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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 & TrapsDungeon 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. Pelit (Finland)
    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. PC PowerPlay
    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. PC Gamer
    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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  1. Positive: 84 out of 141
  2. Negative: 29 out of 141
  1. Jul 13, 2013
    10
    I feel a bit conflicted about giving this a 10, but it earned it. The graphics are cartoon-like, but it works very well. The action isI feel a bit conflicted about giving this a 10, but it earned it. The graphics are cartoon-like, but it works very well. The action is amazing. They combine tower defense strategy with FPS in a way that works for me. I've sunk just under 300 hours into the game thus far, and I'm not done. There are 12 core maps and probably about 10-15 maps added as part of DLC, as well as challenges, and achievements. 12 different characters across roughly 4 classes. You start a map with the goal of keeping the monsters from getting your crystal(s). They come in every increasing waves that last a few minutes each and in between you build/upgrade your defenses. The FPS comes in play with some of the character builds in that you participate in the combat first person with ranged or melee weapons. The replay-ability is the key anchor for my score. You can play it single or multi-player. Either works well, although most of my time has been single player. There is a token plot, which is interesting that is woven through 4 cut scenes. I picked it up cheap because it's over a year old, but it would have been worth it even at full price. Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2011
    10
    First of all I will say that Dungeon Defenders is 100 times better than Orcs Must Die, so if you are trying to decide between them, getFirst of all I will say that Dungeon Defenders is 100 times better than Orcs Must Die, so if you are trying to decide between them, get Dungeon Defenders.

    I will admit that when I first downloaded DD from Steam, I wasn't expecting much. The genre seemed strange as well as the visuals so I was a little weary. Within 5 minutes of actually playing the game, I was taken off my feet. True gamers who respect a game for what it is will fall in love with Dungeon Defenders. What I seemed to notice first was the quirky themes throughout the game. The graphics remind me of a mix between Sly cooper and Borderlands, which I thought suited this game perfectly. The boss fights are absolutely incredible and creative, I was blown away with every single one. A lot of people claim that you have to do a lot of grinding to get a high level but I never ran into this problem. As far as weapons go, I pretty sure there are millions of unique possibilities including rare "godly" weapons and armor. The character classes are equally balanced some perfectly compliment each other in online play, which is the best part of the game. So far there are 13 main quest maps and even more challenge maps including "Turkey Hunt" where you kill as many turkeys as you can to move on to the next round. I would even go so far as to say that dollar for dollar, Dungeon Defenders is better than Skyrim (you can quote me on that). If you don't buy this game, you are missing out on a landmark game in the genre.
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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 onlyUp-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. Oct 25, 2011
    8
    Fine blended whimsical take on the Tower Defense genre. Subtle RPG elements make the game enjoyable. Aspects are lacking, in some area'sFine blended whimsical take on the Tower Defense genre. Subtle RPG elements make the game enjoyable. Aspects are lacking, in some area's (tooltips) but the game for it's price is everything one would think it is. You'll either really like it or dislike it. I personally enjoy the zany artwork. The item textures and meshes can have a ridiculous appearance, but clearly that's the intent. Combat which is the core of the game can easily be mastered. There is a strategic element, when playing on the harder difficulties. Competitive play is included, there's a few nuances though. Overall Trendy entertainment will score pretty high with this release. 8/10 Expand
  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 ofWhile 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. Jun 19, 2014
    5
    This game is good while you dont hit the 'mythical floor', where you need to grind for good mythical gear to be able to grind transcendentThis game is good while you dont hit the 'mythical floor', where you need to grind for good mythical gear to be able to grind transcendent gear to be able to grind supreme and ultimate gear. This grind could be fine for someone, until you discover that all good gear is probably hacked even on ranked steam server. All top results for every map is hacked, crazy gear is hacked/duped, cubes is massively duped, mana is hacked. Any 10 year kid's pc knowledge is enough to make mana infinite, to make insane items, etc. This game could be good if u just isolate yourself from rest of the hacked world, maybe with your friends, and just play from scratch till 70-s. Then the grind part starts, which is very-very VERY boring. You have to waste 2-3 hours to beat survival level to be able to find some mythical gear to be able to beat tavern defense level to be able to level so you can grind new levels to be able to grind...

    Achievements system is fine, it makes at least a little bit point to grind levels and gear, but nothing else.

    Graphics is a mess, cell-shading outlines looks like piece of shiТ (basically looks like LoL, which is also piece of shiТ, but even worse), massive special effects make your head sick, area of effect weapons is just impossible to watch. I just switch my monitor to white and black mode sometimes to play this game. Yeah. Its really, really sucks. If your pet hits with elemental damage, or your weapon is area of effect hit, you just cant see anything sometimes because of this explosions of whatever effect is.

    DLC-s is complete p2w madness. Half of them is absolutely required for beating game on nightmare difficulty (which is locked by the way, you need another DLC set to unlock it).
    Eternia shards DLC set costs the most and the most important part of DLC's. Without it the nightmare mode is locked, the only place you can start grind some nice gear and experience. Absolutely required.
    Series EV hero DLC is so overpowered that she can just do levels on insane difficulty from level one. Tower buff is completely overpowered and REQUIRED to any levels on nightmare.
    Summoner uses completely separate defense units which is called summon units, and has pretty overpowered defenses too, that also is required later. You CAN_NOT beat almost any levels on nightmare without this two heroes.
    Barbarian is one of the top dps heroes in game and he is required for some of the hardest maps in game to take down boss quickly.
    Jester is pretty weak compared to ev or summoner, but she still can be pretty op builder and good ranged dps hero. Also move tower ability sometimes helps.
    Tavern defense (anniversary pack DLC i believe?) is required for leveling and has insane pet as reward for beating it on a nightmare survival.
    EV lab is required for getting massive amount of insane accessories that you... get ready... CAN NOT GET ANYWHERE IN THE GAME EXCEPT ON THIS DLC, surprise! Also, it gives insane ultimate weapons on regular basis, crazy stats armor, lots of trans armor, sometimes even ult++ armor.
    New heroes DLC is required because this female hero versions have more movements speed so they are pretty much standard for builder hero.
    Talay mining complex DLC gives insane rewards for survival again (pet rock i believe?).
    Some Christmas map DLC gives you coal for beating it, which i believe if u have 100 of them (grinded or ... duped again), you can combine them to get the most insane pet in the game (all this pets is hacked if u find any for trade).
    I hope you get the point. If you want to really grind this game and spend lots of time on it, this P2W DLC is absolutely required.

    I dont recommend this game for almost everyone. However, if you and your friends desperate to find any co-op game to play, you might try this. Wait for sale and take your chances.
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  7. Feb 12, 2012
    0
    Recently the developers are using it's paying customers as beta testers. If you want to be a beta tester for this game be sure to expect lotsRecently the developers are using it's paying customers as beta testers. If you want to be a beta tester for this game be sure to expect lots of broken game mechanics that are re-broken every few months in constant failures to achieve balance. The balance attempts in this game are implemented so poorly that it the "shift of power" has rolled in a complete 360 since the game started, With no hint of real balance in site. I would love this game to pieces if this issue was resolved but instead it's just a struggle to find some form of entertainment value for a few months before it is broken by the inevitable balance failures.

    If you love the game and want to beta test it for the developers while they charge you $ for the privilege, this is the game for you!

    In all seriousness if you don't like an incomplete game don't even spend the time with this one. I am hopeful Dungeon Defenders 2 is in the works because version 1 is a failboat with failboat "fixes" and this is after 750 hours of actual game play that I would take back in a heartbeat.

    Don't get sucked in! THE CAKE IS A LIE!
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