Raise demons and spawn unholy weapons of war as a powerful Necromancer with an insatiable blood lust. Customize your minions to your liking and perfect your ideal "monster loadout." Tear your enemies limb from limb and harvest their corpses to strengthen your dark magics.
User reviews: Very Positive (194 reviews)
Release Date: May 2, 2014

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“Nekro is a fully-functional game currently in Beta. We worked very hard to make Nekro a polished and solid experience, however bugs and unfinished features are to be expected. We encourage you to participate in Nekro’s open Beta if you are aware that the game is not finished. While the game is feature complete, it is currently lacking end-game content.

Early Access means giving you, the player, a chance to involve yourself in the production of Nekro. Currently, the game has 8 playable levels and lots of room for replayability through different builds and customization. Come join our community and share the experience of developing Nekro with us!

-darkForge Team”
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"[EARLY ACCESS] A fun little strategy-action game with a visual style and humor taken straight from Dungeon Keeper. They borrowed the same narrator too!"
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September 13

Environmental Summon Patch now Live!

9/13/14 - Patch is now live! This is the first of three large-scale patches to hit Nekro. This patch expands the concept of Environmental
Summons and introduces a new trap system.

We first introduced players to Environmental Summons with the Jacky-O and Skeleton units; units that have to be Scourged to come to life. We have now taken that concept a step farther by allowing the Nekro to call the wildlife around him to his aid by just walking near them, granting the player an instant army.

Traps further expand gameplay by enforcing zoning and spacing into combat; leading your target into a specific area to deal massive damage. Patch Notes:

  • Mushroomhead: The Mushroomhead comes in three flavors, basic, toxic and freeze. This unit charges into their target and detonates themselves, dealing damage. The toxic Mushroomhead (Green) leaves a DOT on the enemy, dealing slow damage. The freeze Mushroomhead (Blue) stuns the target for 2 second and slows them for 5.

  • Sporeling: Untargetable bouncy balls of hate. These little critters are found in the deep woods, and will come out to aid the Nekro. They are temporary creatures and die after about 20-30 seconds, but can add some nasty stun damage to targets.

  • Bat Swarm: Similar to the Sporeling, these bats cannot be targeted and deal high damage over a short time before disappearing.

  • Fire Imp: A small permanent flaming servant. This guy deals low damage, high-agro attacks, making them perfect for soaking a couple hits instead of the fragile Nekro.

  • Corrupted Wolves: Search maps for wolf dens. Corrupting a den with a Scourge will summon a pack of demon wolves to the Nekro's aid.

  • Corrupted Ertums: Ertums can now be called from their tents to aid the Nekro.
  • TNT: Barrels of explosive TNT will make blowing up groups of targets easier. Try to lead your targets to the barrels, then watch the gibs fly!

  • Fire Totems: Found in the deep jungle, totems can be corrupted with Scourge to blast a plume of deadly fire at the enemy.

  • Sigil Traps: Arm the trap with your Scourge and lead targets back to it to deal massive critical stun damage!
  • All Levels: Each level now has a mixture of environmental summons and traps.

  • Level 1: Level one now includes a troll attack. This will provide a more exciting initial experience when first playing the game.

  • Patrols: Lots of work has been done on patrols to ensure they work more fluidly. Many levels have had unit patrols added.
  • Trinkets are back and better than ever! All trinkets are now based on passive invoking, and are much easier to manage and do not require any input from the player to use.
  • The Townie, Townie Elite and Mayor Biscuit all do cone damage and have significantly higher stun resistance. This is to account for the large amount of environmental summons constantly attacking.

  • Punge armor has been buffed to provide a more sustainable unit.

  • Scourge, Horror, Darkseed, Punge have had their damage reduced to account for damage from environmental summons.

  • Dozens of bug fixes and balance changes.
  • Zombie Environmental Summon: We know. We're working on it. ;)

  • Crust King: He's almost done and will be in the next patch.

  • Summon Revamp: Each Summon in the game will have two different attack modes that can be dynamically switched between to provide more choices to the player.

  • Nekro Revamp: The Nekro will level up and unlock new skills he can then equip and use, growing in power with time.

  • New Levels: Pirate, zombie, werewolf levels and more. Look for them soon!

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August 26

Patch Now Live!

Patch is now live. We've been listening to all of your feedback on the Steam Forums, and we're trying to address all issues. This patch is a 'functional patch' - it addresses many issues with useability and convenience and is more or less a set up for the big next patch, 0.8, which will be a massive introduction to new mechanics and units. Patch Notes

  • TRINKETS ARE TEMPORARILY DISABLED! - We are completely overhauling how trinkets work in the game and will be back next patch. Please bear with us.

  • Summoning a Pumpkin or Skeleton no longer costs a Scourge, instead one is generated for the purpose.

  • Corpse blood count is now displayed on mouse tooltip rollovers.

  • Removed cooldowns on summons at start of a level so an army can be summoned faster.

  • Hammers no longer stun, rather they do damage and knockback.

  • Confirmation menu added to 'New Game' to avoid accidental save deletes.

  • Nekro cannot be killed while 'slow mo' camera is in effect.

  • Mayor and Priest Achievements proc on level complete, not at the end of the campaign.

  • All mouse buttons are now bindable.

  • The UI can be scaled. (Find the option on the Gameplay section of the Options Menu.)

  • Adjusted AI so that enemies don't use their special attacks (hammer, trap, etc.) when they first enter combat. They will now use the special attack randomly, making the attacks much more staggered.

  • Camera controls are now bound by default to the Right Mouse Button. This will make camera control much easier. Alt-Fire is now bound to 'E' by default. (You can rebind any of these controls in the options menu.)

  • Added summon control groups: Summons can now be controlled by type using the F-Keys. Check the key bind menu for controls.

  • Summons will now wait where you tell them to go, essentially guarding an area. If the Nekro walks too far away they will return to following the Nekro. Summons can be told to follow again by giving them a move-command near the Nekro. This functionality works with the new F-Key control groups.

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    Thanks everyone for taking the time to give feedback. We are listening, and this is just the first step. The next patch will start to completely overhaul the weak parts of the game. Here's a small preview of what you can look forward to over the next few months:

  • Environmental Summon Overhaul - Environmental summons will be a huge part of the game. Everything from demon bees to rabid mushrooms, the Nekro will have unholy warriors to call upon at every turn!

  • Minion Specializations - Each unit will have a specalization they can employ at any time, allowing your army to take on whatever role you need it to!

  • Trinket Overhaul - (Next Patch) Trinkets are extremely cumberson, and many people forget to use them entirely. They will be taking more of a 'powerup' role in the game, where picking them up has an instant effect.

  • Nekro Overhaul - Each Nekro will unlock special attacks that can be equipped, allowing the Nekro to grow in power as the game progresses!

  • New Units - Look forward to the Hell Boar, Crust King, Templar, Berzerker and Pirate Ghost (or is it Ghost Pirate?) making an appearance!

  • New Levels - We'll be adding new basic maps such as Holdout maps, and more dynamic maps such as a map where the player seizes control of a pirate ship and must use Undead Pirate Ghosts to hold control of it!

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About This Game

A legion of twisted abominations await your command in Nekro. Revel in the slaughter of the King's corrupted lackeys as you uncover the sinister 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 various Powersets unlocking powerful new Nekro abilities with which to conquer foes.

Invite your friends to lay waste beside you over internet or LAN. Play as a powerful support character, The Evil and wield devastating psionic attacks. As your chosen ally progresses along side you they will unlock new abilities gaining both power and utility!

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!
  • 8+ 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 12 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!
  • More Multiplayer Characters!
  • 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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
61 of 84 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Nekro is by far one of the most well built early access games so far. At 15 USD, I think it's worth a look into if you're looking for a fast paced fun little game. The game looks absolutely wonderful and whatever content they've published is so far very well done.

Now I saw this title in the Strategy tab so my opinions maybe coming from a different angle. I feel as though there isn't say too much depth in the actual strategy portion. From the screenshots it looks as though you play from a short of an RTS view however, in game it is much more a like to the overlord series. From the bottom of your screen you have a list of summons, AKA spells and actual summons. You use the spells as you might imagine and you plop down your minions using blood a reasource harvested from the enemy units. From what I've played, you can only issue very general orders to your minions, you can order them to attack and thats about it. I suppose there's some depth in the fact that you can say chain your minions and your own ablities. Playing as the support/healer caster type, I issue an attack or rather swarm order to my troops then throw down a healing potion at the enemy greatly enhancing the effect.

In the RPG vain, again the game is fairly simple at the time being. At the start of your campaign you lock into one of the currently three hero classes for the rest of the campaign. You can upgrade simple portions of your class such as the amount of damage, health and reasource caps after each mission. You can also gain item recipies which will allow you to equip some interesting items which can be used once per mission to great effect. I was a little dissappointed by the unit selection though. Over the course of missions you gain the oppritunity to unlock new minions, often there is a choice between two mutally exclusive types. However after about five missions into the game you start to run out of choices. The game doesn't seem to have the later minions done, so once you finish the first two branches the choice portion dissappears.

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Posted: May 2
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Woah, just woah. This game is so much fun, truly a necromancers dream game.
Ranging from excellent soundtrack and artstyle, well made gameplay mechanics revolving around
consuming corpses to fill your blood amount to use for summoning spells and demonic beings.

This is a well made game even for being ''Early access' i recomend you to buy it and have a good time :)
Posted: May 4
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Pretty good game being a early access game !! If you like the Overlord games im sure you will love this one! It has good gfx and decent controls.Not much that i can see as a Strat game myself but its a fun little Action game :) I say give this one a shot . FOR YOU MASTER!! :P
Posted: June 3
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Man, how do I hate when people give their reviews after hour of gameplay just to be on the front page. After 7 hours I can tell you that this game is definitely worth it. As in games like Overlord or Dungeon Keeper you have the satisfying feeling of being evil, which is something most games are unable to do right.
Although the game is in Early Access it is better than most games I have played this year. One have to count with bugs (and there are plenty of them) and short gameplay (as Outcast it took me about 3-4 hours to complete what is there as a campaign) but devs are listening and communicating with the community which is huge PLUS for me.

Characters (currently 3, the game will have at least 5) are played very differently, which gives me enough reasons for replaying the game again. In current state I would totally recommend you to give the game a try, I believe you won't regret it :-)
Posted: June 4
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Nekro is a very polished action/strategy game. For being an early access indie game, it has surprisingly great production value, and it looks, sounds and plays excellently. You can (for now) choose from three different classes to start as and can allocate points into new abilities from there, allowing many different builds.

My biggest problem is the difficulty. The first level or two start off simple enough, but the game gets hard, fast. Any other game and I would've assumed I picked 'Very Hard' by accident. This game, especially if you don't allocate your skills appropriately, can be overly difficult, to the point of great frustration. I can't recall the number of times I launched a grenade at enemies from afar only for them to ignore all of my minions and dash straight at me and overwhelm me. It takes some practice and some luck, but the game could probably use a slight difficulty adjustment, or at least a more gradual difficulty curve.

Still, it's a very entertaining early access game that's already worth playing.
Posted: June 11
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