Dungeon Fighter Online (DFO) is an old but gold, anime-based, side-scrolling, action MMORPG that was revived back in 2015 by its developers, Neople. The game features 13 unique classes and their associated job advancements, a nostalgia-inducing, old-school look that may remind you of games like Double Dragon, and a simple yet exciting gameplay. Sounds like fun? It sure is! After all, it’s not every day an old game gets brought back to life.
Let’s start off with the game’s character creation. As mentioned, DFO features a whopping 13
classes. Each class has their own special set of skills and play style. Among
these classes, the most unique class I’d say is definitely the Creator. Unlike
the other classes, you’ll be primarily using your mouse instead of your
keyboard to play this class. The click-and-attack gameplay makes it feels like
a ‘clicker’-type game, and thus, making the game quite easy to play, and this
helps newer players to ease into the game.
That said, all classes are gender-locked and there
aren’t any character customisation available. Some classes are also basically
the same as its original counterparts, such as the Slayer and the Female Slayer
classes. However, the game more than compensates for this lack of customisation
with a plethora of job advancements. For instance, once a Gunner reached level
18, he can advance to become a ranger, a spitfire, a launcher or a mechanic.
Naturally, different advancements will alter how you play your character, and
this may pique your interest to try all of the classes and their job
advancements. Thus, DFO provides up to 25 free character slots for you to do
exactly that. How many free-to-play games do you know that is as generous as DFO?
Not to mention, the game is not only appealing because
its generosity, but also its gameplay. The controls are very
simple to learn in DFO, allowing players to easily hop right into the game. For
most classes, you’ll be using the usual WASD keys to move, the C key to jump, Z
to use your character skill, and X to attack and to loot items. This makes the
game seems very straightforward and simple. However, the game is not at all a
mere hack-and-slash. One of the game’s main features for combat is damage
avoidance. In fact, how much reward you’ll get for clearing a dungeon rely
heavily on how little hits you’ve received. Furthermore, the game also has a
combo system that will boost up your damage drastically depending on how many
combos (continuous blows) that you’ve managed to inflict on your enemies.
The enemies will get cleverer the higher the level
they are. There will also be obstacles, like trees, on the landscape that
enemies can hide behind. They will know how to dodge, will move around more and
have more devastating abilities that you’ll need to avoid. With so many
challenging elements in the game to spice things up, it is no wonder that DFO
is still here today despite being a 10-year-old game.
In terms of its PvE
aspect, the game’s questing system mainly requires you to keep heading into
dungeons to complete them. The Quest Book that you have is very convenient as
it allows you to take all the quests while you’re in town without the need to
seek out and approach each individual quest giver. You can also turn in quests
via your Quest Book. Need some help to find a quest location? Your Quest Book
can help you as well.
there are several difficulty levels you can choose from, and naturally, higher
difficulty equals better rewards. You can attempt a dungeon alone or in a
party, and a rank will be given to gauge your performance. The rank you get
depends on your score, and points can be earned based on your style, technic
(which I’m assuming is ‘technique’) and how many hits you took. What if you are
a PvP enthusiast instead? Well, in that case, DFO provides plenty of opportunities
in the form of 1-on-1s and coliseum fights that you can participate in.
One of the most interesting (and most debated over)
features in DFO is definitely its fatigue
system. The system is put into place to keep you from playing the game too
much and it does help to reduce the number of gold farmers in the game. The
devs also provides an attractive bonus - 2 times more XP if you have less
fatigue from the previous day - for players who comply with the system.
Of course, for players who feel restricted by this
system, they could always purchase and consume fatigue potions from the cash
shop in order to continue to play. The cash shop in the game also stocks a
variety of other items, such as convenience items, inventory upgrades, more
character slots, avatar skins, and also creature eggs that will hatch into
In short, Dungeon Fighter Online is a game that has
withstood the test of time not only because of the game’s fun gameplay alone,
but also due to its strong and loyal community. If you’d love to be a part of
this, you should definitely check this game out.
Old But Gold Action RPG
Peer to peer so if you’re connecting to the game from
outside the US, you might not get a really great connection. The lag might be
Female slayer – with entirely different advance jobs (not
always different though)
Mage – only 2 adv jobs – elemental bomber and glacial
Female mage - 4
Thief - 3
Knight (female) – 2 adv jobs
Dark knight – no job adv
Creator – no job adv – uses mouse instead of keyboard
to click and attack (like a clicker). Mouse to control her magical abilities –
use mouse to scorch the enemies for example. Makes it really easy to play Advanced
jobs at level 18 – for example, a Gunner can advance into a ranger, a spitfire,
a launcher or a mechanic.
No Character Customisation
Whopping 25 character slots for free – definitely not
your average free-to-play game
In the form of comics.
A series of disastrous events befell the world,
leaving it in chaos, but the world is healing itself and pieces are starting to
fit back together.
Fell from the Empyrean.
Old-School Look –
Looks like Double Dragon
Arrow keys to move – 2.5D side scrolling game.
Double tap left or right keys to run.
Simple attack buttons – X to attack, Z to use your
skill (assigned to your skill bar) and C to jump.
X to loot items – auto loot money and boosts Combat is
very straightforward and simple Combo system – deal continuous damage Very easy
at first – but as you gain more skills, the game gets more difficult – got
obstacles that enemies can hide behind like trees. Enemies will know how to
dodge, will move around more and have more devastating abilities.
Learn Skills from
Nice dropdown text tutorial to teach you how to use
the new skill system.
Using SP points that you can get by levelling up.
Each skill can be levelled up to Master rank.
Can respect for free – in town.
Can restructure your combos – set up max 6 skills for different
phases of your combo. Can save multiple combos (6).
Upgrade Weapon –
Use Gold to Upgrade, No Other Costs or Restrictions
Epic and feat – keep heading into dungeons to complete
Coloured to show difficulty.
No need to go to NPCs to pick up or complete quests –
can use the quest book to do that.
The book also has location help for each quest.
Once your character reached level 50 and above, you
can summon him or her as a support character for the character you’re currently
playing as .
When the summon button is pressed, the support char
will then come in and do an ability.
Cost? Need many items that you can get by dismantling
loot that you don’t need.
Move through the many areas in the game by levelling
up. However, high difficulties can only be unlocked once
you’ve completed the previous difficulty.
Several difficulty levels for you to choose from –
higher difficulty = better rewards. But you need to first unlock the previous
easier difficulty first. Easy> Medium> Hard.
Most parts of the game that are instanced (except in
cities) – so if you are in a party, you can see your party members. If not,
Scores are given to gauge your performance (your rank)
– style and technic (which I’m assuming is ‘technique’), how many hits you took
At the end got boss\get experience and rewards based
on your rank.
Uncover cards to see which loot you get – equipments, money,
End of dungeon – options: retry, find quick party and
retry, select another dungeon or go back to town.
Game Is Linear
PvP – 1-on1coliseum
Earn titles - achievements
Eenerous inventory slots
Fatigue System –
Keeping you from playing too much.
Reducing gold spammers.
2x more XP if you have less fatigue from the previous
Avatar skins for different classes (has expiration
Can buy using either real cash or in-game currency.
DFO Power Leveling