Having a few crew members is nice. But what someone really needs to join the big Diablo 3 auction house trading leagues is a minion. Luckily for us, Daniel and Chieu Lee from DC Mediafirm got us covered. With the release of the Diablo 3 Item Minion for IPhone the days of investigating a new market without knowing which stats are possible on an item are over. Or at least that’s what the developers of the app claim. Let’s check it out.
The free version
With a size of only 3 MB, the app will find its way to your Iphone pretty fast. On your first launch, you get a tutorial overlay explaining the different functions of the simple and clean interface.
The item categories are in alphabetical order (just like on the auction house), which makes navigating them very intuitive. The app displaying the magic item name that results from the selected affixes is nice, although I can’t think of any practical use for it. I’d like an option to just show me rare items. Second feature that doesn’t make much sense to me is the color coding of the main stats. I would’ve colored them in the same color as the corresponding gems.
For the price of a buck you can upgrade your minion to the premium (or rather full) version. It just takes a few in app clicks (and a working Itunes store) and you get access to all secondary stat values.
There are still a few affixes I’ve never seen in game before in there (% Damage Taken is Converted to Life, Dam Conversion 12?) and I’m not sure why they consolidated XP, Gold and Lvl Req into one category, but the second window is just as easy to use as the first one. What bothered me tho was the in app advertisement still appearing. After paying for the app, I somehow expected it to go away.
I’m not a big app guy. I usually use my phone to call people, take photos, send texts and find my way back, when I get lost (thanks google maps). But I can definitely see me using the item minion for Diablo 3, especially when researching new markets. There are websites out there, giving you the raw data, but none of them presents it as fast and as easy to use as the minion does. Especially when looking for lower level max stats, while researching twink markets. Would I recommend it? Yeah sure. Even if you don’t get the full version (which is only a buck, I mean seriously – o n e d o l l a r – that’s the price of 400.000 gold), check it out and I’m sure you’ll find some use for it.