Boyfriend Dungeon is a long-awaited dungeon crawler and dating sim that I’ve had my eye on for some time now and it just launched on Xbox Game Pass.
Announced back in 2017, Boyfriend Dungeon successfully raised over $250,000 via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Since then, developer Kitfox Games, the studio behind 2016’s Moon Hunters, has been working hard on this genre mashup of romance and roguelike.
“You move into your cousin’s old apartment, rent-free for the summer,” reads the game’s official description. “To get some confidence and meet people, plus earn a little cash, you’re tasked with clearing the creatures in ‘the dunj’. Soon you discover weapons [that] transform into cuties… and they’re SINGLE!… But someone’s abducting weapons and leaving them damaged in the dungeon! Who could do such a thing? Will you solve the blade-napping mystery? Will you find love? Or, friendship, at least?”
You can max out your relationship ranks with these weapons either through romantic entanglements or strong platonic friendships, and for those players that simply can’t settle on a single blade, Kitfox says, “Date them all without a care, you polyarmourous dual-wielder.”
Boyfriend Dungeon launches with seven romanceable weapons, designed with an “inclusive, tasteful approach to gender and sexuality” that features male, female, and non-binary romance options. These range from Isaac, a sharply-dressed estoc to Valeria, a dagger with trust issues, to Sawyer, the very akward glaive.
To be honest, I’m a little disappointed in that selection, as that leaves only one female romance, two non-binaries and a limited selection of body types. But upon further research, I see that the devs plan to add Jonah, a plus-sized pal who turns into an axe and Leah, a competitive woman of color who transforms into a hammer, via a later update. The two were part of the Kickstarter stretch goals.
Still, this is more diversity than we usually get in these kinds of games, so it’s hard to fault the game entirely. Kitfox Games says they have already added “basic support for changing out weapon looks” and to keep an eye out on updates “for more features to help you blacksmith your own sharp cuties and trade them with your friends” in future updates.
Boyfriend Dungeon is now available for purchase on the Microsoft store for Xbox consoles and Windows 10 PCs and is also on Xbox Game Pass. If you’re subscribed, you can download and play it now.