Rooks Keep is an arena-based, melee combat game. A variety of game-modes, characters, maps and mutators are available. It also has Chess modes, mod support and decapitation!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (47 reviews) - 72% of the 47 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 5, 2014

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About This Game

Deathmatch. AI & Multiplayer. Chess. Decapitation.

Descend into a brutal tournament where factions of sinister knights and grotesque beasts battle for domination in bloody arena matches and furious melee brawls. Crush opponents with hammers and shields, rend flesh with razor sharp claws and slice off heads with swords and axes.
In Rooks Keep, players will maim their competitors in both a selection of deathmatch-arena game-modes such as 'Deathmatch', 'Team-Deathmatch', 'Conversion', 'Chess', 'Last-Man-Standing' and 'Combat Chess'. Play solo, jump into multiplayer matches, or add AI opponents to squash under-foot in both single and multiplayer. We even support 3rd party Chess engines.
The game is set in a uniquely styled fantasy world, where factions battle ceaselessly for your entertainment.

Key Features

  • Arena gameplay
    Players will enter into a variety of game-modes, such as Deathmatch, Last-Man-Standing and Conversion(kill enemies to convert them to your team), and battle across a variety of maps with many available options and mutators.
  • Melee combat
    The focus of Rooks Keep is on the fantasy melee combat system, featuring quick and heavy attacks, parrying, blocking, dodging and special abilities and skills.
  • Chess
    Players can play in both Classic Chess and the unusual Combat Chess mode, where players have the opportunity to fight to retain their place on the board if attacked.
  • AI/LAN/Online
    Rooks Keep presents players with single-player solely against AI bots, LAN and online. Also supported are 3rd party Chess engines. Even hot-seat Chess is available.
  • Unreal & mod support
    Built on the Unreal® Development Kit™, Rooks Keep offers extensive mod support. Players will be able to use the included UnrealEd tool to build their own maps and mods.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Win 7
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Shader Model 3.0 Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or AMD Radeon HD 3870
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller supported
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Win 7
    • Processor: 2.6GHz Quad core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 5850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller supported
Helpful customer reviews
43 of 57 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2015
Warning: running this or any of RuneStorm's other games can brick your system.

The installation manifest for this game includes an outdated, buggy .NET installer, which on some systems will force a reboot without asking for permission or giving an option to cancel, and afterwards, the system will be put into an infinite loop of automatic rebooting because the installer continually runs (and fails) on startup.

Despite this being a known issue from their previous games, the developer did nothing to address it for any of their titles. Apparently they think it's acceptable to brick users' systems and expect us to put in the time and work required to research and fix it.

To that end, in the hopes of mitigating the loss to others, I will go one better and at least provide a shortcut to anyone in need of a solution: when the installer fails with an error message, open Task Manager (from Ctrl-Alt-Del menu) to terminate the dotnet* process before closing the installer (this prevents the imminent reboot that will otherwise happen), and then download and run the NetFXRepairTool from Microsoft to stop the installer from running again on the next boot.

Note, however, that Steam will still not see a complete installation, and you will need to terminate the dotnet* process again when you try to run the game in order to get past the setup stage.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
i do like the combat chess because you have a fighting chance for your stupidity i have not been playing it long but it seems like i can not find an online game anywhere. it might be that im in korea and too high of ping to pick up the games or its just a dead online game not sure either way i enjoy it a lot
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2015
It's like a fast paced Chivalry: Medieval Warfare meets Gunz the Duel 1. Lots of customization for your level up skills that keeps the game fresh. It's a shame that not many people know more about this game. It's a hidden gem indeed!
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2015
Rooks Keep seems like it would be a good game, but the problem is that the multiplayer is completely dead, there are no servers for this game anymore, literally none, and in May the dedicated servers were shutdown.

The game has multiple modes to play, there are two chess modes, classic and combat chess, and then a range of arena modes, which really feel like they are intended to be played online.

from playing against bots (because i couldn't play with human players), the combat seemed enjoyable and it allows you to upgrade your character during a game with points you get from killing other players, you can buy upgrades such as increased damage and movespeed, and there are quite a few different things to choose from.

However the main reason i am not recommending this game is because bots will only keep you entertained for so long, and most of the reviews of this game were written a long time ago, so there was probably a decent playerbase at the time they were written, but a game like this without multiplayer servers is definately not worth the asking price, I don't think many people would buy something like CS:GO without multiplayer, and this game shouldn't be any different.

TL:DR
Don't buy this game unless you are ok with playing alone with bots, or there is a price drop.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
From the creators of several excellent Unreal Tournament mods comes a retail game that feels like... an Unreal Tournament mod. A good, polished mod but for 15 eurobucks?

There's two chesspiece armies fighting it out in melee, every piece is a different class with different weapons and abilities. In most modes you gain points from killing enemies which you can either spend on passive skills or save them to spawn as more powerful chesspieces. Of course, the pieces are not equal and killing a queen with a pawn is difficult and rewards you with more points.

The arena deathmatch modes are fine but if you've ever played UT(3) in melee-only you'll soon notice that despite the new character models and levels it feels just like UT combat with no guns. I find Unreal Tournament's melee janky and prefer something like Mount & Blade or Chivalry when it comes to swinging swords. I don't know if the online side is populated since I played this with bots and like in UT, playing with bots customized to one's level works fine.

The more surprising gamemode is Combat Chess which is actually quite similar to Archon if you're familiar with it. Two almost-but-not-quite-identical armies play on a normal chess board, but when a piece attacks another they're moved to a dueling arena where you assume direct control of your piece and fight to the death, with nice gory decapitations. I think this is the most unique side of the game.

There's also a real chess mode if you want something like Battlechess where you can watch the pieces fight it out on the board that is soon covered in blood.

The game itself looks nice and plays well if you enjoy Unreal Tournamenty combat with a nice suite of mutator customization options, but I'm not sure if it's worth the full price. You can get Unreal Tournament 3 for far less and install melee and gameplay changing mods to your heart's content.
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