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!
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Release Date: Apr 2, 2015

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"A game that continues the legacy of the Dungeon Keeper series spectacularly. A superb campaign and multiplayer makes this game great."

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June 24

WFTO Wednesday #129: "End of an Era"

Greetings Underlords,

It's the end of an era as our final WFTO Wednesday after two and a half years of regular weekly updates goes out. In it is a brief roadmap on what to expect in the next few months as well as information on how to signup for our newsletter and keep up to date on the latest developments.

Fear not though we'll be keeping on top of Steam Announcements as well! This isn't the end just a new beginning!

Click here to read the full post!


-WFTO Team

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June 19

Patch 1.1.7 Release Notes

Hey folks,

Patch 1.1.7 is now available and with it comes a couple more gameplay and balance changes including one most regularly requested. We've also squashed a handful of bugs that have been reported over the last couple of days! If you're having any issues keep those reports coming so we can identify and fix problems as soon as possible!

If you've not read the Patch 1.1 Patch notes yet you can do so here!

Gameplay & Balance Changes

Unit Spawning

  • Unit spawning now takes into account the current army composition of the player and will now spawn

Ember Demon

We're continuning to tune the Ember Demon to focus on two specific roles: Small skirmishes and destroying defences. The single target damage has been heavily increased and the AoE burst damage is now all but gone. Across the board they now have less damage overall, but we've doubled their bonus damage to defences to compensate. Finally, we've added a knockback to Ember Spirit to prevent an entire army being killed after defeating a few Ember Demons.

  • Health increased to 1000 (from 700)
  • Basic attack: Damage increased to 75 (from 30)
  • Basic attack: Cooldown reduced to 2.5s (from 3s)
  • Flare: Damage reduced to 0 (from 50)
  • Flare: Range increased to 3 tiles (from 2)
  • Flare: Cooldown increased to 10s (from 5s)
  • Ember Spirit: Damage reduced to 75 (from 125)
  • Ember Spirit: Added a small knockback
  • Ember Spirit: Added a 2s stun
  • Ember Spirit: Range reduced to 2 tiles (from 4)
  • Collateral Damage: Bonus damage to defences increased to 100% (from 50%)
  • Firecracker (AoE damage + stun ability) removed
  • New ability: Immolation: Applies a stack to nearby enemies (1 tile radius) every 2.5 seconds which lasts for 10 seconds and deals 3 damage per second. Stacks up to 5 times, and new stacks will reset the duration of old stacks.


Over the months since release we’ve received significant feedback on how you would like to see worker’s gain experience and levels enabling them to potentially defeat other workers in combat and increase the effectiveness of your work force. We’ve listened and we’re pleased to deliver these changes!

  • Workers can now level up through performing work tasks.
  • Gain health, damage, work speed and movement speed per level

UI Changes

  • Option added to reset hotkeys to default

AI Changes

  • Units will now ignore rally flags for 30 seconds after being dropped on a prop
  • AI players will no longer try to attack players who have been defeated

Misc Changes

  • It is now possible to select a random start location in Multiplayer
  • The game now cleans up data much better when leaving the lobby

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some props (Torture / Crypt) not accepting dropped units
  • Fixed that themed walls were not showing colours on impenetrable walls
  • Fixed a bug where the “Dalaran Shield” in Level 13 would disappear on a save
  • Fixed a potential issue with Saving and Loading
  • Vampire Ritual now once again supports sacrificing prsioners
  • Fixed an issue where Skirmish AI would not load correctly after a save
  • Fixed an issue where Necromancers and Beasts would not respond to rally flags
  • Fixed several issues where delay between working voiceovers
  • Fixed a visual issue where summon worker would not correctly show
  • Highguard corruption has been fixed
  • The Emperors throne in level 13 is no longer walkable
  • Fixed several issues with clients casting Blood Money in Multiplayer
  • Fixed a bug where entering a cut-scene while in possession would cause the camera to become unusable

That's it for this patch, keep your eyes open for further developments in the next few days!

Until next time Underlord,

-WFTO Team

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

“It’s evident this game was made with nothing but love for the series it’s so shamelessly inspired by. Subterranean knows exactly what was so thrilling about playing the part of a malicious tyrant.”
7.5/10 – The Jimquisition

“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

Latest Major Update (1.1), Future Updates & Underlord Edition (Click for More)

We're pleased to announce that patch 1.1, our first major update since release is now available to download and play! Patch 1.1 represents a significant overhaul to the game with new features, system overhauls and improvements as well as plenty of bug fixes!

Key Update Features

  • 4-Player Skirmish & Multiplayer
  • Improved Information Display
  • OVerhauled Possession Mode
  • 87% Decreased initial load times compared to 1.0.25
  • Tonnes of Fixes (10 Pages of release notes!)

Click here to read the full list of patch notes!

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 in matches with up to four players.

  • Challenge Ruthless AI - Team up with a friend or fly solo and challenge devastatingly sophisticated AI Opponents in Skirmish or Multiplayer!

  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 6 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
    • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8 (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
    • OS: OS X 10.6 and higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 6 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
    • 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
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 6 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
    • 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
530 of 650 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Wait, for the love of god, wait with picking this game up.

I have had my eyes on this game for a long time, since I loved the original DK games, and this one seems like it was going to stay true to the formula. I did, however, want to wait until it was finished, as to not get my view on it damaged by playing an unfinished product. I was glad when I saw it on the recently released list, because I had been waiting for it for a while.

However, this game is very clearly not finished. There are placeholder texts everywhere, there's missing animations, and the UI feels clunky, sluggish, and at times unresponsive.
The foundations for a good game are clearly here, but it should not have been pushed out of the door this early. It's very much still an Early Access game.

So please, if you want to have a good experience with this game, wait until the game is actually, properly, finished. I cannot recommend it in its current state.
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125 of 134 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
TL;DR - One of your minions wants to get off Mr. Bones Wild Ride.

10/10 would not get on.

I could not recommend this game in its' previous release state. However, now I actually can. After its' 1.1 patch, the majority of what this game was missing in its release verison has finally been added.

War for the Overworld, as a game, is...dungeon keeper 3. There really isn't another way to describe it. If Peter Molyneaux and the Bullfrog team were still around today, I feel the game we would have gotten would not be too far off from this. Are there flaws in this game? Obviously. Every game has flaws. But as far as managing to capture the feel of dungeon keeper and make an all-round fun game, this kickstarter title succeeds where higher-budget games such as the Dungeons series failed. With EA making no attempt to actually capitalize on a once great series, and in fact ruining it for a new generation by slamming a free to play business model that shames the series GREATLY (even paying off reviewers EA style couldn't keep dungeon keeper mobile's critic rating up high enough to appear worthwhile), it's nice to see we still have fans of the old game out there who want to see it made new.

Am I rambling a lot on what Dungeon Keeper was? Yep. For those of you unfamiliar with what I'm talking about, this is a game where you manage a...well, dungeon, from the perspective of an evil overlord. Throughout the campaign, rather than being the hero who explores and brings death to dungeons, you build the dungeon and fight back against the good. You can accomplish this through the use of powerful minions as well as various traps and such that your enemy won't (hopefully) see coming, and of course a little bit of god power for good measure (*zap*). You have minimal control over your minions, so this isn't exactly an RTS and it sure as all hell is NOT an actions per minute game - in fact, trying to go all MLG clicky-clicky on this game would likely just hinder you more than anything else. Your control consists of picking minions or imps up and throwing them where you want them to be and...well, hoping they do what you want. You can lay down rally flags to get everyone's attention to a specific spot, but if you try to keep them out for too long you'll end up with a bunch of unhappy minions telling the flag to ♥♥♥♥ off and going to bed. You also have to keep them regularly paid with gold, which handily is also the resource you use for literally everything else. Fail in this aspect, and minions will just pack up shop and leave to go elsewhere.

Map design is what made Dungeon Keeper and, as a result, War for the Overworld, extremely unique. There is not a lot of map when you actually get in - it's just a bunch of dirt, some impenetrable rocks, water, lava, maybe a chasm, and gold in the dirt. Oh, and your central dungeon core. Don't lose that...seriously. You have to dig out your own map, tile by tile, and lay down rooms in areas to correspond with what you want and your minions' needs - a lair to sleep, a slaughterpen to eat, a tavern to provide money for you and make people happy, a barracks to train, etc...and of course the arena where you can have minions fight to the death for no reason outside of entertainment. It appears to entertain the other minions to watch their brethren get slaughtered too...and of course, the other benefit to building your own map is deciding when and where to dig to place down traps and such, and if you happen to sight enemy traps...you can dig around them.

By now you may think this is a twisted, evil game where everything is gruesome and terrible. And you'd be right and wrong. While you do play as evil, this is a very lighthearted game as the original dungeon keeper games were. Featuring awesome voice narration from the original DK's narrator, you'll find yourself often having a lot of fun just from hearing some of the things minions have to say, or the random (but amusing) pop culture references made by the narrator.

And when you're done with the campaign, you'll find it is still very fun to play in skirmish or multiplayer modes. In these modes, you and up to 3 other AI or players will duke it out, each building their own dungeons and attacking one another for no reason other than ♥♥♥♥ you, my ground. Unlike the original dungeon keeper, War for the Overworld actually does a decent job of working properly in skirmish and multiplayer. While it was possible in Dungeon Keeper 2 to do the same, the game just didn't quite feel the same as it was very campaign-oriented. WFTO implements some new systems that help the game to work properly in either situation. There is also sandbox mode where you just build in a big, empty map free of gold or mana issues, and survival mode which is...honestly still being worked on and I have very little experience in it, but it's self explanatory.

Overall, this game is easily worth your $30. Hell, go the extra $10 and get the $40 version just for the soundtrack if nothing else - the soundtrack is pure evil and outstanding and it fits PERFECTLY with a game of this theme. This kickstarted game more than deserves your money (after a rocky launch).

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173 of 208 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Game itself is VERY fun. Dungeon Keeper 2.0(less of a dark theme though, voice overs are good but a bit goofball humor)

Initially there were alot of bugs/glitches but the developers have been releasing patches EVERY 2-3 hours, amazing, 7-8 patches so far

+++++++++++++ support these guys, bug fixing at midnight on a saturday and releasing a patch. This is how game companies should behave (SUPPORT YOUR PRODUCTS!!!!!)
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127 of 152 people (84%) found this review helpful
62.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Let's be blunt. As the game stands now, it should have remained in early access for a bit longer so that the devs could finish polishing everything up. However, having already set back the release date a whole year, I can see why they would have felt obligated to release it on time, however many holes it still has.

That being said, this game has done what many have tried yet failed to do. Make a sucessor to Dungeon Keeper, and in my opinion they have succeeded spectacularly. Mechanics are mostly solid, graphics are significant step up from Dungeon Keepers one and two, and best of all, they've even got the original voice actor from one and two playing his old role as the sinister mentor.

I've been playing this game since it was first released on Early Access, back when it didn't have such features as saves, a mini map, or any UI for that matter. It has come a long way since then and I fully feel I have gotten my money's worth. I think it captures the spirt of dungeon keeper particularly well, and I've wasted hours on this game. It's got its flaws and its bugs, but I am fully confident that the dev team will address them in due time, and not leave everything hanging.

If you are a fan of Dungeon Keeper 1 and 2. I would fully recommed this game as the one that (finally) succeeded in recreating the spirt of dungeon keeper.

EDIT: As of April 14th the dev team has worked their asses off patching the game almost daily. Most issues have been fixed and if this keeps up, I expect many of the shortcomings to be fully addressed before the month is out.
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126 of 155 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
the dev are dishing out patch like there's no tomorrow, if they keep on the pace pretty sure all the bugs will be iron out in a day or two. kudos to them, and for those who loves dungeon keeper there's no question, BUY IT.
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