Caves of Qud

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a game by Freehold Games, LLC
Platform: PC (2015)
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 4.7/10 - 3 votes
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Caves of Qud
Caves of Qud
Caves of Qud
Caves of Qud

As I write this Caves of Qud is in early access and picking up a ton of momentum. This is a fantasy rouge like game and it is probably most well known for its interesting basic graphical style. It is the kind of game that really does capture your attention due to the way it looks so basic. It may not look like much, but this is one very addictive game that is going to get its hooks in you and not let go!.

Beware Qud

For a game that is so primitive in its look, Caves of Qud sucked me in like few other games I have recently have managed to do. The game is set very far into the future and the world is an absolute mess and very hostile place. Most of the technology that we take for granted is gone and now the world is a wasteland with eerie caves, a salt dessert, and other awful places.

The thing is, you live here and need to navigate, survive, and basically make the best of your situation. One thing this game does incredibly well is the world-building. There is a lot of text to read, but each time you read something about a character, creature or even an object you feel like you

You Will Die!

As this is a rouge like with permadeath, you are going to die a great deal as you progress through the Caves of Qud! When you start the game, you are on a single screen and you need to take things very slowly. You can use the L key to look around the map so you can see what each tile is. Eventually, you will learn to know what each of the icons means, but in looking you can see if there is something potentially friendly thereā€¦. Or something that will want you dead. The gameplay sees you having four options to move in as each screen is its own part of the map. Each time you move it a new screen is randomly generated so you can never truly prepare for what is coming your way. You will fight, talk, explore, and find more out about the world of Qud than you could possibly imagine.

What Mutant Are You?

One thing I have to mention, but I am not entirely sure how I can do it justice is the character you play as. You are not just a dude, but you are a mutant and the kind of mutant you are is up to you.

I was a guy who had spider characteristics so I could make webs and capture people that way. The sky really is the limit from clones you can eat to just creepy and gross stuff, your character is going to be something that you have a lot of fun creating.


I had a good and interesting time playing Caves of Qud even though it is still in early access when I played it there is a lot of content here. It is the kind of game that is better if you just jump straight into it and do not read too much about it. What you really need to know is that it is a rouge like game set in a truly remarkable and imaginative world and it is done in a very cool and old school style.


  • I love the world of Qud
  • It is a very challenging game
  • The world randomly generates
  • The descriptions do a great job in helping you know more about this world
  • Making a mutant is awesome


  • Some might not be able to get past the visuals
  • You can die very soon after playing

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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