Dungeon Village Walkthrough Strategy Guide

Dungeon Village is Kairosoft Co’s latest game for the android.

Kairosoft’s isometric pixel graphics game for the Android never disappoint, and Dungeon Village is my favourite yet! In this article I will give you a guide to some of the key strategies to play the game. The game isn’t perfectly balanced and may cause some difficulties, to make the game play more smooth a few things to keep in mind will stop you from needing to restart.

WARNING: VERY ADDICTIVE! and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Buildings

Buildings are a primary way to generate income. The amount of income a building can generate depends on it’s level and surroundings, which are the 8 spaces around them. You may also let buildings consume your consumable items to increase the value and quality of the building, but it may not be worth spending such items here and should be saved up for sale back to the store (see Money & Points).

Town Layout

As buildings get major bonuses by their surroundings, town layout is very important to maximise your town’s limited area. There are also plants like trees and flowers that give boosts. So my strategy is to plant something in the center of 8 surrounding buildings, to fill in 9 tiles and give paths all the way around these buildings. Another thing I have done is taken the places that generate the most, such as the Circus (unlocked after a few years) and also the Inn. These places generate MASSIVE income, at year 8 I generate over $150,000 from 4 of these types of buildings. So what I do with my Inns is dedicate 9 tiles for it, the Inn is in the center and 7 “Narcissus” plants around it, leaving a path in from of the inn for visitors to walk into. Each of the “Narcissus” plants (which give the best money boost and unlocked early in the game and is only $400, while other trees may cost double, but provide lower money boosts) gives +50Gold and +10 Quality. 

While Inns and circus generate around $50000 a month, other buildings still don’t generate much even after half the games life span (7years). They will possibly even make losses of up to -2,000 or won’t generate over 2000. One experiment will be to remove all the other buildings. However these buildings do provide stat upgrades and equipment to uses for no extra cost, beside it’s lease value. 

Getting Residents to move in

The easiest thing to do is to get them one by one, each time you unlock new items, give it to the next adventurer until he decides to move it (only if the equip is suitable and an upgrade). Also make sure to have empty lots so that they want to move in.

Money

Money is not well balanced in the game, you will be scraping the barrel until you reach-late 2 star rating for your town. Because 3 star rating takes a long time to achieve due to you needing to earn $35,000 income in a month (from your buildings losses and profits, limited by your small town space). When you finally achieve rank 3, you may be able to achieve rank 4 in just a few months, because of its very watered down requirements.

Exploration and Monster Battles

I tend to go for explorations before monster battles, and when those are not available, then I will go for the monster battles. Monster battles are probably there to give training, and I see them as a “loss of value” while exploration gathers a ton of value and items. And monster battles somehow in the middle of the game become super difficult, with a mob of around 8 1-hit KO each turn… So a good thing to do will probably be strengthen your fighters with weapons, and give them HP and DEF boosts from an early stage of the game.

Town Expansions

You are able to expand the town twice, at around after 2 stars and after 4 stars. The cost for this is 100 and 200 Town Points, respectively.

Ask about other things in the comments!

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  1. Posted March 28, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Hey, thanks for the ideas you bring here, some of the things (such as the 7 narcissus and the inn) didn’t really come to mind :P

    Could you possibly post if you find a solution (or more tips) to the hard monster quests midgame? I found the exact same thing, the advisor tells me that 7 heroes should be easy peasy, but all the monsters one shot my heroes so… what gives? :P
    Thanks.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    so the game only have up to 2 city expansions :(
    i’m already at 5 stars and trying to unlock everything (now already at 20years) :P
    guess i’ll try something else

  3. Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Thanks @Anon,

    @Jonathan, yeah, the Inn is a great source of income and the narcissus boost over $300 a use!

    For the hard monster quests midway, i started to avoid them, but once i got to 4 stars, i suddenly had a $90000 which i invested into weapons and armour into as many adventurers I could. Now I have nearly the best armour and weapons for all my adventurers, they still faint, but they can defeat the mobs in around 1 month. Still not sure if its worth it =P

    A new strategy I will try next is boosting 1 adventurer and tank through the game, I wonder if i can keep giving it items and if there is a stat cap, like there are level caps…

  4. fede
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    @stewies i tried the tank way and im still getting knocked. of course the tank can hold 3 or 4 ko hits but cannot fight alone with the mob. im getting the 3 month timeout each time. also he is very expensive to add to quests when is not in there from the beginning

    im now trying with the healing spellbook from the cauldron

    ps. thanks for the inn tip

  5. bong
    Posted May 9, 2012 at 7:32 am

    my dungeon village hangs up suddenly when it tells about the stores that the adventurers are talking about like the bakery.. :S
    what can I do with that??? :( ((

  6. Posted May 10, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Another tip is if you are trying to get a star but you don’t meet the income requirements, sell all your properties that don’t make a profit!

  7. Posted May 10, 2012 at 5:15 am

    @fede, if your quest relies on a tank make sure to heal him with pots whenever he is down. And make sure to give the healing spell to many of your adventurers so they can heal each other.

    @bong, this issue is most likely between the game itself or your device. If you are desperate, you could contact the developers to add more support for your device…

  8. Drix45
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

    How to unlock castle

  9. DRDave
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    @Drix45

    Attract the Princess (just keep making the village really really popular and she’ll come eventually), get her to move in to the town, she’ll give you the ability to get the castle.

  10. missfleesha
    Posted June 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

    how do i expand, im at 2 stars, but i didnt read what it told me to do :(

  11. Posted June 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    @missfleesha

    Open the menu > Manage > Upgrade Town

    This gives you the requirements for the next star, as well as the button to confirm your upgrade (its not automatic after the first star).

  12. JohnathanMonkey
    Posted June 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    How did you guys get the level 3 star?? I am stuck at 20,648 income and it won’t go up no mater how much income I generate?

  13. Posted June 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    That star is the hardest, Your income updates by month and if you don’t beat last months high score then it does not update.

    Build 2 – 3 hospitals and 2 – 3 circus these generate the most money, and even if you have a few, they still supply better profits then everything else combined

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