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.”
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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 v0.7.1 (18th March) Contains:
  • Game modes: Sandbox, Campaign Preview (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, Behemoth, Eternal, Archon, Vampire
  • Spells: Summon Worker, Possession, Rally, Lightning, Impasse, Recall, Obey, Heal, Shockwave, Blood Money, Magical Meat, Forge, Imp Rally, Annex, Enrage, Volcanic Bridge
  • Defences: Wooden Door, Ballista, Rampart, Bone Chiller, Gargoyle, Portcullis, Midas' Door, Blade Lotus, Augrum Wall, Glacial Door, Well of Souls
  • Constructs: Replacement Earth, Underminer, Ember Rift, Gold Vortex, Outpost, Warding Totem
  • Rituals: Avarice, Fortify, Uprising, Revelation, Prospector, Besiege, Assembly, Overload, Construction
  • 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, Inquisitor, Arcanist, Bard, Matriarch, Disciple, Several campaign bosses to be revealed!
  • 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, Artefacts, Revamped Terrain Visuals, Notification Panel, Revamped Unit Control Panel

Upcoming Features:

  • Game modes: All modes are in the game!
  • Rooms: All rooms are in the game!
  • Minions: All minions are in the game!
  • Spells: All spells are in the game!
  • Defences: All defences are in the game!
  • Constructs: All constructs are in the game!
  • Rituals: All rituals are in the game!
  • Potions: All potions are in the game!
  • Enemies: ] All enemies are in the game!
  • Shrines: All shrines are in the game!
  • Systems: Match Mutators, Options Screen, Revamped Cursor

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
33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Early Access Review
This game touts itself as the spiritual successor of Dungeon Keeper, but it’s so much more than that. As an avid fan of the Dungeon Keeper franchise since the first release in 1995, I have been very picky about my “evil minion master” games. In all the years since Dungeon Keeper 2, no game has come as close to capturing the essence of what made the original as well as War for the Overworld. Not only does it pay a near flawless tribute to the old mechanics, it has added some very useful ones of its own.

This, ladies and gentlemen is how you make a sequel. In its current state, there isn’t much to play aside form multiplayer and two skirmish maps, but with the release date only a month away and a big update just around the corner, there really isn’t a reason that a Dungeon Keeper fan wouldn’t bet this game. I never write reviews on here, but I couldn’t pass this up. This is the game you have been looking for.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Early Access Review
This is probably my new favorite game! For any fan of Dungeon Keeper, you should feel right at home here! So many simularities, yet just enough differences to make the game feel new and exciting! I fully recommend this game for anyone wanting to cause a little destruction!
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Early Access Review
Dungeon Keeper's spiritual succesor indeed. Even in beta I can see it going great places. Bit bummed the change the warlocks a bit, but their still my favorite creature.10/10 would buy beta again. And EA is evil.If you dont know what I mean, look at Dungeon Keeper Mobile.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
9.5 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Early Access Review
Love this game. I know it's not complete yet and it lacks a safe feature in the sandbox mode but it is very entertaining, I bought it and played it for like 2 hours straight and it only felt like 5 mins. Thats how you know its a great game! Totally worth the price tag but if you don't like beta games then wait until its finished. I like beta games and I totally recommend it!!! <3
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Early Access Review
Just wanted to say, WE GONNA HAVE SOME FUN NEXT THURSDAY.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
Not quite like dungeon keeper, but its the closest thing to it. Unfortunately, that's not the developers fault and to be honest I'm impressed they managed to get this far. EA is to blame, if you didnt already know, as to why dungeon keeper is no longer a major game in our modern age. I have been keeping a close eye on this project for some time now. I must say when it comes to getting that evil dungeon master fix, this game delivers and more. I look foward to seeing what they do next and wish the best for them, I remember a time where I wished that someone would do something to revive my childhood game and these people have delivered. For that I thank you, truly its one thing you have given back to me, and I'm sure to many fans, of the dasterdly dungeon master known as Dungeon Keeper.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Early Access Review
This game brings back all the nostalgia from the good old Dungeon Keeper 2.
It's close to release and the developers seems to be very determined to give their customers what they want.

I've done my research and i'm safely putting my faith in Subterranean Games.

BUT, it hasn't been released yet so i need to give you the present news of the game.
There is little content and no finished campaign.
You still have skirmish and a new mode (Survival) that you can enjoy but it isn't enough for 28€ in my opinion.
The gameplay is coming out as fairly finished.
I've encountered one or two crashes and maybe a few glitches but it's nothing that ruins your game completely, just minor obstacles that are easily fixed.
I do hope that i will see more minions, buildings, spells and traps.
Even though i feel that the current situation with your variety of building is enough i do want more.

It may or may not be the way i want it to be but i'm going to recommend it.
I think you should wait until the release of this game and see where it stands though.

But as i said, i have faith in these developers (something that doesn't come easily these days).
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Early Access Review
War for the Overworld is like a newer version of Dungeon Keeper, still alittle rough around the edges, but tons of fun to play.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Early Access Review
FINALLY!....wicked game guys, so glad someone has finally revisited this and done a professional job of the make over.....everything i remembered from the original one just tuned up and added to 10x over....love it!!....NOW HURRY UP AND BUILD ON THE MISSIONS!....try ur hardest with story dudes........and you will of correctly ressurected a legend!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Early Access Review
Loaded up
Built some rooms
Mined some gold
♥♥♥♥♥-slapped my minions
10/10

Would ♥♥♥♥♥-slap my minions again
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53 of 56 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 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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92 of 117 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.8 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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56 of 65 people (86%) 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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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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32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Early Access Review
Getting better every week, Dungeon Keeper fans UNITE!
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 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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137 of 228 people (60%) 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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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
21.4 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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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.9 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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