Pixel Dungeon is a traditional roguelike that is completely free, with pixel-art graphics and simple interface. The gameplay revolves around exploring dungeons to collect items/weapons to fight monsters that get stronger as you progress to new levels.
Note: Although Google Play store says that the game offers in-app-purchases, it's only an in-app-donation, used to thank the developer, it does not unlock or add anything. The game is completely free and open-source.
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Pro Tons of replayability
In true roguelike fashion, levels are randomly generated each time a new game is started. On top of this mechanic, Pixel Dungeon goes one step further by randomizing effects of all items as well, so it's impossible to tell if a dropped item will have a positive or a negative effect based on its sprite representation.
Pro Challenging and fun gameplay
Pixel Dungeon's gameplay is intuitive, allowing for it to be easy to get into. What is great though is that it's also very challenging, quickly making the experience both rewarding and addictive. Just one more game is a thought many will have before actually turning off their device.
Pro Free and open source
Pro Good variation in items
Next to the typical selection of buffs, de-buffs, potions (that can be either consumed or thrown), weapons and armor (the latter two have to identified and can carry with them bonuses and curses), there are also less common items like random teleportation scrolls, map reveals, etc.
Pro Has a reasonable amount of strategical depth
The top-down, turn-based nature of the game gives the opportunity to plan out a complex series of moves.
Pro Detail-oriented gameplay elements
Small details help add immersion to the gameplay.
Pro A variety of mods are available
Pro Can be played offline
Pixel Dungeon does not require an internet connection to use, making for a good game to play when there is no internet to connect to such as on flights.
Pro Can be played in portrait or landscape
Allowing the user to switch from portrait or landscape makes for an easy way to switch playstyles (one handed, two handed) depending on what device is being used (tablet, phone) as well as what is most comfortable for the user.
Pro Beautiful pixel artwork
This looks like one of the good SNES RPGs. For someone who grew up loving those games, that's a huge plus.
Con Pixel Dungeon is hard
Pixel Dungeon's difficulty can be a turn off for some players as it is quite challenging. While there will be those that enjoy such difficulty, those looking for something easy may not enjoy the game.
Con Randomness cannot be turned off
Since everything in Pixel Dungeon is randomized, sometimes a player's character can get killed in ways that cannot be avoided. There is no way to escape this issue since randomization is baked in with no way to turn it off.