Got to say, Dungeon Boss has me well and hooked less than a week after picking it up for the first time. It’s hit this sweet spot with casual gameplay, collectables, dungeon running, looting, and a not-that-annoying business model.
I’ve slowly and gradually been picking up on a few tactics and strategies along the way, and wanted to pass them along to anyone else who’s playing.
(1) Click on sparklies in the background
Every so often when you’re running a dungeon you’ll see that a background item — a gate, vase, rock, what have you — is subtly sparkling. If you click on it before you move on to the next screen, you’ll get a bit of treasure. Usually it’s gold, but sometimes it’s an extra stamina point.
(2) Work on the three ways of leveling up your characters
Every character has three lanes of progression. The first is XP, as characters can level up to your overall level, allowing you to buy new levels of their skills and basic attacks. The second is to collect hero tokens to eventually give them a new star level, which exponentially increases that character’s power. And the third is to collect “evos” (the little blobby guys you sometimes see in dungeons) to ascend the character two more times for additional skills.
(3) Create a core team
There’s a lot of synergy going on between characters, and once you have more than five or six, you’ll want to start investing your time and money into a core team that synergizes well together. That core team should also be used to protect your dungeon, since those will be the characters you’ll have leveled up the most.
Every day I make sure to run dungeons that award tokens for my core team’s heroes. The easy way to do that is to open up the hero screen and click on the question mark next to their leveling bar. That opens up a panel with quick ports to dungeon levels with unclaimed daily tokens.
(4) Don’t spend gold on portal summons!
You will really need gold for skill training, which gets expensive as you level and get more characters. Besides, you can get one or two easy free summons every day just by logging in and doing quests. The gem and hero scroll summons are way better anyway.
Oh, and once you get your dungeon, make sure to empty your coffers a couple of times a day! You also complete a quest for doing that.
(5) Get friends — and use them
Friends in this game are actually really useful (and I’m “syppi” if you want to add me). Each friend gives you the ability to use their designated hero once a day in a dungeon run — it’s like an extra summons that not only helps you with a boss, but gives you 30 honor scrolls for using them. I try to use all of my friends’ summons every day to stock up on those scrolls.
(6) Read up on your heroes
The hero screens are incredibly useful fonts of information with lots of tooltips if you click on things. Finding out the nuances of each hero and how they work with other heroes is a key in creating an unstoppable team. Plus, the artwork and flavor text is often amusing.