Dungeon Life is a dungeon crawler town-building game where you fight monsters, get better gear, and develop your town. Here is everything you need to know before you start your glorious expedition.
Tip #1 – Delving into the abyss
The first thing you need to know about the game is the most pivotal part of any dungeon crawler – the dungeon. Each level is largely automatic, your character progresses through the level on its own and fights anything that comes near it. Your job is to activate abilities to keep your character alive whilst tapping relentlessly to increase the ‘tap bonus’.
Starting abilities cover an Alchemist Jug which heals health, a Mystic Hourglass, which slows all enemies, and a Death Token, which doubles critical hit chance at the cost of health. The former abilities have proved useful and life-saving on numerous occasions in the dungeon, but the Death Token does what it says on the tin. It will most likely actually kill you most of the time unless you pair it with the Alchemist Jug, which is more of a waste than anything else. If you are in a pinch, using the Death Token won’t help your odds, at least not until you level it up enough in the Skillsmith so it hardly hurts you upon activation. But in the beginning, I would stray far from the ability.
Your tap bonus increases your damage up to 250% just from tapping. You needn’t tap so much that your fingers ache, just consistently enough not to dip. No matter how fast you tap, the meter will fill up at the same pace, so don’t go overboard. The tap bonus is something you definitely want to be topped up at all times.
Just because your character is doing most of the work, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your eyes peeled! Chests appear unassuming in most dungeons, waiting for you to tap on them. They will either procure lots of money, or they will morph into horrific mimics that turn into some sort of miniboss. They’re scarcely taxing, so I would take the risk every time. If the mimic defeats you, then you weren’t ready for the special monsters at the end of the tunnel, anyway.
Tip #2 – Explore your town
Time not spent in the dungeon will be spent hiring people to work at the important shops and investing in them. In Dungeon Life, your town consists of a Blacksmith, your home, a skilled smith, and a wishing tree. Your blacksmith, once hired for a one-off payment, will be responsible for upgrading your gear. It is tempting to upgrade everything, but don’t be so hasty. At the end of each level will present with one piece of gear, which usually will be better than the one you currently have on. My advice would be to only upgrade the gear of a legendary, or rare, quality, so you know that you won’t be spending money on gear just to find a better piece of kit for free in your next dungeon run.
Each of these buildings has benefits for investing in them: The blacksmith will provide bigger discounts; your home will give you higher damage resistance; the skilled smith will help you find more loot at the end of each level, and the wishing tree will increase the chance of finding better quality gear. It is significant that you invest in your buildings, but most importantly, your home. The creatures in the dungeon will get harder and harder, so making sure you’ll stay alive is paramount for success. The other buildings’ investment bonuses are more of an optional feature to further streamline your progression, getting stronger faster. But all of that falls flat without having the base defense to stave off monsters.
Tip #3 – Heed the peasants!
One of my favorite features of Dungeon Life is the people you save from the dungeon after every 10 levels. The more people you save from the clutches of the dungeon will live in the town and will provide taxes as well as other bonuses unlocked by reaching population thresholds.
The taxes they generate, even with just two people, is astronomical. After merely a few days of off-line activity had given me a lump sum of over 700K gold. I was shocked. If you are ever in a pinch, just wait a few days. Your town will have the makeover of its dreams! I would suggest pumping all of the money into your investments, mainly your home and then your wishing tree.
Dungeon Life is a fun little dungeon crawler that’s great for passing the time. Interested in Dungeon Life? You can download the game from Google Play. Any other tips you have? Pop them into the comments below.
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