Game developer tycoon Gameloft has released Dungeon Hunter 4 for App store on April 10, 2013. As the newest game in this famous action RPG Dungeon Hunter series, it finally comes to Google Play, and it is alos a free to download and play game with in-App purchases. (Read Dungeon Hunter 4 iOS Review)
Dungeon Hunter 4 is a fun game full of loots and monsters with an epic background story about fighting a resurgent evil race. In this sequel, you will be a soldier waking up in a hellish battleground and finding Kingdom Valenthia decimated. Mysteriously in possess of new power, you will join the remaining resistance army and vanquish the evil.
The game preserves the Diablo style gameplay, which means it is still a dungeon crawler featuring the signature hack-n-slash combat mode. This borrowed formula is responsible for both the first hour of fame of the series and the many following criticisms. In the game, you will find four choices of classes in both genders. Each will play differently. You progress through the game by following the storyline and slaying the demon enemies. As you level up your character, you will need to spend attribute points and unlock new skills in the talent tree.
Since it is a dungeon crawler, the enemies could spawn from every possible corner along your way, and the quests you undertake will have you venture between locations and killing everything that moves. The character’s movement is still controlled by using an on-screen button that functions as a joystick. The same button is used to turn your character toward the targets during melee combats, as it can only attack the enemy it faces. The demons drop gold and other items when put down, and by moving near the trophies, the character will collect loot automatically.
The in-App purchase of Dungeon Hunter 4 will get you diamonds, which can be used to buy equipments and potions. Also, if a character is killed in battle and you don’t want return to the start point of this particular quest and do over, you can choose to revive on the pot by paying up.
The social features allow switching between game modes: solo arena/co-op level, PvP, and co-op arena. Flags on the map will inform which game mode or modes fit your the current location. Since you can only get a few free potions every a few hours, and the health and mana regenerates slowly, it will be a lot safer and less expensive to team-up by joining or hosting multiplayer games
Dungeon hunter 4 does not have the kind of high-definition, 3D graphics that has been prevailing among some major iOS RPGs today. There are lots to improve graphically. However, its aural performance is so good that it almost can make up for the disappointing visual presentation.
Gameloft has been cloning classic PC and console games on iOS platform for years and many of its cloned productions are real eye-openers. In this new Dungeon Hunter sequel, they have fixed quite some technical flaws that exist in the previous games. This one fits the mobile devices seamlessly. However, some problems are still there. For example, if you quit the game mid-quest, your progress will not be auto-saved, and that means you will have to return to the beginning of the dungeon and challenge again. Also, the gameplay does not vary much over the years. If the developer decides to keep renovating this old-school dungeon crawler series, it is better to improve it with more innovation in order to keep pace with the time.