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The Dungeon Experience is a fantasy theme park run by a mudcrab

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Here's the pitch for in-development indie game The Dungeon Experience: A level-one common crab like you probably killed five of in your first hour of Skyrim becomes an entrepreneur and builds an adventure holiday destination. It's a first-person guided tour through a dungeon where the NPCs are all played by out-of-work theme park actors and the only refreshment available is "crab juice". Things may not all be as they appear.

It's a collaboration between Simon Boxer, creator of roguelike card brawler Ring of Pain (opens in new tab), and Jacob Janerka, who gave us the surreal post-apocalyptic adventure game Paradigm (opens in new tab). You may also recognize Janerka's style and sense of humor from the pitch for a Seinfeld adventure game (opens in new tab), which I still think is an excellent idea and whoever owns the rights should make it happen.

The Dungeon Experience has a Steam page (opens in new tab), which says it will be released when "the four moons of Xogris align and the Messiah Khidrius returns" and lists its publisher as "A man I once met in the forest, he just put his finger to my lips to shoosh me, and then gave me the budget for the game". We may be waiting a little while then.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.