Exciting new features, including four-player multiplayer in four modes and the ability to play as some of the game’s popular bosses
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Release Date: 27 Sep, 2011

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Dungeons: The Dark Lord is the sequel to Dungeons, the game where the more evil you are, the better! There are a slew of exciting new features, including four-player multiplayer in four modes! Along with the addition of multiplayer modes such as Deathmatch and King of the Hill, there’s now the ability to play as some of the game’s popular bosses (Minos, The Dungeon Lord, the Zombie King and more) in multiplayer, along with the addition of an extensive single-player campaign, a new dungeon setting and 25 new prestige gimmicks.

Key Features

  • Four multiplayer modes for up to four players: Deathmatch, King of the Hill, Piñata and Survival
  • Entirely new, fully scripted and voiced single-player campaign
  • New dungeon setting (ice crystal cave) with new graphics, unique prestige gimmicks and a new boss monster
  • Playable bosses in multiplayer modes (Minos, Zombie King, Calypso and Dungeon Lord)
  • Various dungeon graphics sets and inventories are now available
  • New set of skills specifically for multiplayer modes

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 3 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB free HDD
    • Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c Graphics card with Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Windows-compatible Soundcard
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Mostly Negative (120 reviews)
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syndicatemage
( 52.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 5 February
Wont start at all. Kalypson support super slow or non existent, still waiting. Dont buy this or Dungeons 2, cant expect it to be any better
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NullSiG
( 68.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 29 December, 2015
buy it on sale its worth the sale prices not full prices though
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superthommy
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 24 December, 2015
worst dungeon keeper ever
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Daemonjax
( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 2 November, 2015
This game is improved enough over the base game that I feel comfortable recommending the game at its current price (I got the base game + all DLCs + this Addon for $7.50.

This is a refinement of the base game. Everything is improved, and the only thing lost is the rpg-like skil tree... which is a shame, but everything else more than makes up for it (imo).

It's very moddable. The game just never got enough traction for any worthwhile mods to be created. It would have been a good idea to create some modding tutorials, but that never happened (edit: I was wrong about that). A shame, because with the proper mods this could have been a brilliant D&D Sadistic Dungeon Master simulator -- which no game does better than this.

EDIT: Everything that's available on modding this game can be found here: http://www.droolingfanboy.de/projects/dungeons/wiki
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Arlock The Cat
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 7 October, 2015
Dungeons The Dark Lord is nothing but a lazy copy of the first game "Dungeons". There is nothing new here, no innovation or nothing. The storyline of the campaign is a PLAIN lord of the rings rip-off (and not in the amusing/funny way at all!) How anyone can defend this game is beyond me, I had to torture myself to keep playing it! The graphics are laggy as hell even with a really good computer such as mine, the in-game mechanics are sometimes outright broken where your so called "teammates" are supposed to help you in fights and defend your dungeon: big shocker, THEY WONT FUNCTION PROPERLY! They just stand around uselessly while your dungeon heart is torn down by heroes, standing idle the rare times you need them in a big group fight. They won't even level at your pace, meaning you are going to max out your favourite hero of the trio and leave the "rest" to hide behind your dungeon heart! What on earth where the programmers thinking?

So count out the so called "story" , the cool-sounding group hero mechanic and smooth gameplay, what is left? The new dungeon-type: Ice is the only new cool thing I saw while playing. But the rest is so ugly and glitchy, you are going to wish you could try out those tourture machines instead of playing your role as a badass dungeon lord!

Please, spend your money somewhere else, this is not a game for ANYONE! Not even fans (as I am) from the first Dungeons game. Play that one instead, I insist!
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malrock
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 1 October, 2015
Horrible, dry, meaningless, point blank horrible.
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Ashuroa
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 9 September, 2015
Played this a lot in a none steam version, but decided to get this one for completeness sake as well.

While it's a perfect Dungeon Keeper replacement, it does have a lot of fun under the hood.

Graphics are good enough. The humour is weird and goofy. The story is simple, but fun. The whole lure heroes in to harvest their souls is an odd game mechanic, but you got used to it. Most levels are well designed with a few bad apples in between. Combat is rather rudimentary, but there is enough other components to the game for that to be forgivable.
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simmerdown
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 16 August, 2015
I thought this game would be fun, but i couldn't figure out how to do anything. all the time i spent was literally me trying to do something but nothing would work to get the ball moving past the beginning.
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Scorpion
( 43.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 12 August, 2015
Loved it. Played the entire game start to finish! played a few single custom dungeons. Never played multiplayer, but would be fun!
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bagels
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 21 July, 2015
Its the same with every kalypso game on here; I see a game I think I'll like and i has so many negative reviews that I don't buy it till its on super sale one day. Then I love it.
This isn't dungeon keeper. I don't know what dungeon keeper is, but scanning the negative reviews will tell you that people bought this game not called dungeon keeper, and then discovered that it isn't dungeon keeper, and were very upset.
This is a dungeon-making/ time management/ strategy game. It's pretty easy, but fun and a good time killer. There is a lot of micromanaging. That's what the game is; managing things. Managing and building.
Gameplay is pretty much the same as the last dungeons but with more objects and upgrades and a different story.
It's fun, really, if you like time management and city building or dungeon building sims.
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Derpy Hooves
( 22.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 16 May, 2015
Don't know why this has such terrible reviews. Maybe it was very buggy on release? Now it is bug free, well optimized, and totally worth playing while we wait for the buggy, poorly optimized piece of ♥♥♥♥ that is Dungeons 2 to get a few much needed updates. You can play as a Succubus in this one.
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Vistra
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 24 April, 2015
Well lets see a game designed to build a dungeon, fill duneon with loot make dungeon satisfying to heros, let said heros come in get loot and satisfation. then send out monsters to beat heros and get your loot back and tourture them and take the satisfation back. Like another reviewer said it does this well.
This is a sequal to Dungeons, not a sequal to or remake of dungeon keeper, so if you bought the game believing that and are now ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off about it, then the idiot screw up is your fault not the developers. Hating the game and giving it a bad review based on a game its not a sequal to or meant to be, is idiotic. It's not the most gripping or attention holding game ive ever played, which is why ive only logged 3.6 hours but it was mildly entertaining. Probably not worth $20 more like $14 or so.

So if youre looking for a sequal to dungeon keeper then keep looking this is a sequal to dungeons, and you wont find dungeon keeper here.
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Usagi
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 13 April, 2015
I really wanted this to be like the old game Dungeon Keeper. It isn't.
Unfortunatly it doesn't bring anything else to the game either, so this feels like a waste of money.
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rakkhot_der_blutige
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 3 April, 2015
This game had the chance to be good, but they ♥♥♥♥ed it up.

The main problem in my opinion lies within the idea of the game, to make a dungeon is fun and to see heroes trying to invade your dungeon failing is also fun, but trying to appease those heroes and only building as many defenses that the heroes stay satisfied is not fun, it's annoying. If you could appease all heroes with everthing you put into your dungeon it could be fun, because then you could build your dungeon as you desire it but like this it doesn't work for me.

A secondary problem I see is the control you have over what your character and the goblins are doing on the map, you have none, when your playing with more than 1 character you have even less. The reason for this is:
- Goblins only do the orders you made beforehand but you have zero control over what they're doing first, so you have to do 1 order at a time or you just have to hope that they do the important thing first, but if your doing the "one order at a time"-thing you don't have time for anything else.
- Chracters can be controlled ok, they even attack automatically what attacks them what is good, but if you have more than one character you can't do anything as you want because you can only control 1 character at a time so the others just follow the one you're controlling around and are most of the time not even near enough to help in a fight, also because of the automated following around you can't let the unused character defend the heart or any other important place.

The implementaion of a pause system, where you could manage your dungeon while not being stressed because time is running out, would also have helped to make the game at least ok.

Because of the points made above I don't like this game.
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Address Unknown
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 19 March, 2015
"The game could not be started, please try again"
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StuntApe
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 27 February, 2015
tutorial is extremely tedious...couldn't bring myself to even complete the tutorial
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one mintty dolphin
( 25.0 hrs on record )
Posted: 15 February, 2015
I think people just like to point out the smallest things so they can hate, and if people do that others won't want to buy it so this game will shutdown becuase no one is playing it!
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btdkelty
( 26.0 hrs on record )
Posted: 9 February, 2015
great game, nay sayers be damned!
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Myopia
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 8 February, 2015
A game that does a great job at what it originally set out to do.

Make money while putting in as little effort as possible.
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tcb2086
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: 11 January, 2015
The game is alright but I was hoping for more of a Dungeon Keeper so I could play against my nephew online.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
93 of 116 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: 27 November, 2013
Its an alright game if you realize what it is. This is NOT A DUNGEON KEEPER Clone nor is it ment to be. Think of it like SimDungeon or DungeonTycoon. Thats the best way to describe it.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: 21 July, 2015
Its the same with every kalypso game on here; I see a game I think I'll like and i has so many negative reviews that I don't buy it till its on super sale one day. Then I love it.
This isn't dungeon keeper. I don't know what dungeon keeper is, but scanning the negative reviews will tell you that people bought this game not called dungeon keeper, and then discovered that it isn't dungeon keeper, and were very upset.
This is a dungeon-making/ time management/ strategy game. It's pretty easy, but fun and a good time killer. There is a lot of micromanaging. That's what the game is; managing things. Managing and building.
Gameplay is pretty much the same as the last dungeons but with more objects and upgrades and a different story.
It's fun, really, if you like time management and city building or dungeon building sims.
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: 8 December, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed playing it. Has more freedom of control and design then dungeon keeper. Both making/decorating your dungeon and controling your dungeon lord to hunt heroes is a lot of fun. Only fun braking difficulty I experienced was constant soul gathering need and racing with heroes for endless leveling, leaving you always needing to push yourself harder untill immenent defeat from op heroes rather then having fun. But I guess no dungeon boss stays undefeated after all..
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44 of 65 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: 12 July, 2014
Firstly, don't believe that Dungeons is a Dungeon Keeper remake. It's not. Dungeon Keeper was about massing armies of minions and then trashing the incoming heros with them. Dungeons is more about indirect hero management (very much like a Dungeon Master in D&D) and this is no bad thing.

Actually I prefer the concept of Dungeons far more than I did Dungeon Keeper. Are there enough piles of loot for hero's to find? Are they being adequately challenged by you minions? Is the dungeon decor affecting them? If yes then torture the statisfaction right back out of them! Maniacal Laughter(tm)

The problem I have with Dungeons is that it's seriously unpolished. Trying to target the correct hero with a spell can become an excerise in twitching the camera until you can finally get the cursor to select him. The early game generally moves too slowly and is the same process over-and-over again.

Your commandos need micro-management. They'll happily stand by and watch as the Dungeon Heart is destroyed next to them rather than attacking. Which becomes more of a problem if one turns off the horrible voice acting; then it's hard to notice the heart is under attack.

Imps sometimes can't be bothered to mine out walls - 6 imps running around uselessly won't mine a wall bang in the middle of my dungeon.

Autosaves are a mess, instead of saving at meaningful checkpoints they're sometimes saved on a timer. I've played for two hours in a dungeon to discover the last autosave was in a previous dungeon. Which bring me to my last point. The early game is tediously slow but the whole game could have been faster paced.

Unless you know what you're getting and are really looking to play Dungeons - The Dark Lord then I can't recommend it. Which is a pity; it had the potential for greatness.
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41 of 71 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: 12 February, 2014
Dungeons - The Dark Lord is a 3/4ths top down dungeon digging, operating, micro managing game with most of the emphasis on micromanaging instead of digging.

On the surface it looks pretty much like the old Dungeon Keeper 2 game (Dungeon Keeper 1 was bad and ugly). However, in the 3 dungeon 2 hour tutorial, you'll learn its about 'entertaining' heroes that invade your dungeon and then killing them for their soul points or whatever. The heroes are attracted to certain things. Some want gold, so you need to let them collect gold before you kill them. Others look for armor and weapons from your forge, invading magicians look for your library. Still other heroes look for combat, to either take punnishment or dish it out. Thieves will come to disarm traps. It is all about making them happy to enrich their soul. So you can kill them, have your imps... I mean goblins take them to a prison where they can die. You can also torture them for bonus soul points!

With soul points you can buy things to make your dungeon more prestiegous to bait heroes in certain directions. The more prestiege you have, the wider your reach. The wider reach helps cut into rival dungeon keeper territory in multi player. You can also use soul points to level up your character's skills and magic, but really, you're pretty overpowered even if you do not upgrade anything.

Like Dungeon Keeper, you have a dungeon heart. If it dies, you lose the game. This will happen in multi-player, but not the solo campaign. Everything is like Dungeon Keeper, but without charm and it all seems like so much work. Keep a hero happy then kill him. That's a new level of micro management I don't care to get into. Plus the voice acting is terrible to bad if not annoying 'A hero is about to leave your dungeon with a smile on his face,' says an imp... I mean goblin in a dreadful voice.

The first dungeon of the tutorial just lets you guide your character through combat and its an easy 20 minutes. Very misleading as to what the game is. The game doesn't really show you what its about until 30 minutes into the tutorial and then its actually interesting. You put things into empty rooms instead of building rooms like Dungeon Keeper. A forge becomes a forge, because you put forge equipment in there, not because you insta-make it with a forge room like Dungeon Keeper. Again, its micro management to a higher level. Everything you put in a room has a use, such as quality, efficiency and speed. The heroes will keep coming, they don't stop so like a factory your goblins need to be quick and churn things out before a hero comes looking for a book, but because the last hero took a book, there are no more books, so that hero wanders through your dungeon, wondering where are the books? And there are no soul points when your creatures kill him.

So its all for soul points. Who cares? Get more soul points to get more stuff? Its good for competitive multi-player, but that's not how I want to spend my time. While this game looks like Dungeon Keeper, and plays totally different, I'd much rather play Dungeon Keeper 2 with all of its charm and great voice acting. A lot of the ideas and mechanics in Dungeons: The Dark Lord are good, but its just too much micromanagement for me.

I'd rather dig, explore and send waves of minions invading after heroes.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: 12 February, 2014
Do you want to be your own dungeon master? Ever have that itch to kill heroes and not finding a way to scratch said itch? This is the game for you!!!! Although it does get tough. Its NOT a Dungeon Keeper CLONE. Its more like the Sims. Editing the levels to make your level unique is easy to use. Maybe people don't like this game because it is fully 3d and has similar controls to a 3D design program. So far, it's has entertained me for about 3 hours and that is more then I can say for many other games. $7.49 for the gold edition was a good price and I would recommend this game to other users. $30 isn't a bad price could be $20 and it would be perfect
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: 18 March, 2013
Basically, a play on being a Dungeon Master from Dungeons & Dragons. Funny, fun, and recommended.

This is really just the multiplayer version with a few tweaks. Still a sequel though.

9 / 12
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: 19 April, 2014
A solid worldbuilder in which the primary goal is to upset NPC adventurers who stumble into your lair. As a mad scientist, I can definitely appreciate that, though the fact that the game spends a good half of its time spouting "AM I FUNNY YET?" jokes at you is kind of a downer.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: 27 September, 2011
Oh yeah! A VERY nice sequal to Dungeons. The game graphics are better, the gimmicks are more clearly defined and overall it's an extremely well done game. Bravo Kalypso!!! For sure worth the price tag!!!!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
264.8 hrs on record
Posted: 11 September, 2014
I love this game!!

But sadly, it needs more content. More dungeon decor, more maps, and a revamp of skills for ones Dungeon Lord of choice.
It's like they took the sheer awesomeness of decor and skill/ability selection of the first game and flushed it down a Multi-Player sewer, thus robbing a sadistically funny single player/ custom game experience.

Buyer beware, the first game Dungeons was much better. This game may just be a spiritual sucessor, and very much following the theme of creepy ways to rob would be adventurers.

That being said, I love this game!!! It still has a core of disappointing fun, at a reasonable price point. But only when on sale.

Definitely worth picking up for below $15. Good wholesome hero slaying fun!!!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: 12 January, 2012
♥♥♥♥ing awesome
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: 27 December, 2011
Not half bad.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: 12 May, 2014
In Dungeons you make a amusement park for heroes. They enter for free. Then they admire decorations and steal some loot or gold. When they try to leave you must club their heads and throw them in a prison. So you can collect resources to further upgrade your dungeon themed park. It's kind of a weird mix between Rollercoaster Tycoon and Dungeon Keeper. You are better off just playing those two.
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: 15 August, 2014
Patronizing, overly complicated, buggy, very slow gameplay, hard to understand what the game designers want you to do, not a very fun experience, and games are meant to be fun right?
Forces you to log into the Kalypso site to run the game, unless you block it in your firewall.
Don't waste your money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: 2 November, 2015
This game is improved enough over the base game that I feel comfortable recommending the game at its current price (I got the base game + all DLCs + this Addon for $7.50.

This is a refinement of the base game. Everything is improved, and the only thing lost is the rpg-like skil tree... which is a shame, but everything else more than makes up for it (imo).

It's very moddable. The game just never got enough traction for any worthwhile mods to be created. It would have been a good idea to create some modding tutorials, but that never happened (edit: I was wrong about that). A shame, because with the proper mods this could have been a brilliant D&D Sadistic Dungeon Master simulator -- which no game does better than this.

EDIT: Everything that's available on modding this game can be found here: http://www.droolingfanboy.de/projects/dungeons/wiki
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: 25 July, 2014
My Opinion: This is hard to describe, but, in short, this is dungon keeper with all of the tedious elements enhanced, all of the fun elements removed, abnd with a load of bizzare mechanics about making the good guys happy so that you can be evil (it doesn't make any sense at all)

My Advice: it's utter bilge, keep your money, I wish I could get mine back!
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16 of 33 people (48%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: 14 March, 2014
dont buy this game steam shouldnt put it down as a multiplayer game the multiplayer servers where shut down ages ago .
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: 2 November, 2014
Dungeons - The Dark Lord is good strategy-RPG game
much more options than in the first part and better graphics

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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: 3 March, 2013
la ♥♥♥♥♥ la dissenteria , il resh del vomito , lo schifo piu puro non si possono slatare i diaologhi per lo piu e solo in inglese fa cagare e perche mi hanno dato la key su gruopens altrimenti nemmeno se era free to play lo installavo
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: 24 December, 2015
worst dungeon keeper ever
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