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  • Summary: Dungeon Defenders is an original hybrid of two hot genres: Tower Defense and online Action-RPG! The game puts players in the role of one of four distinctive hero classes, tasked with fending off hordes of invading beasties by strategically summoning a variety of Defenses & Traps throughout their castle.

    But as far more than a strategy game, players directly participate in the action-packed combat with their hero characters, while upgrading their statistics, gathering tons of loot and inventory items, customizing & upgrading equipment, and developing unique class abilities. All of this can be enjoyed in seamless online and split-screen local multiplayer, as players cooperate and compete through the story campaign and challenge missions to build the strongest heroes and achieve the highest scores in the kingdom.

    Combining the depth of strategic gaming with the satisfying action of RPG character building in a beautifully stylized toon fantasy setting, Dungeon Defenders is designed to be a distinctly addictive, easy-to-play experience for casual and hardcore gamers alike.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Dec 6, 2011
    100
    Dungeon Defenders has a vibrant, cartoony look and feel while providing an addictive and solid tower defense gaming experience. Reinventing tower defense is a tough chore but Dungeon Defenders manages to pull it off.
  2. Dec 9, 2011
    90
    Dungeon Defenders is a co-op focused tower defense game where four heroes try to stop huge monster waves from destroying magic crystals by building all kinds of defensive structures such as walls and cannons. There are also some roleplaying and hack & slash elements so players can level up their heroes and fight enemies with swords and spells. The singleplayer side of the game is lacking but the multiplayer mode is always very fun and addicting. Technically the game is quite polished and doesn't have any fatal bugs which is always a good thing. [Dec 2011]
  3. Nov 7, 2011
    88
    Dungeon Defenders is an indie game with many contents and great replay value.
  4. Oct 28, 2011
    80
    Co-op mode, RPG elements, items and level ups - this game almost has it all. Almost, because team work isn't really encouraged. But it's still fun for weeks for a low price.
  5. Jan 9, 2012
    80
    This is a gem that deserves to march past your defences and into your game collection. [Jan 2012, p.62]
  6. May 18, 2011
    77
    Colorful graphics conceal a deep and merciless dungeon that should not be attempted alone. Bring a team to find its treasure. [July 2011, p.70]
  7. Nov 4, 2011
    60
    Games can often sell on concepts. Dungeon Defenders is no different. But its classical style and easy to learn gameplay give it a solid edge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 135
  2. Negative: 29 out of 135
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    10
    Grab some friends, or random internet strangers, and give this game a try; you'll be addicted. Despite the cutesy graphics and colors the gameplay can actually be pretty difficult. Plus, there are enough characters, weapons, maps, and upgrades to keep you busy for as long as your little heart desires. Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2011
    10
    Please ignore review bombers. Trendy Entertainment has created a fantastic game that one can easily get a couple hundred hours of enjoyment out of. For the low price tag of the game (but it's starting to climb with DLC costs) you won't be disappointed. Trendy has great interaction with the community through their forums, and religiously patches their game with new content--sometimes to the point of overkill...

    There ranked servers are very stable, but unfortunately they are at the mercy of the Steam servers, so this can provide complications if you set out to take on a 4+ hour task without reading server notices.

    The game does have some small issues here and there, but with the random loot system implemented and insane challenge, falling in love with this game is inevitable; look at the screen shots, or in game footage to decide for yourself if it's the game for you.
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  3. Oct 19, 2011
    10
    Up-and-comers Trendy Entertainment are surely starting a trend with their premier title. Dungeon Defenders has already proven to be not only insanely fun, but also a progressive challenge. with each level, and wave for that matter, becoming more and more difficult, I am sure I will get hundreds of hours of gameplay from this title. Although it does lack more advanced graphic options (namely vertical sync) I love the colors and the general art design. I couldn't ask more from a veteran development team with a $50 dollar release price, let alone a first title from an indie developer for $15. I am impressed and excited see what Trendy has in its future. Expand
  4. Jan 21, 2012
    8
    At first I was amazed. The graphics are great and the loot collecting and equipping is a lot of fun. However quite soon I got bored playing the game alone. It's still great fun as a multiplayer if you got a group of friends or you happen to get lucky and find a random group of good teamplayers.

    However for me (as a single player gamer mainly) the game is 8/10, since it relies too much on multiplayer and doesn't have enough solo content to stay interesting for a lonely player.
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  5. Dec 30, 2011
    7
    While I initially rated this game poorly for instability issues post-Steam sale, I've been able to go back and truly appreciate the quality of this game now that the stability issues have been fixed for the most part. The game is highly enjoyable with a group of friends and I'll admit that I've spent the better part of December playing this game.

    While the stability issues are still a concern in terms of quality, the gameplay is incredibly addicting. Revising my score to a 7
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  6. Dec 4, 2011
    5
    Dungeon Defenders is full of pro's and con's. It's just hard to tell which category outweighs the other in this game. I'll start with the pro's. The game is cheap at £10. Gets updated regularly
    Gets DLC and free DLC regularly The game is frankly amazing if you are playing with your friends and if you have a full team of 4 then it's even better.
    Fairly well optimised to run on most machines.

    Now the con's

    Constant disconnects from Trendynet (getting better but still not there)
    Don't consider playing this game on your own as it's poorly balanced and you wont be able to do any of the late game content without help.
    The general playerbase of the game are idiots, you join their server you get kicked 2 seconds later and this will happen for ages unless you have the amazing hacked items which a lot of people are running around with.
    Extremely poor forum support from Trendy. They generally ignore most queries from people and answer only the most straighforward questions from past experience.
    Servers can get very laggy during peak times.
    Typical UNREAL engine 3 bugs

    So why only a 5? Wel the game really excels in about half of what it does but then it just gets ruined by the other half. The game is weak on single player and is a major grindfest to get anywhere and if you venture online you will be dealing with idiots, griefers, hackers or all of the above. However the game is amazing when you have your friends to play it or people you can trust to play the game properly and wont ninja your godly items.

    So all in all. If you want a game to play with your mates then this is a brilliant game and worth the money. If you don't have anyone to play it with then you may suffer a tad when it comes to finding decent games.
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  7. Mar 8, 2013
    0
    unplayable control setting make player frustrated. too complex game machanism and poor UI design are also big failed. I spent 30 mins in tutorial and I still uncomfortable about this game processing. super super failed. Expand

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