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Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Oct 26, 2011
    100
    A surprise entry for one of my personal favorite games of 2011. Dungeon Defenders is a standout title that anyone who calls themselves a 'gamer' should own.
  2. Oct 28, 2011
    96
    Dungeon Defenders is deep. I don't use that word lightly. RPG fans will be in heaven with this game.
  3. Oct 17, 2011
    95
    It strikes a balance between action, RPG, and tower defense in a way that turns it into the Castle Crashers of tower defense. It will keep you occupied for weeks and months to come, provided you have the local or online friends to play with.
  4. Nov 2, 2011
    91
    Dungeon Defenders merges RPG elements with tower defense and action aspects, and that's a good recipe. You'll rarely get so many hours of gaming fun fur such a low price.
  5. Nov 3, 2011
    90
    Dungeon Defenders is easily AAA material at a quarter of the cost, which we don't see with Arcade titles that often. If you're in the mood for a great strategy RPG then look no further than Dungeon Defenders.
  6. Oct 17, 2011
    90
    Dungeon Defenders is an easy one to recommend and slides in to the 'can't miss' category, right next to some of the AAA titles we have hitting store shelves in the coming weeks. Except this one you don't have to get up off your couch to get.
  7. 90
    As long as you're not dead-set on playing by yourself, don't miss one of the most exciting and habit-forming co-op experiences on Live Arcade. [June 2011, p.81]
  8. Nov 6, 2011
    88
    While you can play in single player, the game just screams for multiplayer co-op. So do yourselves a favor grab some of your Dungeon delving friends and have a go at Dungeon Defenders, you will smile and you will have some fun.
  9. Oct 19, 2011
    86
    A few imperfections aside, developer Trendy Entertainment hit the nail on the head with Dungeon Defenders: It's unique, deep, addictive, and cheap.
  10. Nov 9, 2011
    85
    Dungeon Defenders is misleading. Sweet colors, friendly characters make you believe this is a simple game. But Dungeon Defenders is a deep tower defense-game and a good one at that.
  11. Nov 4, 2011
    85
    An unquestionable downloadable gem, Dungeon Defenders is a truly refreshing experience amongst a market dominated by whizzing bullets and big explosions. Just make sure you play it with some friends.
  12. Oct 31, 2011
    85
    I can talk all day about how engaging a round of Dungeon Defenders is, but I can't emphasize enough how important it is to find people to play with.
  13. Dec 2, 2011
    83
    Dungeon Defenders is frantic, colorful and deep in a class of games that's usually just frantic and colorful.
  14. Oct 17, 2011
    83
    It's a colorful, cute, and innocent title that will kick your ass if given a chance.
  15. 80
    A blast for anyone who's spent a few too many hours on Tower Defense games or hunting that elusive piece of magical equipment with their friends.
  16. Jan 9, 2012
    80
    Dungeon Defenders is unlike any game you'll find on the market, and that is what makes it such a triumph. It's not without its few pitfalls, but it creates an enjoyable atmosphere that has yet to be replicated by other co-operative RPG experiences.
  17. Nov 18, 2011
    80
    Dungeon Defenders successfully blends strategy, rol and customization with action. A recommended game which is hard and demanding when playing solo, and very fun in cooperative.
  18. Nov 5, 2011
    80
    Does Dungeon Defenders stand out from the crowd? If I had to judge this game based solely on the action/tower defense/RPG gameplay, I would have to say no. None of those three features really shines and the whole isn't greater than the sum of its parts. However, the multiplayer component is done so well, with fluid matchmaking, well-balanced dungeons (for a group), and even the ability to hang out in a communal tavern between missions, it does present itself well as a great party game (either LAN or headset-over-internet). And at only fifteen dollars, it won't be too difficult to convince your friends to join in.
  19. Nov 2, 2011
    80
    A brilliant game that crossed tower defense with third person action and a hint of the good old RPG. Played cooperatively this little gem will keep you going for hours on end.
  20. Oct 28, 2011
    80
    A good Live Arcade game and an original take on the tower defense genre, with good variety and an entertaining gameplay, especially if played with friends.
  21. Oct 27, 2011
    80
    A nice blend of Tower Defense and Action/RPG gameplay, Dungeon Defenders uses the carrot (characters with a persistant progression even when you fail) and the stick (a Dark Souls-like difficulty) with talent. The artistic direction and really punishing gameplay may be its worst shortcomings, but playing cooperatively with three friends still is a very nice experience.
  22. Oct 26, 2011
    80
    Dungeon Defenders is ambitious, pretty and highly addictive; co-op junkies will no doubt eat this one up.
  23. Oct 23, 2011
    80
    Superb mix of Tower Defense and action role-player that is one of the year's best and most addictive co-operative games.
  24. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    And that's probably the best summation of Dungeon Defenders: a great (virtual) place to hang our with your friends.
  25. Jan 23, 2012
    78
    A difficult solo experience, but the fun increases with the number of players.
  26. Jun 16, 2011
    78
    Dive into the co-op with your friends to see all of the fun, strategy, and depth Dungeon Defenders has to offer. [July 2011, p.94]
  27. Nov 29, 2011
    70
    It has to be said that Trendy Entertainment had sought to build a co-op focused game early on, and they achieved their goal, even though the final product has one super buff arm and one mediocre arm.
  28. Nov 7, 2011
    70
    Dungeon Defenders may not be everyone's cup of tea but for those willing to give it a chance, they will have a rich game that will last quite some time if you intend to experience each class to its fullest. With a hefty price tag of 1200 Microsoft Points, some may be put off but with so many short arcade titles out there these days, it's good to finally see something that will actually be worth your money.
  29. Oct 31, 2011
    70
    Dungeon Defenders is a worthwhile addition to your game library with plenty of content for the price. Although the combat falls short, the tower defense gameplay, RPG elements, and the challenging game modes will have fans of tower defense delighted.
  30. Oct 21, 2011
    70
    This game is definitely not for everybody. If you don't have Xbox Live, prefer to play games by yourself, or just don't have very much patience, you should probably pass on this.
  31. Nov 10, 2011
    65
    There's a lot of caveats here, though, and if you're going into this hoping for the fun of Orcs Must Die! but in a multiplayer context, you're going to be disappointed.
  32. Nov 7, 2011
    65
    With its numerous game modes and customization options, there's a lot to do in Dungeon Defenders. Too bad its fundamentals don't measure up.
  33. Oct 27, 2011
    65
    On one hand, the systems and gameplay here are AWESOME, on the other it seems that lessons learned in making solid single player games that are also co-op or vice-versa have been missed, and missed hard at that.
  34. 60
    This original and exiting idea should have been backed up with more thought through menus and a more meaningful hunt for experience points. Dungeon Defenders have the content but just isn't interesting enough.
  35. 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.
  36. Oct 25, 2011
    60
    Though the underlying action RPG mechanics are well done, constant grinding through improperly balanced levels brings the game down a couple notches.
  37. Dull genre-bender with more features than fun. [Christmas 2011, p.110]
  38. Nov 4, 2011
    50
    For what it attempts, the tower-defense aspects are not well explained enough, or implemented simply enough, to raise Dungeon Defenders above the slew of similar games out there.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Dec 24, 2012
    9
    I'm a huge fan of Trendy Entertainment's criminally underrated Tower Defence/RPG mash-up, Dungeon Defenders. It is pretty good on iOS devices, but it truly shines on 360 (and PS3). Gorgeous Unreal Engine 3 powered graphics, absurdly addictive levelling, and some properly entertaining co-op hack'n slashing all add up to one of my favourite new IP's of the year. But with it not *really* clicking with the iPad's buttonless interface, I was almost foaming at the mouth at the prospect of finally being able to play Dungeon Defenders on the go with the planned Playstation Vita port. However, that has now been canned, and I'm absolutely gutted. Seriously, I'm devastated. That's how much this fabulous little game has me hooked. It isn't perfect, far from it in fact, but I for one utterly adore it. If Trendy are listening, and if it is viable in any possible way, please, PLEASE bring this wonderful game to Vita. In fact, with it's dual screens, it'd work equally well - if not better - on Nintendo's 3DS. Either way, I need the definitive version of Dungeon Defenders in handheld form. Please, someone, anyone, make it so! Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2011
    10
    Uno de los mejores juegos que eh jugado, realmente vale la pena. This is a good game guys!
    Tower Defense and nice Rpg, 10 for this game ;)
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    this game you will be play like 100 hours! 100% or more ofc Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2011
    10
    Dungeon Defenders may spell the continued revival of a long stagnant Tower Defense genre. Like the beloved Plants vs Zombies, Dungeon Defenders gives us a unique take on Tower Defense. You pick your unique class, level up your characters, upgrade weapons and armor, and distribute points to specialize your character. You can either rely on your characters ability to fight, or your characters ability to build and maintain "towers", or you can go somewhere in between. The story is light and humorous, but falls into place well. Having beaten the game already, I walk away remembering several intense moments, heartache, and triumph. While the game is slightly lacking in content, it is important to remember this is a $15 download release. Furthermore, there have been balancing patches and also plans to add a full campaign expansion to the game sometime in November. This game is a must have for any avid Tower Defense player looking for another pleasant surprise in the genre. Full Review »