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  • Summary: War for the Overworld is a Dungeon Management Game that employs your favourite aspects of the RPG, RTS and god game genres.

    In War for the Overworld, you will play as a malevolent Underlord with unrivaled dark power and an insatiable desire for bloody conquest. Excavate your dungeon
    War for the Overworld is a Dungeon Management Game that employs your favourite aspects of the RPG, RTS and god game genres.

    In War for the Overworld, you will play as a malevolent Underlord with unrivaled dark power and an insatiable desire for bloody conquest.

    Excavate your dungeon and populate it with dozens of unique rooms that will attract myriad creatures to your halls to work and fight for you. In addition to creatures you have destructive spells and powerful rituals to cast upon any unsuspecting goodly hero (or rival Underlord) who dares trespass your unholy halls.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 31, 2016
    79
    War for the Overworld fixes some minor problems of the original Dungeon Keeper games, but does not innovate further when it comes to dungeon building. [March 2016]
  2. Apr 1, 2015
    75
    War For The Overworld is a fixer-upper, and I wish I could lavish it with more praise, but the blemishes it’s launching with are undeniable and numerous. That said, it’s also a damn fine game with a ton of heart, one that’s done more for the good name of Dungeon Keeper than any official source has in years.
  3. Apr 21, 2015
    75
    War for the Overworld is the answer to all the nostalgics of Dungeon Keeper.
  4. Apr 16, 2015
    62
    It's clearly unfinished. But if you can look past the performance issues, weak AI and abundance of bugs, there is a nice Dungeon Keeper experience to be had. War for the Overworld does not add anything new to the formula, it does not even copy it to its full extent (take the useless walls, for example), but it is fun nonetheless. With further patching and some rebalancing, this could actually turn out as a great game one day.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 12, 2015
    60
    Classical gameplay is wonderfully revived with new features and dressed in a modern jacket. Unfortunately, technical aspects and other issues undermine the game's legs. [Issue#252]
  6. May 4, 2015
    60
    Interesting proposition, especially for fans of the iconic Dungeon Keeper. For everyone else there's monotony and mild irritation.
  7. Apr 12, 2015
    45
    War for the Overworld was supposed to be the new Dungeon Keeper. They were on the right track, but the game that is available for download now is definitely not right; lots of bugs, crashes, bad AI, and many missing features make this game impossible to recommend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. Dec 14, 2015
    10
    It's Dungeon Keeper in all its glory. If you loved DK1 and DK2, this is the DK3 you were waiting for, except definitely with a lot more of anIt's Dungeon Keeper in all its glory. If you loved DK1 and DK2, this is the DK3 you were waiting for, except definitely with a lot more of an indie feel.

    I've been waiting for a good remake, and this is it. You build the rooms, put up traps, perform dark rituals, cast spells... everything you remember and more, with modern graphics. Comes complete with vile narrator, giving you silly, morbid facts.

    It has a very indie feel. Don't except a AAA title, expect a very well polished DK remake from an indie studio.

    To everyone complaining about bugs, I've yet to run into any. Maybe upgrade to windows 10 and have decent hardware, but the graphics are great, the game is performant, and I've yet to run into a bug and I've been playing since early access.
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  2. May 12, 2015
    10
    This game if fantastic, the only complaint I have (and I believe it's being worked on!) is that currently 98% of the campaign is timer based.This game if fantastic, the only complaint I have (and I believe it's being worked on!) is that currently 98% of the campaign is timer based. While this isn't implicitly an issue as a timer doesn't automatically imply it's bad, however, some of these campaigns maps are small. It's also some what frustrating to have so many rooms and not really take full advantage of them as you're busy trying to beat the clock.

    All that aside, the game is FANTASTIC and extremely well done. It truly is the *REAL* spiritual successor to Dungeon Keeper unlike Dungeons II which for some reason was given this title. Others have commented about the incomplete nature of the game and while this is true, the developers are for sure working on wrapping it up and fixing the issues. I am also hoping to see some relief regarding the fact that the campaigns are timer focused.

    All in all the game is worth it and it's a lot of fun to play!
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  3. Apr 4, 2015
    10
    Finally the true successor (spiritual) of dungeons keeper ..
    the launch has been difficult due to several bugs, but in two days the
    Finally the true successor (spiritual) of dungeons keeper ..
    the launch has been difficult due to several bugs, but in two days the developers have released dozens of patches (about 3 GB of patches), listened to the problems of the community and worked hard for 48 hours in a row.

    hear the voice of Richard Ridings takes us back 15 years in a fantastic atmosphere.
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  4. Apr 8, 2015
    8
    Short version:
    Pros:
    -Same voice actor from the original Dungeon Keeper and Keeper 2, Mr. Richard Ridings, who does a great job! -Looks
    Short version:
    Pros:
    -Same voice actor from the original Dungeon Keeper and Keeper 2, Mr. Richard Ridings, who does a great job!
    -Looks like a Dungeon Keeper game
    -Gameplay generally feels like a Dungeon Keeper game
    -Play the "bad guy"
    -Dig out a dungeon and stock rooms to attract creatures and then attack the enemy
    -Torture Chamber is fully operational
    -Devs are patching bugs and paying attention to player requests

    Cons (at the time of this review):
    -Some features are not available yet (sandbox mode & multiplayer)
    -Creature path finding can be somewhat haphazard
    -Rooms and creatures do not have enough detail about what they do (still calls things "prop x")
    -Possession can be difficult to control and once in possession mode no clear explanation about the controls
    -Memory Leak? Game tends to slow down a lot over the course of playing and occasionally crashes (devs stated they are looking into solving this problem)

    8/10 Due to missing advertised features at the time of release.

    War for the Overworld is a refreshing change in the standard RTS genre given that you build a dungeon and attack the "good guys". As many know, WftO is the spiritual successor to Dungeon Keepers 1 and 2. This is the game I have been looking for since finishing DK 1&2 in 2000 (15 years!). I am sincerely happy that EA has allowed Subterranean Games to create this clear clone of the Dungeon Keeper franchise.

    Do not get me wrong, War for the Overworld is not just a facelift for Dungeon Keeper 2. It does have it's own story if you are a plot addict like me. However, the look and gameplay feels just like DK2 on the surface, but is a bit buggy with path finding which I expect will get ironed out. If you have been looking for another Dungeon Keeper look no further and pick this game up since it is what we wished that "Dungeons" was or "Overlord 1&2" were. It is certainly worth the $30 USD (half of what EA would charge if they made it, and it would not be as good) even though it does have some flaws as detailed above. I expect that these flaws will be polished away with a bit of time since these devs are extremely devoted to supporting their product and are enthusiasts themselves for the Dungeon Keeper series.

    Buyer with a low-end system beware (i.e. less than 8 GB RAM and less than a Quad Core processor running at 2.0 GHz) as this game is somewhat CPU and definitely memory intensive which manifests itself particularly during battles. I know this because I recently had to upgrade my system to run smoothly (I was capped at 3.25GB RAM and it bottlenecked my Quad Core AMD Phenom II @3.2GHz processor). If your system does not meet the minimum requirements, either upgrade or expect slow downs, stability issues, crashing, and even unplayability during gameplay, and don't downvote simply because your PC cannot handle it (I see this too often).

    All these things being said, I cannot recommend this game enough. WftO is exactly as advertised with regard to being the spiritual successor to DK 1&2. I played this game when it was in early access and enjoyed it then and now even more. This is the only game that I have ever been happy with after purchasing in early access, and I have purchased a fair few.
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  5. Sep 18, 2017
    7
    It's a pretty solid game this now that is has been updated and patched properly. While I couldn't quite get fully in to it and hadn't playedIt's a pretty solid game this now that is has been updated and patched properly. While I couldn't quite get fully in to it and hadn't played Dunegon Keeper, it's a nice RTS which is different to the norm and worth taking a look at. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2015
    5
    at first it felled like DK but soon the feeling vanishes the game is to fast and not so deep

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  7. Dec 8, 2015
    0
    Played it till my fingers bled. Deleted it after the 17th attempt of level 12.
    Idiotic game. Till then, it was tricky, lvl 12 is impossible.
    Played it till my fingers bled. Deleted it after the 17th attempt of level 12.
    Idiotic game. Till then, it was tricky, lvl 12 is impossible. Enemy has unlimited units, used the kuros spell or whatever its called, beat 2, 3rd is unkillable. Even when I got close, game lagged out and crashed (on a Nvidia 960 and 4770k oc'ed with 12gig ram)
    dont bother playing this rubbish. Absolute waste of space
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