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Dungeon Lords (Windows)

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Description

Galdryn of the Meadows, a powerful wizard, was treacherously killed by another mage. It appears that a conspiracy is born within the Circle of Mages. Losing his powerful ally, Lord Davenmor of Fargrove finds it more and more difficult to protect his city against the onslaught of the malevolent Lord Barrowgrim's army of marauders. Under pressure, Lord Davenmor promised the invader he could marry his daughter, Lady Ellowyn. However, her heart belongs to another man, and she escapes. A lonely traveler passing by Fargrove seems to be the only one who can solve this predicament, and eventually liberate the land from the forces of evil.

Dungeon Lords is an action role-playing game set in a fantasy world. In the beginning of the game the player creates the protagonist, choosing between seven available races and four beginning classes. The races include, besides the traditional Humans, Elves, and Dwarves, original humanoid or animal-like ones - Urgoth, Wylvan, Zaur, and Thrall. The beginning classes are Fighter, Mage, Adept (a mix of both), and Rogue. Each of those have different starting base attributes in six categories, which are also affected by the player's choice of gender.

The player can allocate remaining points manually to upgrade the base attributes as well as other skills - such as weapon proficiencies, magic categories, lockpicking, etc. - during character creation as well as any time when the protagonist gains a sufficient amount of experience points. As the players advance, they can gain Tier Two and Tier Three classes to help develop their characters even further. Each class can gain skills in all abilities, though some may be harder to obtain. For example, a fighter could train in a weapon skill for relatively few skill points, yet would need many more skill points to train a magic skill.

There are four kinds of magic: celestial, arcane, nether, and rune. Arcane magic is the standard scrolls and spellbooks form of magic. Celestial magic uses star crystals, each being able to perform a particular spell and needing to recharge after the charges are used up. Nether magic require mixing various katals together to create the spell. These katals can be found throughout the game and include such things as bat wings, rat tails, and other animal and monster ingredients. Rune magic also requires mixing items together to create spells. However, rune magic uses runes rather than katals.

Exploring large dungeons, hunting for treasure, and fighting enemies within occupies the largest portion of the game, though it also has an overworld with limited exploration possibilities, as well as a large town and other settlements where the protagonist can acquire side quests and joining guilds, promoting his status in chosen classes. There is a large variety of melee and ranged weapons, armor, and spells to find in the game. Enemies in the game may respawn in random locations even if the player character stands still. The frequency of these appearances can be regulated in the game's option menu.

Screenshots

Dungeon Lords Windows A reasonably well-trained male human character, mid-game. To the left are base attributes; to the right are proficiencies and skills
Dungeon Lords Windows A big boss battle late in the game. Yup. My protagonist looks like a Greek heroine with that long golden spear, round golden shield... but no pants
Dungeon Lords Windows Oh, man! I just got this new shiny armor. And here I am, betrayed by some feudal lord in a castle. Racism, that's what it is
Dungeon Lords Windows Talking to Celestine. The amount of conversation topics is sometimes extremely large

Alternate Titles

  • "地城領主" -- Chinese Title (Traditional)
  • "地城霸主" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)

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The Press Says

GameZone May 09, 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
Gamers.at Jul 05, 2005 72 out of 100 72
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2005 71 out of 100 71
Deaf Gamers 2006 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central 2005 3.5 out of 5 70
4Players.de Jun 27, 2005 60 out of 100 60
Gamesmania Jun 27, 2005 58 out of 100 58
PC Games (Germany) Jul 02, 2005 55 out of 100 55
Jeuxvideo.com May 31, 2005 9 out of 20 45
1UP Jun 30, 2005 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

Reception

Dungeon Lords was the third game to receive a Zero star rating in Computer Gaming World. First the was Postal 2. The second was Mistmare. Dungeon Lords received this honor because it shipped in an unplayable state. Documented features were not implemented. The reviewer was unable to complete the game because the game was bug-ridden.

Awards

  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2006 - Worst Game of the Year 2005
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Riamus (8121) added Dungeon Lords (Windows) on May 17, 2005