“Your Dungeon Heart is under attack!”
Just typing those words sense a shiver through me. And I hope it does for you too as it would mean you got to play one of the great Bullfrog management-sim games; Dungeon Keeper. Originally released in 1997, this game was an absolute must for anybody who owned a PC at that point.
The premise was explained in the title; you were the Keeper of a Dungeon. Monsters would flood to your
Dungeon Keeper 2 was interesting but a lesser success, symptomatic of Bullfrog’s sad and general demise of the time, but it was still a fun game with some of the charm and excitement of the first. evil might depending on the size and quality of the dungeon you built and you would use them to face off against heroes and other Dungeon Keepers. The whole game was executed with a wry charm, from the slapping of your Imps to Richard Ridings’ delicious narration and the writing that supported him (‘The Lord of this land doesn’t torture the people of Pleasantville. For some reason.’)
Which is why War for the Overworld is exciting and something you should know about. A team of dedicated enthusiasts have decided to make what can at least be described as a ‘spiritual successor’ to the Dungeon Keeper games, one which promises to add to the original’s mythos and gameplay. They are seeking £150,000 before January the 3rd to develop and deliver not just a new game but also the mod tools for it.
The video, including Mr Ridings, does a better job of selling it than I ever could. If you find yourself with some spare Christmas money, you could do a lot worse than to invest in a digital copy of War for the Overworld. Personally, I’m going for the Collectors’ Edition!