Dungeon Hunter 4 Review

The dark side of in-app purchases

Dungeon Hunter 4 Review

There are good freemium games and there are bad ones. Temple Run is an example of a good one. The in-app purchases enhance your enjoyment, not create a hole in your wallet. Gameloft's Diablo-esque action role-playing game Dungeon Hunter 4 is one of the worst.

Information in this article applies to Dungeon Hunter 4 for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

Gives Players the Hard Sell

Like its predecessor, Dungeon Hunter 4 takes in-app purchases to the next level. It uses blue gems as its in-game currency to unlock extra features and buy certain items. Offers to use these gems come fast and furious. You'll see special items you can buy when transitioning between areas, when browsing a shop's inventory, when browsing your own inventory, and when doing normal tasks that don't require gems, such as using skill points.

Action-RPGs are all about the loot, and Dungeon Hunter 4 is no different. There's plenty of it, but you'll have to either pay for it or wait for it. The loot that drops from monsters and chests is invariably trash. You can upgrade it, which means waiting a few minutes, or you can spend blue gems to speed up the process. You can also buy your loot using blue gems and skip the upgrade entirely.

Baffling Design Decisions

Health potions don't drop from monsters in Dungeon Hunter 4. You also can't buy them in shops. Instead, you get three health potions a day and you can get more by spending blue gems. This forces you to play a limited amount of time before you run out of health potions. Then, you either need to put the game down or spend some money to continue playing.

Wasted Potential

Once you get past its aggressive freemium model, Dungeon Hunter 4 is pretty good. The graphics are polished, and the game offers solo play, co-op, and player vs. player combat. There are four character classes: two fighters, a bow user, and a mage. Plus, unlike its predecessor, Dungeon Hunter 4 is a full game and not a bunch of disappointing arena fights. The story is pretty bland and the written dialogue and voice acting are poor. But, that's just window dressing. When you are in the middle of the action, Dungeon Hunter 4 is a pretty fun game — until it wants you to pay.