Prepare to be tempted, mesmerized and thrilled, become the Overlord, how corrupt you become depends on how you handle any given situation. Your actions impact the game world. With incredible power at your disposal and a team of evil minded minions to do your evil bidding, how will you resist the temptation to be incredibly despotic?
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Release Date: Jun 26, 2007

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July 27

Overlord now available on SteamOS, Mac and Linux

Overlord is now available for your Steam Machine as well as Mac and Linux computers.

Virtual Programming and Codemasters have ported this popular twisted fantasy action adventure to these systems where you have incredible power at your disposal and a team of evil minded minions to do your evil bidding!

Current owners of Overlord on Steam have immediate access to the game from SteamOS and Mac or Linux devices running Steam.

New purchasers can also play the game from the PC, Mac, Linux, or Steam Machines.

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About This Game

Prepare to be tempted, mesmerized and thrilled, become the Overlord, how corrupt you become depends on how you handle any given situation. Your actions impact the game world. With incredible power at your disposal and a team of evil minded minions to do your evil bidding, how will you resist the temptation to be incredibly despotic? THINK EVIL, BREED EVIL, CONTROL ALL!
Control a horde of Minions
  • Intuitive control over a crowd of evil minded minion creatures
  • Use Minions to smash, destroy, kill, steal and intimidate
Become the Overlord
  • Forge loot from the battlefield into powerful weapons and armour
  • Gain Overlord powers such as the ability to make enemies burst into flames and cower down before you
  • Conquer the world and impose your will on its people
Explore a twisted fantasy world
  • A unique story that combines evil bidding with impish humour
  • Defeat the seven fallen heroes to rule over all the world

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Supported OS: Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or Athlon XP 2400+
    • RAM: 512MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 4.5 GB available
    • Video: GeForce FX5900 / Radeon 9500 or above
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9c
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card

    Multiplayer is no longer available

    • ATi Radeon: 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, X300, X600, X700, X800, X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
    • nVidia: GeForce FX5900, FX5950, 6600, 6800, 7100, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950, 8800

    Not compatible with all integrated sound/graphics solutions (inc. Laptops)
    • Supported OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or Athlon 64 X2
    • RAM: 1GB RAM
    • Video: GeForce 7800 or Radeon X1800
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9 or later
    • Processor: Intel
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 4.5 GB Free

    Multiplayer is no longer available
    • OS: Ubuntu 15.10 or similar Linux Distribution
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4/Similar AMD processor
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 4.5 GB Free
    • Video Card: NVidia/AMD OpenGL level 3.2 compatible
    • Video RAM:512Mb
    • Sound: ALSA/PulseAudio compatible
    • GTK 3

    Multiplayer is no longer available

    • nVidia: NVidia 364.19 or better. 331 series are unsupported.
    • AMD: AMD Catalyst (fglrx) 15.12 Crimson
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18.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Loved It! Great game! Good storylines and cool gameplay.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: September 23
This game is a bad version of the PIkmin series

I couldnt finish; even though i tried. Just too meh

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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 12
Become an evil, axe-wielding, spell-casting and minion controlling overlord, but in a humorous way. Clever jokes and puns, not to mention watching the minions wreak havoc is hilarious. In short a great game, make sure to get the expansion as well.
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22.2 hrs
Posted: September 11
make sure you back up your saved games, as steam won't hold them on the cloud for you.
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7.6 hrs
Posted: September 7
Its like picman but from hell.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: September 3
This game's a classic, no questions asked. Even at full price its a great buy.
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9.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Sometimes a game's like a hamburger with weird "secret sauce" you get from a small burger joint. It needs a lot of polish (or ketchup, you know) for you to say that it's amazing, but you still really end up liking it. That's basically Overlord.

Overlord is essentially the result of Pikmin, the original Fable, and Sauron being thrown into a blender. It has gameplay elements of the first, the charm of (and clear inspiration from) the second, and you take on the role of the third.

The gameplay is pretty good, for the most part, but it definitely needs some refinements here and there. You're the titular overlord, and you have an army of minions at your disposal. These little guys serve a range of different purposes, ranging from basic cannon fodder to being needed for progression in certain areas. They have their own classes, and each class is separated by their color. Browns are brutes, greens are assassins, reds are fire mages which act like archers, and blues are mages that can revive your dead troops.

The Overlord himself initially needs these minions in combat for survival, with strategic minion usage in the early hours of the game being the difference between life and death. Later on he's able to do alright in combat on his own, but that doesn't make combat as the Overlord very fun. Melee combat has laughably poor animations, and just feels awful. Magic combat is a bit more fun to use, but quickly drains mana at higher ranks. There are some neat details, though, like fire magic burning fields. You can unlock different spells (and different ranks of spells) by finding different totems throughout the world.

There's plenty of totems throughout the world, and finding them is pretty satisfying. You'll often want to revisit previous areas after gaining new minion types to look around for totems, as some of them are the only way to boost your health, mana, and maximum minion count.

Actual level design is fine... for the most part. There's a point (fairly early on in the game) where you're going to need to get through the first couple segments of both areas available to you at the time to get the minion types needed to clear both, and it isn't obvious at first. Combine that with the fact these areas are fairly annoying to beign with, and you have a negative stretch close to the start of an otherwise good game.

The story is also an enjoyable romp, even if the game seems light on it. There's a lot of hints dropped throughout the game about its finale, leading up to a story heavy ending. The finale's good enough that I'd recommend not spoiling it, but it's not like the game will be ruined if you know what it is or anything. There's multiple routes, too, which allows you to end up with a pretty happy ending. You could also be a murderous maniac, if that's your thing.

Overlord in general needs a lot of polish, as previously mentioned. Combat is unsatisfying, there's really annoying levels at the start of the game, and the boss fights are annoying because of how bad the combat is. It's a game that could be a lot better than it is, but I still really do enjoy it. It has a ton of charm, has decent length, and still kept my interest for almost all of its 20 hour length.

TL;DR/Wrap-up: It's $5 for a good (albeit flawed) game that should take you 20 hours to go through. On a buy/sale/don't buy scale, this is a definite buy.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Amazing game, in all the time playing it only crashed once and i was messing with the resolution. Would strongly recommend the game I'm not even much of a fan of the genre and i still loved. The progression throughout is perfect and the story is great. although there are a few annoying things like some puzzles being bit annoying to solve (maybe I'm just stupid xD). Throughout the game you are even given choices for example you can choose between 2 sisters as a girlfriend one who is good and one who is evil. But yes overall the game is great and thats why i have got it on 2 platforms now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
A Pikmin-like where you play as the Overlord, and control a growing horde of minions with color-coded abilities. The Overlord's health, mana, and horde size are upgraded by finding totems in the world and recovering them. The dark tower he calls home is rebuilt and upgraded through collectables and gold.

Having a tone which heavily mocks Lord of the Rings, it is charming and clever. Characters are stylized with cartoonish proportions, and you are given the decision to be cartoonishly evil, or not.

This remains one of my favorite games.
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481 of 572 people (84%) found this review helpful
632 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Sauron Simulator 2007
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162 of 175 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
A hidden gem,
no seriously this is one of the best games I have ever played. The reasons? The minions obviously! They are just hilarious! My favorite part of them is the fact that they can loot equipment so you can have 50 brown fighter minions that look unique and barbaric. Did I mention that they have a hierarchy system too? The strongest minion (and probably your favorite) always goes next to the dark lord and the other line up behind him so at the furthest back you have those newly spawned grunts. You must be careful about the minions that you do care about because if they die they are gone forever. I once had my favorite minion who was wearing a golden crown which he looted from a fat hafling king get smashed by a succubus, oh god did I miss him!

I originally got the game on disk hence the play time.
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109 of 116 people (94%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
337.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
I played Overlord back when it first came out, and remembered enjoying it quite a bit. I was excited to see it on sale here on Steam with its addon and sequel, so I picked them up dirt cheap.

The game is pretty fun, with the story being staged with you in the role of the villain out to subjugate any and all you come in contact with. You get the option to choose between good and evil, but it's more accurately evil and really, really evil. The game play is fun, though a bit frustrating when you can't quite find how to get to the next area. I realized how much I've come to rely on the objective markers in newer games (Skyrim and such), when I had to actually think about where to go. Once you get all four minion types, the game really starts to move, because more paths to success are open to you.

The primary negative to the game, I feel, is the minion control when using the keyboard and mouse. Controlling minions is often clunky, especially if you are standing just a bit too close to something you want them to interact with. It is exceedingly difficult to control the minions when they have to lure enemies to certain places or take timed explosives to certain points before they detonate (both happen a lot late in the game). It was really hard to move around while directing a minion, which made a couple of challenges lose their entertainment value quickly.

Besides those few specific examples, however, I found the game to quite fun all these years after my first playthrough. The graphics are dated, and the story is very shallow, but it was worth the couple of bucks I spent on it. Just remember you are playing an older game when you start!

Edit: It was mentioned in comments that I might need to note that my hours recorded playing are inaccurate. I have a tendancy to leave games running overnight while I'm sleeping or while I'm at work, so the hours logged never match my actual hours played by a long shot. Do NOT expect to get over 300 hours of playability out of this game. I have no idea exactly how many hours I've put in.
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91 of 99 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
Overlord is one of the games that sticks in your memory for all reason you can never quite remember until you play it again. It’s charming nature and settings, the witty writing and character behaviours really set it apart from anything else upon its release and offered something really new without taking it’s self seriously.
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118 of 140 people (84%) found this review helpful
66 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
If Dungeon Keeper 2 and Fable: The Lost Chapters had a baby and by a magical chance the baby got all the good parts and none of the flaws of its parents, that baby is Overlord.
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106 of 126 people (84%) found this review helpful
136 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
After finding and summoning 15 red minions I came across a field busting with sheep and farmers.
I spent the next 10 minutes sitting back on my chair inside my dark room with a small, content smile on my face, listening to the screams of man and animal alike as I burned them alive.
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56 of 59 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
I love Overlord. It is more like a tactical action RPG than a hack-and-slash game. In the first part of the game you will have to heavily rely on your minions in fights, and you can only slowly afford to enter melee as you upgrade your armour and weapon. And the game makes sure you have to keep some minions around all the time.

The graphics are still pretty, with beautiful landscapes, though you can spot some tricks wich were required in 2007 to decently run a game on an average engine by that date. The music was not memorable, but had some catchy accords, the voice acting was done wholeheartedly. The story was not bad, and though it had some great ideas, like incorporating the seven deadly sins, it wasn't the best, either. Linear, but enjoyable.

My 33 hours of play include one playthrough with some farming, but dedicated players will want to play it to the end two times: with 0% and with 100% corruption as the goal. This game is well worth every penny.
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