven’t seen which ways are best to enter and make the plus symbol and from what I’ve seen, it doesn’t matter… just like the potions when you 1st get them.. you never know what you’re going to get however usually it’s good. Hope this helps.

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  2. As far as I can tell, it makes a squad of hard-as-hell skeletons pop up. It’s 3 armored skeletons. Two of them are primarily ranged attackers. And, the third is almost always equipped with a special hammer. It’s a bad idea to just try to go toe to toe with the caustic hammer. If it has an electric hammer, it’s a little easier. My advice is to buff yourself out as best you can and summon a few allies. Good luck, bro.

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  3. The developer updates the game constantly. The balance issues have been almost entirely worked out. This is a top shelf game now. If you don’t have this game yet, GET IT!! Obviously, if you’re reading this, you know what roguelike games are about. And, this one is a pure gem!

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