D.R.O.D

Deadly Roaches Around Every Corner

Developer: Caravel Games/Webfoot Tech                            Release: 1996

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D.R.O.D or Deadly Rooms Of Death if you will is a puzzle game developed by Webfoot Technologies and then acquired later on by the developer, Erik Hermansen of Caravel Games. You play as Beethro Budkin, an exterminator and the main protagonist of the game, is called by King Dugan, to eliminate all the roaches and vermin in the dungeon.

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The Game itself is a tile based game in which you move one space so do the monsters that inhabit the area. To move to the next level, you need to kill all of the monsters. While playing this game I noticed that it takes more than just reflexes to conquer the game, you need logic as well. From hitting buttons to release the next wave of monsters (in certain orders) to getting through a certain gate.

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The graphics are stale looking and the bright Magenta title screen of the original version does a terrible job of telling you of what you are getting into. The big ugly brute on the title screen looks like a man who has seen better days with a little too much meth on the side. Although I would recommend that anyone playing a game no matter how old, to find the instructions and read them. It gives essential story and background elements. The Monsters themselves look great but Beethro looks relative small compared to some monsters. The still images you get when “order now” comes around and in the instructions are gruesome yet interesting to see.

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The MIDI music is very up beat and I would say doesn’t fit the mood of the overall game but that being said, I do like the soundtrack which contains up to 50 mins of tracks. The sound effects are funny to hear from Beethro stabbing bug to him screaming for death is quite refreshing to hear. The only annoying part would be hitting walls and buttons can grind on the ears.

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The controls are interesting to say the least. You can control Beethro with the mouse or keyboard. Either way, you are going to have a bad time. Going full blast with this game is going to end in failure and the only way to win, is to strategize every movement. To make Beethro move, you use the NUMPAD and to control his sword W and Q . The controls take time to master but ultimately are hard to play around with.

Final Thoughts-

This game could be fun but ultimately falls really short as I don’t have the patience to go through all 300 levels. Heck I could only do 4 until I started dying and puzzles were ridiculous hard. I’m not one for puzzles but this did catch my eye when I was a kid and tried it out. D.R.O.D has a big following and there have been plenty of remakes since the original came out. The game’s source code is now free and has allowed the big community that this game has, to create original levels for more challenges. I do want to stress here that this review is for the WEBFOOT TECHNOLOGIES ORIGINAL VERSION of D.R.O.D. not the remakes or revisions that have come out years later improving the overall game.

SCORE: 5/10

GRAPHICS:                   [4] The graphics are not at all good with the exception of the monsters and the title screen.

SOUND:                         [7]  The soundtrack doesn’t go with the game but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good. The upbeat electro music makes you want to go to a dance party.

CONTROLS:                 [5] The controls are hard to get use to simply put

REPLAYABLITY:         [7] The amount of puzzles is overwhelming and can challenge the best puzzler. If you like puzzles and brain teasers look no further but people wanting more action/adventure look elsewhere.

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