Tired of invading dungeons? It’s time you build your own. War for the Overworld is a Dungeon Management Game that employs your favourite aspects of the RPG, RTS and god game genres. In War for the Overworld, you will play as a malevolent Underlord with unrivaled dark power and an insatiable desire for bloody conquest.
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Release Date: May 15, 2013

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Why Early Access?

“We wanted a way for our crowdfunding backers to have access to the latest builds of the game without an arduous or complicated download process.

We also wanted to share the development process with new players who were interested in the game, all money earned from Early Access purchases has and will continue to be put directly into the game to make it better.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until April 2nd 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The final release will contain a feature-length campaign, along with a host of extra maps and all the features listed below in the 'Upcoming Features' section of the store page.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“See the 'Current state of the Bedrock Beta' section below.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The current price is the final release price (not including any launch discounts we may have).”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Heavily. We post weekly WFTO Wednesday updates on our website and on Steam (see below), and are highly responsive on both our official forum and our Steam forum.”
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Reviews

“...a deeply strategic and absorbing experience with a pitch-perfect sense of dark humour.”
Wired UK

“If you yearn for an old-school dungeon management game with modern trimmings, look no further than War for the Overworld.”
Big Red Barrel

“Subterranean look like they’re onto something. This is really a game made by fans for fans, and that passion and knowledge runs throughout.”
The Sixth Axis

About This Game

Tired of invading dungeons? It’s time you build your own.

War for the Overworld is a Dungeon Management Game that employs your favourite aspects of the RPG, RTS and god game genres.

In War for the Overworld, you will play as a malevolent Underlord with unrivaled dark power and an insatiable desire for bloody conquest.

Excavate your dungeon and populate it with dozens of unique rooms that will attract myriad creatures to your halls to work and fight for you. In addition to creatures you have destructive spells and powerful rituals to cast upon any unsuspecting goodly hero (or rival Underlord) who dares trespass your unholy halls.

Current State of the Bedrock Beta

Bedrock Beta v0.6.0 (24th December) Contains:
  • Game modes: Sandbox (3 levels), Campaign (3 levels, including a tutorial), Survival prototype (1 level), Multiplayer, Skirmish
  • Rooms: Lair, Vault, Foundry, Slaughterpen, Archive, Wooden Bridge, Beast Den, Crypt, Barracks, Torture Chamber, Prison, Garrison, Stone Bridge, Spirit Chamber, Alchemy Lab, Sanctuary, Arena, Tavern
  • Minions: Worker, Cultist, Gnarling, Bafu, Chunder, Skarg, Necromancer, Ghoul, Succubus, Spirit, Augre, Ember Demon, Crackpot, Witch Doctor, Beastmaster, Shadow, Oculus, Frost Weaver, Wraith
  • Spells: Summon Worker, Possession, Rally, Lightning, Chill, Cauterize, Impasse, Recall, Obey, Heal, Shockwave, Blood Money, Magical Meat, Construction, Imp Rally, Annex, Enrage, Volcanic Bridge
  • Defences: Wooden Door, Ballista, Rampart, Bone Chiller, Gargoyle, Portcullis, Midas' Door, Blade Lotus, Augrum Wall
  • Constructs: Replacement Earth, Underminer, Ember Rift, Gold Vortex, Outpost, Warding Totem
  • Rituals: Avarice, Wither, Fortify, Uprising, Revelation, Prospector, Besiege, Assembly, Overload
  • Potions: Quick Freeze, Work-A-Lot, Transmutation, Wisdom Juice, Frost Weaver, Haste, Spirit Workers
  • Enemies: Firebreather, Juggernaut, Priestess, Templar, Lord O'Theland, Dwarf Worker, Warden, Bard, Sapper, Huntress
  • Shrines: Gold, Perception, Research, Manufacturing, Mana, Siege
  • Systems: Veins of Evil, Unit Abilities, Unit Needs, Gateways & Unit Spawning, Room Construction, Gold, Fog of War, Water, Basic Combat, Shrines, Dialogue, Objectives, Unit Levels, Happiness, Torture/Conversion, Enhanced Terrain (Chasm, Sacred Earth, Brimstone, Lava, Permafrost, Sand, Natural Bridge), Unit Groups, Debug Console, Potions, Rituals, Unit Panel, Minimap, Room Upgrades, Dungeon Themes, Enhanced combat AI,

Upcoming Features:

  • Game modes: All modes are in the game!
  • Rooms: All rooms are in the game!
  • Minions: Behemoth, Eternal, Archon, Vampire
  • Spells: All spells are in the game!
  • Defences: Glacial Door, Well of Souls
  • Constructs: All constructs are in the game!
  • Rituals: Vampire Summon
  • Potions: All potions are in the game!
  • Enemies: Inquisitor, Arcanist, Bard, Matriarch, Disciple
  • Shrines: All shrines are in the game!
  • Systems: Match Mutators, Options Screen, Artefacts, Revamped Terrain Visuals, Revamped Cursor, Notification Panel, Revamped Unit Control Panel

Key Features

Build Your Dungeon: Tunnel, excavate, and build your dungeon beneath the earth of the Overworld as you see fit & create a dungeon filled with a wide variety of rooms, each with a unique use and purpose.

Evil Is Back: Play as an Underlord who has awakened from a deep slumber after countless years. This realm hosts a variety of enemies — both heroes and Underlords will stand before you as you fight for dominance of the Overworld.

Veins of Evil: Choose from over 60 rooms, spells, potions, rituals, defenses and upgrades in the Veins of Evil as you progress through the game and create your own unique flavour of evil.

Fortify Your Domain: Build a wide variety of defenses within your walls to defend against — and destroy — those who seek to invade your domain.

Cast Wicked Spells: Call down destructive magic to strengthen your dungeon, route enemy forces, or simply turn a wandering hero into a geyser of giblets.

Unleash Devastating Rituals: Punish your foes or empower your own forces with game-changing Rituals that can do anything from raising an undead army to sending the entire map into a deep, frozen state.

Command Powerful Minions: Over 20 minions await your call and will gladly work and fight under your banner... if you provide them with all the creature comforts they demand.

Conquer the Overworld: Play through a feature-length campaign facing off against the Emperor of the Overworld as you fight for complete supremacy of the Realm.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT400 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 and higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT400 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 and higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT400 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space (may increase in the future)
    • Sound: Speakers or headphones
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Early Access Review
Getting better every week, Dungeon Keeper fans UNITE!
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Early Access Review
Do I recommend this game now? No, it's still very much in development. Dungeon Keeper, as a concept, needs to have as many parts working as possible. Some games can function as a Minimum Viable Product, and this isn't one of them. So if you need something to play RIGHT NOW, I recommend looking elsewhere. Did you play Divinity Original Sin yet? It's superb, go play it.

With that said, this is shaping up to be *wonderful*. The art style, narrator, everything about it just says "Dungeon Keeper 3!" They clearly didn't take the money and run, ala some other kickstarter dev teams, and instead are really pouring a ton of love into it.

I have little doubt that this will be a great game on release. So if you feel like preordering it now, then have at it, your money won't be wasted. But that said, there is absolutally no harm in waiting either. Add this one to your wishlist and pick it up once it's done!
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Early Access Review
10 times better than DK2, not as good as DK1 yet.
But the devs are doing a great job, with weekly updates.
Definitely, this is not an early acess abuse, like Dayz or Folk Tale.
So yeah, worth the money, worth the time, worth the wait.
Keep it up.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Early Access Review
a great albeit buggy (it is a beta after all) game already but it shows so much promise! This is one of the few early access games that im really very excited about playing when it goes gold. It has the spirit of Dungeon Keeper in its art and in its humour and its obvious that the Developers continue to put alot of love into it. There are also regular dev diaries and updates.
If you are the sort of person who has no problem messing about in a game clearly still in development and have a Dungeon Keeper shaped hole in your soul, this is the game for you!
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Early Access Review
Dungeon Keeper <3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Early Access Review
This game brings back fond childhood memories of one of my favorite games of all time.

I believe this game is fantastic and should be looked at. It's still Early Access, so it's obviously not done yet and still needs some polish. That being said I still believe it's great and definately worth the buy. I enjoyed my playthrough of the Bedrock Beta, and I gaurantee you I'll enjoy it ten-fold on release.

I'll do a full review once the full product graces Steam. Until then, good luck Underlords! :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Early Access Review
Very much like Dungeon Keeper 2, but with a fair amount of new ideas thrown in and with somewhat more modern visuals.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Early Access Review
This game made me a jackpot winner. Also, suck my balls EA.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
♥♥♥♥in love it, dying of nostalgia, dungeon keeper 2 was the first game i remember playing.
ignoring all the nostalgic stuff the game is self is great given that it is still missing some content
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49 of 52 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
I nearly ♥♥♥♥ myself when I heard that someone was making a spiritual successor to the Dungeon Keeper series. Dungeon Keeper II stands as one of my favorite games of all time, and I still remember my disappointment when I heard Dungeon Keeper III had been cancelled. After playing several beta builds of War for the Overworld, I think I can comfortably say that this game is the one I've been waiting for.

Stepping into the game, I was amazed with what these guys have accomplished so far. The creature and level design does sway a bit "grittier" than Dungeon Keeper, but it doesn't detract from the feel of the game. The rooms are exquisitely detailed, which comes across especially well in the first-person view. The creatures are also gorgeously and creatively rendered, and each unit is fairly easy to pick out among the throng of minions churning around your dungeon. The interface is already fairly intuitive, with a few ♥♥♥♥les here and there. It can be difficult to select the right minion out of a crowd, and certain vital functions--the "rally" command, for example--can be a hassle to get to. The game could also benefit from remappable hotkeys, or any hotkeys whatsoever, for that matter. The devs have stated that hotkeys and remapping are coming in a later patch, though, so I wouldn't dock any points over it.

The tech tree is extensive and well-done, with some solid improvements over the Warlock research tree from Dungeon Keeper II. The tree is sorted into three "veins of evil," with your cultist accruing "sins"--research points, basically--which allow you to unlock "aspects," granting access to new rooms, minions, spells, and rituals. It's all pretty straightforward once you get used to it, but the tutorial doesn't do a great job of explaining how the tech tree works. You can fumble about with trying to attract a specific minion, only to find out later that the minion's specific room and requirements are tied up somewhere in the Veins. It's not a huge problem, however, and I'm confident the devs will add a better tutorial in the future.

The campaign's still on the way, which is the part I was especially looking forward to, so it's impossible to give a solid score at the moment. However, what the devs have accomplished so far is incredible, and very much in the spirit of the original games. If you're a fan of the Dungeon Keeper series, or a fan of base-management games in general, I would definitely recommend checking out War for the Overworld.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Early Access Review
Coming along nicely, and it's got a very similar feel to dungeon keeper 2 just as intended. If you liked DK2, you will probably like this too.

I've been looking for a spiritual successor to DK2 for a long time. Out of the many attempts by many companies I find this one the closest and the most fun.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Early Access Review
This is basically Dungeon Keeper 2 with better graphics. Still some bugs to work out but it's Early Access so that's normal. I hope for a bug free launch, this game deserves to succeed. There have been some other 'spiritual successors' to Dungeon Keeper 2, like the game Dungeons, but they don't even hold a candle. You like Dungeon Keeper? You'll like this game too.
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121 of 197 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Early Access Review
This review is written as a review from an early access point of view.

This game will attract people in pursuit of a way to sake their Dungeon Keeper cravings, but unfortunately the execution of War for the Overworld just seems very off to me and I'll try to explain why.

The art style carries something that isn't all that unique considering its inspiration here, though inside the game it sadly follows the horrible dark pallet of muddy browns and boggie greens. The original Bullfrog games carried a lovely sense of character behind their cartoony characters with a mix of gritty in there, though the monsters featured in War for the Overworld (Monsters being the most critical desired feature for this kind of game), all lack a true sense of personality and shine, with none of them really standing out and saying "Hey look at me! I'm a really epic looking creature! I'm the funny creature that hits like a tank!", it just feels lacking here.

I bought the game very early on and have logged on progressively overtime to inspect the updates. After what seems like a year now, the updates have been far too slow and lacking in real momentum, especially considering the price tag and how early this early access game arrived.

This game carries a positive review score currently, though from what I've seen of them, quite a few of these reviews are posted with the hope and praise that this game is the next Dungeon Keeper.

Sadly, at the time of writting this, I believe this game is not a viable replacement for your evil sandbox and doesn't seem like it will be any time soon.

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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
hey, remember when we wanted that dungeon keeper remake?

i can finally, definitely, without a doubt say that this is the one we have been waiting for. And honestly with all the dissappointment we have been put through all i can say its ITS ABOUT DANG TIME.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Early Access Review
The game is at the Moment in an early Access Phase so its not finished.
(Skirmish and Multiplayer implemented and working since last patch, for skirmish there must be a better ai, but this is addressed and known)

The Developer seems to work hard on it, the buyers get regular updates which improve the game step by step.
The communication style is good and with lot of information.

So yeah, if u like Games like Dungeon Keeper u must buy this one !!! (its nearly an 1:1 copy with some advantages )

I did not regret having bought it-that is the best compliment i can give an early access game ^^
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Early Access Review
I have hopes that this Alpha game will be a Great Game someday, but until it has at least a SAVE feature I cannot recommend buying it. I will give it a thumbs up for its potential only; The updates have been going very very slowly, and it has a long way to go :0)
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Early Access Review
War of the Overworld is basically Dungeon Keeper 3 (except the people who originally made it stopped at 2)
Personally, I loved the Dungeon Keeper series and was sad to see it die. However, I am now very heartened by the Beta of WOTO. It's basically Dungeon Keeper, only so much better. There are about a dozen room types, which I have yet to get to grasp with, as well as an impressive selection of spells that do everything from reveal parts of the map to freezing the ground. What I also love is the voice acting is very similar to Dungeon Keeper. The guy who does the Keeper sounds appropriately evil and the heroes sound equally pius, making it so much more satisfying when you kill them.. =)
However, the game is still a Beta. There is a tutorial, which explains the basics (there really needs to be an advanced tutorial as well) also, I found it hard to find the flashing tiles on some of the tutorial actions. Perhaps if you centered the screen over the tiles as the event triggers, this would be easier.
There are only 2 maps, however, there is a sandbox mode, which I look forward to exploring. Unfortunately, it crashed at the climax of my first game, however, that may be due to my OS.
Anyway, as long as the developers get this thing to full version, it will be freaking awesome. Given that all of the room design seems to be done (although I have yet to fully observe what all the creatures do and thier various states) making the maps should be pretty easy.
Oh, there is one thing that distinguishes it from Dungeon Keeper, there is no hilarious CG cutscene at the beginning.
I would like to vote for one, if possible.. =)
I would give it an 8/10 and it's only a Beta.. I can't wait for the full version.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Early Access Review
This game will be full released sometime in february 2015, But i must say i'm very impressed. It takes you back to the days of dungeon keeper 2 and while there are differences in the rooms and characters, they managed to pull off an extremely similar experience with the same narrator from DK2 coming in to to the voiceovers! I strogly reccommend this game to those of us who loved the dungeon keeper series, and enjoy the RTS genre. The more i played this, the more i liked it. And this game has a TON of potential.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
Early Access Review
LOVE IT! Dungeon Keeper is BAAAAACK! I've spent -several- hours just goofing with the Bedrock Beta, first Pre-order I've been happy with so far.

The Sins mechanic is pretty cool, basically a research tree that makes the player mindful of how to progress. Which rooms to go for? Every room attracts a different one, and which spells to go for first. I really hope they add more options into the Sins trees but there are at least 30 something rooms/spells you can currently choose from.

There are a few bugs and things that I've notice, but this is a -Beta- game, so I'm not going to go into detail on them but these issues are -very- minor and haven't impacted my ability to explore every part of the game I wanted to.

Would -highly- recommend this game to -EVERYONE-, even if you never played the original Dungeon Keeper I or II.

Buy into the Beta! Help these guys out!
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Early Access Review
Everyone saying this will replace dungeon keeper just because of some similarities.. or to get rid of them and make way for this just because you've played the others over and over. YOU'RE WRONG! Yes this is a great game in its own respect and i do really like it but it's far from any replacement or will ever get as much playtime by me. If you think that well it's all on opinion anyway, I can always replay dungeon keeper and Keeperfx for those who know what that is.

This game is also more like dungeon keeper 2 rather than dungeon keeper which by my personal experience and preferance I always favoured the original on just about every level of things that can be judged, yes the graphics were maybe slightly better in an arguement but again my personal opinion was that I liked the original better.

Anyway back to it, war for the overworld is a great game in its own respect and i would say is worth the money to anyone willing to find a good strong dungeon management strategy game to fill that gap on their stack of games. The graphics are great and in general it has a nice look about it, can be a little confusing to start off with but should be quick to pick up with many things to help you learn as you play. At its current state they have a few playable feautures and such in game but no solid set down campaign yet as that'll be one of the last updates released, some of the updates may be slow and not seem to do much but each is always improving the game and pushing it closer to its end goal. If not to buy the game now then it'd be good to add to wish list or keep an eye on for when this game hits full release, For sure it's going to be a hit if not already.

War for the overworld is not dungeon keeper. War for the overworld is a new start for a new game by new people for the people.
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