You can fuse rings & amulets to obtain legendary versions of them while being able to choose the final stats. Really feels like crafting. Or you can fuse any other 3 items with a chance to get a better version. Gemstones can be socketed into your gear to customize your character.
Loot is to be found throughout the game when destroying monsters, though there is some equipment available from the shop. Luckily the game is not pay to wind so that paid equipment is not as good as equipment that can be found in game.
Any free to play game needs a way to make money and Dungeon Quest is no different. There are many items that one can purchase that are not too egregious such as cosmetic items like pets, but considering many of the in app purchases are temporary stat boosts and potions and only there as way to make
In Dungeon Hunter 5 all loot is earned as cards, these cards can be fused to upgrade them and also earn special upgrade fusion bonuses. The whole card system mechanic is very similar to Puzzle & Dragons fusions system.
The core of the gameplay in Candy Cave is classic hack and slash action where the player goes through each level defeating numerous monsters who in turn drop loot for the player to collect and upgrade their equipment with.