If your idea of fun is hacking and slashing your way through dungeons in a sprawling RPG, fighting hordes of undead zombies with a variety of edged weapons, you're certainly not alone, and if the idea of doing all this on your iPhone or iPad leaves you trembling in anticipation, then tremble no more - because Dungeon Hackers brings all that to the small screen in glorious 3D, and we're going to find out what makes it so special.
Story time... For years, your homeland has been ravaged by an army of the undead, and no one knows where they came from or why they're here, but a safe guess would be that this boney battalion is not here for tea & cakes, but rather for murder and pillaging. Naturally, it's time to suit-up and sharpen your sword for some good old adventuring.
Dungeon Hackers is an RPG in every sense of the word, with hit points, exp and a trove of loot to collect, including over 100 varieties of armor and weapons to equip as you explore open spaces and claustrophobic dungeons. This is a game that will satisfy even the most ardent fans of the genre, and the addition of a world-wide leaderboard allows you to compete with players around the world.
Let's make no bones about it, this game looks fantastic, and boasts a level of detail and variety in its environments that wouldn't look out of place on a desktop system. The texture-work, dynamic shadows and fluid character animation give this game a well polished look, and the world you explore feels alive with nice weather effects and atmospheric lighting.
The interface is functional, but may appear overly complex to new players, but achieving the brevity and simplicity mobile gamers have come to expect in a game of this depth is a balancing act, so perhaps this is an unfair criticism, and one most players will forgive.
The core gameplay here is all about fighting and exploration, and both of these are handled well, with controls that are fluid and responsive. You have 2 basic attack buttons and a block button, and these can be used in sequence to unleash a devastating combo - so there is real skill involved in defeating your enemies and you never feel like you're being railroaded into a random button-mashing encounter.
Dungeon Hackers looks great, offers a level of customization you're unlikely to find anywhere else, and it's guaranteed to steal hours of your time. It's the most fun you can have with your iron-clad pants on.
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