Written by Michael Petalio
Game Title: MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death
Genre: Dungeon-crawling RPG
Developer: Idea Factory / Compile Heart
MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death used a gameplay that has been proven for other RPG games, dungeon crawling. It is in a planet that stopped rotating and kept it shrouded in eternal darkness. The player starts as Estra, one of the chosen “Machina Mages”, who are tasked to return the planet to normal by challenging Towers and the Deities within. Every tower is filled with different monsters that will keep anyone busy searching for chests and pathways to proceed to the next floor.
Each mage is assigned with a guardian that aids you to battle monsters and will gain experience and level-up as well. Each guardian has a unique set of stats and can be customized with the parts you gathered during your time in the each tower.
Every mission or quest has map view with a count for every move made, items and resources can be gathered while traversing the map and encounters with visible and invisible enemies happens in it. Each enemies with varying members from pack of wolves, enemy mercenaries among others.
Every tower is assigned with number of floors with a typical map and stairs to reach the next floor. With an option to dash to make exploring easier. Downside is, if you love your analog stick for navigation be prepared that it uses the directional buttons for it and the left stick is for the map zoom option. Some character dialogues can be triggered while exploring the area.
During battles, turn based attacks will be performed, you have the option to take an action using your guardian, attack depending on the parts you have equipped on it, or use your mage.
There is also a Smithy that can help in crafting parts and evolving body of guardians, a store for item, a guild for quests, and an ever dependable inn to save progress and restore health
MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death is a good dose for gamers looking for Anime Girls and Mecha, but in terms of great dungeon crawling games, there are many out there, old and upcoming, that can satisfy your dungeon-crawling experience.