Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. 83
    In a way, Dark Legend is like Overlord with training wheels on. Which isn't by any means a bad thing.
  2. AceGamez
    Merely a good version of a great product.
  3. All in all, Dark Legend gets a lot right, and as the Wii missed out on the well-reviewed original Overlord, gamers who own Wiis but no other gaming platforms should definitely give it a shot.
  4. A mixture of genres that is neatly put together but has annoying slowdowns.
  5. With its joyfully evil brand of warm humour enlivening every encounter, it's a game that makes you feel good about being bad. And with slick controls and a satisfying blend of action and strategy, it's a game that's never less than enjoyable to play. But while it provides superior controls and less frustration than Overlord II, it regrettably falls down by failing to offer enough of a concerted challenge.
  6. The official debut of Overlord on Nintendo hardware has to be considered more than good. Dark Legend is a funny mix of humor and action with a solid gameplay made of strategy and action.
  7. A nice Control System and an humorous adventure seem solid "pros", but the adventure is really short, and the technical aspect is not so exciting.
  8. The game’s design is overly simplistic, perhaps as an attempted nod to younger players. It hurts the experience, since it feels like you’ve won every fight before you even begin, even against bosses. It’s rare that any puzzle or battle requires more than the mildest attention. Even knowing that, Dark Legend benefits from its clever premise – one that certainly stands apart from the rest of the Wii ­catalog.
  9. Dark Legend attractive visuals often force the action to chug, an overabundance of minions makes the game far too easy and at times incompetent artificial intelligence forces you to reissue the same commands to brain dead minions. If you can deal with those issues, then you'll probably enjoy this dark and destructive adventure.
  10. 60
    I do commend Codemasters for catering to the Wii with a brand new Overlord game instead of porting over Overlord II, which could only have ended in tears -- but give us a challenge guys. We're not stupid.
  11. Overlord: Dark Legend never gets very challenging and let's you do good deeds with the ultimate bad guy, which can be a bit strange. Luckily, the game is fun the play and looks and sounds excellent.
  12. Games Master UK
    It's a lot of fun while it lasts. [Aug 2009, p.75]
  13. Dark Legend possesses all the sly wit you'd expect from an Overlord game. Too bad the action and the once-engaging puzzles are all dumbed down.
  14. 70
    Dark Legend's fun, I just don't think that a person with considerable skill at games will find it all that challenging. Still, if you want a good, humorous story, and are looking for something to entertain you (albeit briefly), then Dark Legend is among the better choices for the Wii.
  15. Of the three games in the Overlord family, Dark Legend is something of a black sheep. It's smaller in scope and lacks some fundamental parts of the formula, but in its pursuit to be different, it's managed to one-up its cousins in certain key ways. The series' minion-control mechanics are a shoe-in on the Wii, and as an Overlord game, it succeeds at what it aims to deliver: mindless fun with irresistible charm.
  16. Great for those who have yet to experience the Overlord series. Everyone else should pass.
  17. 75
    Climax Studios has done a nice job of crafting a fun world to explore and plenty of enemies to decimate. The real issue is engine stability, and polish.
  18. Although Overlord Dark Legend is fairly short and easy to finish, it delivers enough fun to keep you playing. There is enough variety in gameplay to compensate for the lack of difficulty, and commanding minions with the Wii-mote feels like a natural thing to do.
  19. It's a shame that Overlord: Dark Legend is riddled with bugs and performance issues. If you look beyond these shortcomings you'll actually find a really enjoyable adventure with lots of evil and playful charm. But the various issues coupled with the short lifespan means this game is best suited for the younger audience at best.
  20. The controls are superior to Overlord II, but the gameplay and difficulty is even more simplified.
  21. Dark Legend is still pretty fun but maybe too simple compared to the other Overlord games: the game is a good start for this franchise on Wii, with all the advantage and limitation that remote control can brings.
  22. Rock solidly made and full of evil-flavoured charm, but you can't help but wish this had been so much more. The Little King still rules Wii. [Aug 2009, p.58]
  23. Nintendo Power
    Commanding minions to wreak havoc in a fairy-tale world is just plain fun. [Aug 2009, p.91]
  24. A damn fine game when all is said and done. It's a focused, linear experience that never really slows down.
  25. A potentially great game ruined by control issues. Stick with Little King's Story for your RTS adventure kicks.
  26. For those of us who are open to innovation and who appreciate the fantastical, immersive experiences the craft can throw up, Overlord: Dark Legend is destined to feel like something of a wasted opportunity.
  27. 77
    With no doubt Overlord Dark Legend is fresh air for the console portfolio, not only for its control system -which we have already seen in other games-, but also for that uninhibited and "bad-ass" style it has.
  28. Dark Legend on Wii manages to be an extremely competent third-party offering. It's too easy and suffers from a few technical shortcomings, but the campaign is always fun and entertaining. As an intro to Overlord, Dark Legend does its job. Play it on Wii and then move on to the superior and altogether more challenging next-gen sequel.
  29. 76
    Despite of a significant weakness in the controls, it's a title Wii owners should definitely have played. Graphically the game looks good and the sound is actually pretty decent. In short: The Overlord has returned to tell us the story about the rise of his existence, although he stutters while doing this.
  30. If the game was going to be this short, then it should have been made a tad bit more difficult to balance out the lack of content.

Awards & Rankings

#59 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#54 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 7, 2013
    Pretty good game, childish, cartoony looks didn't destroy it. It was temporarily amusing. The minion's lines were amusing most of the timePretty good game, childish, cartoony looks didn't destroy it. It was temporarily amusing. The minion's lines were amusing most of the time in a 'that's sad/lame funny'. Gameplay itself was solid, controls were great once you get used to them. Short game, but long enough to make it worthwhile to play. I found it quite enjoyable for a cheap simple game. Full Review »
  2. Apr 27, 2013
    Hmmm. Overlord Dark Legend. I have a Love/Hate relationship with the whole Overlord series. I love some of the features were really good andHmmm. Overlord Dark Legend. I have a Love/Hate relationship with the whole Overlord series. I love some of the features were really good and the series was genuinely funny. However some of the gameplay was unfair and just frustrating. Also this series seemed to be stuck between being a dark comedy and being more kid friendly. The latter category is where this instalment in the series falls. It has greatly simplified the formula of the original two games. There's only one form of minion life juice (Which I actually kind of like). There's no mistresses (I assume to make it more kid-friendly). No real castle or Overlord customisation. Also sadly the only remaining minions are Gnarl and sort of the Jester (No Giblet?). Also sadly they removed the interesting Minion gameplay from Overlord 2. This game is a prequel interestingly and it sometimes taps into that potential but not enough. I did like how the humour was based around twisting fairytales.
    So basically this is a stripped down version of Overlord which tries to be more kid-friendly and sadly removes most of the minion personality. So it just gets a recommendation for the solid gameplay.
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  3. Jun 1, 2011
    Overlord series takes the stage on the Nintendo Wii to take control of the control set up and offer a Pikmin like experience while Pikmin 3Overlord series takes the stage on the Nintendo Wii to take control of the control set up and offer a Pikmin like experience while Pikmin 3 is no where to be seen. For the most part the game works. It gives you a world to explore, missions to do and a control scheme that works quite well. The problem is that the game feels half done. Controls of the Overlord and the minions work good, but as you venture deeper into the game you notice several glitches. I experienced 2 game freezes, one of the bosses froze and another fell through the geometry of the level!

    After the final boss the game just ends. That's it. Just when the story gets going it ends. On top of that the game doesn't give you much info on the Forge Upgrades. What suit is better? I had tons of money to afford everything by the time I was done the 3rd boss battle. It was easy, yet fun if the game didn't crash or glitch out. If you need a Pikmin-esque game for cheap, pick this one up... but don't expect more then 10 hours out of it.
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