When licensing issues prevent a series to be continued, then a dungeon management game like Brightrock Games‘ War for the Overworld is the solution.
If you were wondering where Dungeon Keeper 3 is and why this looks so similar to Bullfrog’s RTS and god game mix, then it’s probably because this is a crowdfunded love letter by fans and also part of the original team. But not to have copyright infringement on their hands, this is the end result, already released in 2015, but now DRM-free on GOG. The premise is that one plays the Underlord who has to conquer the Overworld by recruiting all kinds of monsters, training them, mining for gold, space, and building all kinds of rooms, while fighting against hero invasions and other underlords with using additional spells or throwing one’s monsters into the brawling mix. So far, so Dungeon Keeper, which is even more obvious with the involvement of the original narrator introducing each level on the map.
Those who’ve played the original games will be familiar with the humorous setting and strategy elements. Even the free camera and isometric/zooming viewpoint is the same. But that’s certainly no bad thing, considering that a third installment never happened. There are a few changes like the use of Rituals that can raise an undead army or fortify one’s dungeon. The most fun you can probably have will be with the multiplayer mode in which you can team up with other players against the enemy A.I.. The creature design might not be on par with the original, but gameplay-wise this seems to be a great alternative.
The game is now available in various editions like the Anniversary Collection which includes the Heart of Gold and My Pet Dungeon DLC plus the Underlord Edition content. There’s also a Worker Skin Collection DLC that alters the minions’ appearance. These are 5%-50% off until June 21, 1PM UTC. The base game is also ready to be added to the GOG library via GOG Connect until June 21, 1PM UTC.
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