Get your head out of the gutter, I don’t mean that kind of love. Gameloft via their twitter account announced today that they are giving away Dungeon Hunter to Android users for free as part of their Advent Calendar gift run that is currently going on.
I applaud Gameloft on this promotion they are doing, it is always good to give users free apps, but do they have to make it so difficult? Gameloft is notorious for the licensing policy that they have put in place for Android, a policy that is glaring even with this free giveaway today. After seeing the twitter announcement, I of course fired up the Vibrant to get the title and see how the game played so I could relay the info to you. Upon getting to the GameLoft page where you can begin the download process (not through the Market of course, sorry AT&T users), I went to select the Vibrant in the list of devices. When I did that, the free download link disappeared! I had to tell Gameloft that I had a Droid to get the link to send my mobile number a text message. I am happy to say that from that point, everything went the way a gameloft title goes. Download an .apk, install, then download another 181 MB of data to run the game.
As far as the game itself, it is a pretty nice title! I played it for about twenty minutes before writing, and the initial reaction I had to it was positive. Great graphics, some solid game concepts and pretty good entertainment value. I would say that it feels like a cross between Gauntlet, Diablo and WOW. (WOW as far as the execution of attacks, spells etc.) I have to give Gameloft some credit for giving away a title that actually has some value, and is not a throwaway.
Putting the issue of the method of delivery aside, kudos to Gameloft for giving Dungeon Hunter away. Go check it out and let us know what you think.