Dungeon Drop is a treasure looting game in which players take turns dropping small, colorful cubes onto the playing surface (the “dungeon”) and then trying to loot the treasures. At the end of the game, the player with the loot scoring the most points wins.
Different cubes mean different things: there are treasure boxes that can be rolled like dice for points, but only if you have a box key cube; there are colored gems that earn different points for each player, depending on the Quest card they drew at the beginning of the game; Monster cubes should be avoided because they take away health points, unless you have a Magic Shield cube, in which case you want to claim the valuable Dragon cube. The region to loot is determined by the position of the gray Pillar cubes; players mark off a room bounded by three of the Pillars and then claim all the cubes therein. Players get to choose both a race card (Orc, Elf, and other typical fantasy races) and a class card (Warrior, Bard, and the whole gamut of fantasy roles) at the start of the game, each of which gives an additional ability that can be used to improve one’s chances. Play lasts only three rounds, so it’s important to choose the room layouts carefully on each turn.
It may sound complicated, but it takes only a couple of minutes to get set up, and after a full 10 to 15 minute game it’s pretty clear how everything works. Strategy improves with each subsequent game, as players learn to use their Race, Class, and Quest cards to their best advantage, and as they improve at recognizing advantageous treasure combinations (like the aforementioned Dragon and Magic Shield). Other gameplay variations include a Teamwork game mode, and a solo mode.
Dungeon Drop is easy enough to learn to play well quickly, interesting enough for players of all ages to enjoy it and varied and fast enough to keep players coming back for more.
Emily Crawford ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master’s in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.