When Nintendo released Super Mario Maker, many pondered what the company could do next with the formula. Turns out, it was Super Mario Maker 2 and not 'Zelda Maker', which was high on people's wish lists.
If you were one of those disappointed individuals, then you might be interested to learn that indie studio Firechick is releasing Super Dungeon Maker on Switch, which is described as "Zelda meets Super Mario Maker" in its associated press materials. It won the “Best Family Game” Award at Gamescom 2021, which bodes well for its overall quality.
The game sees you creating your own dungeons which can be shared with the wider community. You can add as many levels, enemies items and bosses as you wish, and when you're done creating, you can dig into the dungeons crafted by other players (just like Super Mario Maker, in fact).
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While Super Dungeon Maker doesn’t sport a “traditional” single-player campaign, its story goes like this: long ago, when the bird goddess created the land, she left behind mysterious eggs containing magical artifacts that her disciples would use to enrich their lives for generations. To honor and protect these artifacts, the ancient birds built great temples and dungeons. Over time, the knowledge of the artifacts was lost; however, new generations carried on the tradition of building new dungeons and exploring old ones. In the game, you’ll take on the role of Fink, a small yet brave chicken whose courage instills in them the honorable task of clearing dungeons and creating new ones — should the occasion call for it.
+ DM Extraordinaire: In the dungeon, your creative prowess is limitless; place as many enemies, floors, secret paths, perilous traps, special items, and hidden objects as your heart desires. Just remember: the reward makes it worthwhile, but the challenge is what keeps them coming back.
+ A Dungeon of Pure Imagination: With so many ways to customize dungeons, there’s no telling where you’ll get swept off to! Careful dungeon design means not only well-placed traps and enemies, but enchanting environments, too! Choose between dungeon biomes like forest, desert, and castle — or even complex combinations of them all!
+ Accessible Adventuring: Unlike other level editors and sandbox games with significant learning curves, Super Dungeon Maker is optimized for both controller and mouse + keyboard play, making it easy for anyone of any skill level to jump in and start creating. Its simplistic UI and easy-to-learn instructions make Super Dungeon Maker an easy choice for fledgling creators and pro designers alike.
+ Dungeons Anonymous: Once you’ve unleashed your deadly dungeons upon the world, it’s advised to collect feedback from your victims…erm…players…in order to perfect them and keep them of the highest quality. Earn a reputation and keep adventurers coming back to your divine creations!
Super Dungeon Maker arrives on Steam Early Access on February 15th and is coming to Switch later this year.