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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Overlord Review.
Intro, Overlord is a cult classic original series created by Codemaster's in 2007. Its a very unique game where you control a 3rd person overlord then command an army of minions kind of like an RTS.
1 The game is a personal favorite of mine a one of a kind game that has one of a kind gameplay. The only other game that is like this is overlord 2 and if you ask me the first was far better than the second. I just have never played a game like this wanting to make an army and gearing them up for tough battles. The game also has a legendary difficulty that I have not managed to beat yet.
2 The game has amazing sound, I don't think most people have tried the 3D audio, surround sound of the game but it sounds amazing. The game has wonderful conveyance, so its difficult puzzle filled nature isn't such a pain to figure out when you have gnarl a well written character by the way, give you instructions and advice often. The games story is wonderful interesting and fresh, after all how many stories do you get to play as the villain in a game? If you have bought a new soundcard, speakers or something like that and you want a game to take full advantage of that overlord will sound great and you will be able to hear the environment.
3 The game is full of content, replay value and puzzles and has many different game modes. The game even has split screen multiplayer, lan and used to have online multiplayer. The split screen gameplay is lots of fun with a friends and the single player content is multiple hours worth as it will take time collection all the missing tower objects and finishing all the worlds and many levels.
1 The game has no mods, for being on PC for so long and for being such a classic and original game it is shocking that there are no huge mods to the game if it had official support or not. This may be a minor issue but I have bought the game more than once, and I was hoping to mod the game but nobody has made any mods for the game.
2 If you don't like puzzles the game isn't full of it as much as a puzzle game but it will constantly challenge your mind as you need to figure out how to do things, how to use your minions, what tactics and formations to use and how you will build your overlord. The game is also a huge pain when you spend a long time gearing up your minions only to have then all or almost all of them die in one attack that you didn't see coming. The game isn't the most casual and relaxing game because after all there is evil to be done.
3 the online multiplayer is 100% dead. It was not a huge part of the game, I never played the game online myself but I did play it locally and it was quite fun so it will be missed a little but to be honest the multiplayer is not that great it fun to play a few times but it loses its charm quite fast.
To Conclude overlord is a unique one of a kind classic with great sound, full of content and has good conveyance. While the multiplayer is dead, there are no mods unfortunately, and the puzzles and tactics filled nature of the game is not very easy to get into its still an excellent game that I would recommend to anyone wanting a new game. The game even has controller support. I have played the PC vanilla version on disk, then I have played the console xbox port with the raising hell DLC and I have played the steam port with all the DLC legendary difficulty, that costs money on the xbox port.
Do I recommend you buy this game? To put it bluntly, Yes for 19.99$ the game is worth it and for, 5.49$ the game is well worth it. I would recommend you get the raising hell DLC and see my review on that. (note: my hours spent playing the game are not shown because raising hell the expansion is the new launcher and my game time is shown on the DLC)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
You are the evil lord, help people

Logic 10/10
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2 of 2 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 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Product received for free
When i saw this i almost cried because i didnt have enough moneys, but then my dear friend said "dude i just bought you overlord, overlord raising hell and overlord 2" i gave him a peanut butter sandwich for dat. (Insert you da real MVP meme here)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
5 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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3 of 14 people (21%) 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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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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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 25
Well, i have played Overlord in 2009, since then im a different person. It became popular the join with Rpg and Humor in the same package. I can say when i was palying Overlord i was smiling :D

This game basically, helps you to relax and thinking about your "true colours" at the same time.
You controll your actions and the minions (like imps) and them combine its a lot of possibilites to do "evil" or "true evil" things.
There´s a lot of costumization in this game since the Dark Tower at the weapons and armor in your Forge!

But, unfortunately, the game have some "less good" aspects that i would like to mencion:
- the physics of the main carachter, cause he walks like steping in grapes;
- some drops, like armor and weapons for the minions, are in places that we can reach , cause opening the boxes will shoot them for mountains isides;
- some buges in sent and call minions, cause sometimes the command paste causing losses of minions sometimes.

And for the last, for me at least, Gnarl is the most iconic carachter in the game and you should meet him :D because and like he sys: " I'm a true servant of evil (...) and evil always find a way".
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The wicked gangster
2.1 hrs
Posted: October 23
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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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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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