Play as a hapless, would-be adventurer who lacks the necessary skills to survive a dungeon.
Head to the local tavern and hire some more qualified folk to do all the dungeoneering for you
Improve the tavern, get better adventurers and send them on tougher adventures for better loot
Do you love adventuring but hate grinding to get stronger? Well, No problem! It seems that you may have the same problem as our hero in Soda dungeon. Soda Dungeon is a free-to-play RPG wherein you let other people do the adventuring for you, while you reap the rewards of the dungeon. It brings the lighter side of the RPG genre as it focuses more on upgrades and team management.
You start off as a humble adventurer, eager to go to the nearest dungeon and fight monsters. But as you were on your way, you realized that you do not have the fighting skills, magic or any other talents that would help you in adventuring. And as you reach a nearby town, you stumble upon a tavern. You got to meet a local soda junkie, who agrees to fight for you while you get keep the treasures that they get from the dungeons.
As soon as you have a dungeon run or two, the owner of tavern proposes a very good business opportunity. He proposes that if you help him improve his tavern, many better adventurers will be attracted to his place. So begins the best business model that you have ever heard and the solution to your problem as a would-be adventurer.
The gameplay is pretty unique and quite relaxing for an RPG. Of course it will not be easy since the local tavern only attracts the town soda junkies. But as soon as you invest in sprucing up the tavern, more customers will come. Adding new stools, tables, decorations and various improvements will help improve the tavern’s reputation. But that may not be enough, as there are some adventurers that have a favorite drink. But as soon as the tavern has their favorite drink, you may be able to hire better adventurers for a price.
There are some adventurers that have better stats and special skills that will help them survive longer in the dungeon. If your hired adventurers do get defeated, they will just run away and leave all the loot for you. Equipment and gold that you will also be able to use to help improve your team. As soon as news of your adventurers will spread, you will also be able to meet humble merchant that will sell you equipment to help your team in the dungeon.
Things may start slow as you build your tavern reputation and get soda upgrades. Grinding will be required to get enough gold, but the game has an auto-battle option so that your adventurers will do the grinding for you. However, the game does become challenging as you reach higher levels as you will need to decide whether to go for auto-battles or to control your team manually in order to heal or better manage their mana. And as you try reach that 100th level, you will be failing over and over again until you get better adventurers and better gear.
And as you defeat the boss on the 100th level, you discover that there are other dimensions that you would need to defeat. The game features a lot of things to unlock and grind for. It features pixel graphics and has some well-fitting cartoonish animations as well. This game can get you hooked for a few minutes or hours even and is definitely worth the time. If you love an interesting take on the RPG genre then Soda Dungeon is definitely worth a try.