If there's one thing the App Store is sorely lacking, it's competent dungeon crawlers. Sure, there are tons of great roguelikes, but nothing has come close to scratching the itch that Diablo originally created for me. Pixel Mine's Underworlds [99ยข / Free / HD] is a favorite of mine that has been updated with new content a few times, and Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter [$4.99 / Free / HD] is a lot of fun, but otherwise my thirst to slay legions of monsters and collect mountains of loot has gone unquenched on the iPhone.

This is where it sounds like iPhone developer 3D ATTACK is comes in, as they're hard at work on Dungeon Legend, a classic dungeon crawler that takes place in a full 3D environment with a customizable camera system that you can rotate and zoom around your character. The developers are reluctant to reveal anything about the story just yet, but have assured me that the game will be about much more than "just go and kill whatever monster comes your way."

3D ATTACK has released the following teaser video, which doesn't show a whole lot, but it's not hard to imagine how good the rest of the game could look if this is what the environment is going to look like:

The 3D ATTACK team are all in their mid 30's and list off Diablo, Baldur's Gate, and Dungeons & Dragons as their influences, and they're looking to get the "pen and paper feel," as they put it, in to the game. Dungeon Legend is going to have an original soundtrack, and multiple character classes and quests to complete.

The game isn't scheduled for release until later this year or early next year, but given the severe lack of dungeon crawlers on the App Store, it's not hard to get excited for another one even with only vague details and a release that is months away.

  • riggysmalls

    please tell me this isnt ipad only....

    • jsrco

      seconded that

    • Mediocre

      iPad only.

      • riggysmalls

        sigh* really.... so lame.

      • PahnCrd

        I don't want a damned iPad since it serves no purpose that I need fulfilled, since if I wanted to carry an iPad with me I might as well carry a laptop and have a lot more capability.

        The point of my iPhone is that it is the only device that I need to have on me, and it is always there just in case I need it. With an iPad I would have to plan on having to time to play it or use it as it is too bulky to just carry around on daily errands.

        In other words, the fact that this game is iPad only makes me upset.

      • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

        Gaming on the iPad is a totally, completely, unimaginably different thing, though. An iPad game is not an iPhone game. Plays entirely not the same. iPad comes closer to normal console gaming on your TV, without the latest hardware graphics. Sure, I have my iPad at home at all times (so might just as well play console, right?) but it's simply another gaming platform that I can play games for. Besides, I can take it with me on the toilet or in bed. ;)

        People are understandably upset that they're not getting some games on their iPhones, but personally I would also like to see more games aimed completely at the iPad. There is so much gaming potential here. Just hold one for a couple of hours with a decent game to know.

      • Greg

        Agreed! Thank you. The iPad is a "don't knock it till you try it" device. Everyone hates on it, and when they spend an hour or two they fall in love with it. I have NEVER let someone try my iPad and have them not say "I want one".

  • riggysmalls

    please tell me this isnt ipad only....

    • jsrco

      seconded that

    • Mediocre

      iPad only.

      • riggysmalls

        sigh* really.... so lame.

      • PahnCrd

        I don't want a damned iPad since it serves no purpose that I need fulfilled, since if I wanted to carry an iPad with me I might as well carry a laptop and have a lot more capability.

        The point of my iPhone is that it is the only device that I need to have on me, and it is always there just in case I need it. With an iPad I would have to plan on having to time to play it or use it as it is too bulky to just carry around on daily errands.

        In other words, the fact that this game is iPad only makes me upset.

      • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

        Gaming on the iPad is a totally, completely, unimaginably different thing, though. An iPad game is not an iPhone game. Plays entirely not the same. iPad comes closer to normal console gaming on your TV, without the latest hardware graphics. Sure, I have my iPad at home at all times (so might just as well play console, right?) but it's simply another gaming platform that I can play games for. Besides, I can take it with me on the toilet or in bed. ;)

        People are understandably upset that they're not getting some games on their iPhones, but personally I would also like to see more games aimed completely at the iPad. There is so much gaming potential here. Just hold one for a couple of hours with a decent game to know.

      • Greg

        Agreed! Thank you. The iPad is a "don't knock it till you try it" device. Everyone hates on it, and when they spend an hour or two they fall in love with it. I have NEVER let someone try my iPad and have them not say "I want one".

  • Xeliorones

    Please tell me it will the first top class rpg on ipad. ;-)

  • Xeliorones

    Please tell me it will the first top class rpg on ipad. ;-)

  • Anon

    Give me the option to play this online with 3-7 other players and I will shell out up to $10-15 dollars for this game. If its just going to be another offline Diablo clone on the iPad well, I would rather play Pocket Legends which I think I already spent upwards of $30 dollars on since its release.

  • Anon

    Give me the option to play this online with 3-7 other players and I will shell out up to $10-15 dollars for this game. If its just going to be another offline Diablo clone on the iPad well, I would rather play Pocket Legends which I think I already spent upwards of $30 dollars on since its release.

  • Mediocre

    Please tell me why everyone keeps saying please tell me.

  • Mediocre

    Please tell me why everyone keeps saying please tell me.

  • http://klicktock.com Matt

    Love Dungeon Crawlers. Hoping that this turn based tactical :) Heh. Looking forward to more videos.

  • http://klicktock.com Matt

    Love Dungeon Crawlers. Hoping that this turn based tactical :) Heh. Looking forward to more videos.

  • yerro

    This looks awesome, can't wait to see it in the AppStore :D

  • yerro

    This looks awesome, can't wait to see it in the AppStore :D

  • JCat

    Sweet pics, but it's the game-play I'm interested in.

  • JCat

    Sweet pics, but it's the game-play I'm interested in.

  • Chad

    @Mediocre

    A lot of people want it on PC, so it's not a IPAD only game.

    I'm also on PC so you should definitely consider us as consumers as well!

  • Chad

    @Mediocre

    A lot of people want it on PC, so it's not a IPAD only game.

    I'm also on PC so you should definitely consider us as consumers as well!

  • Epileptiiisddflkbdfs

    Shouldn't it be "Sneak PeEk"?

  • Epileptiiisddflkbdfs

    Shouldn't it be "Sneak PeEk"?

  • DeadCell

    Baldur's Gate as an influence? SOLD!

  • DeadCell

    Baldur's Gate as an influence? SOLD!

  • Dave

    Please. Goes down in the top five worst teaser movies ever.

    • Steverd

      AGREE!!!!

      The preview showed nothing but boring rooms and buildings zooming in or out. I almost fell alseep watching it.

  • Dave

    Please. Goes down in the top five worst teaser movies ever.

    • Steverd

      AGREE!!!!

      The preview showed nothing but boring rooms and buildings zooming in or out. I almost fell alseep watching it.

  • KB

    I really like dungeon crawlers but guess I'll be passing on this one as I'm more of a fan of the iPhone and iTouch due to their pocket size and don't plan on getting an iPad.

  • KB

    I really like dungeon crawlers but guess I'll be passing on this one as I'm more of a fan of the iPhone and iTouch due to their pocket size and don't plan on getting an iPad.

  • araczynski

    looking forward to this, definitely want it for my ipad over my itouch, all that juicy goodness shouldn't be wasted on a tiny screen.

    then again, a lot of rpg's manage to work somewhat well on the touch/phone screen sizes, so perhaps they'll find a way to make the rest happy as well.

  • araczynski

    looking forward to this, definitely want it for my ipad over my itouch, all that juicy goodness shouldn't be wasted on a tiny screen.

    then again, a lot of rpg's manage to work somewhat well on the touch/phone screen sizes, so perhaps they'll find a way to make the rest happy as well.

  • Jason

    Looks great, winter sounds good.. Would be nice to see some npcs at least. I hope they have a full/long story with several char types

  • Jason

    Looks great, winter sounds good.. Would be nice to see some npcs at least. I hope they have a full/long story with several char types

  • Miffy

    Don't worry when it doesn't sell on the iPad it'll have to come to the iPhone and iPod touch.

    • mike

      then you'll complain that the interface/graphics are lame on a screen 1/4 the size...

      • riggysmalls

        Look at dungeon hunter, that game is an amazing example of a dungeon crawler that plays remarkably well on an iphone. also playing around with my friends ipad for awhile did not lead me to believe that it is an entirely different form of playing games as was previously stated. All i know is i would like to see this game on the iphone.

    • Greg

      So you are saying that iPhone and iPod Touch owners have better taste than iPad owners who won't buy RPGs... or that you want to buy a game that was so crappy that 3.5 million consumers passed it by? I'm not seeing the coherent rationale.

  • Miffy

    Don't worry when it doesn't sell on the iPad it'll have to come to the iPhone and iPod touch.

    • mike

      then you'll complain that the interface/graphics are lame on a screen 1/4 the size...

      • riggysmalls

        Look at dungeon hunter, that game is an amazing example of a dungeon crawler that plays remarkably well on an iphone. also playing around with my friends ipad for awhile did not lead me to believe that it is an entirely different form of playing games as was previously stated. All i know is i would like to see this game on the iphone.

    • Greg

      So you are saying that iPhone and iPod Touch owners have better taste than iPad owners who won't buy RPGs... or that you want to buy a game that was so crappy that 3.5 million consumers passed it by? I'm not seeing the coherent rationale.

  • Icepulse

    I really dug "D&D Tactics" on the PSP. Shame that it froze every 20 min. Otherwise, it was a fine example of a full-blown D&D campaign in portable format. I would LOVE to see that mechanic at work on the iPad.

  • Icepulse

    I really dug "D&D Tactics" on the PSP. Shame that it froze every 20 min. Otherwise, it was a fine example of a full-blown D&D campaign in portable format. I would LOVE to see that mechanic at work on the iPad.

  • Mike Wagner

    Environment art looks nice. :) One request to the team (I know you're reading) and that is to bring the light up. Dark dungeons/games on a portable device are more aggravating than moody.
    Otherwise looking forward to seeing more :)

  • Mike Wagner

    Environment art looks nice. :) One request to the team (I know you're reading) and that is to bring the light up. Dark dungeons/games on a portable device are more aggravating than moody.
    Otherwise looking forward to seeing more :)

  • DamnMan

    Those are bullshots...

  • DamnMan

    Those are bullshots...

  • Bo

    You mention Underworlds (good game) and Dungeon Hunter (sorely lacks gameplay value). What about Solomon's Keep? I think Solomon's Keep is closer to achieving Diablo gameplay than any of the other two. One downside is that it's mage-only but still.

  • Bo

    You mention Underworlds (good game) and Dungeon Hunter (sorely lacks gameplay value). What about Solomon's Keep? I think Solomon's Keep is closer to achieving Diablo gameplay than any of the other two. One downside is that it's mage-only but still.

  • Quickmix

    I think it's perfect for the iPad.
    Can't wait for the Release.

    I have a iPhone 4, iPad and MacBook, but since I have my
    iPad a use it many times more then my MacBook.
    I can do the same with and a lot more.
    It's thinner, smaller and much better to handle on any place I stay.
    And the iPad is a lot better to play Games for me.

    So more iPad Games only please :)

  • Quickmix

    I think it's perfect for the iPad.
    Can't wait for the Release.

    I have a iPhone 4, iPad and MacBook, but since I have my
    iPad a use it many times more then my MacBook.
    I can do the same with and a lot more.
    It's thinner, smaller and much better to handle on any place I stay.
    And the iPad is a lot better to play Games for me.

    So more iPad Games only please :)