Take the silliness of a Shrek movie, the dungeon crawling in Diablo, and a level-editing system a la Dungeon Keeper, mix all that together with asynchronous multiplayer, and you'll have an idea of what The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is all about. Ubisoft Montreal's free-to-play dungeon defender challenges players to complete custom-made levels for hordes of loot and bragging rights, all while keeping their own castle protected.
There are two game modes in The Mighty Quest: Attack and Defend. Clicking on the Attack icon zooms you in on your hero, who you can outfit with gear, assign new abilities, and attack other players' castles. Once you're in a dungeon, the gameplay feels like any Diablo-style RPG, as you use a set of four swappable special abilities to plow through your foes. If you manage to get your hero past the dungeon's monsters and traps within the time limit, you'll earn yourself a wealth of loot, including rare armor, weapon drops, and piles of gold. Once you gather enough riches, you can purchase new items for your hero, or buy creatures and defenses for your own castle.
Clicking on the Defend mode brings you to the game's castle editor. Here, you build the layout of your castle using a simple drag-and-drop interface. As you gain experience, you'll be able to place higher level creatures in the form of giant ogres and minion-spawning undead, and more challenging traps like sticky-mine fields or a gauntlet of spiky, oscillating hamster wheels. The Battle Log keeps track of the successes and failures of you and your aggressors, offering opportunities for you to get back at successful raiders with the aptly named Revenge button.
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The Knight equips heavy armor and uses close-quarters attacks
Players can fill their castles with a variety of creatures
Choose four skills to use from your unlocked abilities
Various traps disable or damage your hero
The Archer excels at long-ranged combat
Gaining experience enables you to equip better weapons and use devastating abilities
Every castle you enter feels different than the last