Dungeon Crisis review

Dungeon Crisis combines high-quality 3D RPG action with tower-defense and quest themes from Android games to deliver one of the best diversions we've experienced on our phone. The setup is familiar: You defeat a variety of troll-like enemies, typically by hacking them to bits with your sword. This Android game from 108km Tech is free, though you can buy enhancements such as weapons and magic.


Awesome graphics: It looks good, and the sound is excellent, too. Game motion was smooth and free of glitches, and the 3D rendering rivals desktop games of recent vintage.

Swing music: Touchscreen control … Read more

Retro dungeon crawling that's mindlessly entertaining

Devious Dungeon for iOS is an old-school dungeon adventure game that adds RPG elements as you grind through dangerous (and devious) 2D dungeons. Not only do you run and jump from platform to platform as you kill monsters, you also can upgrade your equipment as you progress to higher levels in the game, but the upgrade options are not as extensive as I'd like.

Devious Dungeon was made by Ravenous Games, the same folks who made the similarly-styled League of Evil and Random Heroes games. If you played either of those popular titles, you know these developers aim for … Read more

Dungeons & Dragons yoga: Stretch and storm the castle

At last, Dungeons & Dragons and yoga have joined forces to create an experience so unique it might blow, or at least expand, your mind. It's D&D yoga, combining old and new positions, narrative and meditation, and it could become a regular event.

A group of yoga practitioners and players attended an experimental session on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, and were given 10-sided dice and character sheets to start their journey. The players held poses like "Sword One," which features an outthrust arm. There is even a special pose for rolling the dice.… Read more

Hack and slash through your bank account

Dungeon Hunter 4 (iOS|Android) is the latest installment from Gameloft's popular hack-and-slash RPG franchise, and it gets a lot of things right but may discourage some with an aggressive in-app purchase model.

All the right ingredients As hack-and-slash Diablo-like RPGs go, Dungeon Hunter is one of the best franchises in the genre for smartphones. Set in a medieval fantasy setting, you'll be charged with picking from four character classes, then fighting your way through hordes of demons. You can choose from two ranged classes that include a bow-wielding Sentinel or a spell-casting Warmage. On the melee side … Read more

iPad game 'Infinity Blade: Dungeons' delayed again

It's turning out to be a bumpier road than expected for high-profile iPad game Infinity Blade: Dungeons.

The game, which was previewed onstage by Epic Games as part of Apple's debut of the third-generation iPad last year, now faces further delay following the closure of Impossible Studios, the team put in charge of the project.

Epic today said that it's closing the 6-month-old studio and laying off its team, a move that means another delay for the unreleased game.

"When former members of Big Huge Games approached Epic last year, we saw the opportunity to help … Read more

The 404 1,201: Where REL comes out of the dungeon (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Google Glass to use bone conduction instead of traditional headphones.

- Google searches expose racial bias, says study of names.

- Vampire Weekend announces new album details in the NY Times Classifieds section.… Read more

Castle!: A construction kit that lets RPGers storm the walls

Some of my fondest childhood toy memories revolve around Legos. About the time my brother showed up with a Dungeons & Dragons book, we left the Legos behind. Thanks to the thriving world of role-playing miniatures, that sense of building and creation doesn't have to be consigned to the depths of childhood.

It's always been easy to get your hands on miniature monsters and knights, but creating landscapes for them to play in is another matter. The Castle! Kickstarter from Castle Foundry is looking to provide RPGers with a setting that is just as engaging as their carefully painted minis. … Read more

Ancient d20 die emerges from the ashes of time

Let's go back in time. Way back. Keep going. OK, stop. You're in the Ptolemaic Period. It's somewhere around 304 to 30 B.C. You're in Egypt. You're playing Dungeons & Dragons. Except back then, it's more like Pyramids & Petsuchos.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns what may be the world's oldest d20 die. It's made out of serpentine and looks to be in remarkably good shape for its age. … Read more

Epic's Infinity Blade sequel delay puts it in iPad 4 territory

The work-in-progress game title used to demonstrate the graphical power of Apple's latest iPad may not be ready until Apple debuts the iPad 4.

Infinity Blade: Dungeons, the top-down, dungeon exploring meets finger swashbuckling hybrid that Epic Games demonstrated live on stage at the third-generation iPad's unveiling in March, is now said to be in ongoing development, with no firm release date.

The reason? Developer Impossible Studios, which Epic put together in early August from former employees of Big Huge Games, has been "busy adding their great ideas to the game," according to an interview with … Read more

Dice Gauntlet puts unlimited rolling power on your wrist

Back in my day, we used paper and pencil for our Dungeons & Dragons games. Our fighters and clerics had to walk uphill both ways in the snow to attack a castle. Kids nowadays don't even have to use real dice anymore. They just wave their fists and let the Dice Gauntlet do all the work.

Sweet orc feet, but the Dice Gauntlet from Geekify is a brilliant idea. It's a leather gauntlet with a digital dice system built right in. You get both the tough "Game of Thrones" look and the convenience of two independent displays that can roll two separate dice at a time.… Read more