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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 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. The puzzle-action gameplay, battling both the enemy and the elements, is simply tuned to perfection and the oh-so-spectacular bosses play like an orchestra of action and strategy. [July 2007, p.60]
  2. 85
    I’d highly recommend this game; it’s funny and addictive, with beautiful graphics and the novel mechanic of controlling a minion horde. However, if you’re looking for a high level of challenge, you may be disappointed.
  3. Any time you let minions do my dirty work you'll win me over, so the great genre-combining gameplay is just icing on the cake.
  4. Overlord delivers a fun experience and is well worth the $39.99 retail price of admission.
  5. The pure joy of commanding a small army of malicious minions more than makes up for Overlord's minor shortcomings.
  6. It’s a great idea but a flawed execution, and will need a sequel to achieve its potential. [Aug 2007, p.92]
  7. Though it's an also-ran to Fable, Overlord offers a lush setting with witty dialogue and great foliage.

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  1. Jan 31, 2013
    9
    An absolutely brilliant game that really takes a creative approach to the genre. Basically it's Dungeon Keeper meets Pikmin. Visuals are pretty. gameplay is fun. character are just so over-the-top and perfectly flung as far away from their stereotypes as possible.. Overall: An absolute treasure and a great laugh to anyone who enjoys fantasy. Expand

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