Dungeon Hunter Champions

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Fun action game held back by glitches, sloppy vs. battles.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Autoplay button makes single-player a breeze; online versus play takes know-how to succeed.

Violence

Constant bloodless cartoon violence with hand-to-hand weapons, magic abilities.

Sex

Some female characters shown in skimpy costumes.

Language

Rare use of "crap." Chat could expose players to inappropriate language.

Consumerism

Slow progression to gain new powers, levels unless aided by purchases using real money. Watching ads gives you bonus items for play sessions.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dungeon Hunter Champions is a single- and multiplayer free-to-play role-playing game with gameplay built on combat. It features female characters in sexy costumes and the rare use of the word "crap." While characters use weapons and magical abilities to defeat enemies, and the fighting is nonstop, there's no blood or gore shown when characters are defeated. Players can friend one another, form guilds, and chat in-game. Progression is possible but very slow without spending real money, and players can watch ads for bonus items. The app's privacy policy details the kinds of information collected and shared. To read the privacy policy in full, visit developer Gameloft's official website.

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What's it about?

DUNGEON HUNTER CHAMPIONS is a fantasy action role-playing game (RPG) that turns players into "Invokers": godlike entities with the power to summon and control powerful elemental heroes. It features a single-player adventure story mode, an online versus multiplayer mode, and hundreds of unique heroes. Heroes are collected ("summoned," in the game's lingo) and leveled up in single-player mode by completing a series of story missions, then allowed to duke it out during 5v5 multiplayer. Story mode also lets players earn crafting materials, summoning shards, gear, and in-game currency. Missions cost energy, and players can purchase additional energy, healing potions, and summoning gems through the in-game store using real money.

Is it any good?

In some ways, this entry in the popular adventure series is an improvement on previous installments, but it also falls short across some of its other game modes. The single-player story mode is very fun and offers an admittedly typical "good versus evil" narrative with a dose of quirky, self-aware humor. The graphics and sound are nice, and the controls are simple, and should you choose to use it, there's an autoplay button that lets you sit back and win without even trying. Better still, the energy rewards are extremely generous, and you can double your rewards by watching 30-second ads. It's entirely possible to play a good long time without spending a dime, and that's fortunate, because progression could take longer than you expect.

The multiplayer modes (Arena and 5v5) must be unlocked, so don't expect to download the app and jump right into combat against other players. And when those modes are available, don't expect them to handle versus play the way other MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas) do. For one thing, all hero growth and upgrades happen before the match. For another, there's no in-match shop or skill upgrades to buy. These nontraditional multiplayer tweaks you can get used to; what's bothersome are the menu problems that prevent you from knowing if invited friends are entering the match, while other menu issues keep you from receiving post-match rewards. Certainly problems like these could be addressed in the future, but the attempt to synthesize single-player RPGs and online battle arenas could be more than hard-core MOBA fans are willing to swallow.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about multiplayer time limits. Does your family have rules regarding the length of multiplayer game sessions?

  • Discuss how to handle unfriendly online players. If someone's mean to your kids in an online game, do they know how to handle themselves?

  • Talk about money management. How do you manage your in-game spending to get the most fun for your dollar in Dungeon Hunter Champions?

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