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.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until February 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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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 v0.5.2 (1st October) Contains:
  • Game modes: Sandbox (3 levels), Campaign prototype (2 levels, including a tutorial), Survival prototype (1 level), Multiplayer
  • 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
  • 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, Replacement Wall, Underminer, Ember Rift, Gargoyle, Gold Vortex, Portcullis, Midas' Door, Outpost, Warding Totem
  • Rituals: Avarice, Wither, Fortify, Uprising, Revelation, Prospector, Besiege, Eclipse, Assembly
  • 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
  • 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, Natural Bridge), Unit Groups, Debug Console, Potions, Rituals, Unit Panel, Minimap, Room Upgrades

Upcoming Features

  • Game modes: Campaign, Skirmish
  • Rooms: All rooms are in the game!
  • Minions: Behemoth, Eternal, Archon
  • Spells: All spells are in the game!
  • Defences: TBA
  • Rituals: TBA
  • Potions: All potions are in the game!
  • Enemies: Inquisitor, Arcanist, Bard, Matriarch, Disciple, Huntress
  • Shrines: TBA
  • Systems: Revamped Combat AI, Dungeon Themes, Match Mutators, Options Screen, Artefacts

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

PC
Mac
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
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Early Access Review
I waited long before buying this. I've watched the development from day 1, tested the "unofficial" version and finally decided it's time.
Considering i spent literally lots of hundreds of hours in the Dungeon Keepers, and adding the confidence, commitment and love the developers show for their project, i can safely predict what this will become: GLORIOUS!

It looks and feels almoust identical, except the modern graphics of course. Well, modern is not quite right. It still looks dated, but not compared to that old original DKs. Well does that matter? HELL NO! It's more than adequate and gameplay > graphics!
Although WFTO tries to clone DK in every aspect legally possible (even the "...has entered your dungeons"-voiceover had exactly the same melody) i've notices some minor additions that won't change gameplay but makes it more fluid. Like different rallies for workers (YAY!) and warrios. Or a flag to forbid workers to dig there (YAY!) or groupings (YAY!).
Why reinvent the wheel? It already was perfect.

Sure, a recommendation based on a tutorial and a sandbox is quite risky (as there is not much of a campaign here yet), the basic gameplay-skeleton looks and feels "right".
THIS IS THE SUCCESSOR WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR TOO LONG!

Even if it does not add much new things, it revives one of the best game/gamplays of all times. Although i still play DK2, this will end an era and start a new.

What about Dwelvers? They're damn brilliant too, and even a lot cheaper. But they're having a different approach. Taking the master and bringing in their own vision. This is totally fun too, but it's not DK3. Not visually and not gameplay-wise.
Get then both if you can!
If you can't, get this one if you prefer the "darker" original gamplay and get Dwelvers if you want some creative fresh ideas added to an already superb gameplayconcept.

tl;dr:
You're into RTS? You like a game that does not take itself damn serious? You're quite fed being the "good" fighting the oh-so-bad? Give this one a try! But only if you think this will really suit you, otherwise WAIT until it's done! Without the campaign you'll stuck with the sandbox. The campaign will decide it's final faith (and multiplayer of course).

Alternative? Except the masters itself, there is only Dwelvers. Maybe "Dungeons 2" (time will tell). Besides there are no games (to my knowledge) that come even close to this gameplay and fun. Period.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Early Access Review
As a massive fan of the Dungeon Keeper games, I cannot express the joy I felt when stumbling upon this.

It's everything I wanted to see in a new DK game, and more. New rooms, new creatures, new game mechanics, and of course not to mention new graphics, it's really exciting to see where this project is going because they've done a damn good job this far in development already.

Those unfamiliar with the game-style in question should consider researching the Dungeon Keeper series (or just watch a gameplay video) for this is no ordinary RTS, it is one of the few games falling under the category of RTS/FPS hybrid: feel like touring the layout of your dungeon from the perspective of your minions? Well go ahead and tap right into their skulls! Admiring the detail the developers have clearly put into the various dungeon rooms from up close is a feeling no other game can replicate for me, a particular reason which makes the franchise as a whole so unique.

I would buy the game twice I'm that happy with it, but I'm broke and have no need for a second copy therefore I will not be doing that
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
87.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Early Access Review
Englisch:
The game has immediately reminds me of the old Dungeon Keeper and I was (guess) pretty much at the beginning in the development of this and must say that it has really produced lengths far developed. I had already written a few requests to the developers and they will even be available as one with a map editor for the game to create eigende Dungeon.

The developers put a lot of work into the game and I'm looking forward to it when it is finished Developed.

German:
Das Spiel hat mich sofort an das alte Dungeon Keeper erinnert und ich war (denke mal) so ziemlich am anfang bei der Entwicklung dabei und muss sagen das es sich echt hervorangen weit Entwickelt hat. Ich hatte ja schon einige Wünsche an die Entwickler geschrieben und diese werden sogar verfügbar sein wie eines davon mit einem Map Editor für das Spiel, um eigende Dungeon zu erstellen.

Die Entwickler stecken sehr viel arbeit in das Spiel und ich freue mich schon darauf, wenn es Fertig Entwickelt ist.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Early Access Review
I am a huge fan of the dungeon keeper series, this game being the spiritual successor of dungeon keeper II, I was more than happy to purchase the alpha early game access the instant I became aware of it. I await updates to the alpha early access with bated breath.

Do not purchase the alpha for the early access unless you're a die hard fan. Instead wait for the release so you shall not be disappointed with the development builds. The horrendous mobile game that was released by Mythic/EA with the dungeon keeper title should be avoided and shunned at all costs for ruining the franchise. Instead go buy and play dungeon keeper gold (1998,) and dungeon keeper II (1999.) both of which are not on steam unfortunately, try gog.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Early Access Review
This game is amazing.....I never got to play the Dungeon Keeper games, but have always been looking for a dungeon management game that appealed to me. After going through many of the popular games out there and them all being duds, I found this one! This game has very little content thus far, and was still entertaining. I can't wait for this game to be fully released as I imagine I will be logging alot of hours. The only flaws I could even think of was that some of the user interface aspects could be a little more clean and user friendly, as well as workers sometimes taking forever to build doors. Either way this will be an epic game and im 100% on board!

Side note* its very rare to play an early acess game with no noticeable bugs, and thats what you get here. This game is really polished to be at such an early stage of development! Keep up the great work Devs!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Early Access Review
If you miss and remember Dungeon Keeper you will love this game. This is the same voice actor from orignal dungeon keeper heh, and even the guys making it started as a gaming clan I believe that evolvd into I think modding then eventually after years I suppose they started learning more and more. Got tired of waiting for a dungeon keeper and well made a killer game that is just like the old one enchanced but not ruined in any way thanks to them being loyal fans of the orignal game you wont feel lost in your dungeon building!

If you never played dungeon keeper shame on you! Check some videos out on this game and dungeon keeper, I am sure you will enjoy this. Don't forget its still in early acces and getting cooler and cooler they just recently added multiplayer!
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Early Access Review
very good game. similar to the old ones ^^
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Early Access Review
Just played patch 0.52 today and it was a blast!

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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Early Access Review
good game considering its in its early stages much like the original dungeon keeper but with diffrent creatures
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Early Access Review
Can't wait for the finished version of this game. This is basically the dungeon keeper I've been looking for.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Early Access Review
This game looks and feels like Dungeon Keeper of old. I cannot wait for the full game to be finished and released!
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Early Access Review
I love this game and would play the seires that this spawned from but im too drunk. Also why do i have to re buy this game what the hell
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3 of 17 people (18%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Early Access Review
very little to no progress over the past year. i loved all the dk's but i would really like my money back on this one. very strongly suggest not buying it.
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
This appears to be little more than a clone of Dungeon Keeper 2. May as well just play the original. Hopefully some newer, more original content is eventually added to make this a successor rather than a clone so I can change this review...

Another potential successor currently in early access has added some original content. It doesn't appear as polished as this, but it does actually feel like a new game inspired by DK rather than simply recreating it.
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95 of 101 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Early Access Review
I just want to say that this game is how early access games should be done. The developers of this game have been open and honest the entire time. They have without fail posted every single Wednesday about their progress and what they are working on. The itself is constantly getting better but more important to me is how the developers have handled the ups and downs of this game. I can't wait for the finished product! Everything is and has been done the right way. If you liked the orignal DK this is the answer to your prayers.
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64 of 68 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
Dungeon Keeper fans: This is the game you've been waiting for.

I have been playing Dungeon Keeper 2 regularly since its release in 1999. There was literally nothing else like it. Nothing that blended strategy, simulation, humor, god-like abilities quite like it could. Over the years, I have wished for a game that was at least similar. Something that could tap into that magic a little bit.

I heard about War for the Overworld when my heart was breaking over the bullcrap EA pulled with the Dungeon Keeper mobile game (I don't own a cell phone, but if that game had been good, I would have probably bought one just for that, haha). Some dude mentioned it in the comments of an article about EA's latest mistake, and I flew over to Steam to find it (figuratively speaking, of course). I finally tried it today, and I have to say, I am surprisingly shocked as to how well they're pulling it off.

This game captures that DK essence. This game is made by people who are as obsessed with the masterpieces that are DK and DK2 as I am. The developers have put their hearts and souls into this game. This much is clear because everything that Dungeon Keeper did right, it's here. Everything you loved is here. Some things that were glitchy about DK2 or just inconvenient are upgraded and/or gone (building prisons while your minions are walking through the area will no longer accidentally imprison them, for one example). Obviously, the game is not DK. Types of minions and rooms have been changed, as is necessary, I suppose. I thought I might find this hard to come to terms with (after all, the Dark Angel from DK2 is one of my favorite video game characters of all time, hence why I have a portrait of one on the wall behind me), but it's really not bad at all. It's even refreshing, in a way. I was actually excited to see new character types to play with and master. The visuals are stunning. There are bits of humor here and there. And either the voice actor they got is doing a ridiculously fantastic job of mimicking the guy from DK2, or he IS the guy from DK2. Either way, props.

I very enthusiastically recommend this game, even in early access. Although the campaign is limited to a tutorial mission and one other mission now (plus four others, including a sandbox and a My Pet Dungeon because, well, YES!!!), the game is highly playable, and I can see myself getting at least 20 hours out of the state it is in now, but then again, I am a sucker for just messing around with a game and perfecting it. The average player will probably get 5-10 hours out of this or so in its early access state. But with active developers (just check the forums, if you want), you will be able to purchase an early access with the knowledge that your input does, in fact, count. If you like providing feedback on a game or being one of the first to play an awesome game, buy this. If you want to delve into this and play the whole campaign over the span of a few days, put this in your wishlist, because you'll have to wait a few months for that (early 2015 is the current estimated release date). Either way, you'll want to buy it, sooner or later. ;)
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
58.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Early Access Review
An fantastic game in development made by a team of outstanding dev team. They seem to have an unbreakable passion to make a really well made game and have an astonising interaction within their own community... Okay, im starting to run out of positive adjectives.

In short, you really wana keep an eye on this game, been following this game since August 2012 and it has consitantly looked brillaint (oh, nope, found another adjective right there :D ).
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Early Access Review
Early access done properly and a game that is respectful of it's influences. Regular updates, assets and game play done to the highest standard. This is one of the few games on Steam I can recommend picking up early. However, I wouldn't recommend playing it early - what is there presently s very solid and produced to a high standard, but developing a game properly takes time and this is more of an investment in my eyes. A game that is shaping up to be fantastic but due to a focus on doing things properly and promptly as opposed to just quickly, functionality is still lacking compared to what the final product should offer. That said, patching and updates are both regular and frequent and what is already in place is very enjoyable and picking it up on the cheap now is a definite good call.

If you enjoyed Dungeon Keeper - and who didn't? - this is well worth your cash-moniez.
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