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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November 27, 2014

The Steam Exploration Sale!

Attention: Minions!

Now the carnage has subsided since your pumpkin exploits at Halloween it's time to cause havoc once more.

Word from the Netherworld is that a great sale has besieged these lands, and as a result the entire Overlord series is currently available at some cut down prices.

Want to cause some mayhem? Find a mistress to keep you warm this winter, or perhaps you want to raid the pumpkin fields like the sprightly young scamp that you are.

Your time has come, and service to the master can be guaranteed for 50% less lifeforce.

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October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween Minions!



We do love Halloween, and it’s easily our fourth most favourite time of year. The Minions always seem exceptionally chipper, perhaps it’s because the pumpkin fields are overflowing with their orangey goodness. Unfortunately it’s not all great; one does remember the awful mess that the Minions made last year, who would have known pumpkin vomit would be so explosive.

To distract us from the impending mess, and not to mention the smell, we’ve slashed the prices on the entire Overlord series over on Steam, including the Complete Pack.

Prices start from a spooktacular 87p!

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/2464/

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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

    MINIMUM
    • 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
    RECOMMENDED
    • Supported OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or Athlon 64 X2
    • RAM: 1GB RAM
    • Video: GeForce 7800 or Radeon X1800
    SUPPORTED GRAPHICS CARDS
    • 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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427 of 467 people (91%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
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Graphics:
+ coherent comic optic
+ nice effects
+ beauty landscapes
- general polygon poverty

Atmosphere:
+ nasty naughty humor
+ funny cutscenes
- silent hero
- could stand to be a little more evil

Balance:
+ steadily growing difficult
+ never unfair
- barely checkpoints
- some to hard boss fights

Level Design:
+ extremely varied
+ detailed maps
+ funny ideas
- long-running routes

Game Size:
+ reasonably long solo campaign
+ many secrets
- playtime dragged out

You are a pretty animated Sauron copy with dark armor and broadax by a 3D fantasy world. In order not to have to get their hands dirty yourself, you summon minions called at shrines. These are little gnomes who exercise command on all sorts of crimes for you.
The crux of the game comes down to following the main campaign as you unlock new minion types, rebuild your ominous-looking castle and regain power with mighty spells. As you progress through the story, a number of minion types will become available.

The excellent level design, it is constantly consider how many of which helpers you take. So you have to eliminate, for example, in an enchanted cave with your green guys toxic blooms, so the brown a heavy stone can move aside. Then you should kill dangerous scarabs, which one does not come close to the best - hopefully be red ranger in the team. The game is always fair; only those who deal too rashly with his subordinates, is soon because without them.
There are some RPG trappings to the game, in that you can upgrade or buy new weapons and armor, learn new spells, and increase your capacity for health and mana, as well as the number of minions that you can control at once. Still, the story is pretty linear.
You might have more than one quest available to you at a time, but usually you'll find that one of those quests cannot actually be started until you finish another quest. As the shadow you cast over the land continues to grow, you'll face halflings, elves, bloodthirsty unicorns, an undead horde, dwarves, and more.

The controls for Overlord generally work well. With the camera always mapped to the mouse, one doesn't ever have to worry about your view jostling about like you do when playing with a controller.
Most orders for minion control can be given with just the mouse buttons and scroll wheel which keeps things simple, although controlling their movements directly causes you to relinquish control of the camera, which can result in a bit of confusion.Even with a good control scheme, maneuvering your horde isn't always a walk in the park. Giving the little critters commands is a cinch.
Whether they follow them or not is another question. The path-finding in Overlord isn't the best and you'll often find the minions running directly towards a target on the far side of an obstacle, only to get caught and not be able to find their way around.

Overlord is an enjoyably mischievous experience that blends real-time strategy and RPG elements to unique ends. The satisfaction of running amok with your legion of wickedly enthusiastic minions is what makes Overlord worth playing, and it's plenty compensation for controls that you'll occasionally struggle against and the limitations on just how evil you can really be.

Score: 78 / 100
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390 of 470 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Sauron Simulator 2007
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96 of 102 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 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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103 of 123 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 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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90 of 108 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 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.
10/10
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Enjoyable game for the price of an egg sandwich.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
I've always been a big fan of this game, hoping sometime there would be another sequel, but it seems the idea was dropped. To give you an idea of how much I adore this game, I've played through it about four times by this point.

There's always question about which Overlord you should pick up if any, the first or the second? Personally, I say both. Here I will just review the first one though.

A fantastic singleplayer RPG with clever humor, good boss fights, enticing story and an interesting combat system that I can't say I've seen in any other game.

You are the Overlord. Your job is to restore your tower to its former glory, convince the lowly townsfolk that you are indeed the Overlord and to wreak havoc with your minions (although sometimes you might decide to be nice to the citizens of your domain to make them praise you rather than fear you)

But what is an Overlord without his minions? There are four types of minions, which you unlock over time, but pretty early in the game you have all four. The first type is your default melee minions that just love to get in trouble and start fights, the second is a ranged type that are terrible in melee but can put out fires and throw fireballs, the third is a sneakier kind that can be used with clever positioning to take out key targets rapidly, but they suffer in direct confrontation, and the fourth is a healer that can resurrect your fallen minions for a while before their corpses decay (They can also swim, unlike all your other minions)

The overlord himself of course also has combat potential. He can hit people with his melee weapon of choice and cast spells that he has unlocked, there are plenty of spells ranging from direct damage (throwing fire at all your enemies and watching them burn to death while laughing horrifically) to buffing your minions (and watching them claw your enemies apart in a maddened frenzy before they start tearing each other apart)

There's also a crafting system that lets you craft weapons and armour with special stat bonuses given by letting your minions throw themselves into the flames to enhance your equipment.

This is definitely one of the most overlooked games that I know of, and that couldn't be a more undeserving title to have.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
After 20 hours i managed to finished the game.

Let's start with the most important.

I suggest that game for the lovers of RPG games but it's also a good strategic game where you can command a mini-army of minions,little monsters ready to follow your orders.
In the game are present 4 types of minions.

Brown Minions - The best minions for fighting,they got the highest health,armor and damage,but beside that,nothing special.

Red Minions - Ranged Minions wich attacks by throwing fireballs to the enemies,they got extremly low health and armor,and alone they are kinda weak,they are very good in groups,by attacking enemies while the brown minions defend them,they are also fire-resistant and can absorb fire from certain paths to leave you proceed.

Green Minions - Close combat minions,low attack but extremly deadly in backstabs,they can also turn invisible and are poison resistant,allowing them to destroy noxious-plants. Great for ambushes and traps.

Blue Minions - They are literally the worse for combat,they got extremly low health,armor and attack.The good side is the fact that they can actually swim in the water without drowning,that may allow them to follow you trough rivers and swamps,they also got some magical powers,wich allow them to resurrect dead minions,and they are the only kind of character wich can actually hurt magical beings like ghosts or whisps.


You can control an army of minions by spawning them from magical-holes linked to your tower,to spawn minions you will need certain lifeforce that can be gained by killing enemies (For example,if you will kill sheeps you can gain brown lifeforce,wich you need for spawning brown minions,and if you are going to kill fire bugs you gain red lifeforce,to spawn red minions) You can stock as many lifeforce you want but you have a limit by the minions that can follow you,you can increase the limit by collecting objects,by myself,i reached 35 max minions.

Minions can also collect stuff from the ground like weapons,axes,piece of armors,helmets to increase their power and attack but they will also collect useless stuff like broken pumpinks.

The minions will always give you the lifeforce they harvest and the gold they found by pillaging,we need to mention that the main character is extremly weak and you will almost-always need your minions.

Good/Bad sides

+Interesting Story full of surprises

+You may choose certain paths trough the story to determine if you are going to be an Evil Hero or an Evil Evil (that's shown by your corruption level wich increases for each innocent creature killed or with each extremly evil thing you do)

+Detailed Minions

+Original concept

+Funny story and lots of funny scenes

+You got your own mistress OwO and a jester (I named him box-sack)

- The character never talks (All you can hear are some grunts from the helmet from time to time when you swing your weapon)

-Linear levels (Even if you may choose to take some paths,you have to follow linear levels,wich imposes you to go trough certain areas and complete certain quests)

-Extremly poor character customization (You can forge new helmets,weapons and armor by sacrificing your minions into a smelter,but there are only 3 types of weapon,1 helmet,1 armor and 3 materials for each one of those)

-Main Character fight system extremly poor (All you can do are 12 spells,and swing your weapon,without making any other types of attacks,you just swing your weapon in front of you and deal some damage,nothing more)


Now that i finished Overlord i'm going straight and definitely to play Overlord 2. Buy that game,you won't regret it.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
46.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
Old game carries its age well.
Hard to find fault with this minion controller. Fun, easy to learn and good length.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Nevermind the gameplay, its ok. You can see it was made for other consoles so on pc it is well ok. But the humor and storyline are so funny and original that everyone should simply play it. Specialy those guys who play only good characters in rpgs... Its funny, catchy and you will love it from the start to the end.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Took over the world and caused the sky to turn dark purple due to bieng corrupt.

Managed to get trapped in hell aswell.

10/10 would play a grimmer sequel with blood or something, or atleast more bashing of enemies
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
99.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Gnarl:What nutcase is going to be Overlord this time,Giblet?
Giblet:I dunno...
Gnarl:Howabout that stupid 8th hero that died let's dig him up and pour acid in his eyes...(That'll freshen him up :D)
Giblet:Good Idea!
*The Minions open up the coffin*
8th Hero:WHO IN THE WORLD MADE ME ALIVE AGAIN OH GOD THE ACID BURNS I'MA KILL EVERYONE!
*666 Days later...the world is under his control*
And that is how my game goes.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
I would never have bought this game if I hadn't tried the PS3 demo first and i've loved it ever since then, now I get to play it on my laptop whenever and wherever I travel, i'm in heaven! The ability to play as the bad guy is always a plus and the minion humour gets me every time("What, no sheepies?!"). A lot of reviews have this as a 6 or 7 out of 10, but if you love something as I do this game, you will overlook all its minor flaws! This game is honestly one of my favorite games of all time and gets a definite recommend!
Download the demo, you may love it, you may hate it, but give it a go!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 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!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
For years I have looked at this game on the shop shelfs and my friends always told me it looked like ♥♥♥♥. Well I halfway through the first game now and well this game is awesome. The basics of the game are that you controll your minons into battle for good or for evil whilst rebuilding your destroyed home. 9/10 the minons sometimes dont control aswell as you would want.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Building an evil empire is hard work. Fortunately, minions love to do trivial tasks such as carrying heavy things, beating sheep to death with sticks and blades alike, putting stuff on their heads, immolating halflings, and smashing, well, everything in sight. It makes the tedium of smiting and being feared much more enjoyable.

Between Steam and my console version of this game, I probably have about 100 hours in it, and every playthrough was fun. The four kinds of minions (conveniently color coded for an Xbox controller, which I do recommend using a controller given how laid back this game is, but it is hardly required) add a great layer of strategy to the game if you take the time to utilize them to their maximum efficiency. Of course, you can always just send them all rushing in to smash smash smash, and they will happily die for you, but they will die quite often this way. And you just don't want that when they're so adorably evil. Unless maybe you're just extra evil, and that's actually encouraged around here.

I would not call this game particularly challenging (although Legendary mode added in the Raising Hell expansion surely amps up the difficulty), but it is pretty forgiving overall. This is definitely a pick up and play game that is not going to drown you in the details of lore, equipment, crafting, etc., but it has just the right amount of strategy involved to keep it interesting while allowing it to remain a game you can lounge back and play just to unwind and enjoy the ride.

Fact is, sometimes you just want to be the bad guy. This game lets you be a brutal tyrant, but does so in such a charming way it just feels so right to be evil. So pick it up, build a horde, claim a mistress, restore your Dark Tower to all it's inglorious..er...glory, literally fill a room with gold and treasure, and sit back on your sweet evil throne, sipping wine made of fermented peasant tears, and debate how to punish your godawful jester.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
46.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Pre-Release Review
Very fun, I loved this game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Amazing game. 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
Theres very few games i can honestly say i love, and get completely drawn into, i can probably count on one hand the few games i've become a nerdy addict too. One of those games is Fable, so i wanted something to fill that little humourous funny game void thingy left in my gaming heart after finishing those games. This is when i stumbled upon Overlord.

Overlord is the best game i've played on PC so far, and considering i've only been playing for a few weeks i suppose that isn't saying much. But this game has the fun of an action'y fight'y kind of game. plus it has all the benefits of something thats relaxing and humourous, this game has made me laugh a few times, which is sad really... but thats beside the point.

Basically you play as an Overlord (what a surprise) You have a selection of minions, and to clarify, no they're not yellow and they do not wear dungaree's and goggles! They are however, blue, red, brown or green, they each have their own special 'powers', which i think is in a way what gives this game a slight sense of strategy, in a weird deluded way.
You must pick the right minions for each quest, inevitably some minions will die, or you'll kill them, so you or your minions kill different bugs to get 'orbs' of minion life, these orbs get stored at little colour co-ordinated crators where you can summon them at selected points in the game, you can also convert your minions back into orbs, or trade your minions in for health, thus killing them.

Once you've selected your minions you purse through quests, throwing them into battles with a range of different creatures, and occasionally lending them a hand yourself, although the overlords fighting isn't the most thrilling and he doesn't have a wide range of weapons to chose from, he does have the benefit of 4 spells that can be cast, using your 'mana health bar' that can add a bit of a punch to otherwise space bar bashing when the minions need a hand.

The quests follow a simple story line and you can pick up and drop them as you wish, which really adds a sense of Free roam to this game, you can simply teleport to most areas and view open quests in these areas from you're main tower which you can revert back to from the main menu or tower crator, this tower is also something you can upgrade through in game currency as you progress which is a nice little back feature, but not something i think the game necessarily needs and certainly isn't a big feature, just an added bonus.

So in summary, If you've played fable and enjoyed it, you're 99.9% likely to enjoy this game, (You can even kick your minions if you miss days of kicking chickens!) if you havne't played fable, what is wrong with you? But just buy it anyways. There is nothing to not love about this cute little devious game!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
A quirky walk on the wild side of Gaming.
You play as the big bad himself, with an army of minons at your command.

As the game progresses you unlock new armour, weapons, and of course, new minions which you will need as each provides it's own mechanics (Blues can swim, Reds can put out and throw fires, Ect).

-The story is thin, but fun. And you wont be short of fun little characters to interact with.

-The game suffers from horrendous pacing however. You'll spend hours figuring out how to progress, or just get bored tramping over what seems like endless streams of stuff to smash. Not to mention the insane amount of backtracking, although there will be new ways to interact with the environment thanks to new minions you might have unlocked.

-Graphics are decent. Nothing more, nothing less. They serve there purpose well. There are however, some rather sinister design choices, and some of the characters look downright morbid and desturbing, and not in the good way.

All in all, if you want to splash out in a sale, you could do a lot worse than this game. Just be aware it was also designed for Consoles, so bring a controller if you can.
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