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!
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Release Date: Dec 5, 2014

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April 4

Price to be SLASHED!

Greetings, unruly rogues!

It's been a long time since the last announcement, but we have some good news.

Later this week, probably Friday, we'll be reducing the price of Rooks Keep by a significant margin.

The price will be "decapitated" by around 50%, halving the entry fee for mass arena slaughter!

So if you've considered slaying or being slain by malcontent beasties for your respective kingdom, what better time than now to leap into the fray in hopes of keeping your enemy's head slightly less attached to their body.

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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

    • 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
    • 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
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90 of 118 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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19 of 21 people (90%) 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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19 of 21 people (90%) 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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16 of 17 people (94%) 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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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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.

Don't buy this game unless you are ok with playing alone with bots, or there is a price drop.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Rooks Keep
Developer: RuneStorm
Publisher: RuneStorm
Genre: Chess Hybrid

General Impression
Rooks Keep is derivative form of chess that successfully combines action with beautiful graphical details, including plenty of gore as well. While it shall keep you entertained for quite some time, the AI itself may not suffice your need for a proper challenge. And then comes around, the main flaw of this game: the multiplayer scene for this title is next to none. Still, if the singleplayer modes alone will convince you to try it out, know that it’s running very well on older systems even if the game looks and sounds better than most chess simulators. Any such title that strays off the classic path, deserves attention as chess itself is the type of game that can’t be improved by much. Not that it might need to, but some innovation through diversity is always welcome.

Strong Points
+ Beautiful graphics and sounds.
+ Alternative chess modes.
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements.

Weak Points
- Lacks a storyline.
- Sparse multiplayer community.

Rating 8/10

This review was submitted for SUPER Giveaways.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 15, 2014
*NOTE: This is an Early Access review meaning it will be a lot shorter than a normal review but will still explain what I thought about it. A full review will be published once Rooks Keep has released.

Welcome to the official blood and gore feast! 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! It's available on Steam for and is being published and developed by RuneStorm.

Rooks Keep is a very gory, but very entertaining fighting game. It all starts out with how well done the combat system is. There are three main parts; attacking, defending, and parrying. There are light attacks and heavy attacks, each with their own spot on your mouse. You use your mouse for most of the actions you're going to do, whether it's attacking or parrying (defending is a control on your keyboard, which is still easy to use). The tutorial allows people to learn the controls very quickly, but people will figure out that the controls are hard to master, due to the varying moves that the AI/other players throw at you.

That's another thing. The AI that you face is pretty darn good at the combat system. Although it can be improved for every game mode, it will definitely give you a challenge. You may be able to take on one AI at a time, but when you get bombarded with two or three at a time; you're going to die a headless warrior. There are also multiple different classes to choose from, which gave me a sense of freedom. The skill points, which go into play with what class you can choose, reminded me of Star Wars: Battlefront 2. In Battlefront 2, you had to have enough points to play as a certain class and it is the same here. That being said, the unlockable classes aren't necessarily better because certain classes -with the right enough skill- have the potential to defeat them. That also goes with every class and that sets up a weird "rock-paper-scissors" element to it that I haven't seen in any other arena combat-based game. To add on, you can also use the skill points to add extra, helpful "tiers" to your character that will allow for a stronger fighter.

The last thing that really got my attention was all the game modes given. For an arena combat-based game, you'd expect the typical team deathmatch and deathmatch gamemodes. RuneStorm went the extra distance and introduced a chess game mode and a combat chess game mode. The combat chess is my favorite because you get can go toe-to-toe as a pawn fighting the queen of the other team and you might even win the fight! There are also a few other game modes including Conversion, Last Man Standing, and even Team Last Man Standing. For all these game modes, RuneStorm provided a "Mutators" tab where you can alter game options and change it to how you would like it whether you want powerups, slomo enabled, or even for combatants to run.

The only issues I had were a few texture pop-ins here and there with the ground and the player models. As I stated above, the AI will provide for a challenge, but they can definitely be smarter.

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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
This game has 64 player -epic- AI bots and/or human players in a mix of Unreal Tournament meets Chivalry/MountnBlade in various modes of Team Deathmatch.

It's beautifully optimized, the netcode is amazing (UDK) the combat is sooo well thought out...

..and to top it off, you can create a match vs a player or AI in chess similar to the "Battle VS Chess" game on Steam...but with waaaaaay better real-time combat. Waaay better.

10/10 Bought 20 copies, shared with friends. Runs on my ♥♥♥♥♥♥ computer like a dream and looks so boss <3
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 16, 2014
After a very long wait finally there is something in the place of Rune! The fact that this game is 100% lan-able is great! The one thing chivalry did not do right. Great fun! Easy to get into hard to master. And when you get bored of killing your buddies retire to a good old fassioned game of chess! A rather bloody one that is! If you enjoyed games like The Reconing and Rune and Chivalry this is a must buy!! The price is so good its like if its on sale already!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
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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1.0 hrs
Posted: September 18
Wow... first impression: VERY impressive! Loved the battle chess mode (for all, who don't need the "3D animated moves"... you can disable it! Of course it is obligatory for the battle scenes). The fighting mechanics are well done and the system manages to keep up a good balance for attackers/defenders (since you can completely undermine the rules of chess in this game mode).

Unfortunately, I believe, that's all the game is good for... Normal chess can be played on a gazillion free platforms and the rest is rather a cheap version of Chivalry to me. Those who enjoy multiplayer meelee games, should give it a try. You get the game for under a Buck on {LINK REMOVED} (sorry steam!)

Anywho... My recommendations for this game. BB!
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8.4 hrs
Posted: September 1
This is without doubt one of the most fun games in its style that i ever had the pleasure of playing.
While its multiplayer and community is quite lacking i still enjoy the game.
Worth it? For me: Yes
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7.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
It is a good game with enjoyable combat. There's some chess (two types, normal and one where your characters fight out to see the victor) and there's various modes you can play like Last Man Standing. I've thoroughly enjoyed playing this alone with bots. The combat is gorey and heavy hitting, it won't be long until you have been completely covered in the blood of your enemies.

Of course that's where the biggest problem lies. Multiplayer. This game has no dedicated servers, and there are no people hosting (as far as I have seen anyway). This is a massive hit in the face since the game promises multiplayer in the game descriptiojn itself. This means that you will most likely only play with bots most of the time.

Personally, I've been pretty happy with the game. The combat feels to satisfying and the game itself is fun and well made, I'm not even really bothered about the multiplayer thing since my ping is so high here in china.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: August 10
its really laggy :\
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0.3 hrs
Posted: July 2
AWESOME GAME!!! Different modes and awesome for just playing chess. There are a few battle chess type games like this, battle vs, and fritz, but this is my favorite of the 3 that I have. Very fun.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: June 3
Love this game... No comunity, but great mullti npcs
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3.8 hrs
Posted: March 5
I am playing lots of games. I have bought lots of games, and i get bored really fast. I bought bo3 and i am now board, very baord of it. I bearly find games that are good in my opinion. You probably think that i am going to say that this game actually is a good game even to me, and that's true. This game is a really good game, but it possible to get board really fast. Its worth the money too, so yes i recommend this game.

i rate 8/10
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5.5 hrs
Posted: August 9, 2015
This game had potential, sadly noone is playing it online. A game that was released on 5 Dec, 2014 without dedicated servers. - That is quite disappointing.
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Poofie Love bird
3.3 hrs
Posted: July 21, 2015
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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