A Vibrant, Witty, and Immersive Roguelike (Dandy Ace Review)

Dandy Ace is a roguelike that will have you laughing in the face of danger. In Dandy Ace, you will play Dandy Ace, a handsome young magician with a witty sense of humor and a knack for pleasing a crowd. Everyone quickly falls in love with Dandy Ace except for Lele, the green-eyed magician. This results in Lele using a cursed mirror to summon you to a dungeon in order to kill you and become the only magician in town. Luckily for Dandy Ace, he always carries his magic cards with him.

Once situated in the dungeon and told what you must do to get out, you are given three of your cards. Each card has its own abilities, such as an attack, mobility, stun, and area of attack. Even though you get three cards at the start, you have the option to hold up to eight cards. You will find cards along your journey, and each card you find will be stronger the further you go. Even though you have eight slots available, you will only get to use four cards at a time. The other four cards can be used to give your active cards perks so you can make them stronger. With so many cards to choose from, it is up to you to put the best combos together to get through the dungeon.

Don’t expect to complete the dungeon on your first try. You will have to fail multiple times as it takes some time to get use to all the card combinations and abilities you can use. Once you have died, you will be sent back to the beginning with nothing but three starting cards. You can get upgrades to help you through your run, as well as some permanent upgrades that will stick with you after you die. Getting an upgrade is where your trusty assistants come in. Jolly Jolly and Jenny Jenny were dragged into the mirror with you and have made themselves useful, setting up tents and offering you upgrades between each level.

Jenny Jenny’s tent comes with an array of upgrades that will help you during your current run. You can only choose one upgrade per level but don’t worry if you want to change it. All you have to do is spend some coin. Don’t be afraid to spend coins since they don’t come with you after you die. You will also be able to purchase cards at specific locations on the map to help you during your current run. So spend some money because, trust me, you will need every bit of help you can get.

Jolly Jolly is the true hero of this game for a couple of reasons. The first is because she has her stuff together. She is the one who set up the tents and gathered the upgrades, all while her sister was crying. The second reason is that her upgrades are permanent. You can choose from a various choice of upgrades that you will buy with shards. You can get shards from the monsters you kill throughout the dungeon. Jolly Jolly makes the game more tolerable since dying over and over can get pretty annoying if you weren’t playing to improve.

Dandy Ace can seem very repetitive, and I found it very difficult at some points, almost to the point of rage quitting. Luckily the game is very well designed and is very vibrant and easy on the eyes. Along with its beautiful design and colors, the dialogue is witty and very well voiced. This creates a very immersive atmosphere and makes it super easy to come back to the game after a couple of deep breaths.

Overall I had a great time playing through this game. I would recommend this to any gamer looking for an excellent roguelike with a little bit of flare. It’s very refreshing to have a roguelike that doesn’t revolve around evil and dark characters. Yes, Lele is evil, but if you dive deep into his back story, he is just misunderstood and wants to be loved like Dandy Ace. So if you’re looking for a fun and easy game to play, I highly recommend Dandy Ace. Just be ready to go through some growing pains as you upgrade throughout your runs.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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