Down in the dark dungeon there is adventure to be had. You are a hero out to seek that adventure and as you journey you will collect the rewards for defeating dragons and minions who live there.
Dungeon Gems is a puzzle / RPG game where your objective is to move from level to level to defeat enemies and collect prizes. You’re helped along the way with your group of friends, known as heroes. You can unlock any of the 220 heroes by winning battles. Each hero has one of three elements with which to attack your enemies with and some heroes have special abilities such as health regeneration or added hit points.
The three elements work very much like a game of rock, paper, scissors. In Dungeon Gems it works like this: fire beats earth, earth beats water and water beats fire. Choosing the right element to attack with is key to winning battles.
Selecting the element is simple. You drag your finger over a number of tiles, which show an element on it, to select as many of the same elements as possible. The more tiles of the element you select the better the attack. You can also spend some of your limited action points to select tiles of multiple elements to create a combined attack. Though these combined attacks are not always effective.
The game is meant to be played over a long period of time. Players have a number of battle points and each battle consumes a certain number of points. Points are automatically regenerated every so often based on the skill level of the player. However, if you are too quick in the battles you could easily run out of points and therefore have to leave Dungeon Gems for a while in order to battle again later on.
Dungeon Gems has excellent graphics with an appearance which looks fresh but also has a little old-style embedded in it. The enemies can look really menacing and their animations are fluid adding to the appeal for the game.
The simple combat nature is easy to pick up making Dungeon Gems very accessible. New players are also helped with an indepth tutorial which covers the main aspects of the game.
One of the biggest problems with Dungeon Gems is that every level is similar. There is very little to challenge in these levels and it generally comes down to luck on whether you have the right tiles on the grid rather than any skill.
I was able to progress through Dungeon Gems pretty quickly and without any IAPs. The IAPs are pretty basic on the game, giving you a chance to fight more battles or hire more heroes. However there are some really expensive IAPs to buy. Some of the cheapest are 99 cents, yet some of the most expensive are just shy of $100, which is a little expensive in my opinion.
This is certainly a game for those who love ‘dungeons and dragons’ with the characters seeming to be based on the popular game. Those who enjoy the very similar Puzzle and Dragons would probably like to play Dungeon Gems. If you like a little more action and perhaps more challenging game play you’ll want another game.
Dungeon Gems Review: Dueling Digital Dragons
+Easy to pick up and simple game play
+Good graphics and sound
+Every level is pretty much the same