Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup is a free roguelike computer role playing game that was originally released in 2006. Players create characters and guide them through numerous levels of a dungeon in search of monsters and treasure. The game’s primary objective is to find three “Runes of Zot”, the “Orb of Zot” and then escaping the dungeon alive. The dungeons are procedurally created making them random each time the game is played.
The game consists of numerous dungeon levels that will take players into the realm of Zot, the Elven Halls, Orchish Mines, the Abyss, Pandemonium and many more. Spread at various locations throughout these levels are 15 “Runes of Zot”, it is these runes which players must collect along with the Orb of Zot. Once at least three runes and the orb have been found, players can attempt to make their way out of the vast dungeons.
Like your typical RPG, player characters earn experience points by defeating monsters and finding treasure. This experience will eventually lead to player characters leveling up which in turn allows them to upgrade/enhance their skills and abilities. During character creation, players will determine their character’s background. There are 24 different background choice available to players and include traditional character classes such as Fighters, Wizards, Assassins and more. These background choices determine the players starting skills and equipment available to them, but as they earn experience and level up, they are free to pursue any skills available.
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup was created as a branch of Linley’s Dungeon Crawl when development on that game stopped in mid-2005. It is available for Windows PCs, Mac OS X, Android and Linux operating systems as well as a browser based version. There are also some public servers that support online play which allow players to track high score and record play for viewing. The online version of the game also features ghosts of actual player characters as well.
The Windows, Mac OS X, Android and Linux version are available on the Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup downloads page. Links to the browser based version is also provided.