Ambitious dungeon simulator with roguelike and RPG elements. Take the role of an evil wizard and study the methods of black magic. Equip your minions and explore the world, murder innocent villagers and burn their homes. Build your dungeon, lay traps and prepare for an assault of angry heroes.
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Very Positive (247 reviews) - 88% of the 247 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Making the game available since its early stages has been vital to its development. Feedback received from players was priceless. Now I feel that KeeperRL is ready to be shown to a wider audience.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“For at least one year, maybe more.”

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

“The full version will be more stable and polished, and more complete in every aspect. Maps will be larger, monsters more intelligent, and loot more plentiful.

Individual games will last much longer.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“It's very playable, and stable enough to work for most players. A single game will give you up to two hours of fun. And you won't win on your first try :)

There are still some bugs though, and the game is incomplete in many ways.”

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

“The price will stay the same.”

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

“I've already involved the community by taking feature requests and openly discussing the game's design.”
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August 16

Alpha23 available for testing on all platforms

Linux and Mac users can now download the new testing build. To do so, opt-into the testing branch through the game's properties in the Steam client (choose the "BETAS" tab).

Here's a list of changes introduced since the build uploaded on July 31st.

* Unicorn villains
* Demon villains
* Archery range
* Ants can dig into your dungeon
* You can cut yourself off with "fill up tunel" but if you do, all enemies will dig to get to you
* Enemies will try to destroy walls to break choke points
* Magical weapons
* Fixed night and elf vision combination
* Fire dragons, lava golems, fire elementals and fire spheres resist fire.
* Fixed game speed dialog
* Enemies don't panic on low health anymore
* Added proper spell icons
* Some new tiles (throne, demon shrine)
* Fixed memory leak reported above
* Fixed healing when sleeping on beds
* Fixed visibility issues
* Minions have common visibility with eyeballs
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August 8

Progress on the endless mode and the introduction of digging enemies

I've been working on the endless mode recently, trying to get some good gameplay out of it. As a reminder, the endless mode is all about defending your dungeon against incoming waves of attackers, trying to survive for as long as possible. The conquering aspect of KeeperRL is completely removed in this mode, and there is no victory condition. (if you are wondering how this will work with the recent progression changes, you will get mana rewards for resisting each attack wave).

The rates and the difficulty curve of the attackers will be very similar across games, in order to give a consistent experience, and to make different runs comparable for the sake of highscores. I don't want to have to define every single attack wave by hand though, and I also want them to be randomized a bit, so I have to come up with a way to scale the difficulties of monsters automatically. The game doesn't know how to compare the difficulty of creatures though, for example is a level 35 dragon more dangerous than 15 dwarves, level 20 each? I think the only way to tell is to simulate attacks with AI controlling both sides, but it's not an easy task.

For now I've been playing around with scripted attacks, for example every 1000 turns, alternating between bandits and ants, and every wave is 4 levels more experienced than the previous. With the recent addition of full control mode, I came up with a simple tactic of trapping the enemies at the end of a corridor, with 3 of my minions fighting one enemy at a time, and a few healer minions supporting them from the second line.

It became really obvious that the enemies need better attack patterns. The simplest solution was the blast spell, and the AI will now try use it to push your minions away and advance through the choke point. My second idea was to give ants their natural capability: digging. Up to this point the enemies couldn't breach the structure of your dungeon. It was time to change it. :)



This new mechanic comes with obvious balance challenges, as we wouldn't want ants to be able to dig out a whole side of your dungeon. I came up with the following rules: they will only dig when it creates a significant shortcut to their target, and will mostly avoid digging through reinforced walls. They will also try to dig around choke points.

Having taught the AI how to dig, I realized it could also be a solution to another problem: sealed dungeons. At this point the "fill up tunnel" order is very limited: you can't place more than one at a time, and you can't cut off an empty area. The reason for this was that the game wouldn't be able to deal with a completely sealed- off dungeon, and you could survive indefinitely, which would especially break the endless mode.

The problem is that, due to a bug, it's still possible to trick the "fill up tunnel" order into sealing off the dungeon, and until now I didn't have a good answer to that. With AI being able to dig, I gave that ability to all enemies, but with the exception of ants, only if there is no other way to reach their target, meaning that it had been sealed off.

Just to repeat this point :), if you don't seal off your dungeon, the only ones to do any digging will be the ants, but if you do, all the enemies will happily dig through to your gold or your Keeper. On the plus side, you will be free to fill up any tiles you want.

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About This Game

KeeperRL is an ambitious dungeon simulator with roguelike and RPG elements. Take the role of an evil wizard and study the methods of black magic. Equip your minions and explore the world, murder innocent villagers and burn their homes. Build your dungeon, lay traps and prepare for an assault of angry heroes.

When you control your minions the game changes into a classic roguelike, with turn-based and very tactical combat. You can also play as an adventurer and assault dungeons made by you or other players.

Dungeon management

You will dig deep into the mountain and build dozens of rooms, corridors and traps. Your minions will train and produce weapons and armor. Prisoners will be tortured. You will research new technologies like alchemy, beast mutation and sorcery.

Roguelike mechanics

The world is simulated on a very detailed level. Creatures use equipment and consumable items. There are dozens of special items, spells, attributes and special attacks. You can cut off heads and limbs and blind or poison your enemies. If you're not careful with fire, you can burn an entire forest or even your own dungeon.

Large, procedurally generated maps

In your neighborhood you'll find castles, villages, other dungeons and special locations. Slay heroes, dragons and witches for their loot. Every game you play will be different.

Online map sharing

Download dungeons made by other players and explore them as an adventurer.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7 Lion
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.7 Lion
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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