Square Keeper Review

JanduSoft is back with another bite-sized title called Square Keeper from developer KanakStudio. If puzzles, dungeon crawling, and cards are your jam then check out my review of the PlayStation 5 version.

There isn’t much of a story to Square Keeper but here is what you need to know: you are an adventurer who is trapped in a dungeon and you need to use cards to execute actions that will let you escape from room to room. The game features more than 40 levels in total and you’ll have to figure out how to play your cards to get out of each room. Each time you start a new level you’ll be given a different set of cards in your hand with these controlling your movement and actions like attacking. You’ll notice numbers on the cards like the boot cards that handle movement. If the boot has a three on it for example, then that means you can move three spaces with it.  

Enemies in the levels have to be dealt with using your attack cards like swords, bows, and spears. Each weapon can attack spaces in different ways and some monsters are best dealt with in different ways such as spiders that can’t be attacked head-on. Figuring out how to best utilize your cards is where the puzzle element comes in and it may take you a few tries to solve some of these rooms as you get further in. That said, there isn’t much variety in the enemies and this game really won’t take you that long to finish. What I’ve described is basically the game but if you want an hour or so to kill then this will fit that need. The art style doesn’t stand out either as I feel like it just looks like a lot of these other games bite-sized indie games from Ratalaika Games or JanduSoft that I’ve played. Trophy hunters will of course find a very easy list here comprised of 13 trophies including a Platinum.

Square Keeper is an enjoyable enough dungeon crawler with a card twist but needs a bit more going for it to really stand out. There isn’t much variety in the cards or enemies and you’ll quickly see all that this one has to offer. It’s only a few dollars though so if anything about it piques your interest it won’t hurt your wallet much to try it.

*Square Keeper is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.

Square Keeper

$4.99
6

Okay

6.0/10

Pros

  • Easy to play dungeon crawler with a card game twist

Cons

  • Not much variety in the cards or enemies
  • Very short
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