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Dungeon Lords trashed at GameSpy

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Dungeon Lords trashed at GameSpy

Review - posted by Vault Dweller on Sun 29 May 2005, 21:19:43

Tags: Dungeon Lords; Heuristic Park Inc.

GameSpy has posted a very negative review of Dungeon Lords, calling it "buggy, incomplete and all together boring". The score is 1.5 out of 5.

Repetitive, action-oriented role-playing games are nothing new to the genre; games like Diablo made their bones delivering this style of gameplay. The difference is that Diablo was creative, highly polished, fun, and exciting despite the fact that you were only clicking the left mouse button over and over again. Dungeon Lords has none of that except the fact that you smash crates to finds items, which is as much fun as it sounds.

To call Dungeon Lords unpolished would be an insult to unpolished games. There's no musical score (which is definitely noticeable), basic features such as an auto-map are mysteriously absent, and you can't even customize the look of your character. (Even though the manual says you can.) The collision detection is terrible, as monsters phase through walls and hover in mid air during combat. Rooms are almost completely void of character or décor (except for the crates). It all screams "rush job," and the lack of detail and polish makes you feel as if you're playing an early build of a game that is not finished yet.

Then there are the bugs. The game has a tendency to lock up from time to time. In fact, it took several attempts to get out of the first sewer dungeon because the game continued to give a "Monster in Space XTile0" error. This same error occurred several times in the first dungeon and required a reboot of the system. Not good.​
Not good indeed. I hope that all parties involved have learned a valuable lesson: not all RT games sell, selling out isn't always profitable, and paying $40 to beta test is stupid.

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