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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Very Positive (28 reviews)
Very Positive (2,044 reviews)
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5.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
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24.7 hrs
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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2.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
hella good
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Nynros Vorlon
27.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
Well done indeed :)
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Master Gamer
17.0 hrs
Posted: August 22
Awesome game gust wish more people now insted of the 3d game i wish thay bring back a third perosn vershon of thise game agine
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 16
- Pitiable story
- Poor graphics
- Bad lore
- Screwed controls
- Miserable camera control
- No replayability
- Glum NPCS
- Stupid protagonist

-It can be funny sometimes(?) (most of the times it is mi wretched though)

My rating: 1/10 – I do not quite get all these good reviews
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Stannis Baratheon
19.9 hrs
Posted: August 9
Lord of the rings

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12.0 hrs
Posted: August 7
Love the game this game is incredibliy (I'm terrible at english spelling) underated its fun to watch your small but deadly army tear through enemies within seconds I don't know why this game is disliked by a majority this game deserves a much better reputation
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26.7 hrs
Posted: August 6
Fun game but was so p***ed off having to farm a ****ton of lifeforce to upgrade all my gear to beat the last couple of stages but the determined woman in me wouldn't let it go. The war in my head so wanted me to just rage quit forever and /uninstall but the stubborn, determined woman in me just wouldn't let me damn do it. So, I ploughed on, did a ton of farming for lifeforce, upgraded my stuff and beat the game. And had to sit through some painful credits that I couldn't skip. But at least its done now and I can move on with my life.
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32.8 hrs
Posted: August 5
So much childhood spent on this. I have no regrets
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Product received for free

Let’s get this out of the way: Overlord is a blast to play, sure time has taken it’s toll on the game but the charm still remains intact. In Overlord, you play as an evil guy who has to pillage various villages and take back his lordship with the help of his mighty powers and the cute but loyal minions.
The story in Overlord is a just a way to give way to chaos. The main meat of the game comes from the evil things that you do. Overlord has garnered a cult following in the timespan it has been released and with good measure. It is a game where you truly feel like you have been granted the powers and you are the best the demons have to offer.
The gameplay of Overlord is fairly simple. You can either attack yourself or send your minions to plunder the wealth of innocents. There is no better joy than to seeing your minion bring back coins and just drop it at your feet. You can have a limited amount of minions jogging around at a time. You can respawn them for a price once they’ve fallen into a battle. They are pretty easy to spawn again and again which makes for a enjoyable play. You don’t have to worry about minions dying in battle because of this reason. Now, that’s not to say that you yourself are underpowered. No, not at all. In fact, as you move up in levels, you get far too much overpowered for anyone to stop you. At that point, you don’t even need to use your minions as the work is pretty much done by your much more quickly and efficiently,
The Sound design in Overlord is pretty good. Minions have the usual chirpy, jittery kind of voice which gives you a sense that they want to keep plundering around with you. When villagers run and scream, it brings a gleeful smile on your face. The music is spot on here.
Since the game was released more than 9 years ago, the visuals look pretty dated. But along with games like Bully, Overlord holds up pretty well. Nothing will surprise you, but there is enough detail in the environments which will keep you coming back should you enjoy the gameplay.
Overall, Overlord is a game that is worth buying simply because you get to experience the evil side of a story. Also, the minions. Don’t let the old release date fool you, this is a treasure waiting to be plundered.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
If you’ve ever wanted to have an army of loyal goblin minions willing to do almost anything to serve your evil needs, then Overlord is the game for you. The game stars you, the Overlord, whom has recently been brought back from the dead by a mysterious creature looking for a new master to spread evil across the land.

The game pushes you out into the village of Spree where you are tasked with summoning various minions to harvest souls from living creatures (such as sheep or monsters) which serve as a sort of currency for summoning additional minions or upgrading weapons and armor. Minions come in 4 different flavors: brown, red, blue, and green, and each of these has their own special strengths and weaknesses. Though you start with brown, you will need to venture to various locales and dungeons to unlock the other 3 variants.

Minions are basically your “army” and are needed in order to fight the majority of the enemies you encounter as you play. Minions can also be sent to areas that are inaccessible due to narrow passages and they will be more than eager to flip remote switches and carry heavy objects back to your castle via the various warp gates scattered across the land. There is also an array of magic spells to assist your minions, protect yourself, or do heavy damage to single targets.

Another factor in the game is your “corruption” level which grows as you do extremely evil deeds (murdering innocent civilians, choosing gold over saving lives, etc) although it seems that the only purpose for this metric is aesthetic, meaning your armor and castle are just more spikey and evil looking. Speaking of your castle, you can upgrade various parts of it to your liking but these upgrades are also mostly just for cosmetic appeal.

The game’s learning curve is a bit on the easy side, and I found myself clearing many areas simply by having a large number of minions and holding down the “send minions” button while waggling my view around until they had killed/looted/activated everything in the general area. Fortunately, the game does increase a little bit in difficulty in the later chapters where using such tactics will result in losing almost every single minion. If you want a real challenge, you should forego any armor or weapon upgrades as getting the arcanium armor and weapons with full upgrades turns the last part of the game into a total cakewalk.

The story also wrapped itself up rather abruptly (without spoiling much, you’ll suddenly feel like you’re at the end of the game without some necessary exposition). That being said, I really enjoyed the concept and will probably pick up the sequel sometime in the near future and I would recommend this game to anyone looking to try being the bad guy for once instead of the goody-twoshoes hero role we are so often shoehorned into in gaming.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
478 of 567 people (84%) found this review helpful
625 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Sauron Simulator 2007
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161 of 174 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
65 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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105 of 124 people (85%) found this review helpful
135 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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50 of 52 people (96%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
This game was initially released in June of 2007. Although dated, Overlord provides an alternative take on the fantasy genre. Instead of being a hero out to save the world, you start out as an evil lord who needs to rebuild his tower that was previously ransacked by heroes in the past. Throughout the course of the game, you are provided a handful of moral choices that will either raise or lower your evilness also known as "corruption". The higher your corruption, the more evil you will look. Don't take the game too seriously though as it has a quirky, satirical humor to it.

The gameplay is very basic. Controlling the Overlord is as simple as moving and pressing the attack button repeatedly. The complexity is in controlling your minions. There are four types of minions based on color that you recruit into your army: fighters, mages, assassins, and healers. As long as you're willing to collect enough life-force, your minions will have an infinite number of lives and you can spam them carelessly against each enemy to beat the game. To add a little more difficulty, you can employ tactics to beat the game with the least number of minion casualties. This will help reduce the grind for life-force, which is also used in upgrading your equipment so using tactics will help you become stronger much faster.

Once you have fully upgraded your weapons and armor with Arcanium and their life-force upgrades, the difficulty of the game becomes laughably easy. You can literally kill everything in your path without even using your minions at all.

The game does have a couple of issues. The audio and voice-acting is fairly bad. There are some characters that you will come across that will make you want to turn off your speakers when they talk. Not a huge deal if you play with subtitles. Gameplay can get very repetitive about halfway through the game. Controlling the minions can also become frustrating, especially when navigating complex routes. Sometimes they just don't go where you want them to or they just do what they want to do. It definitely fits the description of a "chaotic" army.

The most glaring issue is the lack of any kind of map. You will need to either memorize your way around, which isn't too difficult, or wander aimlessly until you find what you are looking for.

Overlord has a Steam sale just about every other month. This is an unbeatable value for only a couple of dollars.
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