Dego Released!

The Tale of the Malice King
When all was dark, he came in the night
And with him came gloom and fright
Atop his throne he proclaimed himself King
"It's the end of our days!" the bards would sing
With cries of pain, the world fell in his hand
For he was the king, and all was his land
No hero dared come to the world's aid
For he was the King of Malice and Shade

Download now and stop the Malice King!

-14 unique dungeons
-Over 400 items
-Full length game, 30-40 hours
-Play with 3 friends - difficulty and treasure chests scale with player count
-Explore dungeons to find bonus quests and secret rooms
-Face off against challenging bosses
-Customize controls using input from keyboard and up to 4 gamepads
-Strive to reach level 200

Default controls for player 1 are: arrow keys, z, x
Pressing "Escape" will forfeit the current dungeon

What is the most recent version?
The newest patch is 1.04. If the readme file included with the game doesn't say version 1.04 on the second line, you need to download the patch. Extract the patch into the Dego folder.
Download Patch 1.04

Can I use my old character?
Yes! In the old demo "Saves" folder you will find a file for each character and a save of your control config. Just copy and paste these files into the new Dego "Saves" folder. When you first load your character, the save file will be auto-updated to work with the new saved data.

How many items can I hold in my inventory?
You can hold 50 items.

Will you release an update or new content?
There was a lot planned for the game, but in order to make the release date, some things had to be cut out. That means there is extra content halfway made that is already in the game, just no way to access it. I would like to someday release this content, but there are currently no plans.

The game is too hard!
Try going back to previous dungeons. They are random and you never know what you may find. Quests and bosses are especially useful for gaining experience and gold.

How do I control the game?
If you're having trouble setting up multiplayer, you can use a program like GlovePIE, which lets you map wiimote buttons to keyboard keys. If you use the GlovePIE program, connect your wiimotes to your computer using bluetooth, load the controlscript.pie file included with the game, and hit run.

The game doesn't work!
The most common problem is missing or outdated DirectX 9 dlls. You can download the update from If it's a gameplay bug or another type of error, post it here, and I'll try to fix it. Read More!

Story and Characters

The world is dark and bleak. Crime runs rampant; not even the nobles feel safe. The shadow of the Malice King covers the land. No one has ever seen the mysterious king, but they are sure he is responsible for all their problems. Many would-be heroes traveled the land, sword in hand, to slay the Malice King, but none have ever returned. Now it is your turn to walk in their footsteps. The world needs a hero!

Main Characters

The Envoy of Malice
The only one to have ever seen the Malice King. The Envoy is the king's trusty aid and gladly delivers the message of evil. He takes great pride in the fact that the King of Malice and Shade chose him and granted him a share of his limitless power. Wherever you go, he's always there collecting tribute for the Malice King. He will take as much money as possible for his services.


Zack is a man born with a sword in his hand. He lives to fight, constantly seeks out stronger opponents, and instantly becomes friends with those who walk the same path. He's out to defeat the Malice King and will gladly fight alongside you. He will take as much money as possible for his services.

The wise old wizard. Clifton has always been incredibly intelligent and a prodigy at magic. His decisions are calculated and rational, always being careful to make the right choice. He feels he is one of the few strong enough to stop the Malice King, but will team up with you if it proves beneficial. He will take as much money as possible for his services.

Side Characters

A traveling merchant who has consistent bad luck with getting his bombs stolen. He specializes in selling his trademark bombs and exotic, high-priced equipment.

A self-proclaimed world renown archeologist. He's always trying to one-up himself and seeks out the most dangerous expeditions. His poorly kept secret is that he would much rather sell his discoveries than study them.

Just wanted to squeeze in this last post. My main tester and I have been working all day finding and fixing bugs. I think we've done all we can do, so I'm going to compile the final project, do one last test run, and upload it. Check back in an hour or so. Read More!

Heathcliff's Battle Arena

While crossing the world in search of the Malice King, you'll come across the Battle Arena. It's run by a retired war general who gathers monster from all across the land to test people's combat skills. The tournaments here involve you fighting waves of monsters in a confined arena, and depending on how strong Heathcliff considers you, you'll have access to up to four different tournaments.

Additionally, there are a group of challenges designed to improve you skill level.

Challenges feature fighting a group of monsters while confused and going an entire battle without being hit. Not all the content here is unlocked the first time you visit. You'll want to return later to see what else is available. Read More!

Unlock Shop

Many of you who played the demo have probably been wondering what the Unlock Shop is and why it did nothing when you selected it from the menu. The Unlock Shop is a personal shop for each player, where items never run out and the stock is based around what achievements you have unlocked.

Items are unlocked for doing things like killing rare enemies, beating bosses, and doing large amounts of damage. Everything you buy from the shop sells back for the same amount, so you can easily try out items. Read More!

Item Combos

Player's have four equipment slots allowing them to equip a weapon, two extra items, and an ally to fight besides them. This leads to a lot of potential combos! Here are some examples:

Combo 1
Weapon: Anything with sacrifice special (Lose life to deal a ton of damage)
Extra 1: High Speed Regeneration (10% HP Regen, -400 HP)
Extra 2: Legend's Armor (+200 HP, suffer 5% less damage)

The high regen rate lets players continually use the sacrifice special while gaining all the life back. The armor helps offset the -400 HP drawback.

Combo 2
Weapon: Anything with risk special (You do more damage the less life you have)
Extra 1: Empathy (Enemies who damage you are damaged themselves)
Extra 2: Magenta Teddy Bear (Do 25% more damage, but suffer 25% more yourself)

Empathy encourages a play style involving purposely getting hit, which just powers up the risk special. The teddy bear makes you do even more damage when you attack, and empathy makes the negative drawback(suffer 25% more damage) mean that the enemies suffer even more damage when they attack.

Combo 3
Weapon: Summoner's Staff (Summons a minion when near death)
Extra 1: Ally Medal (Summoned minions last 25% longer)
Extra 2: Overdrive (5% TP Regen, -400 HP)

This combo is perfect for a Necromancer. The high TP regen lets them repeatedly summon minions, while the -400 HP means the staff's ability will activity more often, leading to even more minions. And of course, all these guys stick around 25% longer.

This should give everyone a better understanding on how equipment combos work. Hopefully this will make discovering the hundreds of items available more fun! Read More!

Dego Trailer

Yes, the big announcement was the trailer, and with it, the release date! Come August 13, you'll be able to download the final version from this blog. And check back every day this week, because I will be posting a series of articles talking about all that has changed since the demo. Read More!

Item Spotlight: The Wayfarer's Wand

This expensive, store bought wand has a very powerful ability. Instead of just one special attack, it uses a random magic special attack. One attack may be a powerful magic blast, while the next may steal health. There's even a small chance the staff may buff you! But of course, not all effects are positive, so you better hope luck is on your side.

Check back later this week for a big announcement! Read More!