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Dofus is a Flash-based tactical turn-oriented massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by Ankama Games,[4] a French computer game manufacturer. Originally released solely in French, it has since been translated into many other languages. It is primarily a pay-to-play game, though it still offers a limited amount of free content. Its success has led to the marketing of spin-off products, such as books, art, comics and a movie released in 2016. It has also led to the development of two continuations: Dofus Arena, released at the beginning of 2006, which is an alternative "tournament" version of Dofus; and Wakfu, a continuation of Dofus.[citation needed] The game has attracted over 40 million players worldwide and is especially well known in France.[5] Today, there are more than 1.5 million subscribers every month on the game.[citation needed]

Dofus
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Developer(s) Ankama Games
Publisher(s) Ankama Edit this on Wikidata
Designer(s) Mathieu Bourgain [1]
Platform(s) Flash
Release
  • WW: September 2005[3]
Genre(s) Massively multiplayer online role-playing game
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Contents

GameplayEdit

Dofus takes place in "The World of Twelve", named for the 12 gods that inhabit it. Players control a 2D avatar belonging to one of 18 character classes in a third-person view. Each class has a unique set of spells that other classes can not obtain. As with most other massively multiplayer online role-playing games, players gain levels by obtaining experience. Experience can be gained by defeating monsters and completing quests. With each level, players gain points that can be used to improve their avatar's characteristics and spells. Players can access new spells and equipment by advancing in level. Players receive a special 'aura' when they reach level 100, and gain a different aura at 200, the maximum level. Players may also decide to take up professions and frequently band together to undertake dungeons. Many also become part of guilds, to more easily coordinate with others. Players complete quests to gain experience and other rewards.[citation needed]

While the game takes place in real-time, combat in Dofus is conducted more like a turn based strategy game – where each player takes it in turns to make a series of moves and attacks within a time limit. As such, when a player attacks monsters – they are transported to a 'copy map' where the fighting takes place. Once a fight begins, no other players may join that fight. Players use a series of spells (which are unique to that character class) to, amongst other effects, attack, heal, buff or drain one's Action Points (AP) or Movement Points (MP). All actions done in combat (by both players and monsters) consumes an amount of AP and all movement consumes MP. In combat if a character loses all of their health points (HP) they're rendered dead.[citation needed]

CHARACTERS

  • Feca's Shield, Fecas have a human appearance and form the defensive spellcaster class. They are seen as defensive supporters and/or resistant tanks - with spells involving increasing ally resistance to attacks and laying a variety of (spell) glyphs which AoE damage or effects. Weapon speciality: staffs
  • Osamodas's Whip, Osamodas are the summoner classes and have a human appearance with horns and a tail. They are able to summon various AI monsters to fight alongside them - however the AI of these monsters deter many from selecting this class. They also share many cleric-type spells making them a secondary healer. Due to their many summons, they are balanced supporters with a weapon speciality in hammers.
  • Enutrof's Fingers, Enutrofs are depicted as elderly humans and are known as the treasure hunter class - around which their spells and abilities revolve. Enutrofs have a higher probability of obtaining rare drops when fighting against monsters in Dofus. They are seen as the multi-purpose ranged supporter class and are the only class with a weapon speciality in shovels.
  • Sram's Shadow, Srams form the assassin/thief character class in Dofus with their appearance differing depending on the gender of the character. Their playing style is said to be more tactical than the other classes - being the only class that lay a variety of hidden traps on the ground and can render themselves invisible to get into close range. As a result, they are evasive close combat attacker with unique weapon speciality in daggers.
  • Xelor's Sandglass , Xelors are the specialist denial and crowd control class with their spells focused upon restricting the moves of opponents. However they do have a number of ranged attacks and are therefore seen as the evasive ranged attacker. They have a mummy-like appearance and a weapon speciality in hammers.
  • Ecaflip's Coin, Ecaflips have a cat-like appearance and are the gambler class - with their main theme being chance or luck. They have attacks and buffs that can be either beneficial or harmful and are seen as the versatile attacker. Weapon speciality: swords.
  • Eniripsa's Hands, Eniripsas have a fairy / pixie appearance that differ depending on the gender of the character. They are the healer or clerics of Dofus with a range of healing and buff spells. They are also the only class with a weapon speciality in wands.
  • Iop's Heart, Iops form the warrior/paladin high-damage-dealing class. They have an elf-like appearance but with no pupil in their eyes. They are the specialist class in Dofus for close combat attackers. Weapon speciality: swords.
  • Cra's Range, Cras are the elf-like archer class in Dofus making them a specialist long ranged attacker. Many of their spells are linked to the bow and range. Unsurprisingly, they are the only class with a weapon speciality in bows, but maybe some will use daggers.
  • Sadida's Boots, A race of tree people that are the invoker class and offensive ranged attacker. Their spells orient around nature and various voodoo dolls - therefore acting as a secondary summoner in Dofus. They also have a handful of AoE spells and crowd control measures making them a versatile offensive ranged attacker. Weapon speciality: staffs.
  • Sacrier's Blood, Sacriers Berserkers and the primary tanks in Dofus. Their spells concentrate around receiving damage to do damage & protecting allies in a tanking role. Their appearance is similar to that of zombies. They are the only class that does not have a weapon speciality.
  • Pandawa's Pint, As their names suggest, they have a panda-like appearance. Their spells are focus upon making an opponent weaker to attacks and two different states reliant on drinking alcohol. With their wide variety of spells, they are seen as the multi-purpose balanced close combat fighter. They are the only class with a speciality in Axes.

Characters in Dofus can learn up various professions.[6] There is a special type of profession called a specialization which can enhance item stats. Collecting professions involve players going out into the wilderness and collecting natural resources, such as certain wood and flowers. These can be later made into breads and such that restore health. They may also be sold as many of them are needed as quests items. Crafting professions involve the player piecing collected resources together to make a vast array of different items. Players gain experience in each profession by gathering the resources of that profession and/or by crafting items, depending on the type. As a player's collecting profession gains levels, they can collect new types of resources and obtain resources quickly. When a crafting profession levels, the player can create more powerful items and create them with a higher success rate, meaning that crafting will fail less often.[citation needed]

The currency used in Dofus is called "Kamas" (k). There are three cities that contain a marketplace where people can buy and sell goods and equipment for a fee. The kamas from these sales deposit directly into the player's bank account.[citation needed] Accounts are separated into two categories, Free-to-Play and Pay-to-Play. The game includes a zone accessible to Free-to-Play accounts. Free accounts have access to the new player zone of Incarnam and access to the city of Astrub and most of its outlying areas. This makes it possible for a new player to enjoy seemingly full game play, unbounded by time restrictions. Access to the entire world of Dofus—including access to other cities, participating in factional Player vs. Player battles and being able to raise profession levels above 30—requires a monthly fee, with discounts given for longer term subscriptions.[7]

DevelopmentEdit

Since its release, Dofus has seen more than 25 million accounts created from its release and distributed at least 51 servers. Dofus has roughly 1.5 millions active subscribers in 2016.

Critical receptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings74%[8]
Metacritic74/100[9]

The game received "positive" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[9] Dofus has also received international gaming awards including the Bytten Ernie Award for Best Graphics And Concept Art in 2007[10] and the Audience Award at the Independent Game Festival in 2006.[11]

  • Best game and Public Choice at the Flash festival in France in May 2004.
  • Game of the month by the Edge Magazine in July 2005.
  • Best game and Public Choice at Flashforward Film Festival of Seattle in February 2006.
  • Public Choice at the Independent Games Festival (IGF) of San Jose in March 2006.[citation needed]

Animated seriesEdit

In 2013 an animated series entitled Dofus aux trésors de Kérubim (English: Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim) based upon the game began airing on France 3. The series is set 200 years before the beginning of the MMORPG and follows the character of Kerubim throughout various points in his life. The premise has Kerubim narrating several of his adventures to his adopted son Joris and their housekeeper Simone. Dofus consists of 52 episodes, each running 13 minutes apiece.[12] The movie Dofus Book I: Julith was released in February 3, 2016.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DOFUS Interview with Ankama Studiosconducted by Patrick Gann Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Ankama Games :: Portail des Jeux Ankama" (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ankama Games :: Ankama games portal". Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Ankama Games official website about Dofus
  5. ^ "Latest French Avant Garde: Games". Wired News. March 2007. Archived from the original on 21 December 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2007. 
  6. ^ "Reckless Warrior". Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Subscription". Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Dofus for PC - GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Dofus for PC Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bytten Ernie Awards". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ankama Studio press release" (Press release). Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "- DOFUS, the strategic MMORPG". DOFUS. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Dofus Le film - Livre 1 : Julith". www.dofus-le-film.com (in French). Retrieved 30 August 2017. 

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