Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 28
  2. Negative: 15 out of 28
  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. 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. Dungeon Lords provides solid, if glitchy, Action-RPG experience.
  10. 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.
  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. So much squandered potential, it's mind-boggling. Needs serious patching. [Aug 2005, p.66]
  16. More spit than polish. [Sept 2005, p.98]
  17. 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.
  18. 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]
  19. Glitches, bugs, missing features and horrible gameplay are all a part of Dungeon Lords. Avoid this one at all costs.
  20. Dreamcatcher, I sincerely hope you go under for this mockery you call a “finished product”. You deserve nothing less.
  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. 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.
  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. 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.
  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. 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.

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