Dungeoneers- fantasy treasure hunting and monster fighting from your Windows Phone

If you like Dungeons and Dragons styled games, the Windows Phone game Dungeoneers might be something of interest.

The game is a dungeon exploration game where you create a party of four adventurers from a handful of unique classes . Dungeoneers has tons of monsters to defeat, plenty of gold to fill your pouches and a few treasure chests to plunder. The game is available for low-memory devices and while I enjoyed playing Dungeoneers, it may take you a little time to get used to the interface and dark graphics.

When you launch Dungeoneers, the main menu greets you with two options. You can start a new campaign or continue where you last left your adventurers. From there you will go to a navigation screen where you can visit the local inn, market, barracks or the town gate.

The local inn is where you can rest, store inventory and recover from your battles. The market, as you would guess is where you can pick up new weapons and gear.

The barracks is where you begin the game and where you will recruit/create members of your party (more on this in a second) and the town gate will lead you to the dungeon.

When you visit each area for the first time, tutorial windows will pop-up to explain what each area is about and what you can do while visiting. You will start the game in the barracks where you create your team of adventurers.

Dungeoneers has six unique classes of characters to choose from as you create your party of four. You have what is basically a human warrior, a human wizard, a dragon creature, a dark elf and horned, demon-like creature. Once you choose your character, you will need to choose their discipline, which includes soldier, ranger, berserker, shaper, rogue and priest.

From there you choose the person's gender and give the character a name. There are descriptive windows that appear for each of these choices so you are better informed on your selection.

So far the game's navigation is straightforward. Once you create your recruits you will need to add them to your active party at the bottom of the screen. Just tap the empty slot, and then tap the character you want to activate. Your party will be displayed at the bottom of the screen throughout the game.

There is a menu button that sits mid-screen with options to view your party member's status, equipment, skills and the option to save and quit the game. It is advisable to save the game frequently to avoid having to start at ground zero when your party is destroyed (and they will be destroyed).

Dungeon Exploring

Once you've set your party, you will need to head to the town's gate to begin exploring the dungeon to find gold and treasures.

The dungeon screens will have your team's point of view displayed in the upper half of your Windows Phone screen with your party displayed in the bottom half. Each member's vital statistics will be displayed besides their player icon.

You can swap out your party view for a map view of the dungeon, which helps in the navigation. Only portions of the dungeon you have discovered will be displayed.

Movement is simple. Swipe up at the screen to move forward, swipe down to move backwards and swipe left or right to turn in that direction. You will run across piles of gold, treasure chests and doors as you move about the dungeon. Just tap on the object to collect or open them.

As you travel through the dungeon, you will also run across a stray monster or two. This will prompt the combat menu to appear, which gives you the option to choose each character's action or tap "auto" and the game will choose the best course of action for each character.

As you are successful in combat, experience is awarded to the survivors that will go towards advancing them in level. This will increase their abilities and hopefully aid in the party's overall success.

Overall Impressions

Dungeoneers has a slight "old school" feel and the game reminded of the older D&D games like Baldur's Gate or maybe even the Bard's Tale) video game. Once you get the hang of moving around the various screens of the game, Dungeoneers does begin to grow on you.

I'm not a big fan of the dark graphics though. Granted, dungeons aren't exactly known for having an abundance of lighting, but I think the developers could lighten up the game screens just a touch and reveal a little more game detail without hurting the mood.

I also wouldn't mind seeing a help menu available from the game's menu. While the game does a good job of presenting you with instructional screens when you start game play, these screens toss a lot of information at you. It would be nice to have the ability to go back and review that information as needed.

Overall, the developers behind Dungeoneers are on the right track. They have created a classic dungeon exploring game that is not a bad time waster of a game. The game is relatively new to the Windows Phone Store and is pulling down a 4.5 Star rating, which we would probably dial back about half a star. However, the more I play the game, the more I'm beginning to agree with the current rating.

The trial version of Dungeoneers does have some limitations (number of dungeon levels, skills, bosses to fight, etc. are less) but gives you a good feel for things. The full version is currently running $3.99. If you give Dungeoneers a try, let us know in the comments what you think and be sure to rate the game in the Windows Phone Store.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Guys, lets make your games available here in Brazil??
    Is pretty simple and I can help.
    You'll just need a PEGI of ESRB certificate. Tip: You can instantly get one on the internet. ;)
  • I wonder why they don't make all the apps available to all the regions.
    Well at least we can change our region and after installing the app, change it back to original.
  • I wish more games would follow this business model. I would rather pay $4-5 for a game than get it for free only to find it pretty much requires tons of in app purchases to play after you're already hooked..
  • Reminds me of the first few games in the Might and Magic series.
  • Those were neat games! I wonder if this game has some basic movement animations for when you move forward/back or turn right or left in the dungeon.  There was a great game similar to this on the Sega Genesis called Shining in the Darkness.  The animations helped quite a bit with making the dungeon levels feel a bit more alive. Although I burned many hours playing Might And Magic 3/4/5 which I think lacked those animations and were still fabulous games.
  • From the screenshots, this game looks to carry the legacy of Eye of the Beholder much more than any of the games mentioned. Youngster doing the reviewing? ;-) By the way, dark is good! These type of games shouldn't have characters with blue hair and big eyes!
  • Was about to comment almost the same thing :)
    This game definitely reminds me on good old school EOB, Lands of Lore or even some of the games from earlier Ultima Series. Would not agree with comparison with Baldur's Gate/Bard's tale as they are definitely quite different.
  • China region has some games like these I'm playing, cant read it but I dont care :D it has also some Final fantasy like games and even WoT.
  • I like the old school dungeons and dragons if it's similar I will buy. Checking it out.
  • In store each app above 20mb size shows download WiFi only. I am not able to download via cellular data.
  • Obviously your solution is to find someone else nearby who wants the game, enable tethering on your phone, let them connect to you and download it, then you connect to their hotspot and download!  Simple! /s Seriously though, I can still purchase an unlimited data plan from some U.S. carriers.  AT&T offers a 100 GB / mo plan.  But should an app be 50.01 MB, I can't use that data.  Never mind that I could literally spend all day downloading 100 apps that were 40 MB apiece.
  • But previously apps with size more than 100mb were given option of download via WiFi
  • It looks a lot like the old TV show Knightmare.
  • We need more games out here... come on let's go Windows 10!