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Dungeon Keeper is a series of Real-time Strategy Games published between 1997 and 1999 for the PC. A sequel, Dungeon Keeper 3 was planned, however it folded and Bullfrog was bought by EA.

The basic premise of each game was simple: The player took control of an anonymous entity known as The Keeper and built a subterranean complex of Rooms, Traps and Doors, and used fiendish creatures to kill the invading Heroes. It is one of the few games that has the player take control of Evil beings, and the various objectives changed with the levels.

The player has several abilities that they can utilize throughout the game. These include building Traps and Doors to defend the Dungeon and to impede the path of invading intruders, cast a variety of Keeper Spells, and send a range of different creatures into battle against the Goodly Heroes. The player also has the ability to use the Torture Chamber to convert enemy creatures and goodly Heroes to your cause and even scavenge enemy creatures for yourself (DK1 only)

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Fan Work/Add-onsEdit

Similar GamesEdit

Agent Keeper Edit

A community project started by Sayrken. Developed by Saykren and is currently in the Alpha Phase via Google Code.

Project Type: Freeware


DungeonsEdit

Chart your own course as you go agains the grain of a heroic quest and choose the dark side.

Developed by Realmforge Studios and published by Kalypos Media Digital. The game is currently launched via Steam.

Project Type: Commercial


Dwarfs!?Edit

A new game that offers an addictive, fast paced arcade-like experience, with plenty of difficulties and game modes to play around in!

Developed by Power of 2 and published by Tripwire Interactive. The game is currently in launched via Steam .

Project Type: Commercial

Dwelvers Edit

Dwelvers is a real time strategy game inspired by the old time classics Dungeon Keeper and Settlers.

Developed by Rasmus Junggren and is currently in the Alpha Phase via IndieDB

Project Type: Commercial

Evil Genius Edit

A game in the same vein as Dungeon Keeper but set in a comedic scenario inspired by spy thriller movies like the James Bond films. The player takes the role of an evil genius whose goal is world domination. He gets to build and manage a secret base inside of a mountain on a tropical island and inhabited by typical bad guys. The game is notably more complex than Dungeon Keeper (and the base is persistent throughout the entire game) but plays similarly on the most basic level.

Developed by Elixir Studios and originally published by Sierra. Available on Steam and GOG.com.


Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
Edit

An RTS game with large similarities to Dungeon Keeper. The player is a king who has to command heroes in order to achieve certain goals or simply get by, he cannot control them directly, however. He rather has to construct buildings which will train, equip and otherwise support them and place reward flags that will attract heroes. Like in Dungeon Keeper heroes have different needs and level up like in RPGs.

Developed by Cyberlore Studios and originally published by Microprose. Available on Steam and GOG.com.

Natural Born KeeperEdit

A fully 3D Dungeon Keeper 1 remake by IKSLM

Developed by maxhayman with a demo of the game is available via ModDB

Project Type: Freeware

Startopia Edit

A game in the same vein as Dungeon Keeper, developed by Mucky Foot Productions (founded by former Bullfrog employees). It is set in a sci-fi scenario but has a premise obviously inspired by Dungeon Keeper. Instead of building a dungeon the player has to build facilities on a space station which is inhabited by creatures belonging to different alien races. Like in Dungeon Keeper they have a simple life of their own, different characteristics and needs but will also have to engage in fights.

Developed by Mucky Foot Prouctions and originally published by Eidos Interactive. Available on Steam ond GOG.com.

Project Type: Commercial

Theme Hospital Edit

An earlier game by Bullfrog that Dungeon Keeper was officially hugely inspired by. Rather than managing dungeons the player has to manage hospitals, build rooms with specific purposes and look after the needs of his employees. Rather than fighting heroes and monsters the player obviously has to fight diseases but some of the mechanics are very similar (for instance employees can be picked up and assigned to rooms by dropping them into them).

Developed by Bullfrog and published by Electronic Arts. Available on GOG.com and Origin.

Project Type: Commercial

Underground ThroneEdit

Underground Throne is a Dungeon Keeper inspired RTS with entirely new characters, minions, story and a few different mechanics involving creature logic and DNA.

Once codenamed as Underground Space Wars.

Developed by PawByte and is currently in the AlphaPrime state via SuperLongName.com.

Project Type: Commercial

War for the OverworldEdit

The game is considered to be the most polished and finished of all of games similar to Dungeon Keeper.

Developed by Subterranean Games Ltd and is available for purchase via Steam .

Project Type: Commercial



Inspired GamesEdit

The following games were inspired by Dungeon Keeper, but have entirely different game mechanics and genres:

MineCraft Edit

Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

Developed by Mojang and has launched across PC/Mac/Linux as well as video game consoles .

Project Type: Commercial

Citation: Indie Games Podcast

Overlord Edit

Like Dungeon Keeper the game puts the player in the shoes of an evil entity that seeks to dominate a typical fantasy world and corrupt everything that is cute and beautiful. Unlike Dungeon Keeper it is an action game with RPG elements where the player directly controls the evil ruler but he does get to command an army of minions as well. Like Dungeon Keeper it parodies other fantasy works and comes with a healthy dose of British humour.

Developed by Triumph Studios and published by Codemasters. Available on Steam and GOG.com.

Project Type: Commercial

Overlord II Edit

The official sequel to the afforementioned Overlord. It follows the same premise and expands it.

Developed by Triumph Studios and published by Codemasters. Available on Steam.

Project Type: Commercial


Features Edit

Dungeon Keeper Series
Bullfrog Productions/EA
Main Games
Dk1iconDungeon Keeper / Dk2iconDungeon Keeper 2 / Dungeon Keeper 3 / Dko iconDungeon Keeper Online
Add-ons, expansions and tools
Dk1iconThe Deeper Dungeons / Dk1iconDungeon Keeper Gold / Dk1iconDungeon Keeper Editor / Dk2editorDungeon Keeper 2 Editor
Fan projects
Main Games
Reapers day out2Natural Born Keeper / WftoWar for the Overworld
Add-ons, expansions and tools
Dk1iconDK1 Editors / Dk1iconDungeon Keeper FX

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