Dungeon crawling done right.

User Rating: 9 | Classic Dungeon X2 PSP
Cladun X2 is a hack n' slash dungeon crawler that's highly reminiscent of the Shining Soul series.

This is the type of game where the little things or the smallest details matter the most.

In fact, what separates Cladun from any games of its genre is its highly customizable content. From sprite editing down to creating your own bgm. It's not that revolutionary but it's innovative. How many games lets you create your own armor sprite?

Yes, I did said sprite editing. Not satisfied with how your character looks? You can change/edit his looks from head to toe. Not only that, you can also make your own equipment sprites. Don't expect something drastic(like 3d characters) though. It is still in 2d. And it won't affect your equipment stats. It's there purely for cosmetic reasons. It's like having a simplified MS Paints on your PSP.

Now I have characters that looks a lot like(or what I thought) Link from Four Swords.

Yes, I also did said creating your own bgm. But I won't tackle the subject right now 'cause it's very complicated. But the option to create your own bgm, well that's something new.

Now, for the game's presentation. Cladun x2 is like a memoir to dungeon crawlers of ye olde past. Only with updated graphics. You can switch game's text/front from pixelated to smooth anytime. You can also change how a bgm plays from retro to "real". So if you're a sentimental gamer you could use the retro or ''old school'' setting.

But a game is not worth it if it's all eye-candy and no substance. The story is barren but it's too polite and will go around the corner silently and won't get in your way. There's humor here and there. Although it's a bit of a hit or miss affair, depending on your sense of humor.

It's safe to say that Cladun will appeal to casual and hardcore gamers alike. The magic circle system adds strategic depth to the game a liitle bit. So it's not just hacking and slashing monsters. It comes in handy since you can play only one character in a dungeon. Level grinding, as any dungeon crawlers are, is the major aspect of the game. But it's not that tiring.

Playing Cladun for a while could get boring though but it never loses its charm. The only thing I found lacking in this game is that there are only few job classes. But I suppose I'm asking more than enough.

All in all, Cladun is a fun game that you might want to try. It's a dungeon crawler in its own right.