Sometimes I need a break from all of the complex stat building, decision making, puzzle solving, heavy thinking, grinding style of games, and play something simple. This is Rusty Hearts. It is a hack and slash dungeon crawler that is free to play on Steam. You can choose from one of four characters, each with their own abilities. Currently I'm playing as Franz, a vampire who wields swords and axes, and unleashes pure hell upon anything that stands in his way. His abilities include lunging, juggling, and tearing through waves of enemies.
Rusty Hearts is a dungeon crawler. The dungeons are also rather short. I'm actually quite fond of the length of each encounter because every now and then I don't have a lot of time to play. Each area of a dungeon can have its difficulty increased when certain conditions are met. These may include just beating the area, or completing it with a certain rank. Your rank is increased by chaining abilities and being stylish with your kills, a la Devil May Cry. There isn't a lot to think about when playing through this, and that is what makes it so appealing to me. Character creation consists of selecting one of the characters and pressing start. I don't have to worry about if I assigned my stats correctly or chose the correct initial skills. I just start and go in swinging. Even the equipment is easy to understand. They offer physical defense, magical defense, hit points, and/or mana points. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy plenty of titles that have a higher level of complexity, but after a long day at work, sometimes I just want to bash some skulls.
Multiplayer is also supported in Rusty Hearts. Increasing the difficulty of a level may require the assistance of another player. This can be bypassed by grinding out and increasing your level on a lower difficulty if you just want to enjoy some "you" time. Where is the fun in that though? Go grab a couple of friends, venture into the darkness of dungeons, kill some monsters, grab some loot, and have a good time while you're at it.
Here's a little taste of the gameplay. Enjoy!