Shattered Pixel Dungeon Review


What Is Shattered Pixel Dungeon?

Shattered Pixel Dungeon is a free Roguelike game available on Android. The game is a difficult game about beating a final boss and escaping.

The is very fun, and the game is one of my favorite games. I would recommend it if you like rogue-lite and rogue-like games. Read more to learn why I feel this way about the game.

Shattered Pixel Dungeon title screen

The title screen of the game.

Review Information

  • I have played Shattered Pixel Dungeon for on and off for about a month. I have not beaten the game.
  • I played this game on a Samsung Chromebook Plus. Everything worked great.
  • I also played the game on my LG V20 Android smartphone.

What Kind of Game Is Shattered Pixel Dungeon?

Shattered Pixel Dungeon is a Roguelike game.

What Is a Roguelike Game?

What exactly makes a Roguelike game is debatable, and some people argue over its meaning. Rogue is the inspiration for Roguelike games. Very basic art with letters represents the world in Roguelike games. Modern games tend to use graphical tiles over letters though.

In Roguelike games the main goal is normally acquiring a strong item at the end or defeating a powerful final boss. Action and movement in Roguelikes are turn-based. You and world move one tile at a time. These games are very difficult and very hard to win. You have to beat the game in one life. You will attempt many times to win.

These games also tend to be somewhat mysterious and have unidentified item. An action like drinking a potion can hurt you in some games. Roguelikes leave many things to be discovered by the player instead of explaining them.

So How Is Shattered Pixel Dungeon a Roguelike?

  • The goal of the game is to get a pendant and escape with it.
  • The game has turn-based combat and movement.
  • There are mystery items.
  • The game is very hard and takes many times to win.

Information About Pixel Dungeon

Watabou developed the original Pixel Dungeon game, and the game is available on many platforms. Here is the Google Play link for the game.

Pixel Dungeon is an open source video game. This means anybody can use the source code of the game and make edits to it. Because of this, there are many different versions of the game.

Search for Pixel Dungeon on Google Play, and you will see yourself.

Google Play Pixel Dungeon Examples

Here are some of the Pixel Dungeon games on Google Play.

How Is Shattered Pixel Dungeon Different?

Shattered Pixel Dungeon has many changes.

  • The characters are balanced differently.
  • Many items have changed.
  • Equipment no longer breaks.
  • You can save and load the game.
  • The game has artifacts.
  • This page lists all the changes.

I have played Shattered Pixel Dungeon the most. So I am not that familiar with changes between this and the original game. This subreddit is a good place to learn more.

What Is the Goal of Shattered Pixel Dungeon?

The goal of many Roguelike games is to get a powerful item. Getting the Amulet of Yendor is the main goal of this game. Rogue also have this amulet. I imagine this is why the original Pixel Dungeon developer used it.

Shattered Pixel Dungeon Screenshot

A game where I am playing as the mage.

This Game Is Very Difficult

Except to fail in the quest many times. According to the games status screen, I have died 132 times, and I still have not won once. There are many things that game stacks against you that make it difficult.

Shattered Pixel Dungeon Rankings

Some examples of how I died in the game.

Mystery Items

This game has many unidentified items. What does this mean? It means that purple potion you pick up might be a potion of flame that sets you on fire or it could be a healing potion. The only way to find out is to try drinking it or throwing it at something and observing the effects.

The same goes for scrolls as well. The only way to know what a scroll does is to use it. This could end up being a wasted scroll, but it is better to know early. There are a few annoying scrolls but not as many as potions.

The scroll and potion item pool reset every game. You can’t learn them once. Most weapons and armor you find are unidentified as well. You can use these items, but they may be cursed. Cursed items can end runs because of how annoying they are.

You have to balance between trying new items and waiting to find out what they are first. When you die you the game identifies whatever items you were holding. This is nice as it gives you an idea of how many items are good or bad.

Need to Learn How to Fight the Enemies

To survive, you have to learn how the enemies in the game behave. Until you learn how everything works the game will feel frustrating. Boss fights are also hard as well, and you may want to read the Wiki for some tips.

Need to Be Stubborn to Win

Expect to die many times. When I reached the first boss for the first time I died. I did know how to dodge the attacks, and I had to learn before I could defeat it. The game does border on frustrating, but I still enjoy it anyway. I got tired of hearing that laugh every time I die.

Shattered Pixel Dungeon Died

I died.

The Characters

There are four Classes to choose from.

  • Warrior
  • Mage
  • Rogue
  • Huntress

Each class has a unique play style. The Warrior is the most straightforward and I enjoy playing it. The other classes are fun, as well and I play them as a change of pace. I have not played as the Huntress before as you need to unlock the character.

Optional Play Games Features

The game has optional Play Games services. You can unlock some achievements and get placed on leaderboards. I don’t track these things too much, but it is a nice extra feature.

Time to Score the Game!


The game is very fun to play but hard. The controls work ok for the most part. I had to learn how to pin things to the action bar myself. Everything works great with touch controls. Despite needing to be stubborn to play and win I can forgive the difficulty as it is fun.

Game Presentation

Turns out a game called Pixel Dungeon has pixel-like graphics. I know some people think this style looks bad or lazy but pixel graphics can look nice when done well. Pixel Dungeon looks well for a free game. The artwork may be simple, but it looks detailed and good.

I like the game’s music as well. It does get repetitive though as you hear it many times.

Spending Factor

The only way to spend money in the game is to buy donation packages. These add some bonuses like naming your characters and some changes to the games look. They are not needed to beat the game and a way to show support.

  1. Tier 1 – $5.00
    1. Silver menu buttons
    2. Named Hero
    3. Drop gravestones when you die now
  2. Tier 2 – $10.00
    1. Golden menu buttons
    2. Rename items
    3. Hall of heroes rankings page
  3. Tier 3 – $20.00
    1. Shiny Emerald menu buttons

By unlocking a higher donation, you get access to the lower benefits. I have not donated any money myself, but I would consider it.

Shattered Pixel Dungeon Donation Screen

The Emerald/Shattered donation level.

Annoyance Factor

  • There is no waiting for anything.
  • No lives and you can play as long as you want.
  • The game does not beg for reviews.
  • The game does not show ads.

Overall Score

Overall Shattered Pixel Dungeon is a very fun but hard game.

4 star review

Shattered Pixel Dungeon is a very fun game.

Will I Keep Playing Shattered Pixel Dungeon?

While I don’t play Shattered Pixel Dungeon too often, I do see me playing it in the future. I like to play these types of games.

Would I Recommend People Play Shattered Pixel Dungeon?

I would only recommend playing Shattered Pixel Dungeon if you like rogue-likes or are willing to learn to like them. If you don’t like very hard games then probably will not be a good fit for you.

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Pros: Very fun Looks and sounds great Doesn't annoy you like some free games.
Cons: This is hard to beat game. This may be a con for some. The game does become repetitive after awhile. Some may not like the simple graphics.

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