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 (45 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 5, 2014
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May 27

Dedicated Server Shutdown/Decapitation.

Greetings rogues and lords alike.

We regret to announce that the official Dedicated Server for Rooks Keep will be shut-down at the end of June.

Due to a lack of interest and a fairly small player-base, there is not enough activity to warrant the continued expenditure and maintenance.

Online multiplayer and all other forms of Multiplayer will still run just as before, there will however be no official server to join.

Thank you all, and keep battling the AI hordes. The tide MUST be stemmed!

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller supported
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I really enjoy this gameplay, it's even can be fun for people who don't like chess, but game mode "Classic chess" even on easiest AI is pretty hard, however still can you can win.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
10/10 cant believe this is an early access game!

Graphics- Top notch! Great animation, great lighting!

Sound - Very cool stuff. Not the usual tweaked out pig noises. Clashes and bashes are very convincing!

Gameplay - Lots of games modes! All of them you can play online!
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