Runestone Keeper brings Minesweeper-like dungeon crawling to Xbox One and PC

We strive to provide you with information on unique games that many players might overlook. Today, E-Home Entertainment released Runestone Keeper on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Play Anywhere support. This means that you can buy the game once on either platform and play it on the other at no additional cost. Cross-save allows you to pick the game where you left off no matter where you are.

Runestone Keeper is a roguelike puzzle adventure with role-playing elements. It's set within a dark fantasy world filled with challenges. Following a great cataclysm, the surviving population discovers a mysterious sealed dungeon. The dungeon is said to contain untold magical runestones and treasure, but none who enter it ever step out again. Playing as one of several unlockable heroes, you'll become the sealed dungeon's conqueror, next victim, depending on how you play.

The gameplay in Runestone Keeper is quite different from other such titles. For example, just Minesweeper, each floor of the dungeon begins as a grid of mist-covered tiles. Selecting a tile reveals its contents, which can include helpful items like gold, keys and runes. If you uncover just enough tiles, you'll discover the exit to the next floor. There are also story events with varying choices mixed in.

Surviving enough floors to escape the sealed dungeon won't be easy though. Players encounter numerous forms of damage, traps, and hordes of increasingly deadly monsters. Runestone Keeper features a turn-based battle system in which players simply attack, use items, or activate spells or skills. Defeating monsters rewards the hero with the experience and gold. Both of these can used to become stronger and buy better gear.

Keep in mind that each floor is randomized and death is permanent. Luckily, the game allows you to maintain gold between runs and unlock permanent upgrades.

Runestone Keeper is only available as a digital download for $9.99 on Xbox One and Windows 10. Keep in mind that it's listed as "符石守护者" on the Microsoft Store instead of its English translation.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.