Set in a dark-fantasy timeline version of the Roman Empire, Ludus Mortis is a dungeon crawler like the classics but with plenty of modern touches now in Early Access with Linux Support and Steam Deck playable. No official rating yet for the Steam Deck but the developer mentioned it should be just fine.
- Create your characters choosing from 14 classes
- Manage and develop you Ludus (Gladiator School) by improving facilities, acquiring gladiators, crafting new equipment.
- Explore catacombs and dungeons.
- Manage your party changing formation, equipment and skills: you can try different combinations for every different dungeon.
- Turn-based combat: think carefully and use your Action Points wisely.
Story: "Rome, 4th Century AD. Over the last few decades the Senate has become corrupt and has progressively lost power and influence, while the Emperor Diocletian and his army ruled unchallenged outside the eternal city.
Seeking to return to a dominant position, the members of the Roman Senate decide to use necromancy to increase their power, creating an army of undead and demons to fight against imperial soldiers.
By waging war on its own emperor, the Senate has caused a rift in the Roman population, which slowly began to live in fear.
Year after year the armies of undead summoned by the Senate have taken over, imposing themselves on the senators and enslaving the Roman population.
In this climate of chaos, an ancient gladiatorial school continued to train soldiers for the games. But the purpose of these gladiators is now different: to rid the city of the undead and invaders...to allow Rome to return to its former glory."
Nice to see more first-person dungeon crawlers like this. So far on Steam it's managed to get a Positive rating, but that's not from many reviews yet. It entered Early Access on September 29th and since then the developer has continued to upgrade it with bug fixes and new features, like a newly added lockpicking mechanic. Looks like it's worth a go if you love these types of games.