A guide to getting started with Gameloft's new dungeon crawler.
The fourth edition of Gameloft's popular Dungeon Hunter series hit the App Store this morning, and we awarded the game a 3.5 out of 5 stars in our review earlier today. We've since put together some hints and tips to get you on the path to gory glory.
- If you're new to action-RPGS, get used to kiting as soon as possible. This means getting as much of your assault in as possible, then getting distance from the enemy so as to avoid their counter-attacks, while you ready yourself for the next assault. This is especially important against larger elite enemies.
- In addition to the above, pay very close attention to the combat animations of the creatures you'll face off against. Very often you'll be given a warning of the type of damage (area-of-effect or local) that's about to land, and what you'll need to do to avoid it. These warnings can be essential in the trickiest battles.
- Some creatures will spawn smaller minions during battle, so it's important to prioritize your targets - particularly when the battlefield is extremely busy. If the quantity of the particular creatures you're taking down keeps increasing, you probably need to switch your attention to something larger that's lurking nearby.
- Be very sparing with your health potions, especially in the early game. Each one will completely refill your health meter, but if you're very close to leveling up then you'll waste this precious resource. Leveling up complete refills your mana and health bars, so keep a close eye on your experience bar - if you can survive one more fight and level up instead of quaffing a potion, this is a much better idea.
- On that note, don't forget to apply your skill points as soon as they become available, as you'll encounter a steady stream of more powerful enemies as you level up through the storyline. Invest in points early on that suit your combat style, and don't forget to apply points to your passive abilities, as well as your active abilities - it's one thing to be able to dish out plenty of damage, but you need the passive gains to take much of the enemy's damage yourself.
- There are four classes to choose from in the game. The Battleworn fights at close range with a two-handed sword. The Blademaster prefers high-crit, one-on-one combat, the Sentinel is for those who favor ranged hunter archetypes, while the Warmage specializes in long-range magical combat against multiple enemies.
- Note that you can apply Charms that you find to equipment, and also combine them to make them more powerful before slotting them in. Both of these actions take time to complete, so unless you're really struggling to make progress, save slotting or combining until you've finished your play session. That way they'll be ready for use when you pick your game up again.
- Don't forget to explore every inch of a map, rather than simply heading to the pinpointed objective. A lot of mini-quests are scattered around each area, and completing these relatively simple affairs will provide you with cash and experience. This is especially important if you're struggling to keep up with the difficulty of the main storyline fights.
- Smash everything! As with the best action-RPGs, it's worth having a swing at any of the containers you find clumped together. Cracking these open will very often reward you with that all-important gold - not to mention the occasional drop of loot which you can sell for a quick cash boost.
There are four different multiplayer modes available to you. The first two are built around player-versus-player combat - a Free-for-all mode where the player with the most kills wins, and a Team Deathmatch mode where you have to cooperate with your team when it comes to the killing. If you prefer to collaborate with your fellow players against the AI, you can take part in Cooperative Levels together, or head into the Eternal Battle where you'll need to face off against waves of enemies.