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?
User reviews: Very Positive (1,541 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 26, 2007

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"It'll always be a classic to me, even if the world disagrees. Pikmin in practice, Dungeon Keeper in spirit. For the Overlord!"

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

    • 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
    • Supported OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or Athlon 64 X2
    • RAM: 1GB RAM
    • Video: GeForce 7800 or Radeon X1800
    • 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
    • Multiplayer is no longer available for Overlord
    Not compatible with all integrated sound/graphics solutions (inc. Laptops).
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Also see my Overlord: Raising Hell Review because a lot of my game time was spent there. (Because it contained both Overlord 1 and the Raising Hell Expansion):

TL:DR? See Conclusion

Overlord is a third-person action/adventure game developed by Triumph Studios and published by Codemasters. The game was originally released for the PC Platform and the Xbox 360 in 2007 with a PS3 release the following year. The game's plot primarily serves as a parody of generic fantasy themed worlds. The game also heavily relies on its primary game feature called 'Minion Control' where the player does 20% of the work and the other 80% by ordering small goblin/gremlin/imp like creatures collectively called 'Minions' to do stuff for you.

The game puts the player in the horned helm of a recently resurrected warrior whose name is never mentioned but is generally known to everyone as “The Overlord.” Having been recently revived, he is informed by an old minion named Gnarl that a group of adventurers killed the old Overlord, ransacked the Overlord's Tower and 'freed' the previously controlled domain of his predecessor. As the new Overlord, the player is now tasked to take back the lost territories and exact revenge on the unsuspecting 'heroes'.

+ The graphics, although aged, still looks good. The art style is reminiscent of Fable 1 which was nice for its time.
+ Interesting new concept of minion control which was more or less implemented well
+ Great minion control mechanic despite some minor annoyances
+ Dark humor with obvious parodies and easter-eggs
+ Good weapon and armor design but...(See CON #6)
+ Good story with a good plot twist
+ Nice voice acting (that goes well with the humor) and sound effects
+ Good level design with a lot of environment variation
+ Fun little mini-games and puzzles
+ Healthy game time

- Cutscene animations needs improvement
- No Overlord's Tower defense quest (I expected that adventurers would attack my tower and I would have to setup defenses but no such event happened)
- The Overlord's Tower has little to offer aside from the Dungeon and the Forge: Most of the tower upgrades are cosmetic with no bearing on character progression.
- Can't talk to the NPCs outside of quests and stories: Disappointing specially if you want to know more about them or want to ask questions
- Limited corruption events / triggers
- Limited selection of weapons and armor
- Can't do much in terms of exploration
- Fixed camera that sometimes bug out when sweeping minions

GREAT GAME and comes highly RECOMMENDED. Overlord is a game that came as a surprise on how good it actually is. It may not be a Triple-A title but it certainly delivers a fun and enjoyable experience with its interesting game mechanic, good story backed up by good level design, good humor and an overall wonderful experience.

It does suffer from a few flaws, one of which is that it lacks essential RPG elements that would have made the experience much more entertaining. Another issue I had with the game is that, aside from the main quest and story, there is virtually nothing to do aside from minor Tower upgrades and occasional dungeon farming. The game also starts a bit slow, but after the first few levels, it starts to pick up the pace. Despite these flaws however, the game is still an enjoyable experience that is both well paced and well constructed and is enough to get your money's worth.

I can easily RECOMMEND this game at FULL price because its relatively cheap but instead I urge you to BUY THE OVERLORD COMPLETE PACK which contains Overlord 1, Overlord: Raising Hell (expansion), and Overlord 2. If, for some reason, you don't want Overlord 2 then purchase both Overlord 1 and Overlord: Raising Hell because the expansion does add a substantial chuck of story to the main title and serves as a prologue to the events of Overlord 2.

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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
You get to choose 1 of 2 girls to bed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
its not a classic but feels like it should be. pretty much a more "evil" version of pikmin.
-graphics : its a 2009 game, so dont expect too much. though its all cartoony and makes you feel like playing an old ps1 game, like crash bandicoot or something.
-story is quite interesting and the game seems to have established their own world, which is cool.
- soundtrack is okay, i personally like the overlord theme, but if you spend too much in one area it gets pretty old fast. but the voicing in this game is top notch, especially for gnarl. the dialogue is pretty funny and entertaining.
- now the gameplay, is as i said , like pikmin, you get to control your horde of minions. its alright most of the time but your minions are such dumbasses that you gotta watchout not to get too many of them killed. at first getting souls is pretty hard but it gets pretty easy when you start crafting the later armors. most of the enemies need a bit of dodging here and there, so getting all your horde to attack an enemy too long might be too dangerous since he can counter attack after getting swarmed for a while. they attempt to put in a choice system, despite not really doing much to the story except a few scenes, mostly just affect your castle/appearance so i wouldnt say the replayabilty is there.

i gotta say that some of the maps are pretty boring too and sometimes you just want to rush some areas. the overlord walks kinda slow too which makes me want a sprint button, not to mention the game promotes backtracking. the boss isnt exactly the grandest fight out there , since mostly just need to get your minions to gangbang the hell out of them.
but the overall level design ,puzzle and gameplay is quite fun despite the drawbacks i just mentioned.
the direct control over minion is a bit clunky and should be fixed in a way, perhaps make it so you can move it using directional keys instead of using a mouse.

pretty good, had quite some fun and cant wait to play the 2nd game plus hyping for the 3rd game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
this looks like if pikmin was rated M
or something
this is a really good game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
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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