IPhone App Review: Dungeoned

Dungeoned is a gauntlet style rpg game app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It was created by Vilya BT and costs 99 cents for the full version though there is a lite version which lets you play a few levels for free. This app lets you collect coins and gems, fight monsters, buy better items, use spells and even compete against other adventures. This is something that is hard to find in the iTunes app store and this does it OK though the controls do feel a bit clunky.
There are certain games that fit the style or personality. This is as much personal preference as it is game quality. There are people who hate open world games because they want more structure while other people find level based games too limiting. The difficulty is that when you know you like a style of game and yet still do not like a specific game in that genre because not only do you not like it all that much but it is more of a disappointment. That is the case with Dungeoned because while it is not actually a bad game it isn’t good either and that bothers me more because it is something that I should like.

When you open this app you will begin by being in a small mostly empty dungeon with a series of coins. As you advance there will be far more interesting things in these dungeons. In order to advance you must collect a number of coins and then reach the exit. If you get more coins than you need you keep them and can spend them on other items such as healing potions, magic, weapons and armor. Eventually you will reach points where you more enemies, traps, puzzles and even another adventurer trying to collect the coins before you.

The graphics and sound of this app are fine for the iPhone though they certainly are not impressive. You can listen to your own music while using this app. This game is not in the iPhone or iPod touch game center.

The controls of this app work but the four buttons for moving is in no way elegant and is probably the greatest weakness of this app.

This app gets three out of five stars because while it is a fun game a bit of refinement is needed for it to be a great game.