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Going Under

Going Under is a satirical dungeon crawler about exploring the cursed ruins of failed tech startups. As an unpaid intern in the dystopian city of Neo-Cascadia, you’ll wield office junk as weaponry as you make your way through the offbeat procedural dungeons beneath your company campus. The Future is Wack Failed businesses no longer just cease to exist--they sink beneath the earth, and their employees are cursed to wander the halls for eternity as monsters. It’s your duty to put these monsters out of their misery and repossess their assets--so that your boss can afford a new car, or something. Not All Heroes Get Paychecks Battle through the remains of failed startups themed off of gig workers, dating sites, and cryptocurrency. Uncover the true motives of your employer, a carbonated drink startup known as Fizzle, and their parent company, a subscription box manufacturer with an army of helpful shipping drones. Make friends with your co-workers! Hire a freelance goblin! Date a slime! Invest in crypto! Set a rideshare on fire! Fight Flexibly In the dungeons of Going Under, almost everything can be used as a weapon, from laptops to brooms to body pillows. Proper weapons can be found as well, but even they can break at a moment’s notice if you aren’t careful. Playing cautiously and picking the right weapon for the situation are musts if you intend on surviving your internship.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Good game + Based developer that refuses to work with NFTs

Review from Steam

Hades, but the setting is workplace instead of hell ...
... wait, isn't that the same thing!?

Review from Steam

Going Under is a great roguelike with an excellent combat system. If you're a fan of Breath of the Wild or Control's combat system, you'll feel like Going Under is everything you've ever wanted from those games' combat encounter and more. You'll be swinging, yeeting, breaking, looting weapons left right and center, true mastery can make you feel like an unstoppable joblin-slaying intern, managing your weapon resources like a DOOM game.
While the main focus of the game is its combat, the art is vibrant and unique; and the writing is on point and genuinely funny, you can really see and read the love the devs have for this game and I can't wait to see what Aggro Crab is going to make in the future.
With that being said, I truly believe everyone should give Going Under a try. Even if you're new to the roguelike genre, there's a lot of accessibility options and you can turn those on and off at any time. So what are you waiting for? Grab a folding chair and a filing cabinet, it's time to go under!

Review from Steam

Going Under manages to upcycle the refuse of our everyday routines; its a Big Art Attack of 2-hour commutes, stolen tips and that one pinball machine your boss bought to make a chill room after he laid off three of your coworkers during a global pandemic. It’s one of the most honest investigations of existential digitisation and corporate greed ever made in videogame form. It addresses the farce of employment with creativity and humour, two things no malignant narcissist with a modest cash injection could ever take from us.

Review from Steam

When a company fails, they go under.
Literally, I mean. They sink beneath the earth, the employees become monsters and for an eternity they haunt the halls and break rooms of their former workplace. Unfortunately for them and even worse for you, that lovely marketing job that you were supposed to be mentored for is unavailable and monster hunting is all that’s left. Now, you, Jackie, gets to experience the absolute joy and happiness that is an unpaid internship, delving deep into the ruins of failed startups, beating up former-employees, their bosses and upper management, and acquiring their much-coveted company assets for… reasons? Anyway, this definitely isn’t what you signed up for.
8-12+ hours to beat. Playing Going Under is a ton of fun and I really enjoyed my time here, I loved all the side characters and quests, the skills, the scattered shopkeepers you can chat with inside the dungeons and, of course, Eclaire. There are 5-ish dungeons and 3 of them have two separate modes, regular and True Founder mode. All dungeons are randomly generated and nearly everything can be used as a weapon. My favorite thing however is Assist Mode, located directly on your save file. While there are no difficulty levels like easy, medium, or hard, you can add up to 5 hearts, increase weapon durability, lower enemy health, etc, depending on if you want a challenge or just want to enjoy the story.

While I do have some complaints at the time of this review like dungeon breaking skills, a handful of bugs, and a way that you can accidently softlock yourself out of the Elbow Bumper achievement, considering how often there are bug fixes and updates I really don’t expect them to be an issue for long.
TL;DR: An awesome storyline, side quests, 5-sh randomly set-up dungeons 3 of which have two modes of difficulty and more skills than you can use making every playthrough different. 8-20 hours to complete and absolutely worth checking out.

Review from Steam

Update (original post below):
Team 17 has scrapped their NFT plans.
I want to thank Aggro Crab and the other developers for denouncing Team 17's decision.
Short review:
- Very fun gameplay loop that is very pick-up-and-play
- Fun upgrades that change the gameplay in noticeable ways, creating variety
- Colorful graphics with a great art style (fitting the "corporate style")
- Humorous story with likeable characters and strong satire
Original post:
While I very much like the game and wish Aggro Crab all the best, the decision of the publisher, Team 17, to begin selling NFTs is the reason I'm giving it thumbs down.
I wish the developers no ill will and I know they had no influence in Team 17's decision, but I feel this is one way I can protest against. I will change this user review if Team 17 reverse their decision and acknowledge that no one likes NFTs.

Review from Steam

Corporate art-styled beat'em up roguelite? sign me up
the beats are boppin' as well
there's an assist mode for the more casual players but don't tell any tryhards