Dungeon Academy is a quick easy filler game that the whole family can enjoy. The setup is quick and everyone takes turns at the same time. With very little downtime, it keeps everyone involved.
Theme and What is it?
You have been working for years to get to this moment. This has been your focal point since you enrolled at Dungeon Academy. Today is your final exam. This exam will not be like any others you have completed in your life. This is a real test. You will go into the dungeon and face real threats and seek real treasures. The adventurer who can gain the most glory (being alive at the end too is also a huge plus) will be awarded the most prestigious diploma in the realm. The Dungeon Hero diploma. Don’t let all of your sweat and tears be for nothing. Go in there and slay it.
Dungeon Academy is a roll and write game for 1-6 players.
A game of Dungeon Academy is played over 4 rounds. Each round 16 room dice are rolled in the dungeon and the dungeon is placed in the center of the table. Each player takes their dungeon sheet and when the dungeon roof is removed and the dice are revealed, players move through the dungeon on their sheets of paper.
Dungeon dice faces are monsters and potions. As a player moves through a monster room, they take damage equal to the size of the monster. Either one or two damage. Players gain life back as they move through potion rooms. All players enter through any side of the dungeon and must exit the dungeon by another other side before time runs out. Heroes can never enter the same room twice or cross their own path. When a player exits the dungeon, they take an Exit card which lets players know in which order they exited the dungeon.
Next players select loot. The player who finished the dungeon first selects first and so on. After loot is selected the dungeon is reset and a new round begins.
There are objectives that can be met for extra glory points. Loot also provides glory or provides items that can be used in later dungeons. After the fourth dungeon, players add up their points and the player with the highest glory total wins and gains their diploma!
I thought Dungeon Academy looked like a game that I could enjoy with my kids. I only have one roll and write game. This one seemed like it would appeal more to them.
Learning the game, setting up and teaching it to the kids was a breeze. We were off on our first exam in no time. Everyone takes their turn at the same time. After everyone has finished or the timer has gone off, everyone reviews their path through the dungeon to make sure they survived. Having everyone play and take turns at the same time makes for a quick game with almost no down time.
I really enjoyed it and the kids had a great time. We missed a rule on our first play through that made it too easy. Once we completed that, it was way better with a bit more of a challenge.
Game Build Quality
Most of the components in Dungeon Academy are very nice. The only problem I see are the cards. They are not as nice of card stock as I like to see in kid games. They should hold up, but I prefer to see a little stronger stock. The other components are great. The dungeon is the highlight of the game and looks great out on the table. The dice, box, tokens and game tray are well built.
The art work is fun and engaging. It was designed with kids in mind and it should appeal to them. My kids thought it looked great. Right when they saw the box, they were excited to play it. So, it totally accomplished what it was designed to do.
It is not too cartoony to turn off adults. I think the art is great and has its own flavor that makes it feel fresh.
The thing I really liked about Dungeon Academy was the mad dashes through the dungeon. We started with one-minute time limits but realized that was way too much time. So, we bumped it down to 30 seconds. This made it very frantic, but that ended up being the highlight.
I also love to find games that I can play with my kids that all of us can enjoy together. Dungeon Academy is one of those games.
Age Range & Weight
The age recommendation for Dungeon Academy is 10+. I played with my 8 and 11 year olds and neither of them had a problem. We even shortened the time to run through the dungeon because one minute was too much time. Everyone had fun and the game ended up being very competitive. I would say that younger players will really enjoy Dungeon Academy. Don’t hesitate to go below the 10+ recommendation.
Adults can enjoy this game too. It is not just for kids. Being able to play up to six makes it a great game night option.
Dungeon Academy is a quick easy filler game that the whole family can enjoy. The setup is quick and everyone takes turns at the same time. With very little downtime, it keeps everyone involved. It works during those times when you have 30 minutes and need a quick gaming fix.
My kids play a ton of games and I know that I have a winner when, right after we finish a game, they ask to play it again. And it is even better when I feel the same way. We played Dungeon Academy a few times in a row and they even asked for it the next few days. I was fine with that because it is a fast, fun-filled game.
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