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Reaping the Dungeon (DOS)

Reaping the Dungeon DOS Title screen, 4th build (Dungeon Rogue), shareware version (episode 1).

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Description

Reaping the Dungeon is a turn-based, randomized dungeon crawler in the vein of Rogue and Hack.

Below the surface of Jupiter, a machine runs out of control and floods the underground tunnels with synthetic creatures. You must descend into the depths to find and destroy the machine. The adventure is split into a freeware episode of 15 levels titled The Weapon Recovery and the second episode The Machine, which contains 50 more levels and must be purchased.

The basic challenge is to explore each dungeon level and collect treasure while fighting enemy creatures in simple hit-vs.-hit fashion. Precious metals and gems can be sold in shops to buy better weapons and equipment; raw crystals gained from defeated enemies help improve your character’s abilities, such as damage ratio, sight range or performance speed. Through battles and careful exploration, your protagonist becomes increasingly more powerful and efficient.

All level layouts and contents are randomly created. Each level introduces one new creature and at least one new map element or item.

Reaping the Dungeon adds a number of original elements to the genre:
  • The drop shaft that leads down to the next level relocates in random intervals. It must be found and tagged. Data chips scattered throughout the level reveal its current location;
  • In addition to weapon/device energy and health, your character has an oxygen pool. Each step consumes oxygen, which makes uncoordinated running-around in the dungeon wasteful and potentially life-threatening;
  • Energy, health and oxygen can be harvested from cell plants, which grow in a five-step life cycle. Good timing is essential to maximize the cell harvest;
  • Reaping the Dungeon’s magic system is based on rare mushrooms that give special powers for several turns, such as improved sight range, perfect weapon proficiency, seed planting or the ability to walk through walls.
Reaping the Dungeon’s graphics consist entirely of customized 16-color ASCII characters. The sound is limited to PC Speaker noises.

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Reaping the Dungeon DOS Cell plants are an important source of energy, health and oxygen. Our scanner shows that this plant needs 163 more turns until it can be harvested.
Reaping the Dungeon DOS Episode two goes down up to 650 meters and contains lots of new items (such as the purple gem chest) and enemies (such as the rock giant).
Reaping the Dungeon DOS Each level contains a shop (blue structure to the left) and a drop shaft to the next level (red tube). The shaft relocates randomly and must be found and tagged.
Reaping the Dungeon DOS Title screen, 4th build (Dungeon Rogue), shareware version (episode 1).

Alternate Titles

  • "Dungeon Rogue" -- Re-release Title

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Trivia

The second episode, The Machine, originally cost $11.95. The commercial distribution has long since been discontinued. Interested players can now get the full version for free from the author Ron Heuse if they link from their website to his. For details check out www.heuse.com/free.html.
-Chris (7365) added Reaping the Dungeon (DOS) on Jun 09, 2007