Dungeon Hearts fuses the strategy and pattern matching of puzzle games with the kinetic pace of action games. Align magical runes as they flow along the Fatestream to attack, defend, and conjure magic in frenetic battles against a bestiary of fantastic creatures out to use those same runes against you.
User reviews: Mixed (367 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 28, 2013

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Dungeon Hearts fuses the strategy and pattern matching of puzzle games with the kinetic pace of action games. Align magical runes as they flow along the Fatestream to attack, defend, and conjure magic in frenetic battles against a bestiary of fantastic creatures out to use those same runes against you. Chain together multiple attacks and unleash powerful combos or call upon each hero's special attacks to devastate your enemies to survive the twists and turns of Dungeon Heart's evolving gameplay. Strike down all that stand in your way and level up your brave warriors as each foe grows more powerful than the last, culminating in the final battle with The Dark One himself!


"Four spirits race across the land, burdened with tragedy. Within each lies the specter of guilt and fear, which The Dark One bends to his will to enact his resurrection. They realize the deception too late as the promise of salvation turns to betrayal. A black wind washes over the planes, turning all to ash. As the fallen heroes face the engulfing void, a spark of hope clings to life. When the demon peered into their hearts to learn their secrets, so too did they learn his..."

Features


  • Puzzle/RPG Hybrid – Quickly align runes within the rapid match-three puzzle system to wield devastating attacks, defend against enemy offensives, and unleash multi-hero combos.
  • The Fatestream – Plan your strategy under pressure with dozens of different runes linked to each hero and defend against powerful attacks and dreaded hexes cast by enemies against your heroes.
  • Four Unique Heroes – Balance the individual skills of each hero and level them up to unlock and unleash a dozen different special powers for new attacks, healing magic, and time-altering spells.
  • Limitless Adventure – Face a randomly generated battle sequence with every new adventure and battle against a bestiary of over 40 creatures and 7 bosses lurking around ten unique environments.
  • Brimming with Secrets – Each defeated enemy reveals a sliver of the world's lore and the heroes' history.
  • A Vibrant Soundscape – Unlock 4 bonus soundtracks, each in a different musical genre.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista
    • Processor:Pentium 4
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Sound:Generic Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Sound:Generic Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS:Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor:Intel Mac
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card, 256 MB video memory
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Sound:Generic Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card, 256 MB video memory
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Sound:Generic Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor:Pentium 4
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Sound:Generic Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Sound:Generic Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
If I told you that Dungeon Hearts was a match-3 puzzle game, RPG hybrid, would you dismiss it as another Puzzle Quest clone? Well, it is, but you shouldn't, because it isn't. Let me explain...Dungeon Hearts puts you in control of a party of four adventurers who rush headlong from one battle to the next in an unquenchable thirst for glory that doesn't end until they're all dead. As the adventures race in place and the world scrolls past them, monsters appear in a steady stream from the other side of the screen. Defeat one, the next appears, and the battle begins anew.

During battles, which account for about 99% of the gameplay, four lines are drawn horizontally across the screen, each aligned with one of the adventurers. Colored stones scroll along these lines, fate lines as the game calls them, from the right edge of the screen and make their way to the adventurers on the left. Using the mouse you need to drag these stones to place three of them of the same color together either horizontally or vertically. When you do they combine to form a gem that will damage the monster when double-clicked. The gem will also trigger other gems aligned with it either horizontally or vertically to explode, and the more gems in the chain reaction, the more damage is done to the monster. Include gems of different colors in the chain and you'll score even more bonus damage. The gems are also used to trigger the other types of icons that travel down the fate lines. Skulls represent the monster's attacks, and if they're not eliminated before they reach the end of a line they'll damage the adventurer that they hit. Spell and buff icons, for both the party and the monster, are also triggered or destroyed by the gems. If an adventurer dies during a battle, the corresponding colored stones become grayed over and can no longer be used to build gems. This gives you fewer opportunities to make gems, takes away some combos, and puts more obstacles on the fate lines. If you manage to win the battle, the adventurer will be revived for the next. If you lose all four in a battle, then it's game over. Defeat a monster and you'll get to play a fast-paced version of the game in which a tightly packed run of colored stars make their way down the fate lines. Matching three of the same color will level-up the corresponding adventurer, one level per every three stars matched. The game's fantasy theme and level-up bonus levels are the extent of its tie to RPGs, and it's far more of a puzzle game than it is an RPG. The background graphics are colorful and evoke memories of JRPGs of a console generation gone by, but you have to stay so focused on the fast-moving fate lines that you won't really be able to enjoy them. There's no persistence between games, so after your party is all dead you'll begin the next game from the beginning with a group of level one adventurers. And if there was any doubt left about the game's primary nature, at the end of a game you're given a score.

So it's not much of an RPG - no big deal as long as the puzzle part's fun, right? Well, Dungeon Hearts is a fun puzzle game, but also one that's more geared to those with quick reflexes than those who want to carefully setup and execute their gem combos. The game is fast moving and will keep you so focused that you won't be aware that a game can last twenty minutes or more unless you check a clock (luckily, the game will let you pick up where you left off if you need to leave early). My biggest complaint with the game comes from the controls, specifically that the mouse has a tendency to drop a stone as you try to move it around another stone, particular when you 're trying to turn a corner around another stone.

Dungeon Hearts is a fun and challenging puzzle game, but I can see it disappointing gamers looking for more of an RPG element in the game or those who will find that the fate lines move too fast for their tastes. It's certainly the kind of puzzle game you'll come back to now and again. Since it's an indie title and can be had for a relatively low price, it's easy to recommend adding this to your game library.

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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Had alot of trouble playing with a mouse, would work better on a touch screen or a with a keyboard / gamepad. I have lots of frustration with "dropped clicks" where I try and click and drag a block but it doesn't register. This really hurts later on where things get quicker and more hectic.

Game also doesn't play with with dual monitors on Linux. Centers the game resolution for 1 monitor in between both monitors ... you have to play it windowed and drag it onto one monitor or disconnect one monitor.

Interesting idea ... poor execution.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
for once, i don't think I agree with the negative reviews on steam. Although it is entirely possible that I came into this expecting a wreck when I saw most of the negative reviews.

I feel like it's a pretty decent match 3 game. It tries to do something a little different and it feels very fast paced and keeps you on your toes. I weirdly like the music fairly good amount and it is satisfying to get big huge combos and chains on enemies.

For 3 bucks (and I know it goes on sale waaaaaaaaay cheaper) I think it's worth it if you like simple stupid match-3 games. Plus the cards are worth like 40 cents which is what this game goes on sale for anyway too

don't expect any deep gameplay from a match 3 game for 3 bucks obviously though
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
DEUTSCH:
Gute Idee aber recht hard 8/10

ENGLISH:
Great Idea but realy hard 8/10
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