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Dungeon Keeper for Android: Tips and Tricks
EA jumps the mobile strategy bandwagon by bringing the reimagined version
of Bullfrog’s classic tower defense/strategy hybrid to Android and iOS
devices. But, despite good graphics and a multiplayer mode, it seems
hardcore DK fans -diehard fans who loved every bit of Bullfrog’s epic
strategy title – aren’t really impressed by its freemium model. However,
the Clash of Clans-playing crowd will embrace it and may even choose to
ignore the free-to-play formula.
If you are ready to spend cash, have patience or used to the free-to-play
model, then I don’t find any reason why you shouldn’t play this game. It
does have a deep strategy and is probably more engaging than present-day
Android strategy games. However, Clash of Clans fans might need some time
to get familiar with Dungeon Keeper’s gameplay mechanics. If you are new to
this genre or haven’t played the original strategy title, then follow these
tips and tricks:
1. Know the Rules
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- Make sure you hit the claim button to claim rooms that already contain
a stone quarry/gold mine. You will find a few such excavated rooms
scattered around your dungeon. Use your imps to dig out rock tiles to
create a tunnel to the unclaimed room. When the path is clear, just hit the
claim button to capture it.
– You cannot build a defensive room close to another defensive room. You
can order imps to excavate tiles that are adjacent to claimed territory.
– Attackers will enter your dungeon through claimed rooms. Place traps
on tunnels that connect claimed rooms to Dungeon Heart and other defensive
– Make sure you collect stones and gold by tapping on quarries/mines
regularly. Uncollected stones and gold will be snagged by enemy units.
– Whether you are attacking enemy dungeons or defending your lair,
summon units first. To recruit them, hit the summon button just above the
– Protect your dungeon’s heart at any cost. It’s in your enemy’s hit
list. You should also protect all rooms, especially the treasury and
warehouse, which store your hard-earned gold and stone. The treasury and
warehouse isn’t a defensive room and so needs extra protection.
– You get an efficiency boost every time you slap an imp. To do this,
tap on the minion icon at the top-left corner of the screen and swap those
imps. The next boost will be available after 30-40 minutes.
- Upgrade Key Buildings
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- Build and upgrade the hatchery. Every upgrade will increase the minion
cap by 5. The hatchery also doubles up as defensive building. It can launch
massive eggs at invading units.
Upgrade treasury and warehouse to increase gold and stone cap
respectively. Your Dungeon heart will require more stone, so upgrade both
warehouse and quarry to quickly increase stone production.
Upgrade the dark library to increase mana production, faster mana rate
and defense rate.
You can also upgrade traps. Tap on them and level them up to increase
their attack rate and health. Similarly, you can upgrade defensive rooms to
boost their health and attack rate.
- How to Use Gems and Get Them Free
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Most players (and reviewers) have issues with the game’s free-to-play
nature. In several occasions players are forced to use gems to speed up
excavation and construction. Gems are “premium currency” in this game and
although players have access to 500 free gems, there’s always the fear of
running out of those trinkets after using them in tasks that require lots
of time to complete.
Thankfully, there are various ways to earn free gems in Dungeon Keeper, and
they are all hack-free. Here are a few tips to get those jewels. Also in
this mini-guide are a few tips to help you conserve these precious gems,
but first let’s find out how get them for free. (Note: By now most players
might be aware of these tips, but they may help newbies who just can’t
decide when to use them or how to get them free)
Besides free gems from the devil, you will also get 10 extra gems if you
sign-in with your Google account.
While excavating, your imps may discover a few gems hidden beneath those
tiles, and I am not talking about “Gem veins”. These are plain rock tiles
that may contain gems. To go for a sure-shot gem or gold, dig those gem
veins, but it will take more than a couple of hours, sometimes one whole
day to dig them out. Keep digging for these hidden trinkets, but make sure
you have a good layout in mind before excavating tiles.
Completing simple tasks such as claiming stone quarries, researching
spells, constructing new buildings unlock achievements will earn you free
gems. There are lots of achievements to unlock and each achievement has
those special trinkets you want. So keep upgrading, building, researching
to get them free.
Take part in special events. Hit the Raid button and tap on the Survival
Raid button located beside the campaign button. In this special event, you
will need to fend off incoming enemy attacks. Each successful wave your
dungeon survives will earn fabulous rewards, such as gold stone and gems.
4. Using Gems
Save gems for future tasks, especially those that require more time to
complete. Don’t use them for tasks that complete in 4-5 minutes.
You may use them to summon units quickly if you are too impatient, but it
takes hardly ten minutes to summon them. You will need to spend 10 or more
gems to speed up recruitment process. To spend fewer gems, just summon half
of the total units waiting in the queue watch the gem count coming down to
You don’t need to spend gems for upgrading warehouse or treasury. Let one
of your imps toil hard for an hour or so while you concentrate on
constructing traps and summoning minions. Keep this in mind: Don’t waste
those precious gems to speed up upgrades, unless your quarries or
treasuries are full.
5. Unit Advantages and Drawbacks
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- Skeletons act like infantry. They take less damage from defensive
rooms. Deploy them in groups to damage room defenses.
– Bile demons spew poison, which can quickly destroy traps. They are
slow, but quite powerful. These sluggards are immune to poison. Bile demons
are also resource-hungry monsters, so make sure you use them to target
enemy warehouses and treasuries.
– Warlocks are excellent ranged attackers. Their fireballs easily travel
over walls and can be extremely destructive if used to destroy buildings.
But they can be easily killed by trolls.
- Get Free Gold and Stone
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Stones and Gold are required to construct new buildings/traps and upgrade
existing rooms, buildings. There are plenty of ways to earn free stones and
gold. Follow these hints to earn more of these resources:
- Create tunnels to unclaimed stone quarries and gold mines and then
claim them. You may also have a random chance of discovering gold or stones
when digging up rock tiles.
– Upgrade quarries and mines to increase resource output per hour and
production capacity. Next, upgrade warehouse and treasury to increase
– Win offense and defense raids to get lots of stones and gold. You can
also win additional gold and stones if you raid a random player’s dungeon
or take part in a special event.
- Dungeon Defense and Offense Strategies
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Always build traps around the entry point for invaders (gold mine etc.).
Use canons, doors, spike traps to stop them earlier in a raid. While these
traps will keep them busy, deploying your minions in defensive rooms,
warehouse/treasury and Dungeon Heart might turn out to be a cautious move
in case they bypass the entry point.
Build traps in tunnels so that they can act as an obstacle for enemies. Try
building hidden traps such as spring traps, boulder traps, fireburst traps
to fend off a group of trolls and other enemy units.
Research new spells and take advantage of them to inflict area damage/unit
damage during offense raids. Spells cost mana, which can be collected at
the dark library.
While raiding enemy dungeons (this includes dungeons belonging to random
online players), choose the entry point that’s not too heavily guarded.
Observe the dungeon layout and select one entry point from 2-4 entry points
that connects with rooms and tunnels with fewer traps. Remember that trolls
can easily destroy hatcheries, but are vulnerable to voltaic arc (electric
When attacking enemy dungeons, you can only launch units from highlighted
tiles. Select your units and tap on the highlighted tiles to deploy them. A
new room destroyed by them automatically becomes a claimed territory from
which you can deploy units. A claimed room acts as a shortcut to get to the
enemy’s Heart or other rooms.
While defending your dungeon, you can deploy units from highlighted tiles
in each room. This includes the room where the heart is located.
Last updated on February 10, 2014
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