I usually stick to playing freeware since I am on a fixed income and there are lots of free games to play out there, including(not so coincidentally) a free version of this one, or its alpha, or something. But after reading about this, about everything they added and looking at the wonderful 2d art they have implemented(not that Mr. Yu's pixel tileset wasn't great as well), I decided to take the plunge. After all, it was only ten dollars and I could play the beta right away.
Well to my pleasant surprise, 'right away' meant almost literally right away, as in about two minutes after placing the order I got my invite to the beta. And even in this early state I have to say it was easily worth the ten dollars, and if I was the type who had all kinds of money to spend on games I would even have paid more. Its like the 'alpha' but with so much more content on the persistent side of things, which the best way they could have improved it while keeping the core gameplay intact. I love the snarky humor, and the puzzle dungeons are a great addition as well, not something I would want a full game made out of(I'll take random generation over pregen any day of the week and twice on my nights off) but as a bonus it makes the experience feel even more complete.
Now for the minor(and I mean MINOR) quibble- sometimes it feels like the gold laying around a dungeon isn't too important, because you usually get way more gold from items and such and the gold pieces seem almost like an afterthought. Then again, I've finished every level with the hoarder badge so far lol, so that might have something to do with it, I'm quite the miser when it comes to getting rid of my items.
I may add some more thoughts to this topic as I play more, but mainly I just wanted to say how much I am loving the beta so far.