My boyfriend had purchased Dungeon Lords Collector's Edition at our local Walmart. It looked like a fun game, and when we got it home we proceeded to waste a week of life playing the game. Since then, I have compiled a few pros and cons for this game.
Dungeon Lords is an RPG, or role-playing game, that is real time not turned based. By this I mean that it's not like the Final Fantasy games where you have to sit ad wait your turn in a battle, but that you can go all out on an enemy until he's dead. As with most RPG's, there is one main quest to accomplish, and I'm still trying to figure out if it's to rescue the daughter of Lord Davenmore or to kill some evil wizard named Volgar. Along the way of acquiring the main task, you will have several choices to make regarding side tasks. Meaning that you have four different guilds you can join, if my memory serves me right (it's been awhile since playing the game), and with each guild comes a task that must be completed before being allowed to join that guild.
Some of the tasks you can get depend on what you chose for your character. If you decide to have a female character, you can join a sisterhood that you will be made aware of by rescuing a woman that is being attacked by goblins. If you chose to be an elf, you can get certain weapons in the Elvin city of Arindale to assist you in your quests.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a real-time based RPG. I prefer that to turn-based simply because I don't like having to wait my turn in a game. Also mentioned earlier, you have different guilds you can join. There is Celestial, Arcane magic, the Guild of Mysteries, and the Warriors Guild and you can join most of them. However, you can not join all of them, you must make choices. For instance, if you join Celestial, Arcane, and the Guild of Mysteries, you can't join the Warriors Guild.
Another good point to the game is that in character construction, you can pick what attributes you would like to have. By that I mean that you can choose if you want to be better at physical combat, or if you would rather have magical attributes. In conjunction with this, you get what are called advance points that you may distribute where ever you see fit.
Dungeon Lords also has an Internet and LAN setting for multi-player games.
One thing I don't like about this game is the fact that it is possible to lose special items. In most games that I have played, you can't sell any of the special items you get, nor can you drop them. This game is the same with the added issue that if your inventory is too full, you might lose something you need to finish the game. For example, one of the main tasks is that you are to collect relics of power and return them to where they belong. One of the relics is in an area where there isn't anyone you can sell your inventory surplus to, and that is where the problem reared it's ugly head. The relic of power in question was the Shield of Retribution, and mysteriously came up missing in the middle of a battle. Now, when your inventory becomes full, you start automatically discarding any weapons you have that have poor value, and they are replaced by weapons you pick up that are of greater value. Unfortunately, the only thing I can figure is that the relic was dropped at some point throughout the ensuing battle, which immediately caused the game to be neglected. Without that relic, the game cannot be finished.
Another thing I didn't like about this game was that certain classifications for your character tend to come up missing as well. For instance, in addition to joining the different guild, you get classifications upon completing guild tasks. So if you choose Celestial, once you have completed one of their tasks, a little block in your character profile lights up and you get the skills associated with that guild. Mine, the Celestial block, disappeared and I couldn't get the extra skills that come with it.
Tech support for DreamCatcher Games, who created Dungeon Lords, was contacted concerning both problems and are still dancing around the issue with telling me I need to update my video and sound card drivers.
System requirement are unknown, since my boyfriend smashed the discs in irritation at the problems being experienced and the official Dungeon Lords website doesn't list them. However, the game works on both Windows 2000 and Windows XP home and Pro. If you want to give the game a try, you can purchase it at Walmart for $9.95. And for more information on the game, please visit http://www.dungeonlords.com/.
All in all, I would rate this game a 3.5 out of 5. The playability and fun of the game are high, but the problems that occurred for my boyfriend and I cause me to give it a lower rating than normal.
So, go give the game a try. You might not experience the problems that we did.