Dungeon Defenders

LQ: 9.2

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Brain grade: 9.1
Fun score: 9.3

Dungeon Defenders - Educational Game Review
Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 9+ Thinking Skills Used: , , Academic Skills Used:

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In Dungeon Defenders, players will create their very own hero, choosing from a wizard, warrior, a monk, and more. Once the player has created his character, he can either tackle Campaign Mode or take on Challenge Missions.  Regardless of what mode is selected, players will need to protect their base from waves of attacking monsters. To do this, players collect ‘Mana’ from defeated foes, and use it to construct ‘Towers.’ These towers help out in a number of ways, like shooting projectiles and slowing down enemies, so they are essential to use and keep repaired. Once the player has defeated the last monster, the mission will end, and the player will be able to adjust his hero’s equipment and abilities. Due to a fair amount of reading, fantasy violence, and minimal cartoon blood, the game is only recommended for players ages 9 and up.


This game is good for kids who need help with:

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Dungeon Defenders helps kids practice their Planning skills by requiring them to think ahead. Before a wave of monsters is unleashed, players will be given the opportunity to decide how to use their saved mana, and what types of towers to use. They can also buy upgrades between rounds and choose new armor and equipment to use in battle. Players will fight alongside their towers, so ensuring their character is well equipped is essential to victory.

Organization

Arranging and coordinating materials and activities in order to complete a task. Organizing places or things.

Organization plays a big role in creating a good defense in this game, as players need to strategically place groups of towers in key points on the map. For example, a player may want to place a 'wall tower' in front of two 'projectile towers.' This way, monsters will be blocked by the wall, and will be damaged by the projectiles. Furthermore, monsters enter from certain points on the map, allowing players to cluster together towers in order to cut them off.

Time Management

Being efficient and aware of our use of time and effort. Estimating time and meeting deadlines.

Dungeon Defenders is also a great choice for kids that need to work on their Time Management skills. Between waves of attacking monsters, players will be given an amount of time to create new towers, and repair damaged ones. During this period players must budget their time, and do as much as they can to fortify their defenses before the next wave approaches. Also, players must manage their time while in the 'combat phase,' as the horde ceases to attack after a certain amount of time has passed. Players can build and repair during combat, so they must also learn to manage time spent between fighting and tending to towers.

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