Great app, I’m just picky 5/5
By emoslayer 1990
First of all I love this app and it has made this a lot easier for my group as a whole. With that said I would just like to suggest making the text markable as I love hilighting and leaving myself sticky notes in apps I use; because I am forgetful. Also sometimes the search option won’t pull up what I’m looking for, as in the spell booming blade. Just some ideas for improvement to this wonderful app.
One last thing, will we ever be able to make characters on this like we can the website?
When it worked it lacked. 1/5
When the app worked on a previous IPad it was decent. The spell search system was a bit of a drag. Now it doesn’t even work on my iPad Pro iOS 11.4, when you guys get it fixed ill re write my review.
Regretting Investment 2/5
- Update (6/17/18): Without an update, these guys somehow got the global search function working! It’s not exactly optimized yet (i.e. searching for “Human” doesn’t return the race at the top of results), but I feel that can be tweaked over time. Bumping up my rating, but if I still need the site open for character sheets...I can also still just search for book content online too. Fingers still crossed for the next update to this app!
So...when I heard there was official D&D content in digital format I was ecstatic! I purchased the legendary bundle, built a character online, and was EVEN happier to find there was an app. Let me be clear, the app is borderline useless.
The global search for installed content doesn’t work at all (yes I have books downloaded). Regardless of what I search for, nothing returns. “Fighter”? Nothing. “Human”? Nothing. Doesn’t matter how simple or complex of a search...no results ever show. Now, if I go into a specific book and then search, that seems to work. However, that defeats the purpose of a global search. I bought the digital versions of the books expressly for the ease of being able to search them. Without that, seems a waste of money.
Additionally, the app does not allow you to see/play with characters. I was extremely hopeful the official app would allow this as the online builder is well crafted and other (non-official) apps are pretty bad in terms of character customization.
All in all, there is zero reason to use this app (at least currently) as opposed to logging into the site. Even IF the search worked, the lack of character access means I’d still need to launch and log into the site...
I’m really hoping this app gets some love as the idea and potential are endless. Until then, this is a one star app only because I cannot go lower.
My adventures doesn’t to open so I can read through. 2/5
I had purchased curse of strahd and I wanted to download it on my phone. Once I downloaded, it refused to let me open it due to “bad connectivity” even tho I had downloaded the book on to my phone. Hoping for a fix soon, otherwise the app is okay.
Not fully cooked yet. 3/5
This really is more of a beta. Works well on my iPhone SE but is crash prone on my iPad mini which is a more appropriate device for reading the content. I love the DND Beyond service and this app has a lot of potential but I suspect it will be awhile before it is as useful as the web portal.
Not good enough 2/5
I’m unable to view all of my content, most importantly my character sheets. Once I’m able to view them the same way as I can in a web browser then this app will be great.
Not what it should be 1/5
I already own all the books physically, I was hoping this app would offer what the website offers for creating a campaign, and all the other home brew stuff, but it doesn’t. I would be willing to pay for a service but not for a service that has nothing for me to use.
Will update review when they give the app priority and update it to where it needs to be.
Great! But 1 thing... 4/5
By A D&D player
This app is a great place to see all of your books, my only complaint is that I cannot make or see any of my characters on my phone! And if I just missed that option well...whoops. Make it more visible!
Good, but not great 2/5
By Goldenstar Lhim
I am a big fan of D&D Beyond. They have an amazing passion for the game and I'm excited to see what they do with this application. And while this solution is much more convenient than carrying the books, until they implement a better search and (less importantly) some way to save your bookmarks so that they sync across devices, I can't give it more than two stars.
It’s good but it can be better 4/5
By Primordial End
Love the app it has everything I need for my campaigns. They do need to add something that allows for characters that are made on the website.
Honestly a disappointment 1/5
I have played DND since before the PC Era. The fact that very few, if any at all, have managed to created a comprehensive digital tool for RPG systems, let alone DND, is baffling. Between the shoddy web app experience to the fact that an app is at a basic level is based on the same foundation as a website(xml) there is no excuse for there not to be a app that at minimum imitates the functions of the website. WOTC have not taken digital paperless tabletop rpg seriously and the developers of DND Beyond have little to no conception what it must be like to play a paper RPG let alone DND. It’s sad at this point, hiring some serious UI designers and having a huge play test audience is the minimum you would need to get something like this in the right direction. No progress, no real investigation of prior systems, no serious thought went into this entire project.
And it shows.
Would be great...if it worked... 1/5
So I almost never rate apps or write reviews but I feel compelled here. I love the app concept and the features are great and I already own the books and really wouldn't mind purchasing a second digital copy of each.
But this app is a hot steaming pile of uninstall. I really dont understand how this even got released. It constantly crashes or freezes and even seems to hang up other processes on my iPad.
I downloaded it before a flight and even purchased the dungeon masters guide excited since i wouldn't have to lug my big book on the plane with me. But then i spend 1 hour of my four hour flight just trying to read a single page of the dmg. It would crash and bring me back to the home screen or just freeze in place. I would honestly say it crashes more than it actually works correctly.
Again just amazed that this even got released. If they could fix the technical issues then great but otherwise...STAY AWAY FROM THIS APP!!
needs to add books you buy at stores 3/5
It’s an awesome app it’s just I’ve bought a lot of books physically add my game store and I don’t want to have to pay for those books twice
Frustrating!! Concept awesome, stability & offline access miss 1/5
I had to revise my review. I took this on a cruise, knowing it I was very unstable. However, it seems to have to check in online every so often to be able to access offline, which completely defeats the purpose of this app.
There are a ton of issue; pages don’t render, if you open an image, it closes out on close. Sometimes, the contents gets locked out (it just remembers where you are — need a TOC access action on the menu options)—workaround is to search for the word contents. Also, need to be able to narrow the search parameters to a single guide (or select from the list of books owned, etc.
As I mentioned in the first review, Apple needs to look at their smoke testing if this app gets past their stability stress test. Once content is loaded in, it often closes out before it even finishes loading the icon list from the marketplace.
I honestly question the 4 & 5 star reviews as the stability whether off or online is just not there. I can’t make it past 5-6 pages before it crashes out completely.
The Curse team has an awesome browser-biased product; but maybe talking to the Kindle team/snagging a little code would make this transition easier. I love the concept; I can change font sizes, bookmark, (but leaving notes is a must have undoubtedly on the road map), etc.
I know the team will get it; I look forward to that day and will keep paying in because the promise is there.
Strong start, excited for further development 4/5
A great app and reference compendium, as of today, no character sheet support but I'm optimistic it will be utilized in the future and cement the apps standing as the dominant D&D app on the market. Because that's seriously all this app needs. It's stable, comprehensive, and has twitch support, making it safe.
Its ok so far... 3/5
I understand that new apps like this only offer some features and add more as they get feedback. Its really awesome to have the books so easily accessible like this! But one of the key features of the dndbeyond website, along with the information aspect, is its character builder and manager. Once that is added to the app, it will be far better. For now though, its just ok
Just the books 1/5
By [•_•]- | "Look a stick!"
All this is is all of the books each for about $30. I was hoping that the app would be like the website but more mobile friendly. This is extremely disappointing.
Be careful... 2/5
Better not make a males only party or you’ll get baaaanned haha.
Purchase not reflected on account. No customer support 2/5
By Atomic Lithium
I made a purchase through this app over the weekend and it still has not unlocked the content in my account. I’ve contacted customer support multiple times and heard nothing back. I spent thirty dollars and have gotten nothing. The only reason this review isn’t a one star is that I do like the app, but it needs to work properly if you’re going to connect it to the marketplace and your customer support needs to respond to issues like this in a timely fashion.
Poor offline access 2/5
By Scott J. Holden
I would think that once I’ve downloaded all of my content, I should be able to access it while offline. That would be sort of the point. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case — a considerable amount of the Legendary Bundle I purchased is inaccessible while I’m traveling.
Failure to Stay Relevant with the times. 1/5
This app is unable to give you access to content digitally that you have already purchased physically. Until they find a way to keep up with the way other media (ie blu ray, graphic novels) allows for seamless physical/digital content sharing, I would pass on this app.
Crashes. A lot. 1/5
Love the service. I own the legendary bundle and use it all the time. The app barely functions for me, though. I attempt to scroll through my list of books, and it crashes. I attempt to download something, and it crashes. I open the app, it crashes.
No access to characters 2/5
I wish I had read the other reviews before downloading. As many have stated, there is no access to your characters or a character builder from this app.
Presents a grid layout of the books and then crashes. Not great.
Cannot navigate correctly 2/5
By Justin Shultz
The application tries to remember my last location but when it loads a book it gives me no access to the table of contents because clicking the back arrow takes me to the home screen. Instead I have to navigate the book section by section. My iPhone have a table of contents button in the top right but not my ipad. This is very frustrating as I am trying to look for information.
Dynamite App 5/5
Finally no garbage resolution pdf’s on iBooks. This is exactly what you need to carry your books with you on that small rectangle in your pocket. Keep it up team!
Horrible app for a great service... 2/5
DNDB is an amazing boon to my campaign, allowing new players to join with ease. The step-by-step character generation and only a tiny learning curve allow brand new players to jump right into the game. I love this service... but this app just absolutely disappoints. I can only imagine it's losing Curse some business. My app crashes at random, loses track of what has been downloaded, and has not worked at all since the last patch. Even when it works, it gets only the bare essentials into your hands. This, coming from such a refined web-based platform, is utterly disappointing. Please fix this so as to not detract from the otherwise wonderful service your company offers.
Needs to catch up to the site 2/5
All I would like to see added is the ability to access my character sheets. If that happens, this would be a 5 star app.
Love DnDBeyond on my computer and tablet, but this app could have made it great to work with an iPhone. Instead there is a crash-heavy app with poor navigation and searching, and completely lagging in bringing new product purchases like tome of foes into this format.
It can be good! 3/5
I am really rooting for you guys.
Search (really the most important thing)really needs work. What should speed up the game actually delays the pace.
There's pretty constant crashes.
Would love actual hyperlinks within the articles. Would love tabs I can have open on monsters / items.
And then...yeah...character sheets. But i would say the app needs general stabilization first.
Dumpster fire. This is not a finished product. 1/5
Don’t waste your energy. Stick to the website as so many bugs riddle this joke of an app.
No character sheets and books you’ve paid for don’t appear. It’s total garbage.
Potential here 3/5
There’s potential here but not there yet. This desperately needs a way to jump around the books. Once you go into part of a book you have to swipe continually to go back to the table of contents, for example.
If you’ve got stuff unlocked on the DND Beyond website this provides a means of offline access but that’s it. Looking forward to updates that add basic quality of life improvements.
For the average user, going on the website will be much better. This app is just too limited on what it allows. Can’t even view my character sheets? Not the app for me.
Character sheets please for the love of god 3/5
D&D Beyond in general is pretty great, but very disappointed to discover that the iPhone version is basically just a glorified e-book app. Was excited to have my digital character sheet w/o having to lug my laptop around (my iPad is too old to run iOS 10).
Worse than Web content 1/5
Crashes often and when it does work it is laggy and slow to respond. Also, the developer is slow to release content for the app. I’ve got pending content I preordered I can access through their website but not the app, so it’s not available for offline reading.
App is Broken 1/5
The app will not authorize my Twitch account. I log into Twitch, it shows my Twitch profile picture, then when I hit the Authorize button, I get an “Unexpected error has occurred” message and will not let me finish signing in. I deleted the app and restarted my iPhone, then I reinstalled the app but the same issue persists.
Bludgeoned to death by heavy bars. 3/5
2 critical problems: navigation via table of contents and poor UI for general reading.
This app is still in beta. However, there is no reasonable excuse for the reader function to be have up to a quarter of the screen real estate obscured by bars. I advise the team to strongly consider having a text only reading option. Until then it is far better to use a web browser such as Safari or icabmobile (my personal favorite).
update: the table of contents option disappears from the navigation bar when used in my iPad pro 12.9.
Loading compendium is really slow 3/5
I like the features but when I try to load compendiums they are really really slow... I am using iPhone 6 Plus.
Awesome and unfair app 5/5
I love this app it works well with the game it was designed to go with. My only complaint is that at first it kept crashing when I was downloading it. But when I turned the phone off then on it worked.
Thanks app developers
Can’t use the app on iPhone X 1/5
I’ve had the app for several versions now, and the same issue continues. Each time opening the app, it remains open for about 10 seconds and crashes back to the desktop. It’s been unusable since I downloaded it.
Where are the character sheets? 2/5
I can not access my character sheets, and that is very disappointing. I would love to keep track of my character using this app, but it’s not possible. I would eventually like to create and keep track of all my characters using this app, and I hope the creators are moving in that direction.
On a more positive note, however, I love that all the book resources are conveniently located in one place.
Would love the mobile app to have the ability to do characters and character sheets for simplicity of playing in large groups
No character creator. No player sheets. Books still cost $30 each for a digital download you can only access with an online connection. Just pay the extra money and get a real book or find it online and pirate it like most players do. This app isn’t worth the time or money.
It’s great but missing a vital piece 3/5
So, I love the app. I have it on both my phone and tablet and it runs very smoothly. The only problem is, I can’t view my character sheets. On the DDB website you can create characters and save them. But I can’t look at them in the app. Which really bothers me because I’m very lazy and don’t want to copy over all my characters onto separate sheets. Especially if I’m going to a game. I personally feel like it would be much more convenient to be able to view your created characters on your mobile devices.
App not 100% for me 3/5
By Fix for happiness
While I was able to open the app and view available content like the free starter book I was able to download, I have yet to be able to log into my created account. It attempts to logon through twitch, which I authorize, but fails and errors out every time.
Love the app, not so much the execution. 3/5
The app looks and runs smooth, I just wish there was a way to use it for character sheets, and to add products you already own hard copies of (or if there is, an easy way to find it) as I’d be able to keep the amount I lug to game sessions down, but still have books for home games.
Also beyond disappointed 1/5
By S A t C W
There was a great web app with a phone app planned for use with d&d. This app would feature an intuitive interface, easy to use home-brewing, and superb access all for a reasonable price. Then d&d beyond came along and WOTC all but eliminated Orcpub.
For shame wotc. Your licensed tool pales in comparison to the old Orcpub.
Good start. I love having digital access to the manuals, and will probably eventually make room on my devices for all of them. I look forward to what else you guys have in store.
Does nothing but crash 1/5
Barely even opens before crashing.
It’s just an eBook reader? 2/5
1. Why is this app just an ebook reader?
2. Why can’t I just search for spells and things in an actual database like on the desktop?
3. If you have these in eBook format like this then why can’t I buy them on my Kindle which is so much easier to read on with that nice eInk display?
Sorry, the feature that is there is just okay and the features that aren’t there are numerous. Will check back periodically in the hopes this changes but this is where I’m at with it currently.