Revisiting Ruins in Duke Dashington Remastered

Duke Dashington Remastered
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Welcome Time Wasters!

You ever play a game that sucks you in so easily that time just flies right on by? That’s what happened to me this week. See, Alia and I started our journey in Divinity: Original Sin (I know. I’m late to the party.) and it stole way more hours that either of us were expecting. Honestly, it’s such a great game and I can’t wait until we beat it, if only so we can jump right into the second one.

One of our readers here at GiN actually advised me to check Divinity: Original Sin out some time ago. I marked it down on my backlog, but never got around to it until Alia bought it this last Christmas. I love seeing couch coop on computer games and its a perfect way for us to play an RPG together without having to jump into MMORPGs, which I’m not a huge fan of.

Duke Dashington Remastered
This seems familiar.

Due to Divinity: Original Sin eating up most of my time this week, Friday came in a flash and I had yet to play a Time Waster. Luckily for me, Duke Dashington Remastered is a thing.

For those that don’t remember, I originally reviewed Duke Dashington about three years ago. I remember enjoying my time with it, and figured it wouldn’t hurt to check out the remaster. Here’s the thing, though. I don’t really know if anything has changed since then.

Just like with the original version, players have to make it through rooms in 10 seconds. There are 30 rooms to each of the four ruins. Duke Dashington Remastered still uses the dashing feature, and is still fun. However, I couldn’t really see any difference between this and the original game.

The developers claim that this version of the game includes better graphics, controls and level design. I can see some updates to the graphics, but not enough to warrant Duke Dashington Remastered. I was hoping more for something along the lines of an extra temple or two, but it’s just the same temples that from the first game. I guess I’m at least happy there was no an attempt to shove more story into the game. Duke Dashington’s premise is a simple as they come, but it just works so well for the action that the game provides.

Duke Dashington Remastered
Me either.

While Duke Dashington Remastered doesn’t really seem any different from before, it’s still a great game to kill some time with. The gameplay is fun, the graphics are nice and the audio is solid. Go check it out if you’ve got some spare time in your day.

I’m handing out 4 GiN Gems out of 5 to Duke Dashington Remastered. It’s the same store that I gave the original back in 2015. I can’t really justify giving or taking any extra points from the game, because it didn’t change much. I’m just more confused than anything about this “remaster.”

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