Dungeon Lords PC

Metascore
45

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 28
  2. Negative: 15 out of 28
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  1. Since it’s the UK version we are reviewing here, and most of the problems from the USA release have been fixed I think I’m being fair in the score I’ve awarded.
  2. By letting players customize their avatars to a high degree the developers have given a world of possibilities to the players. The two notes that bring this game down to Earth are the graphics and the sound.
  3. If you’re into PC RPGs geared more towards action-heavy gameplay rather than a deep, thought-provoking story, you’ll probably dig this game quite a bit.
  4. Cheat Code Central
    70
    Imagine an old-school RPG with loads of action and dungeon crawling without any asinine anime kids with their sissy tales of woe. With Dungeon Lords it's treasures, monsters and slicing and dicing all the way - just like it was in the good old days.
  5. While good company can and does overshadow some of what the game does wrong, it cannot mask the fact that Dungeon Lords, on the whole, isn't very fun.
  6. A slew of noticeably missing features and other problems may well end up drawing too much of your attention away from the game's good parts.
  7. The title simply appears to have been rushed out without any testing, which is a real shame because underneath its problems, Dungeon Lords is a solid and enjoyable, if not ground-breaking RPG. [PC Zone]
  8. It doesn't handle anywhere near as tightly as a good FPS, but this is forgivable, since aiming and the success of your attack is stat-driven instead of aim-based.
  9. 60
    Dungeon Lords had a lot of potential. The world is sparse and hard to navigate through, but at the same time feels oddly warm and interesting.
  10. Dungeon Lords provides solid, if glitchy, Action-RPG experience.
  11. I think there’s a decent game hiding somewhere in the unfinished code that is Dungeon Lords, but I just can’t be certain. Unfortunately, I must review a game “as is”, and “as is” right now just isn’t very good.
  12. The problem with Dungeon Lords, at least in its current form, is that every time something works, there are ten things that don’t work that spoil the fun.
  13. Has far too many bugs to be worthy of your consideration. If you’re looking for a rich fantasy world then try out Morrowind or Arx Fatalis. If you’re looking for some multiplayer fun then stick with Diablo II.
  14. 45
    The lack of detail and polish simply killed this game.
  15. PC Gamer
    45
    So much squandered potential, it's mind-boggling. Needs serious patching. [Aug 2005, p.66]
  16. PC Format
    43
    More spit than polish. [Sept 2005, p.98]
  17. Dreamcatcher, I sincerely hope you go under for this mockery you call a “finished product”. You deserve nothing less.
  18. Glitches, bugs, missing features and horrible gameplay are all a part of Dungeon Lords. Avoid this one at all costs.
  19. Game Informer
    40
    You can go bargain-bin diving and come up with a better purchase for five dollars than this disaster, so do yourself a favor and take that option. [July 2005, p.125]
  20. If you have the patience to deal with the game's problems and don't mind a patch or two then you might want to pick up this game, otherwise wait for Gothic 3 or some other action RPG to waste your time on.
  21. A game that could have been an amazing return of the CRPG, due to a severe lack of polish and some big issues with bugs and failed ventures, becomes premature bargain bin stuffing.
  22. 30
    A mess of a game. Buggy, incomplete and all together boring, it's a huge disappointment for fans that are starving for a fun role-playing game on the PC that doesn't require a fast Internet connection.
  23. 30
    In the end, it turns out Dungeon Lords wasn't so much released before its time, as it was given up on in an admission that time had already long since passed it by.
  24. Running away is a decent strategy, actually. If you see Dungeon Lords on the counter in your local games store, run away. Run as though your life depended on it.
  25. Sadly Dungeon Lords was neither bug free nor addictive, which makes it a total failure and a waste of time for everyone associated with it.
  26. Computer Games Magazine
    20
    Dated gameplay, wonky controls, and more bugs than an orc's loincloth. [Aug 2005, p.78]
  27. In a word, I hate this game. It is horrible crap. Stay away from it, and if you see it in the bargain bin, pour some gasoline over the bin and burn it.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 27
  2. Negative: 18 out of 27
  1. SkullBoy
    Sep 21, 2005
    4
    Game Is very basic. graphics will draw you in but game play will soon leave you bored and wondering why your pockets are empty. Could have Game Is very basic. graphics will draw you in but game play will soon leave you bored and wondering why your pockets are empty. Could have really been something if developers took more time with it. Full Review »
  2. Mar 14, 2016
    3
    This is a bad game that strangely has a few things going for it, mostly good intentions that were turned into terrible implementations.

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    This is a bad game that strangely has a few things going for it, mostly good intentions that were turned into terrible implementations.

    For example, the chest opening system seems interesting at first, until you realise that absolutely any single one of them is trapped, and that opening them triggers the apparition of random monsters. Playing a thief is therefore useless. The identification system also seems promising, but actually functions with a quit/load routine. By the way, the Load is outside the menu, so you have to quit the game first. Yes, it is bizarre.

    Another example ? Character creation offers a large choice of races, of which however only two allow you to play a female.

    One more ? The mini-map is clear and seems very fine, until you see that it's overloaded (it even keeps track of destroyed crates.) And then you discover that there is no general map, just when you are totally lost.

    What's worse, combat is non-stop and inevitable. Hit and run tactics only add new enemies into the fray, because random encounters occur every other step. The opponents are completely stupid, but quantity makes them deadly anyway. The result is so unbalanced that rats are dangerous while an enormous ogre is too easy to kill. There is also a revival function, which is useless since you can just reload a game.

    Other offenders are bad voice acting, dreadful dialogue content, annoyingly repetitive merchants, object by object sales, lack of labels on spells and items, et cætera, et cætera. Frankly too many to enumerate.
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  3. Mar 12, 2016
    4
    Played Dungeon Lords - Steam Edition. I haven't played the earlier versions but I continuously got stuck on objects and enemies, the AthleticsPlayed Dungeon Lords - Steam Edition. I haven't played the earlier versions but I continuously got stuck on objects and enemies, the Athletics skill had no effect, despite the manual saying it should.

    For a game that tries to be movement based, the game play is pretty poor, kind of 'bump' fighting.

    Essentially, still a hunk of crap. Poor people who played the earlier versions if this game actually used to be worse.
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