The focus of the story in Dungeons revolves around you gaining notoriety, expanding your territory, and first pleasing then destroying the three bosses who are now ahead of you on the path to the top spot. These bosses issue challenges during your levels and eventually you battle them, these battles steeply range from interesting to dull and repetitive.
Graphically Dungeons is a mixed bag, viewed from the higher perspectives it looks pretty good, but zoomed in close, the models are not very attractive and the framerate takes a huge hit. The overall look and feel is pretty good though and the audio is actually excellent. The voice acting is surprisingly competent and the music is atmospheric enough to actually help the feel of the game.
Dungeons isn’t a terrible game, it is just one that isn’t sure what to do. The dungeon simulation is very vanilla with little actual control in your hands and there are far too many steps to get everything in motion. The combat is basic but workable and never seems like a chore, except for the constant running around you need to do. There are many scenario specific challenges and once you get into the swing of things it is kind of nice to see your dungeon alive with activity. It is just a shame that Dungeons doesn’t deliver a more cohesive experience which could have made it surpass the great Dungeon Keeper.
Dungeons is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood, Violence.