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The former king of Oddesia has entrusted you with an important, dangerous task. You must find the sacred ORA stone, which possesses the powers of life, light and happiness, and retrieve it before the king of the alien race, Natas, does. He has conquered this land and plunged it into an age of terror and despair, plagued with violence. It is up to you to stand against him and return your world to its former glory.

Dungeon Explorer plays like Gauntlet: you choose one of several different characters to play as (Fighter, Thief, Warlock, Witch, Bard, Bishop, Elf and Knome) and set out on your adventure alone or with up to four other players. Battles are real-time and of the shooter variety, ie, rather than swing a sword, you fire knives (or spells depending on your class). Enemies respawn out of holes in the ground which must be eradicated to keep them from pouring forth in waves. There are a number of items to be found and used throughout the game including potions of white and black magic, healing drinks and the like, but unlike Gauntlet there is no food to worry about.


Dungeon Explorer TurboGrafx-16 Talking to the king. I'm sure his servant is a trustworthy chap.
Dungeon Explorer TurboGrafx-16 In a dungeon
Dungeon Explorer TurboGrafx-16 Out in the wilderness. Zombies and larvae attack.
Dungeon Explorer TurboGrafx-16 Exploring the village

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Dungeon Explorer Screenshot
Dungeon Explorer Screenshot
Dungeon Explorer Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ダンジョン エクスプローラー" -- Japanese spelling

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Dragon Nov, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1989 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1993 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jul, 1989 890 out of 1000 89
Video Game Den Jan 29, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1989 9.3 out of 12 78
Power Play Jul, 1989 75 out of 100 75 Jul 13, 2020 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1989 28 out of 40 70


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mobiusclimber (245) added Dungeon Explorer (TurboGrafx-16) on Feb 06, 2008
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