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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is fun and crazy. It's been out for awhile and is avaliable on multiple platforms. Its pretty easy to use and even runs smoothlessly with an xbox360 joystick. With a very amusing plot and minions to do your bidding its one of those games where you can run around endlessly looking for goodies or just run a muck and torment the local villages.

All up a fun and amusing guilty pleaseure.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
In this game, we control little boys who have dwarfism that have different powers between fire, water and stuff like that. The reason we control the little boys is because we are the Overlord, and we order those little boys to fight to death just for us. this is my favorite game so far, just as i wanted and dont undersestimate this game cuz its 2007 game. We're done.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Evil always finds a way.

Fable in the streets.
Pikmin in the sheets.
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This game pretty much simulates being a white man back in the 1800's. Having all these "slaves" to do every thing for you.

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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Got this on windows 7, played about half way through. Upgraded to 10, doesn't work.
10/10 would downgrade again.
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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
[macOS][OSX][Mac] [2014 MacBook Pro] Game crashes randomly all the time. Cant progress past a certain area in the Evernight level (inevitable crash); took 4 hours to get to that point so my refund request was denied. 0/10
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487 of 579 people (84%) found this review helpful
638 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Sauron Simulator 2007
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164 of 177 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 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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110 of 117 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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93 of 101 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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King Link
16.8 hrs
Posted: October 21
Take 2 parts Pikmin, 1 part Lord of the Ring and a dash of humor. Shake and serve cold.

Overlord is a unique game. You play "The Overlord" a dark and mysterious figure served by "minions". Not the yellow twinkie shaped minions from Despicable me, but impish shaped creatures. The player gets the ability to chose what type of overlord will he be, either good or evil, and that's really the weirdest part of the game.

It's not that morality systems are necessarily bad, it's just that the "Overlord" in this game usually has the option to be benevolent or evil, and even when he's evil, it's quite tame. The sequel will eventually figure this problem out with "Dominate or Destroy" morality choices. However for this game, the choice is usually something like "do you give the food to the villagers or keep it for yourself.

The problem with this morality is neither is really that interesting. Keeping the food doesn't give a noticeable difference other than less farming to do, which would be useful but by the end of the game, you can easily gather hundreds of minions with minimal work, and the game isn't hard enough that being selfish sounds good.

There is one morality choice that offers you to choose between two mistresses for your castle, and that's about the only choice that really matters because it decides what minions to power up. The "good" choice though outweighs the bad choice. Who knew being evil was so hard?

The point of this diversion though is that while the Overlord idea is "you are the villain". In actual gameplay. You're not really, and that's kind of the flaw of this game. You're never as evil as you could be. Yes you can be eviler than a "hero" but overall it's a pretty milquetoast version of evil.

However with that being said, the game is actually quite good. In 2001 Pikman came out and was a fantastic adventure game, and then took forever with sequels, apparently the creator of this game saw this market barely being serviced and stepped up to fulfill the need, and to be honest they did. Overlord plays like Pikman though better, and with no time limits, solving the big complaint about Pikman.

The player is able to summon four types of minions each with different strengths, and using the minion in various ways he has to make his way through levels. The minions can be controlled in a few different ways, from sweeping the minions left and right, to tasking the minions directly. The minions are smart enough that placing them in a location they'll intelligently fight with enemies, or when sweeped around an interactable item, they'll figure out what to do (with a few exception, but exceptions for the right reason).

The Overlord himself is quite weak, but over time (and forging) will gain a great amount of power to the point that he'll eventually be able to stand up to enemies almost solo by the end of the game. In fact the weak form at the beginning of the game feels very different from the end of the game where the player feels like he doesn't need the minions as much (though of course he does)

As for the story, it starts off feeling like a rip off of Lord of the Rings, with the character clearly being influenced by Sauron, the first town being named "Spree" and the first enemies are halflings. There's other clear Lord of the Ring mythology lifts (Elves and dwarves of course). but after Spree the game seems to diverge from Lord of the Ring and finds it's own fantasy story, and does well with it, though borrowing heavily from other mythos.

The thing is though, the game works in all the right ways. There's never an extremely annoying part of the game, and the game lasts at least 15 hours, probably closer to 18. While there's some padding to this number due to the length of dungeons, you're never in the same environment for very long. There's a decent amount of exploration, and a few alternate paths that give different result.

Players will likely need a guide at some point due to a weak quest system which doesn't tell the player exactly where things are, but at the same time, it's not a horrible system and only once did I miss a major area. Still this is 2007, so a lot of the handholding that modern games do is missing. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but can make this game frustrating if you find yourself in that position.

Overall though, this is a game which barely got noticed when it first came out, and probably deserved a bigger audience. I really liked Overlord, and the fact I put 20 hours or more into it speaks to that. If you like Pikman, like quasi "evil" or just like to play something a little different, I would recommend Overlord.
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17.9 hrs
Posted: October 17
So enjoyable! Letting loose all your minions on a room full of enemies and treasures is definitively worth it.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 16
Originally played this on the Xbox 360 and not dissapointed with picking this up on the pc. Still a great game to play, looking forward to playing this all the way through.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
Played it as a kid alot, looking back my childhood sucked ♥♥♥ through a straw.
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Vakarian | BR
1.6 hrs
Posted: October 15
You are the evil lord, help people

Logic 10/10
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9.9 hrs
Posted: October 14
I could go on and on about how the bad controls keep the gameplay from reaching its full potential, but ultimately, this is a game you play for the humor.

There's something very satisfying about pointing at idyllic scenery and watching your minions tear the scenery to bits, and wear the bits as hats.

Also it's cheap.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: October 14
this game is honestly a lot of fun, but twice now my save file has simply deleted itself for no reason, and i cant find any solutions online
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7.3 hrs
Posted: October 13
Good Game, funny, different, charismatic characters
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6.0 hrs
Posted: October 11
My childhood <3

I don't really even like the gameplay of this game, but I love the concept.
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86.6 hrs
Posted: October 8
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