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 RTS and God Game genres. Carve out your Dungeon and conquer the Overworld!
User reviews: Very Positive (556 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

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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The Underlord Edition includes the exclusive Sovereign Dungeon Theme, a soundtrack download, and a copy of The Dungeoneer's Guide to the Underworld, a digital companion book for all your Dungeon-Building needs.

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March 27

WFTO Wednesday #116: "Hands on"




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The latest edition of WFTO Wednesday has just been posted on our website, be sure to check it out!

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WFTO Wednesday #115: No Rest for the Wicked




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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

Early Adopter Bonus, Underlord edition & Future Updates (Click for More)



We are happy to announce our “Early Adopter” bonus! Everyone who purchases the game before the 2nd of May 2015 will be given WFTO’s first Campaign DLC for free.

This expansion will be a short campaign that supplements the story of the main campaign. It also contains a new Dungeon Theme for use in Multiplayer. We plan to release this DLC later this year.

See the Early Adopter FAQ for more details!

Underlord Edition


Purchase the Underlord Edition to receive these additional features:

Sovereign Dungeon Theme


In War for the Overworld, each and every Underlord is their own unique being. A dungeon is a direct reflection of an Underlord’s presence and individuality.

By purchasing the Underlord Edition, you can don the Sovereign Dungeon Theme in Multiplayer and Skirmish to demonstrate your dedication to evil!

The Sovereign Theme contains unique models and textures for:

  • Dungeon Core including unique VFX and SFX
  • Walls and Tiles
  • Tile and Door Toppers
  • Workers

Soundtrack Download

We’ve assembled the complete collection of all 16 music tracks used in the game. All of which can be yours to listen to in the comfort of your own Underground Lair or Torture Chamber.

The Dungeoneer’s Guide to the Underworld (When Complete)

There’s still more to come for the Underlord Edition, we’re working on compiling a collection of our concept art with some snippets of lore for you in our “Dungeoneer’s Guide to the Underworld”, which will help give you a small insight into the realm of Kairos.

Future Updates


War for the Overworld is in a state of constant evolution. For the team here at Subterranean Games, this project is a labour of love, and we still feel there is plenty of room to expand the game. With this in mind, we’ll be continuing to patch War for the Overworld for many months to come.

Alongside regular bug fixes and feature improvements, you can also expect to see new content introduced to the game, in the form of both Free Updates and Paid DLC. The world of Kairos has plenty of room for expansion and we can’t wait to explore more of the story.

Planned features include:

  • Survival Mode
  • Basic Map Editor (Which we can improve later!)
  • Spin-off campaign stories
  • And more!

The first Paid DLC will be a short campaign that supplements the story of the original campaign. This DLC will be released later this year and will be free to everyone who purchased the game before the 2nd of May 2015.

Survival Mode



Survival mode will be receiving some improvements with some truly fleshed out features. This DLC will be completely free to everyone, regardless of when you purchase the game and will be released later this year.

Survival Mode will feature:

  • Survival Challenges - Compete against pre-set challenges, or create your own and share them with your friends!
  • Leaderboards - Prove you are the greatest Underlord of our time and climb to the top of the Leaderboards!
  • More Levels - More Survival Levels for you to try your evil hand at!
  • Mutators - Change up the game to make it harder, easier, to just plain weirder through a number of pre-set mutators and even design your own!

About This Game

Tired of invading dungeons? It's time you build your own!

Do you feel you are in a slump? Monotonously disemboweling evil guys in endless quests for gold and a slightly better pair of boots? You are starting to wonder... are heroics really your calling? Welcome to the War for the Overworld!

War for the Overworld is a Dungeon Management Game that employs your favourite aspects of the RTS and God Game genres. You play an all-powerful, malevolent Underlord, long banished to the Aether. With unrivaled dark power and an insatiable desire for bloody conquest, you will arise once more, and reclaim your realm!

In your absence, the Underworld lost its way. It became feeble and afraid of the Empire of the Overworld, which grew strong and boldly comfortable in its quiet retirement from evil-slaying. Carve out your dungeon from the soil and stones of the Underworld, and build dozens of unique rooms to attract a myriad of creatures to your halls to work and fight for you.

In addition to your faithful followers, you have destructive spells and powerful rituals to cast upon any unsuspecting goodly Hero (or rival Underlord) who dares to breach your unhallowed halls. With your unmatched dark powers and mighty army of bloodthirsty minions, you are ready for your War for the Overworld!

Key Features

  • Build Your Dungeon - Excavate and build your dungeon beneath the earth of the Overworld. Design it’s layout as you see fit, creating an underground fortress 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 drifting in the Aether. This realm hosts a variety of enemies — both Heroes and Underlords will stand in your path as you fight for dominance of the Overworld

  • Veins of Evil - Choose from over 60 rooms, spells, potions, rituals, defenses and constructs in the Veins of Evil as you progress through the game. There are a plethora of possible Vein combinations you can use to conquer the Overworld. 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 unholy magic to strengthen your dungeon, route enemy forces, flood corridors with Micropiglets, or simply turn a meddlesome 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 instantly fortifying your entire dungeon.

  • 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 inthe Realm of Kairos

  • Destroy your Rivals - Take the fight to your rival Underlords in Skirmish or Multiplayer matches with up to four players!

  • Test your Mettle - Run the gauntlet of the prototype Survival mode and see if you can top the high score against waves of enemies!

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
44 of 50 people (88%) 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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17 of 20 people (85%) 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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Early Access Review
Im writing this as a complete noob to the game and the genra.
The first few hours I was a bit confused and nearly put it away but now im hooked!
Great fun
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 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 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Early Access Review
Well almost identical gameplay to Dungeon Keeper two plus so much more content than I could have expected has me absolutely giddy about this game.

The only thing I am really picky about is that there is no stun when your creatures are dropped making it possible to just drop them into combat with no consequence.

I really can't wait until they finish the campaign but until then I will find endless hours of fun on the other game modes
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
Ahhh, this game brings back so many memories, from slapping my minions into lava to building the raddest fortress with torrents, doors and those bells that scare monsters away (sorry its been a while). I've tried the early access and I have to say, it does look really damn good. There are some minor things that need fixing but then again, it is the early access, so.

I bought this game last year and I have not played it much but this will change as the release date is next week! I am so psyched, lets do this duuuudeeess!!!
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Early Access Review
HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
Actually it s simply the ONLY game that can claim to be the Dungeon Keeper 3
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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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54 of 57 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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93 of 119 people (78%) found this review helpful
9 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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57 of 66 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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26 of 27 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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33 of 42 people (79%) 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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19 of 19 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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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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