Coin Crypt would be best described as a deck-building roguelike RPG. However, instead of building decks of cards, you gather a bag of coins and use them to battle different opponents. There are many different coins and they have a myriad of different commands ranging from attack, defense, healing and support. You gather coins from finding them in treasure chests scattered around the different stages or by defeating enemies in battle.
The way a battle typically works is you draw three coins and you choose one to use. Depending on the effect, you will either use the coin you select on your opponent or yourself. If you draw more than one of the same kind, you will draw a stack and you can use all of the coins in that stack at the same time. Each coin has a different casting time that affects how long it takes to use after you select it. A battle ends when you or your opponent’s health meter reaches zero or when either of you runs out of coins.
Each coin you gather also has a different monetary value and you can spend them on different things. You can come across shops that sell items that increase the effectiveness of certain types of coins, make you run faster, let you draw more coins during combat, or you can just buy an assortment of random coins if you want to dump some that you don’t want.
The other key thing you can spend your money on is the deity statues. There are several in each stage and you can donate coins to appease the gods they represent. If you give enough to appease the gods, they will bless you by weakening enemies or adding coins to chests. If you give too little, they will curse you by making enemies stronger or making coins disappear from chests.
The levels you normally traverse are the forest, the graveyard, and the mountain in that order. However, if you find a key coin from one of the enemies you defeat, you can unlock different sections that lead to large treasure chests or alternate paths with more difficult enemies. These alternate paths lead to underground tombs and caverns that add a whole new degree of challenge to the game.
There are several different classes that you can unlock that change the way you play. You start off playing as an adventurer who has no changes at all. The more times you play the game, you can unlock characters that draw stacks more likely, have less health but do more damage, or have the ability to multiply the coins they use. The value of each coin you spend is added up and at the end of your playthrough, you can spend that pool on a new character to unlock. While not every class is suitable for everyone, there are enough that at least one can suit your tastes.
Coin Crypt is interesting because it is just a very unusual game. There isn’t anything else like it and I find it fascinating that something so unique exists. It’s a game that I find myself coming back to now and then for that alone. I have no problem recommending it.