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Dandy Dungeon Legend of Brave Yamada Switch Preview

My beard has grown a further two inches since the news piece on the Dandy Dungeon Legend of Brave Yamada Switch demo.

Well, I FINALLY got to play the demo and here’s my report, officer.

You play Yamada-kun; a 36-year-old programmer that bears a slight resemblance to Mario (it’s ok – some of the developers from Onion Games were behind Paper Mario).

His goal in the Dandy Dungeon Legend of Brave Yamada Switch demo is to stay at home making his own games, as much as I stay home and write about games. 


Dandy Dungeon Legend of Brave Yamada Switch demo - Fired

So, Yamada is about to start his quest of programming a game when his boss invades his apartment and gives him the sack.

Yamada turns this into a positive experience and gets to work on his opus; a dungeon crawler where you create a path for Yamada (the game avatar) to reach the end goal.

You create a path in Dandy Dungeon Legend of Brave Yamada by selecting the squares in a grid where you can collect coins, treasure and battle enemies.

Pending you highlight every square (bearing in mind you can’t go back on yourself), you’ll get a perfect score and will find that you can increase your stats such as HP, attack, defence and speed.

For every square you don’t cross, a flame will appear and attack you at the end.

Dandy Dungeon Brave Yamada - Path
Making a path

You collect your coins and treasure and a few items up for selection at the bottom of the screen and select with the A button.

Items include weapons and scrolls that can be used again your opponents such as a boomerang through to a lightning scroll, but you only get a brief tour of these in the Dandy Dungeon Legend of Brave Yamada Switch demo.

Shortly after completing the first couple of areas, you then fight the boss; the Chairman.

There’s no real challenge here, but they can take a few hits that are easily remedied by any remaining scrolls.

Shortly after the battle, you return to your apartment to your programming self. 

Dandy Dungeon Brave Yamada - Chairman
Taking on the Chairman

You are visited by a work colleague who congratulates you on your work so far and beating the Chairman, but he’s basically here to try and sell something to you.

The full game.

I wrote about this before as there’s an update that doubles the content.

From the brief playthrough, just under 15 minutes, Dandy Dungeon Legend of Brave Yamada made a good impression.

The graphics are cute, as is the soundtrack, performed by the human mouth hole.

It’s very self-aware, and there’s something quite compelling about that.

Having missed the boat in terms of review codes, this is a game currently in my wishlist waiting to be purchased, and based on this experience, it’s only time that gets in the way.

Dandy Dungeon Brave Yamada - Pitch
Sales pitch

First impressions then are good.

If you’re up for a self-aware, humorous 8-bit-style dungeon crawler puzzle game, then Dandy Dungeon Legend of Brave Yamada might be something you should be adding to your wishlist too.

At the very least, download the demo and try for yourself.

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