Gameloft is catching quite a bit of flack over the in app purchases situation but honestly, it is not going anywhere anytime soon and it does allow pretty cool games like this to be accessible for more players that are either broke or are simply cheap. What gamers get with Dungeon Hunter 4 is a pretty cool overhead semi-3D dungeon crawling monster slaying slash fest and at the heart of the matter, for fans, isn’t that what we want?
Rather than rehashing the story here, that is available on the Google Play page for anyone interested, I will simply jump into discussing the game play and audio and how it stacks up to the other titles in this series.
First up, the graphics, the most drastic change when comparing this latest iteration to other DH games. Everything seems to have been created with this pastel shading. At first it was extremely distracting but after a bit, I was not really noticing it though admittedly, that was quite a bit later. It didn’t take long for Dungeon Hunter 4 to turn into a slash fest, just like I like them.
Intermissions are done in the engine and fully voiced which is pretty cool, and somewhat expected since the game is nearly one gigabyte in size (clean space if needed prior to even thinking about downloading). The voice acting is done with “accents” and all- some are better than others of course, as par for these types of things.
One gripe I do have with Dungeon Hunter 4 is that the levels are sometimes too detailed with tons of stuff laying strewn about making it hard to clearly see where to go next. There is a map available in the upper right corner, which is great, but early on, I found myself watching that little map more than watching the action. Enemies pop up as red dots on the map, arrows and location markers tell you where to go next and people you can talk to are blueish dots on the map. Easy to get around. Once you have ventured into the game a bit, you can use the world map to just warp to places you have already been.
Forging new weapons, adding gems and other enhancements to weapons and upgrading your character are great and add a fair bit of life to the game (and this is where the IAP rears it’s ugly head- gems are HARD to come by without buying them).
If you are looking for an action RPG, dungeon crawlfest, on your Android device (particularly the S7300 tablet) then you could do a lot worse than Dungeon Hunter 4 (even if you drop a few bucks here and there on IAP, it is still a steal of a game).