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iOS Game Review – Dungeon Plunder

2013 March 24

What happens when you combine RPG-dungeon crawling heroes and slot machines? You get Dungeon Plunder, and its a hell of a good time!

Dungeon Plunder title

Dungeon Plunder Title

Developer: Dominic Duchesne

Number of players: 1

Play Modes: solo

Requirements:Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Regular Price: $2.99/universal

What’s the game about?

From the developer…

Dungeon Plunder is a fun casual roguelike dungeon crawler featuring randomly generated overland and dungeon maps with an addictive and strategic battle system.

Here’s what you get with Dungeon Plunder:

– Randomization of maps with different environments ensuring several hours of replayability.
– High quality isometric graphics rendering a beautiful and diverse scenery.
– 90+ different monsters and bosses to defeat.
– A fun, engaging and strategic combat system based on a slot machine with symbols selection, a respin phase and cooldowns management.
– Three character classes with distinct abilities and playing styles.
– A skill points distribution system when you level up.
– An inheritance system that will grant gold, artifacts and life scrolls and even unlock higher starting levels for your next characters.
– A legacy rune system that triggers bonuses shared for all your characters.
– Several orchestral music tracks, tuned to your surroundings, enhancing your game playing experience.
– Full Game Center integration with 40 different achievements and 8 leaderboards.
– Ultimately defeat an evil archmage conjuring a new ice age: the environment will be covered in ice and snow progressively as you travel through the perilous lands.
– You will encourage the efforts of a passionate indie developer who spent countless hours putting this game together as a work of love and who intends to further expand it.

Dungeon Plunder is a universal game with full support of the widescreen iPhone5 and iPod Touch 5th generation devices.

Dungeon Plunder is a dungeon crawler that has some unique twists that make it a fun game. The first thing to note, is that the over world and dungeon maps are completely random at each new game. This absolutely helps with the variety and replay ability of the game. The next unique feature of this game is that the battle system is like a slot machine. At first you may not agree with this, but its still a lot of fun.

`Dungeon Plunder Battle System

Dungeon Plunder Battle System

What else I really enjoy is that I don’t have to commit to some never-ending campaign to play this game. If I die, I restart the game with some of the skills and runes I accrued earlier on. And because the maps are random, this aids in the replay ability from the perspective of not being stuck in a long campaign.

Playing the game:

When you start the game, you enter your name, and choose class. The base game comes with a mage, warrior and rogue. The expanded version (IAP), includes more classes.  You start the game outside a village and are presented with lower level monsters to do battle with. Control in the game is handled by just tapping in the area you wish to move.

Dungeon Plunder Start

Dungeon Plunder Start

There are stores to visit on your journey and different quests, such as kill 4 mamba snakes and get a prize. The world is riddled with chests and gold, which is guarded by monsters.

When you walk into a monster, you enter the battle screen. To do battle, you hit the spin button and then you tap what items you wish to keep for when you spin again. Then you spin one more time and see what the results are. There’s a plethora of weapons, hearts for HP, mana and gold. I have to admit, the game is pretty tough if you continually attack, I found. But its a hell of a lot of fun. This is where the game is somewhat addicting. Playing your luck against the house!

Eventually, when you defeat enough monsters, you can level up. And like many RPG’s, you can choose what categories you wish to level up in, such as attack, defense, etc.

In addition to the outer world, there’s also dungeons.



The graphics are pretty good. While they aren’t my favorite, it still works well. The drawings are much better than what I can do, so I can’t really complain.


I like the sounds in the game, they help lend to the experience but I often will have my iOS device muted so It won’t make or break it to me. There is a nicely produced musical score to the game though, which I think you should hear!

Game Play/User Experience:

The UI works but needs a few minor tweaks. For instance, in the purchase/store screen, the back or exit button will often run into some of the items that you can purchase. Also, the home screen UI needs some tweaks and I would advise redoing the buttons. But in the game, the UI works very well. It’s pretty simple to move around and do battle.

My opinion on the game:

I really enjoy Dungeon Plunder. Compared to most games I download on iOS, I’m actually playing it more than I typically do. In my mind, at its heart, the random maps and addictive slot battle mechanic really make the game! I would highly recommend checking it out!

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