I have to agree with the original poster. I heard about Desktop Dungeons, played the alpha for a while, went back and skimmed the website, and purchased the beta. Nowhere on the purchase page is it stated that you're going to be forced to play in your browswer. What makes things even more misleading is that the ZAR size is given next to the prices of the different versions on the purchase page, leading you to believe that after you pay, you'll be downloading a compressed file and therefore a standalone game.
Playing in the browser is arguably the worst aspect of DD. The game is touted as being able to be played on a 10 minute coffee break, but to do so, the following steps must be taken -
1. Get online, go to the DD website.
2. Click play, wait for the Unity player to L-O-A-D................
3. Enter your email address and pasword.
4. Go fullscreen (the only way to play) then exit fullscreen
5. Change your desktop resolution, then change it back, so that the in-game menus are aligned with your on-screen pointer. If this step isn't taken, when you mouse over a menu, it isn't highlighted, and can't be clicked on. You have to mouse over the area below it to highlight and use it.
Playing in the browser, and having to take these steps to do so, is currently my only gripe with this game. Well, besides the ridiculous difficulty of some dungeons and bosses, which seem to require that you not only have skill, but also the luck of useful glyphs appearing. Since I suspect that I just need to get better, I'll withhold that as an official gripe for the time being.