Best Dungeon Crawlers 2023

Do you like games with dungeon-crawling? If so, make sure to check out our list of the best dungeon crawlers to play right now.

There’s nothing like exploring a dark and dreary dungeon where every turn could be your last, as you take on powerful enemies in pursuit of tantalizing rewards.

This kind of gameplay loop never goes out of style, as evident by the ongoing popularity of some of our favorite dungeon-crawling RPGs and roguelikes.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best dungeon crawlers to play in 2023, including the best dungeon crawler games on Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your favorite dungeon crawlers of all time!

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Our first recommendation for new dungeon crawlers to play in 2023 is Arboria, a third-person action RPG with Soulslike combat.

In it, you take on the role of a Yotun warrior as they explore creepy procedurally-generated dungeons using a variety of tools, weapons, and mutations.

To fulfill the prophecy and save your tribe from extinction, you’ll have to heal the Father Tree by traveling to ever-changing dungeons and defeating a host of bizarre monsters.

Arboria features a multitude of upgrades that allow you to customize and evolve your warriors along with dynamic real-time combat that changes based on your weapon type.

While dungeon crawlers are typically set in dark, fantasy-based worlds, Neon Abyss bucks that trend with a bright and colorful cyberpunk aesthetic.

This roguelite action-platformer sees you running and gunning your way through randomized dungeons as a member of ‘Grim Squad,’ a task force assembled by Hades himself.

As you progress through each level, you’ll receive random item drops that grant passive effects which can be stacked infinitely to create a wide variety of unique combinations.

Over time, new rooms, items, bosses, rules, and endings are introduced, making each run feel entirely distinct.

Death’s Door is one of the best indie dungeon crawlers to come out of 2021 and is often praised for its unique blend of Souls-like combat and Zelda-inspired puzzles.

In it, you play as a humble crow working for an authoritative afterlife company that goes after incompliant souls by any means necessary.

Gameplay focuses on hack and slash combat, with the Crow able to chain together different abilities and equip various weapons.

The game is presented in a third-person, isometric perspective that offers a clear view of the battlefield and sprawling dungeon environments at all times.

Noita is a 2D action roguelike where every on-screen pixel is physically simulated, resulting in dynamic interactions with both environments and enemies.

In it, you play as a magic-wielding witch with the power to burn, explode or melt anything that crosses their path.

This is done by crafting and casting new spells while exploring procedurally generated dungeon environments ranging from dark coal mines to freezing-cold wastelands.

Progressing further opens up new kinds of environments and reveals more secrets about the game’s world.

Dreamscaper is a 3D action roguelike with permanent upgrades and run-based mechanics that play out similarly to most other dungeon-crawling RPGs.

In it, you take on the role of a woman named Cassidy as she delves deep into her subconscious, manifested as a physical, ever-changing world.

However, Cassidy isn’t alone as her greatest fears and nightmares come to life in the form of increasingly powerful foes that stand in the way of her salvation.

Each run sees you wielding various weapons, artifacts, and lucid powers that let you manipulate different elements, warp physical spaces and even control time itself.

Next up is Last Epoch, an action RPG with hack and slash combat that’s currently available in Steam Early Access.

In it, you take on the role of a unique hero on a mission to save the universe from an all-consuming void by traveling through time and battling ancient gods and monsters.

Last Epoch’s world is filled with various factions vying for control, environments teeming secrets to discover, and randomized loot drops to ensure you’re always working towards something new.

Players start their adventure with a base class before moving on to one of three Master class specializations that give access to new skills that can be further modified to fit their playstyle.

Chronicon is a pixel-based action RPG that centers on a strange device that lets players explore the memories of fallen heroes and relive their greatest exploits.

Dungeons and other environments are procedurally generated with each run and the crafting system allows you to enchant your equipment with Runes.

The game offers virtually infinite character progression via Master ranks and features four unique classes and five fantasy-driven storylines.

Lastly, Chronicon boasts a host of endgame content including randomized dungeons, bosses, and additional crafting mechanics along with local co-op and Steam Remote Play for 1-4 players.

Based on the tabletop game of the same name, Gloomhaven is a tactical RPG that combines strategic gameplay with a hefty amount of dungeon crawling.

The game takes place in a fantasy-themed world overrun with bandits, demons, zombies, and more, which have caused people to retreat to the safety of their homes.

Enter in you, the Guildmaster, the one who will reconnect the world and make a ton of money in the process by reopening trade routes and exterminating monsters.

There’s a wide selection of recruitable mercenaries with unique abilities, upgrades, and perks you can unlock by purchasing new gear for your party.

Len’s Island is an open-world survival game that sees you carving out a new life for yourself on a beautiful island teeming with wonder.

Explore the island’s mysteries by dungeon crawling through caves, hiking through forests, and constructing homes and farms.

The game uses a streamlined, modular building system that will make even the most novice designers feel like seasoned builders.

When you’re not tending to crops or adding expansions to your humble abode, you’ll set out to meet different characters and battle enemies that may cross your path.

Minecraft Dungeons does a great job at paying homage to the classic dungeon crawler RPGs like Diablo and Torchlight.

In it, you’re tasked with defeating the nefarious Arch-Illager after he begins corrupting the Minecraft world and spawning evil mobs of enemies.

The game offers hundreds of artifacts, gear, and enchantments to collect and use in battle to perform devastating special attacks as well as buff and heal allies.

Furthermore, Minecraft Dungeons can be played via both local and online co-op with up to four players and features multiple difficulty options with scaling rewards.

Dungeon crawler fans will likely enjoy spell-casting their way through Wizard of Legend, an action-packed indie roguelite with flexible fast-paced combat.

In it, you play as a magical wizard taking part in a competition known as the Chaos Trials, a gauntlet of magical challenges in which contestants attempt to defeat the strongest wizards.

These increasingly difficult battles will put your skills to the ultimate test and demand precise dodging as mobs of enemies will often bombard you with attacks.

Each death brings you back to the start of the map, retaining some of the spells you picked up during your previous run.

Blending both roguelike elements and hack-and-slack combat, Children of Morta is a 2D action RPG dungeon crawler.

The story chronicles the adventures of a heroic family fighting an evil power called the Corruption, with players able to pick from any one of the Bergson clan and charge into battle.

This acts as a sort of pseudo-class system in which each family member has their own repertoire of abilities that excel in different areas such as crowd control, long-range, melee, etc.

Despite its charming pixel art presentation, Children of Morta is a rather difficult game that will see you dying often, though characters will continue to level up.

One of the more high-profile entries on this list, Hades is a critically-acclaimed roguelike dungeon crawler with hack and slash combat.

In it, you play as the son of Hades on a mission to escape an ever-shifting underworld prison guarded by powerful gods blocking your path to Mt. Olympus.

While the roguelike format doesn’t typically lend itself to good storytelling, Hades keeps things interesting by having the world and dialogue evolve the further you progress.

To this point, character progression is very different than games like Diablo while managing to scratch a similar itch thanks to randomly generated dungeons and isometric camera.

Red Hook Studios’ follow-up to the grim and gritty strategy RPG Darkest Dungeon maintains the dark, atmospheric tone of the original while including a host of refinements.

Described as a “roguelike road trip of the damned,” Darkest Dungeon II sees you forming a party of misfits traveling by stagecoach across a treacherous landscape brimming with danger.

Instead of locking into a set party, players collect different characters with distinct skills, strengths, and weaknesses that can play off of one another during battle.

The sequel is every bit as addictive and punishing as its predecessor while layering on new features that will appeal to dungeon crawler fans.

Anyone who enjoys bullet hell shooters with dungeon crawling exploration should take it upon themselves to check out Enter the Gungeon.

Modeled after classic twin-stick shooters with a rogue-lite twist, the game sees you playing as one of four characters exploring The Gungeon, a sprawling labyrinth brimming with enemies, traps, and loot.

Flexibility is the name of the game as each character introduces a unique modifier to spice things up, ranging from lock-picking to reduced reload times and an extended dodge roll.

This is further complemented by an arsenal of bizarre weaponry that ranges from handguns with bouncing bullets to cactus-powered rifles and target-seeking beehives.

If you enjoy games like Hades, then Dead Cells is a similar game with 2D graphics that focuses on combat, exploration, and dungeon-crawling.

Each run has you gathering materials to craft better gear while hunting down larger-than-life bosses and minions across sprawling pixel art environments filled with countless traps and secret passageways.

Every death sees you booted back to the starting area with some resources retained, replicating the addictive “one more run” feeling that roguelikes are known to instill.

Keep in mind, it’s an extremely unforgiving game with challenging enemies that take a lot of practice and good reflexes to overcome.

Slay the Spire is a 2D card-strategy roguelike in which players pick from one of several playable characters with unique starting conditions that affect their run.

The goal is to ascend a series of levels within a spire while encountering numerous enemies and rewards depending on the path taken.

Along the way, you’ll have a chance to rest up at campfires, buy and sell cards at shops, obtain new gear from chests, and gain other bonuses through choice-based encounters.

If you enjoy dungeon crawlers with deck-building elements, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy playing Slay the Spire and exploring each character’s playstyle.

Any gamer on a tight budget will appreciate Path of Exile’s no-frills approach to Diablo-like dungeon crawling in which you battle monsters and complete quests in exchange for EXP and powerful loot.

In it, you take on the role of an Exile forced to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast before setting off to exact revenge against those who wronged you.

Path of Exile features a robust character customizer that allows you to combine your class’s unique abilities using tradable gems and a massive selection of passive skills.

The game has a pretty big following that provides a significant boon to its player-driven economy at the expense of being online-only, which might be a deal-breaker for some.

Another isometric hack n’ slash game that continues to dominate the dungeon crawler space, Diablo III is a solid couch co-op recommendation for RPG fans.

Originally released back in 2012, the game sees you playing as one of seven possible character classes before setting off on a quest to defeat the Lord of Terror himself, Diablo.

Along the way, you and up to three other friends will encounter and battle droves of enemies and bosses while increasing your power through loot drops.

It’s easily one of the most accessible games on this list and offers a simple gameplay loop whose difficulty can be raised or lowered accordingly.

Grim Dawn is another beloved action RPG that casts you as a resistance fighter caught in a war between two supernatural forces vying for control over humanity.

Like Diablo, gameplay centers on crawling your way through dark dungeons, caverns, forests, and wastelands inhabited by supernatural enemies and loot.

Players are rewarded for their natural curiosity and desire to explore with hidden chests and narrative bits of lore that flesh out the game’s dark fantasy steampunk setting.

It’s exceptionally tough in terms of raw difficulty and grind, but does an excellent job of rewarding you for putting in the work and overcoming challenges.

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