REVIEW: Dungeons 3 – Lord of the Kings DLC

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REVIEW: Dungeons 3 – Lord of the Kings DLC

In the wake of the astounding success of Dungeons 3, Realmforge Studios went ahead and released their third and last piece of DLC entitled Lord of the Kings. This new piece of content follows the trend of the previous two DLC’s, with the key feature being the addition of a mini-campaign that consists of three new missions that are fully voice acted.

Steam: Released
Type: Single-player
Genre: Strategy, Simulation
Developer: Realmforge Studios
Publisher: Kalypso Media Digital
Release date: 20 Apr, 2018

The Dungeons franchise, developed by Realmforge Studios, didn’t really start on the right foot with its first installment, and even though the sequel was a lot better received, it still missed its mark. That being said, it seems that with Dungeons 3, the studio has finally delivered the ultimate Dungeons experience, as it was pretty much widely received with open arms by fans.

If you’ve never played the previous games, nor games like the good old Dungeon Keeper, this is a good starting point for the genre, as the vast majority of titles are rather outdated or not that good, while Dungeons 3 features a pretty solid gameplay core and it certainly is up to modern standards. Besides that, the game can also be played in co-op, but unfortunately, I haven’t been able to test that out yet.

In essence, the whole idea of the game revolves around managing and developing your own evil dungeon, by mining resources, researching new infrastructures and upgrades. All of this happens while you build up your army, not only in order to defend yourself from enemy waves that keep attacking your dungeon but also in order to obliterate any forces of good that inhabit the surface above your dungeon.

If there is one thing that really sets Dungeons apart from other games like it, it is certainly the emphasis it places on its humor. This not only happens in terms of dialogue between different characters, or the narrator itself but also in terms of how certain places and characters in the world are named, as most often than not there are a lot of puns in there.

With that said, in the wake of Dungeons 3 astounding success, Realmforge Studios went ahead and released their third and last piece of DLC entitled Lord of the Kings. This new piece of content follows the trend of the previous two DLC’s, with the key feature being the addition of a mini-campaign that consists of three new missions that are fully voice acted.

Lord of the Kings takes place after the events of the main game, where the king of the Eastern Kingdoms returns to the land after his long journey searching for the Holy Grail, just to find that his kingdom has been overwhelmed by the forces of the Evil Dungeon Lord. At first, I thought that this was going to be about playing as the Good guys, because that’s how the DLC starts off, with the first mission involving you helping out King Arcturus gaining a foothold. Nonetheless, the other two missions in this DLC will have you play as the Evil Dungeon Lord once more.

These new missions still retain the level of quality that you’d expect, if you have delved into the main game. Much like the base game, the fully voice acted characters and narrator engage in an entertaining monologue filled with references to popular culture, sometimes even breaking the fourth wall.

The three levels that are offered in this content pack are very unique on their own and, with that in mind, this should be the deciding factor in case you’re really considering buying this. As I’ve mentioned previously, the first puts you on the shoes of the enemy, while the second level tasks you with defending an allied camp for 45 minutes, which can be rather bothersome if you end up doing something wrong halfway through and you don’t realize it until it’s too late, thus forcing you to restart the level. As for the third mission, I found that one to be the most interesting.

The last level is an exact replication of games like DOTA and League of Legends, with the map consisting of three different lanes and two bases on opposite ends of the map. With regular waves of troops being sent down through one of the lanes at a time, in an attempt to destroy the enemy towers and attack the enemy base, you can command your troops around the Overworld in order to help your allies, while also defending your own dungeon.

Verdict

Dungeons 3 on its own is an astonishing game, especially given the franchise’s rocky past, but so far the DLC’s have been rather underwhelming, even despite its rather low price tag. In any case, Lord of the Kings is more Dungeons 3 for hardcore fans of Dungeons 3. While it might not be the best piece of content, for its price, it provides roughly three hours worth of content if you’re really craving for some new stuff to do in Dungeons 3.

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