Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic 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. Oct 21, 2011
    93
    If you're looking for a new co-op players-versus-AI-horde game, Dungeon Defenders is arguably the best option available right now. Great graphics, lovely music, tense gameplay – all with enough content to keep you coming back again and again, and avenues for both official and player-made content.
  3. Oct 21, 2011
    91
    The possibilities are endless, and that's why this game is a resounding success.
  4. 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]
  5. Nov 29, 2011
    90
    This kind of depth hurls Dungeon Defenders far past the typical tower defense game.
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    90
    In short, it's one of the best value PC games you'll ever buy.
  7. Nov 7, 2011
    88
    Dungeon Defenders is an indie game with many contents and great replay value.
  8. 87
    Dungeon Defenders is quite addictive, but after you spend enough time, this attribute dilutes its fun factor, turning what was initially a tactical advance and collaboration effort into a repetitive farm meant to improve your attributes, gear and obtain achievements and mana.
  9. Nov 1, 2011
    85
    Offers more content than you are bound to find in most games and is one of the best value / fun for your money games to come out this year.
  10. Nov 1, 2011
    85
    The PC version understandably has some varied controls when using a mouse and keyboard (though it plays just fine with intuitive use of the number keys).
  11. Oct 29, 2011
    85
    Dungeon Defenders shows us a new side of the tower defense genre. This game is build around its great co-op multiplayer mode and thus, the singleplayer isn't as strong and can even be considered boring. Nevertheless Dungeon Defenders is a fantastic game that takes the tower defense to new heights.
  12. Jul 30, 2012
    84
    I may have initially been disappointed by the focus on online play, but these fears quickly passed as I discovered what an enjoyable game Dungeon Defenders is. 13 maps with 15-20 hours of play is a considerable amount of initial content, but the extra challenges and loot-hunting are what will keep you coming back. Working out strategies and tower placement is a great fun, and finally succeeding in your strategy is immensely satisfying. Some of the online features are a little rough, but if you enjoy a good tower defence game, then you should not miss this one.
  13. Dec 16, 2011
    82
    Despite a few questionable ideas, Dungeon Defenders is an entertaining, fresh, vivid (and I mean literally vivid) game. It lacks the ingenious simplicity of Orcs Must Die, but if you prefer to play with friends, then this is what you want.
  14. Jan 9, 2012
    80
    This is a gem that deserves to march past your defences and into your game collection. [Jan 2012, p.62]
  15. Dec 29, 2011
    80
    This is a well done tower defense and action RPG mix in all respects that has once again managed to turn on the cooperative network madness. If you have someone, who would play with you, there is no need to think about what game title it should be.
  16. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    Trendy Entertainment surely has raised the bar on tower defense games and have given RPGs a well-constructed challenge.
  17. 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.
  18. Oct 27, 2011
    80
    I've had a tremendous amount of fun with Dungeon Defenders. Yes there are some glitches but the team has been working hard to iron out theses bugs on what seems like a bi-daily basis. It's great to see this much dedicated support to a game after launch. It's a charming little-big game that's full of challenging adventures that fans and newcomers to the genre will appreciate.
  19. Oct 21, 2011
    80
    If you are tired of Tower Defense games, think again, Trendy Entertainment shows there is still a lot of potential in this concept, offering a great mix with ARPG concepts which shines the most in cooperative mode.
  20. 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]
  21. Dec 12, 2011
    75
    A fun little romp that you can really only enjoy with friends. It's unfortunate that you can't enjoy it on your own, but you're in for a rage fit if you try some of the later dungeons on your own. With plenty of things to unlock, a variety of game modes and upcoming DLC, you're likely to get a satisfying couple of hours from Dungeon Defenders.
  22. Oct 25, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  23. Dec 4, 2011
    69
    A good idea that allows for some fun co-operative strategising, but too often the mechanics or technical issues get in the way. [Christmas 2011, p.100]
  24. Dec 27, 2011
    65
    When at 3 AM I heard my friends calling for support in panic or we quarrelled over tactics, I had fun. But when I had to play with a random group of people the game often became a nuisance. [January 2012, p.58]
  25. 60
    Catchy cooperative tower defense game with RPG elements – the more people play the more entertainment you get so try to avoid the single-player option. [Dec 2011]
  26. 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.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 369 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 135
  2. Negative: 29 out of 135
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2011
    6
    The game is solid and fun for some time. It then gets repetitive and becomes grindfest 101. With the multitude of Trendynet server issues only unranked or solo mode is even worth playing. unless you want to put in 40 hours and then have your character suddenly get deleted. Oh and then comes Trendy's amazing idea of releasing DLC exclusively for ranked play. So even though you bought the game you can't use the DLC or play in events. Unranked characters can not be used in ranked or vice versa. This game could have been so much better. Especially if Trendy didn't punish it's players for playing the game the way they want. Even if the game encourages you to do so. Oh and they openly encourage modding of the game but then have a zero tolerance policy on any sort of cheating or glitching. With your first offense resulting in a no warning permanent ban. That on top of the disconnects, constant lag, unbalanced play and random character deletion. Good luck Trendy, you need it. Full Review »
  3. Oct 29, 2011
    3
    A game that mixes overly simplistic action RPG Gameplay with tower defense sounds like a mess. It is. Dungeon Defenders is clunky, with awkward controls, a sub-par menus and a horrible inventory management system. The action is childish and the maps are poorly designed, with each map generally having a "one correct strategy" approach. As if this were not enough, this light-hearted, colorful hybrid takes everything we do like about is unique blend of genres, and completely tosses it out the window every third level for the sake of some horrid, scripted boss fight that offers only one right way to defeat an overly dramatic, cartoon boss. Dungeon Defenders tried to be two different games, and the end result it that its not very good at either one of them.
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