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.
User reviews: Very Positive (408 reviews)
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 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

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
52 of 81 people (64%) 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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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Early Access Review
If you played the Dungeon Keeper series then you will love it, if you didn't then you might be better off waiting a little as its a bit limited at present at early access. That said I've played end to end twice and not been back for a while so I could be wrong. Excited to see the final game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
It's like DK2 but heavily improvised. Also has multiplayer wich is nice but, not much players are on there. I rate 8/10
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
Can use a lot of help with the gameplay and such, I only was able to get a hang of it when I actually died twenty times at least, but this is a great game when you get past the crashes, the fact that a lot of the minions beds look more like seats, and when you posses a minion you can't make it do anything, this is a decent/good game all together.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
If you liked dungeon keeper this is a game for you.The game is still in developement so dont expext it to be in pristine conditions.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
As a fan of Dungeon Keeper, WFTO attracted me like a fly to poop.

I was sorely disappointed by how incomplete the game was (yeah I know it's early access). Still, there is basically nothing to do in this game. I mean that pretty literally - there's a tutorial, and a sandbox.

I've waited over a year to write this review - the game is not even close to being finished. Seeing how it has developed, I'm no longer excited about its release. I've fired it up several times and only been able to accumulate a measly 1.1 hours of play time.

I feel like I was exploited for my love and nostalgia for DK. Don't make the same mistake as me.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Early Access Review
Its Dungeon Keeper yo 11/10 would buy again.
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8 of 23 people (35%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
Promising but really far from finished at the moment. You could probably wait a little bit.
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4 of 15 people (27%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Early Access Review
Dungeon Keeper is back!!!!!!
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Early Access Review
They say this game is Dungeon Keeper's True Successor.

What I get my hand on it right now is just alpha or beta state of the game.


IT DO LIVE UP TO THAT PROMISE ALREADY !!
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3 of 15 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Early Access Review
When is this game updating? Or are you already made a couple of million and decided to just abandon the project like most games which get released early?
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4 of 18 people (22%) found this review helpful
3.1 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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2 of 15 people (13%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Early Access Review
when will this game have proper multiplayer.. ?
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98 of 108 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.5 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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66 of 74 people (89%) 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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22 of 25 people (88%) 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.0 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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Early Access Review
This game brings me back to Dungeon Keeper. Ah, how I loved those games. I was so excited to see that War for the Overlord is a game using not only the same mechanics, but even Richard Ridings, who's voice is like liquid sex evil.

There are a few things I disllike, but it's based in on the fact that the game is still in Beta. There's not really a storyline developed for play yet. There's no multiplayer (Comming Soon™). The few maps that you cna play are really limited in resources.

I know these things will get developed and ironed out as work is continued. It is that hope coupled by the warm and evil feelings of nostalgia that led me to buy this game. Don;t worry if you haven;t played Dungeon Keeper 1 and/or 2. It's really not necessary. But I can promise you, when this game reaches it's full potential, I believe it will outshine those other dungeon management games.
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7 of 9 people (78%) 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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