Summon demons and spawn unholy weapons of war as a gleefully evil Necromancer with an insatiable blood lust for the innocent and corrupted alike in this darkly humorous, old skool blend of action RPG and strategy genres.
User reviews: Very Positive (265 reviews) - 83% of the 265 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 2, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to build Nekro with as much player feedback as possible - that means every person that contributes with ideas has helped design the game. With almost half of the features in the game having been honed and tailored to player feedback, we have truly made Nekro something special. Early access gives us the ability to make sure you as the player get exactly the game you wanted.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are planning to release Nekro Q2 of 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will simply have more content, as all of the core mechanics are already in place. The game is very playable and polished as it stands.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is 70% complete in its current state and features half the main campaign, a complete host of monsters to summon and Nekros to control.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We are still determining the best pricing model for when the game releases.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community has been and will continue to be a pivotal part of Nekro's development. Contributing to the game is as simple as making a post in our forums. If you provide constructive feedback, we will almost always listen and respond.”
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"A unique strategy-ish action game with nice visuals and lots of minions and exploding corpses. Have fun you evil Nekro-players."
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June 10

Patch - The Obelisk of Infinite and Yet Paradoxically Limited Power

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Patch Notes:

This new patch brings with it small yet substantial changes to the game as well as a new level.

  • New Level - The Obelisk: This is a King of the Hill-style level in which the 3 competing factions fight over control of a central obelisk. The level is fast-paced and features an all out war between the different units in Nekro. The key to winning the level is agro management and zone control, as it's easy to be overwhelmed by the multitude of enemies.

  • Respec: The player can now choose to respec their Nekro's summons. One respec is given per campaign and will reset all Summon unlocks and upgrades as well as refund all sins. This feature should help alleviate 'bad builds.'

  • Refund After Death: Any power/sins allocated in a level will not be committed until the player beats that level. Meaning if they die, they can reissue the sins and powers they started the level with.

  • Nerf of the Statue Level: Jesus Christ on a motorcycle - I hear you. I made the statue level easier. Good god you guys like to bitch. Oh I'm sorry, is our game too hard for you? Here's a hint: GET BETTER AT IT. Just kidding. Much love. Enjoy the nerf. <3

  • Minor Bug fixes and polish.

Still to come: Pirates! Werewolves! New Summons! New Levels! Stay Tuned.

Note: Because of the new Respec mechanic save files needed to be reordered. All saves have been wiped. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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About This Game

Legions of twisted abominations await your command in Nekro. Revel in the slaughter of the King’s corrupted lackeys as you uncover the alternately sinister and chuckle-worthy history of your creation. Manipulate the flesh and souls of those who have passed beyond the veil. Use the sins of the fallen to unlock new summons and customize their skills in an ongoing battle of supremacy between the Undying Legions and The Order. Further tailor your experience by equipping different Powersets for any of the four Necromancer classes, unlocking varied new Nekro abilities on your journey. Feast on the blood of the slain as you wade through their entrails, giggling quietly to yourself.

Collector's Edition

Digital Art Book: Delve into the colorful and creepy world of Nekro with the Digital Art Book. Enjoy a full book packed to the brim with high-quality HD character concepts and renders.

Soundtrack: Take home Nekro’s high quality soundtrack featuring over 10 blood-pumping tracks hand crafted specifically for the game.

Key Features

  • 3+ Upgradable Nekromancers: Choose between powerful Nekro specializations!
  • 13+ Unlockable Summons: Customize minions and create the perfect demonic army!
  • 40+ Unlockable Skills: Harvest corpses to strengthen your unholy followers!
  • 20+ Game-Changing Trinkets: Strike down your foes and take from them everything they ever possessed!
  • 10+ Levels to Explore and Dominate:Watch as limbs snap, blood permanently stains the battlefield and bodies explode with Nekro's unique Chaos System!
  • 3 Factions to conquer or enslave:Turn the environment against your enemy by manipulating mundane objects into your twisted necrotic creations!
  • Steam Enabled: Unlockable Achievements, Steam Trading Cards, Emoticons, and Rewards!
  • Original Soundtrack: Over 15 blood-pumping music tracks!

Development Roadmap:

We will be constantly updating Nekro with new levels to explore and characters to unlock. Here are a few of the planned key features that are currently being worked on and can be expected in the final release:

  • New Nekromancers!
  • More Summons!
  • A Crap Ton of Trinkets to Collect!
  • Dozens of Beautiful, Uniquely Themed Levels to Explore!
  • Massive Boss Fights!
  • Battle-Changing Traps and Environmental Hazards!

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System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 400 or Equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 400 or Equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or Later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 400 or Equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or Later
    • Processor: Quad Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 400 of Equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 400 or Equivalent
    • Processor: Quad Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 400 of Equivalent
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Early Access Review
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Nekro is a third person action game with a mix of MOBA and RTS elements. With vibrant blood-filled graphics, great audio design, and thrilling gameplay, I can't recommend it enough!


+ Graphics: Delicously vivid, awesome UI.
+ Narration: Spot on.
+ Music: Fast-paced and frenetic
+ Sound: Squishy and fun!
+ Tutorial: Manages to be fun!
+ Statistics: Present.
+ Variety: With 3 classes, 3 scourge, 3 additional skills, and dozens of summon options, you'll never feel like there isn't enough to pick from.

- If any, the devs will probably be willing to address them if they are not already doing so.
- That said, current campaign length could be a bit longer, and that is being worked on.

+/- At times you may have trouble figuring out what builds are viable.
+/- On a related note, huge difficulty spikes.



Nekro is a game in which you are an undead necromancer summoning hordes of minions to do your bidding. There are a wealth of options for how you can do said summoning. This game is run by a great group of developers who are honest, open, and appreciate feedback. It looks, plays, and sounds great, while also featuring good humor!


The graphics in Nekro are a bloody a good way! They walk a fine line between realistic and cartoony, which I both respect and like. The UI is good, colorful in the right places, and has all the options you need. The environments are varied, detailed, and well-crafted, while the use of color in Nekro is astounding, with everything having just enough of it, with just the right tones, stopping just short of too much.


The audio is crisp and well executed, the music--ranging from heavy metal to industrial, or electronic, mainly--is a blast, almost literally, and the narration is absolutely amazing for an indie effort. There are various suitably placed audio cues along the way to help you, and there is a surprising amount of depth of thought put into the sound design. For example, try listening for the bubbling when you're looking at your scourge in the stat distribution page.


The gameplay in Nekro is succinct, chaotic, and frenetic. The tutorial is also succinct, while managing to be enjoyable as well, both increasingly rare qualities for tutorials in modern gaming, so major respect to the devs for that. With every revision the game gets a little better, and somehow, thanks to the developers, always that little bit more fun squeezed in. Recently, that effort shows very quickly in The Book of the Dead now being a trinket with which you can passively summon zombeef from around the map on any given level, while before it was only a means of introducing you to the power of summons on the second level.

You will find there are a wealth of customization options for your necromancer in Nekro; what type of scourge you rain down, what type of enhancements trinkets offer, move speed, health, damage increases, and even to your base class--of which there are currently three!

You'll find so much to love from exploding enemy bloodbags, cute farm animals that also explode, burning buildings that also explode, undead armies, hellspawn bats, control group selection, the ability to scatter minions as well as direct them independently, gotta go fast gameplay, and rocking out to your kill count at the end of each level.

On the other hand, there are some massive difficulty spikes as you get to later and later stages of the game, evening out some towards the end. At first this might seem off-putting, but keep in mind the challenging gameplay is an important part of Nekro, so if at first you don't succeed, build, build, and rebuild again. In its current iteration I recommend the Grimm Keeper.

Why not give it a try?


Give Nekro a buy and you'll enjoy multiple playthroughs full of blood-saturated graphics, humor, good music, and great narration to boot--and don't forget a healthy dash of evil!


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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Early Access Review
A little bit of Dungeon Keeper, a little bit of Sacrifice, a lot of difficulty and a metric ton of charm. That's Nekro, more or less. It's a neat (and hard) game about being an evil necromancer and slaughtering innocents with your horrible minions, which you can customize as you gain power, along with customizing your character. Level by level you'll discover more and more challenging enemies while adding more and more units and powers to your arsenal, and will need quite a bit of micromanagement to beat everything. It is, again, pretty hard - but in a good way. All in all, I'd call Nekro an excellent tribute to a classic era of PC gaming.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Early Access Review
Things I find fun in games
im pure evil and Kill all who stand in my way ( check)
i have an army at my command that do my bidding ( Check )
a hint of comedy and gore ( check)
a bit hard not uber easy like most games these years ( check )
More Minnions than just the one ( hell yeah Check)
yep no complaints here infact i recommend it to all who prefer to play warlocks /neckromancer on ♥♥♥♥♥♥mes and wanted more minions :P
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Early Access Review
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In Nekro you take the role of a recently made Necromancer in the service of a dark god. Your sole purpose is to go through the lands creating foul creatures and destroying all those in your path. The game is infused with a quirky sense of humor throughout. In fact the game reminds me of a cross between dungeon keeper and overlord.

At the start of the game you'll be able to choose what type of Necromancer you wish to play as. There are currently three choices all with different styles of play, the first is the Alchemist that focuses on healing and summons, second is the grim keeper who is a ranged attacker and the third is the Outcast who is a up close and personal melee fighter. After deciding which Nekro you wish to play you then have to choose a scourge power which is an attack ability that can have varying effects depending on your choice.

Summoning creatures is the key to winning fights similar to Overlord, there's strength in numbers. Each summon has different roles, strengths and weaknesses. All summons will require a specific amount of blood to be used. Most summons need a corpse to be sacrificed to be able to bring them forth however some usually the higher blood requirement summons only require blood to be used. As you progress you'll be able to unlock more summons who are powerful at a specific role like the crust king who can be used as large tank.

The enemy variety in the game is very good and there are some tough old codgers out there. The further into the story you get, more and more unique enemies come into the frey, each with their own mechanics and unique tactics. The enemies are really what make the game for me currently, they provide all the challenge. You'll start off with farmers and as your conquest expands you'll meet witchers, bounty hunters, soldiers, templars and more. The tougher the enemy the more blood and health their corpse will be worth, which is handy considering, they will most likely kill many of your summons.

The battles are fun, challenging and often messy. While you can give commands to your summons and tell them which target to attack, you don't have direct control over them in terms of movement. It can lead to having to make several attempts to take down a tough group of enemies as your summons can be torn down in a huddle. I would have liked clearer battle lines with more unit collision as its difficult to aim when your a ranged Nekro when your summons surround the target. Boss battles and special enemies can be found in the game such as Major biscuit that is a character based on totalbiscuit.

After completing a mission you'll be taken to the character progression screen where you'll be able to equip your necromancer and upgrade his abilities. The first tab is where you can purchase stat upgrades and new skills with power that you gather in levels. You can also equip trinkets which are items found from fallen foes that have all kinds of effects such as random summons, increased damage, aoe effects and more. After this you head to your summons tab, from here you can see all the summons currently available to you and those you can unlock via the sins currency that drops from enemies. Each summon has two combat roles that can be switched in and out before a battle for example the skelebones can either function as a melee fighter or as an archer. You are also able to upgrade summons using sins to increase their stats, abilities and unit capacity allowing you to field more of them in battle

Nekro's level design is fairly simplistic. Each level varies in its environment but they all remain fairly small maps that can easily be navigated with the mini map. Each different level has a variety of objects that can be interacted with such as pumpkins you can make come to life, traps and livestock to each. There are also environmental hazards such as toxic barrels and oil spills that can be used against both you and your enemies. As combat arenas go, Nekro's levels are simplistic but work well and are as aesthetically diverse as they are pleasing.

Nekro's story and setting is packed with dungeon keeper style humor. The narration of the characters journal between missions is often at it's best historical and at worst brings a cheap smile. It's a game that does not take itself too seriously and enjoys throwing it's humor into both it''s story, art and level design. What story there is so far is well written with plenty of comedy, self deprecation and satire.

The art style of the game is dark but vibrant and looks great. The comical cartoon styling of the characters not only looks great but adds to the humor of the game. The spell effects and lighting in the game all add to the chosen aesthetic but its the sound of the game that stands out most of all. The narrator and voice acting is very good, humorous and entertainment. Nekro's soundtrack is filled with a blood boiling heavy metal soundtrack with guitars and drums rocking away as you summon your undead masses. It's a great soundtrack that's fun to listen to as you desolate the lands in front of you.

As early access games go Nekro has plenty of content and quality for your money already. Its one of the few early access games that is worth a purchase and the games stability is great with me encountering next to no bugs thus far. Similar in quality to games like darkest dungeon, I only wish that these types of early access games were the norm in terms of content and quality. Its a great game that should appeal to many players. I personally would have liked a more in depth story and I think the game would have benefited from a questing system with a world map with multiple locations to go too when every you wished. Overall If your interested in Nekro, there's certainly monetary value in the current early access version. There's also plenty more content to come in the final release as well as new summons and new gameplay features too.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Early Access Review
You owe it to the seeds of mischief and thirst for blood that lie deep in the hearts of us all to get this game, not to mention the blood sweat and tears of the guys at darkforge who took every single comment and recommendation from early access players under consideration and kept an open dialogue the whole time. Everything is beautiful, from the chunks of enemies flying around, the models of all the minions, and the music that keeps you coming back for more carnage. This game begs to be played, so go forth and devour your enemies!
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