It's good to be bad...
What can I say? I love this game! As with most games, its time
comes and then is gone... you can only play a game so much before
you've done everything you can with it, or care to. However, I
must say that it has been one of my favorites.
When I first learned of the soon-to-be-released Dungeon Keeper 1,
I instantly reacted "now THAT's the game for me!". I've always
enjoyed playing evil characters, and being the dungeon master in
role-playing games. I had also played Populous, the first major
Bullfrog release, and fell in love with the concept of "god-games".
The strange thing is that despite my excitement about Dungeon
Keeper, I never got around to buying a copy. It came and went,
and next thing I knew, Dungeon Keeper 2 was being released, and
I still didn't get around to buying it, until one day I found it
for half price. :)
I was instantly addicted. The interface is elegant, the graphics
are appealing, and the gameplay is fun, on top of having a
But I also have to say I enjoy all the little details as well.
For instance, any game that can have a horde of dancing skeletons
wins a lot of points in my book. :) In fact, I've enjoyed playing
the "my pet dungeon" mode and taking on the challenge of building
an entirely undead force (that means -no portals- and capturing
a "good guy" to use as slave-labor in the workshop to build
my doors and traps).
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My undead-only dungeons are rather amusing. It's actually not
as hard to do as one might expect. In fact, I'm curious as to
what the limitations are on how large your army can be, since
in one simulation I managed to get over 270 skeletons before
crashing the game. You can download the savegame -here-
(unzip it into the savegame directory that DK2 uses, which
is usually "c:\program files\bullfrog\dungeon keeper 2\data\save").
Be careful downloading and running this savegame though- it was
made in version 1.6 of the game, so make sure you've patched to
that version first... also, it tends to crash the game on my
computer, due to the immense size of my army. Upon loading it,
the first thing you'll see is the undead army obliterating
wave after wave of heroes just as they enter the underworld. :)
Basically, to make an all-undead dungeon, you need to start
with the "masterpiece" map in the "my pet dungeon" mode. This
map starts you off with all the spells and room-types available
right away, and you can easily avoid claiming the portals.
The first order of business is to find the infinite gold-supply
to the south, and build a prison. Then, using the hero toolbox,
bring in some heroes one at a time and kill them yourself using
your spells. The imps drag them off to the prison to become
skeletons. Build a training room, library, graveyard, and lair
so that you can train your minions, and also start getting some
happy useful vampires as well. Soon you'll no longer have to
kill the heroes yourself. (To the left is an image of a vampire lair, which
only needs to be a moderate size since they're all that need
a lair in this dungeon). Once you have your army going, it's
a good idea to build a workshop with a small lair and hatchery
attached to it, and then also a small torture chamber so that
you can convert a giant or dwarf to your cause, and force them
to make doors and traps in the workshop.
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Below are some screenshots. Click on the images for larger views.
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