Dungeon Hearts is what it was set out to be; a different match-three puzzle game with intensely strategic elements added in with the mix. For $3, I definitely can't complain, and anyone with decent hand-eye coordination and a durable trigger finger probably won't either, since the game does require both of these, especially on the higher difficulties and further in to the story mode.
There are only two things I can possibly make a negative remark about. The "XP rewards," which one uses to buy rudimentary upgrades for each of the 4 individual characters, are very stingy (there are tens of upgrades in the shop, and they all cost between 20-110 XP, while a full story-mode completion, which takes usually around 50 minutes, only gives you 11, 22, or 33 xp on average when finishing on easy, medium, or hard difficulty, respectively). There is also the fact that if you do the entire story without a break (saving and resuming later is possible, however), you'll probably feel like you have carpal tunnel in whichever hand you hold the mouse in for several minutes afterwards, as playing the game does require many precise clicks and rapid mouse movements.
However, neither of the negatives impact the actual gameplay, which is fun, intense, and both simple and complex at the same time. Not to mention the game comes with up to five soundtracks, which are all absolutely amazing and go perfectly with the theme of the game. I personally can already tell that I'm going to get more hours of entertainment out of this than some of the games I've spent $10-20 on simply because of my love for intensive and strategic puzzle games, and anyone else with similar interests in gaming genres will probably be able to say the same. $3 well spent!
Publicada: 11 dezembro 2013