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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot: Dungeons and D-bags

For the most part, videogames take themselves too seriously. While many of them have fantastic tales to spin and incredible characters to introduce us to, not too many developers actively work towards making us laugh. Of course, here we are, mere weeks after the release of South Park: The Stick of Truth, perhaps the funniest game ever made. Ubisoft's free-to-play dungeon crawler/ castle defense game The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot seeks to combine the loot-driven clickfest of Diablo, the micromanagement of Dungeon Keeper, and the humor of Monkey Island. Without its sense of humor, it would be difficult to recommend a game that has its influences tattooed on its forehead like this one does. But alas, the charm breaks through and you have a game that is worth a look.

Welcome to Opulencia, a community in the sky for heroes. And by "a community in the sky for heroes," I mean "a place where home invasions are more common than leather belts." You're the new guy in town, and after a series of events concerning a particularly shady businessman, you end up in possession of a castle, which you must simultaneously improve and defend. But how do you do this? By scouring through dungeons for resources and loot, with which you can upgrade your defenses and power yourself up enough to explore even more dungeons. Yes, the vicious cycle of this particular game type is left marvelously intact, and gamers with a predilection for this genre will find the hours slipping away.

There are four classes to choose from initially; the other three can be bought after making your first selection. They're pretty standard as far as these adventure role playing games go. Once you make your choice, you adventure forth to a series of castles, cleaning them out completely in the hopes of becoming stronger and richer. It's standard Diablo style gameplay, but with enemies called "derps" and so on and so forth. The dungeons are fast and furious, never taking very long to get from beginning to end, adding to the bite-sized nature of the game.

Once you're finished raiding, it's time to upgrade. You've got a standard skill tree to proceed down, and a Bastion-like home base which can be fortified with traps and creatures, which can be purchased with the life force acquired in the field. Once you're done, you can validate your castle's defenses by trekking through them towards the heart. The tougher it is, the more protected your gold will be.

Trailer for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is the first free-to-play game I've tried in a long time, and though it has its charms, I don't think it's something I'll return to. And with the release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, it's hard to imagine any like-minded gamer disagreeing with that sentiment. But, you know, it's funny and free. How often can you say that about something?

-FenixDown, GameVortex Communications
AKA Jon Carlos

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