5-Minute Dungeon – Review and Gameplay

5-Minute Dungeon Contents We were sent an advanced copy of the co-op card game 5-Minute Dungeon for free to play with and review. Opinions of the game are 100% our own. That being said, this was one of the best family games I have ever played. It is fast, fun and funny.

The kids and I played the game together and they absolutely loved it. They wanted to keep playing even after we played a bunch of games. They did not want to go to bed, they wanted to keep playing.

The Kids Love 5-Minute Dungeon

This game is being launched on Kickstarter on November 1st and can be obtained for as little as $15 if you can snag one of the 500 early bird sets. You can get both the collector’s edition and the basic edition for $50, too. I think this is going to be a huge seller and I hope it hits the stretch goals because there are cool thing coming from that! If you want more information check out http://5minutedungeon.com/. even though I got a free advanced copy I’ll certainly be backing the camapign.

The 5-Minute Dungeon Huntress

You know I love it and why but what about the actual playing of the game? The game is for up to 5 players. Or, I guess, if you have two sets you can have 10 players. I’m not sure if that is kosher, but what the heck, get two games and try playing with 10 people. It will be crazy. There are no turns in the game. Everyone is playing at ponce trying to get through all the doors to the Boss. Along the way you may run into mini-bosses, monsters, obstacles, people and events.

There are 10 heroes and each have their own special moves. Players can take on the role of a Paladin, Wizard, Thief, Ninja and more. You beat door cards, mini bosses and bosses by playing cards that have certain symbols. They are Scroll, Jump, Sword, Shield and Arrow. I don’t know what we called all of them in our video below, but they were what we thought as we played. Play is super fast, I mean super fast. You have 5 minutes to get to the Boss and defeat that boss. To keep time there is a timer app and it is funny as well as useful.

Gameplay is so fast that I haven’t even had time to see all the cute and funny cards that you need to defeat. There is a Wizard of Ill Repute, a Cactus that Needs a Hug, 7 Unhelpful Dwarfs and UUGGHH…Boots. Those and so many more are being drawn from pop culture and the plethora of fantasy and sci-fi shows on television today. You’ve got to try this game!

Here is an example of how to play the game. The sound may be off a tiny bit at times. I worked as hard as I could to fix the sound so it was in sync. We played a whole bunch today, Andrew and I played 3 rounds at lunch before I had to start working again. The whole family played two advanced rounds tonight after dinner and it was full of fun and laughs. Round one is on this video.

Here are all the official details on the game.


LONDON, Ontario – 5-Minute Dungeon, a fast-paced, co-operative, real-time card game, launches on Kickstarter November 1, from award-winning game publisher Wiggles 3D.

Adrenaline-fueled to create a jolt of excitement for casual and advanced players alike, 5-Minute Dungeon is a game in which players have a short five minutes to conquer a dungeon. Its humor-filled fantasy world is home to creatures like “A Cactus That Wants a Hug,” “The Grime Reaper” and “A Shark With Legs.” In the game, two to five players join together and choose up to five heroes to battle monsters, overcome obstacles, and defeat the dungeon boss. There are five dungeons to defeat, each more challenging than the last, with the final dungeon requiring precise skill, speed, and strategy to defeat. With no time to form a carefully-considered plan, and no predicting what dangers lie ahead, communication and teamwork are the name of the game, crucial to surviving the 5-Minute Dungeon.

“Designed with enthusiasts, life-long dungeon-crawlers and casual gamers in mind, 5-Minute Dungeon feeds into the hottest trend — co-operative gameplay. It’s a fun, fast-paced card game that can be played anytime,” said Connor Reid, creator of 5-Minute Dungeon. “With the game’s humorous tone, overarching goal, detailed art and rapid action, we’re confident that 5-Minute Dungeon will be the next must-have game launched on Kickstarter.”

A 5-Minute Dungeon timer app, available for free on both iOS and Android, keeps the action on track as the team attempts to conquer the dungeon in less than five minutes.

Following the success of crowd-sourced Kickstarter campaigns, 5-Minute Dungeon contributions start at $5, with backers gaining access to discounted Early Bird Copies, Collector Editions, exclusive content and more. As the campaign proceeds, Kickstarter contributors will unlock great stretch goals which include: linen-coated cards, high-quality game mats, collectible figurines, timer app enhancements and more.

Kickstarter pledges begin at $5, as follows:

$5 Contributor levelThank you & a print-and-play copy of the game.

$25 CDN (approx. $18.75 USD) Early BirdGet the game for $10 less on the first day only!

$35 CDN (approx. $26.25 USD) Standard EditionIncludes the game, plus all stretch goals unlocked by the campaign

$40 CDN (approx $30 USD) Dungeon Master EditionFeatures a more stylish box and some higher quality components

$60 CDN (approx $45 USD) (Save $15) Both Standard and Dungeon Master EditionsGGet both versions of the game. Keep a copy for yourself and give one away, or keep the Dungeon Master edition wrapped up and play the base game.

$250 CDN (approx $187 USD) Canvas Print and Both EditionsGet an 18 x 24 inch canvas print signed by the artist and creator. Plus both editions of the game.

$300 CDN (approx $225 USD) Pre-production copy and Standard EditionWant to be the first to play? Get a pre-production copy as soon as the campaign is completed and a Standard Edition later.

To learn more about 5-Minute Dungeon, visit 5MinuteDungeon.com.

Two-time Mensa Award winner Wiggles 3D is a Canadian developer and publisher that has been creating board games, apps and syndicated puzzles since 2001. Based in Canada, the company is the creator of the popular magnetic game Bellz and the hit movie trivia game Pass the Popcorn. Their games are licensed in 25 countries and featured in major newspapers and online game portals. Visit www.Wiggles3d.com.

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4 thoughts on “5-Minute Dungeon – Review and Gameplay”

  1. Looks pretty neat. The built in quickness of play seems like it would help keep it interesting too, no commitment to hours of the same round or even game and all.

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