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  • Summary: Controlling a mysterious figure that has inherited the legacy of the evil, long-dead Overlord, the player emerges, near death, from the ruins of the old Overlord's Dark Tower. Only the player's actions determine if they will rise to become the new all-powerful Overlord; it's all down to howControlling a mysterious figure that has inherited the legacy of the evil, long-dead Overlord, the player emerges, near death, from the ruins of the old Overlord's Dark Tower. Only the player's actions determine if they will rise to become the new all-powerful Overlord; it's all down to how much of a bad ass they want to be in order to succeed...evil or really evil! Played out with plenty of black humour and dark irony, the game immerses players in twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios and characters. Overlord's key innovation is the introduction of an array of impish creatures – the Minions. They believe you are the old Overlord reborn and will use their unique skills to fetch, fight and die for you. Throughout the game players actively control a horde of these gremlin-like critters and they follow your every instruction no matter how despotic or, for the Minions, life threatening it is. [Codemasters] Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. I guess it's true what they say: Bad guys have more fun. [Oct 2007, p.64]
  2. Its fresh take on the fantasy genre, excellent minion mechanics and morbid humor make for a gaming experience you won't soon forget.
  3. It's got a surprising amount of depth and innovation in a lot of different areas of design, excellent humor, art work and sound.
  4. But the “evil or eviler” tagline has more to do with marketing than with the game, which for the most part offers a choice closer to being an evil or benevolent despot.
  5. More than the script (generally witty and sharp, if occasionally undercut by an iffy voice-actor) or the graphic design (a brother to Fable's faux-fantasy charm), the constant capering of your charges is what gives the game its personality. That is, they have a lot of personality and so does the game.
  6. Controlling your horde of loyal and evil Naši youth feels refreshing compared to the typical action adventure formula. The technical execution is solid and the over the top fantasy cliché humour works decently. The game does not have a whole lot of longevity or challenge but it does have burning hobbits. [Aug 2007]
  7. 70
    You find yourself in a game resembling a mix of Fable and Pikmin.

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  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 4 out of 43
  1. Jun 22, 2015
    10
    Cool,funny game. Normal Graphics ! And Minions ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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    Cool,funny game. Normal Graphics ! And Minions ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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  2. Sep 21, 2010
    10
    Very good and funny game!
  3. kyleb
    Jul 6, 2007
    9
    The most fun I've had with a game in a long time. I've yet to get tired of the absolute havoc the minions unleash upon a fresh room The most fun I've had with a game in a long time. I've yet to get tired of the absolute havoc the minions unleash upon a fresh room of enemies and loot. It's not so much the battles which make the game so enjoyable as the exploration. The game maps are endlessly inventive and so deep that you keep finding new areas open up around corners you thought were dead ends. The puzzles are well planned and never too frustrating. My only criticism are that the battles are far too easy--your minions typically swarm over opponents much as the dead soldiers did at the end of Return of the King. Also, the quest log should more specifically reflect the area you're in to avoid confusion as the areas are huge. But these are no reason to skip this super innovative game. Expand
  4. JozoJ.
    Oct 30, 2007
    9
    After yet another half-life clone this is a very refreshing game. Fun to play and the controls (on a PC) are very easy once you get used to After yet another half-life clone this is a very refreshing game. Fun to play and the controls (on a PC) are very easy once you get used to it. I read a comment that the "mistress of the tower" was not evil enough as in not having a whip...uhm yeah. Expand
  5. May 7, 2011
    9
    In my opinion, Overlord is one of the funniest games out there to this day. The controls are a bit wonky at first, but it doesn't take longIn my opinion, Overlord is one of the funniest games out there to this day. The controls are a bit wonky at first, but it doesn't take long to get used to them, and that is the only complaint I can think of off the top of my head. On top of that, this game has superb writing and an excellent plot, which takes your character through each of the seven deadly sins. Each of the environments you play through is greatly unique, with its own additional unique set of characters.

    What's really odd about this game, is that it is a complete satire on the stereotypical fantasy game, and as such uses about as many stereotypes for its various characters as possible. But in the end, Overlord stands out as an extremely unique game, and a superbly unique fantasy. It is amazing how it can do both at the same time. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this game, and it was well worth the $20.00 I bought it with from steam a couple years back. (It's probably much cheaper now.) To this day, it's still greatly enjoyable.
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  6. DrewN.
    Jul 24, 2007
    8
    PROS: Challenging gameplay, wickedly humorous, cohesive and interesting story CONS: Linear nature and lack of customization options limits PROS: Challenging gameplay, wickedly humorous, cohesive and interesting story CONS: Linear nature and lack of customization options limits replayability, weak multiplayer. I never had any problems with the controls or camera as many reviewers seemed to. Overlord is not as original as they claimed, also, Dungeon Keeper immediately comes to mind. Still, its a rare enough twist on the genre to seem fresh, and performing black deeds and minor acts of wanton cruelty give the game a pulse. Graphics are detailed and pleasing if not groundbreaking, and the voice acting is well done. The game falls down in the multiplayer, uninspired and limited as it is. It almost seems tacked on to meet some marketing droid's requirements ("It has to have mulitplayer to sell!"). Bottom Line: Fun game and worth the purchase, even moreso if one waits for it to hit the discount racks. What limits this good game from being a great game is its lack of replayability; once you've finished it, its destined to gather dust on a shelf. Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2013
    2
    Easily one of the worst games I've ever played for PC the controls are shonky and terrible often leaving you screaming at the screen becauseEasily one of the worst games I've ever played for PC the controls are shonky and terrible often leaving you screaming at the screen because the "minions" are almost totally uncontrollable, the gameplay is incredibly unbalanced and coupled with the hideous control system often leaves me just quitting in rage.
    The truly disgusting thing about this game, the reason I call it "one of the worst", is because it has such huge potential. The start is actually quiet good and almost makes you think they're about to do something never before tried in Strategy/role playing games. Alas, stupid design decisions and poor programming make this a sorry mess. Not what I expected from the studio behind "Age of Wonders". Sad.
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