Long Version (short version below)
It was the 7th of July 1999, on the brink of my birthday and my teens, when Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper 2 was released. I already played and loved the first part, so it was clear to to me that this game will be on my birthday wish list. After my aunt took me to the store and bought this piece of happiness compressed in some silly little disc for me, it was time to frolic home, barricade myself in my own little dungeon, switch on my computer and enjoy the last sweet hours of my jolly childhood...
Anyway: this isn't a review about DK 1 or 2, but about War for the Overworld! Nonetheless, it's very related. DK2 already had the trailer for the third part in the game, where you take the war to the Overworld. That was the hour of birth of my expectations there would surely be a sequel to this beloved game. These expectations would slowly degenerate to hope. And as hope faded away, the warming memories, also vanishing in the haze, were the only thing left. At least one could enjoy the odd game of the old classic. Yet sometimes there seemed to be light in that darkness: a few games were taking some elements from DK or even claiming to be like DK (Dungeons or Impire e.g.). In my opinion all of them failed (not meaning that they were very bad) and it just fed and therefore revived my hope, which should remain false for almost 1 1/2 decades....
And along comes „War for the Overworld“:
Hearing of WtfO I had to check it out. After being disappointed a few times I have to admit that my expectations were not all to high when I started the game for the first time. And I was wrong! HOORAY!!!!!! It is just like DK! Carving myself deeper and deeper into the dirt, the sarcastic narrator giving the odd comment and being able to watch my minions scamper around my dungeon made me rejoice (though one also has to say that it is clear that the game is not finished yet). DK fans will know what game play I'm talking about. The ones of you who don't know DK could check it out YouTube.
People complaining that the game is a simple duplicate of DK are forgetting that's what the devs are trying to achieve. The third title of the Series would of been „Dungeon Keeper 3: War For The Overworld“. The actual creator of the original DK, Peter Molyneux, gives them his full support (see below). Since the charming company owning the rights of Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper were simply not interested in making a sequel (except some lousy mobile version imo) I'm quite happy to see this project in the hands of devs who are committed to what they do. To remain fair a few people have posted this company supports the idea of the project and is helping Subterranean Games to avoid legal issues. I couldn't find a link on Google though (if somebody could add or let me know I would be very grateful)
A Message From Peter Molyneux, The Creator of Dungeon Keeperhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsRRzr0eBKc
Apparently this can't be said often enough: It's an Early Access game. That means the game is NOT FINISHED YET! So at the current state you should not have excessively high expectations. Early Access on the other hand can be an excuse for some devs not to work on a game anymore and go into an undeserved retirement.
Yet the devs of Subterranean Games are very committed to their project, very active on the forums and keep you informed what they are up to on a weekly basis with „WtfO Wednesday“.
To anybody who loved and loves DK I highly recommend this title! No further discussion!
To anybody who doesn't know Dungeon Keeper but wants to try out a unique sort of game where you carve your own dungeon out of raw stone and dirt, watch your minions drink and fight (and slap them if they get on your nerves), let your captives rot in prison or being tortured and do much more evil things I do also recommend this title.
To anybody who wants a finished game to play right now I do not recommend this game. But I would advise you to keep an eye on it.
I, for one, can hardly wait for this gem to be released and will surely be sitting in front my pc for hours, not being able to wipe that ridiculous, sardonic, mean little grin off my face!