Aug 06 2009
After three long years of development, Dungeon Keeper was released in June 1997. Peter Molyneux, never one to shy away from a press opportunity, had been delivering interviews to the gaming press, particularly in the UK, resulting in many previews and features.
This turned out to be Peter Molyneux’s swansong game for Electronic Arts recently-purchased Bullfrog and he believed it to be his best and most ambitious creation to date. Certainly since Dungeon Keeper, Molyneux’s efforts with Lionhead have been impressive (Black & White) but have lacked the flair of this title.
The bestiary deserves some mention too. Varied and inventive it is not only a pretty comprehensive list – from sorcerers and dragons to trolls and dark mistresses – but the creatures also fight among themselves. Keep flies away from spiders and sorcerers away from vampires but most of all keep Horny, the reaper, away from everyone except your enemies!
There are many ways to reward and punish your creatures. Try and remember that by and large, evil creatures are lazy. Remind them that you are watching by smacking them occasionally (or often, as you wish), if that fails perhaps sprinkle a little gold over them and if that fails to do the trick, drop them in the torture chamber for a little re-education. If all else fails you can always offer their souls to the gods in the Temple’s sacrifice pool!
Your creatures need paying though and it’s this aspect of Dungeon Keeper that keeps Dungeon Keepers on their toes. There’s very little more frustrating than having your creatures bugger off in the middle of a battle because their pay-check bounced.
|In Nov ’97 an add-on disk – Deeper Dungeons was released with 30 new single-player maps and loads more multi-player ones. Dungeon Keeper Gold, which combined the original game and the expansion was released in Mar 98, this pack also contained a level editor, windows themes and support for 3D acceleration.
Originally posted 1997 – The most eagerly-awaited game since chess, Dungeon Keeper boasts graphics, gameplay and depth to die for.
You have control of a series of evil underground domains, and you must defeat enemy keepers and destroy the forces of goodness which try to breach your walls. It’s your job to deal with your forces as you see fit. Give them too much leeway and they’ll demand more gold and become lazy. Treat them too harshly and they could turn against you. It’s the ultimate in management conundrums. Amass an army and build rooms in which to house, train, recruit and improve your legions. It’s a race against time, though, as your foe is somewhere out there in the darkness, doing exactly the same. And when the time comes, the battle will shake the very living rock.
You’re the bad guy — Don’t get mad, get evil.
Strategy and first-person combat in the same game — build your own underground world and enter battles yourself as any one of your creatures
Multiple gaming perspectives — you can have control of any character from a first-person viewpoint.
Network and modem multi-player — up to 4 Dungeon Keepers fight for control
True light-sourcing with real-time shadow effects
Torture chambers — discipline your minions and keep them fed
16 spells to research, master and cast
360° rotating, 3-D world
” Dungeon Keeper is nothing short of brilliant, and whatever your fave game type, you will love, worship and possibly become Dungeon Keeper.”
“Dungeon Keeper is faultless, gripping and it will destroy your social life for the foreseeable future. It rocks, it rolls and it rules. Just buy it and embrace the dark side, all right?”
94% PC Format July 97
“Dungeon Keeper is a game of continual discovery and hitherto,
unprecedented depth. Technically stunning, visually storming,
and hopelessly addictive. “
96% PC Zone July 97
“A stunning achievement. Amazing depth, incredible
balance and Broadway quality drama to get here.”
95% PC Gamer June 97
“Molyneux has created a masterpiece that again epitomises everything
that’s good about computer gaming rather than console gaming.”
9/10 Edge June 97
Tips & Strategies:
|Temple Sacrifice Guide|
|Beetle + Spider||Receive a Dark Mistress.|
|2 Beetles||Automatically completes whatever is currently being built.|
|Bile Demon + Dark Mistress + Troll||Receive a Horned Reaper.|
|2 Bile Demons||Turns your monsters into chickens.|
|Chickens||Makes gods angry.|
|2 Flies||Automatically completes whatever is currently being researched.|
|Fly + Spider||Receive a Warlock.|
|Ghost||Kills all of your chickens.|
|Horned Reaper||Makes all of your monsters angry.|
|Imps||Reduces the cost to create more Imps.|
|3 Spiders||Receive a Bile Demon.|
|Undead||Makes gods angry.|
|Vampires||All of your monsters will be diseased.|