April 24th, 2015

Ze Cartoon

Mobile Game Review: Dungeon Link

Hey people!

It's been a long time since I've played mobile games - not because I don't like them, but more because I prefer using my phone for social media rather than games.

That said, I was given the opportunity to try out Dungeon Link before its launch on 22 April 15 and I was wondering whether I, a non-gamer will enjoy playing it. Besides, I'm so lousy in games that it's normally a 'Game Over' for me before I could truly appreciate the game.

Nonetheless, I decided to keep an open mind and try this game before reviewing it. I hereby announce that this is my first mobile game review in my entire blogging life.

Dungeon Link was developed by KONG STUDIOS and it's a role-playing game in puzzle form.

The first thing that I noticed when I was downloading the game was.... cleavage. Immediately, I wondered whether this would be a male-centred game where the female characters are deliberately drawn to look cutesy and innocent with big boobs. Well, it turned out that despite the scantily clad female characters, the nature of the game can be appealing to females as well.

In Dungeon Link, players are required to solve puzzles with increasing difficulty as they scale the level in order to defeat the Demon King. They do so by devising ways to eliminate monsters across a grid in the best way that also allows them to earn the most number of points.

So if you want to kill that ugly green monster in the picture above, simply connect the circles (starting from the circle that your character is standing on) through the monster to get rid of it. You earn more points if you pass through more boxes or kill more monsters within the same route.

Which brings me to one of the reasons why I like this game. It's a strategy game where you need to rack your brains and plan the most effective route to kill monsters, collect items and earn points at the same time. I don't know about you but I like a game that makes me think.

Here's the character that I chose for myself. She's actually the only female I could choose.

Aside from the fact that she's wearing a very skimpy tube top that doesn't look like it's there, I like her spunky look and decided to call her 'Wildstyle'. Yeah, her name's inspired by the female lego in The Lego Movie. I'm so original.

Once you're in the game, you can chat with other players and collaborate with them. Evidently, no one seems to care about my enthusiasm. LOL.

I think what's cool is that as you move up the levels, you can recruit other characters into your team to fight monsters together. After all, the higher you go, the more monsters you have to get rid of and you can't work alone, can you?

Interestingly, each character has its own special power and it is up to you to decide how to use each character's ability to its full potential. It's kinda like managing your own basketball team. Some players are stronger than the other and you have to think about who you can tap on and how you should use an individual's skill.

If you look at the 4 characters in my team (see above right picture), the knight in blue armour can actually kill monsters parallel to its route. How cool is that?! And the nurse with the big, big eyes can't do much damage unfortunately but she can heal. My 6 year old nephew likes her a lot.

Oh, and if you compare the above left and right picture, you will realize that Wildstyle actually has a change of style! By Level 8, she has evolved from a spunky girl to a lady with her hair down. And my, she doesn't look like someone to be trifled with.

Surprisingly, I was also very intrigued by the monsters which was something very unexpected of me.

The monsters in the pictures are identified with a red bar below them and I found that they actually looked kinda cute and artistic. I was expecting my nephew to be afraid but he was chuckling so loudly each time a new monster appeared. He must have found them hilarious.

Before I end this entry, I must disclaim that this game can be quite addictive. If not for me having an appointment outside, my nephew and I would have carried on playing throughout the afternoon. :P

If you're interested to try the game, you can download it on app store or google play.

For more information on Dungeon Link, check out its facebook page or its website.

Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.