If you are a gamer who enjoys an experience from a deliciously twisted point-of-view, then Dungeon Keeper from Bullfrog/EA was made just for you. Playing the role of an evil Keeper, it is your job to build the rooms of your dungeon to attract and accommodate various types of nefarious creatures, and to defend it from attacks launched by the forces of the virtuous. Dungeon Keeper creates a gaming atmosphere unlike any other game on the market at the time of its release.
In a style of building reminiscent of titles like SimCity, one of the Keeper's first tasks is to begin laying rooms in his underground fortress. A treasure room will hold the gold and gems dug from subterranean seams, a lair will give your creatures a place to rest, and a hatchery will produce chickens that suit your creatures' dining pleasure. Building a barracks, a library, a torture chamber, or a graveyard lays the groundwork for drawing different types of creatures to the dungeon, which can then be trained to higher levels to achieve a more potent power in their attack. In order to draw creatures, the discovery and opening of a portal is a necessity even before laying the plans for any type of room.
The creatures are quite interesting to watch, as there are many special actions that can be undertaken and observed. If you have built a graveyard, for example, your Imps will deposit the dead there. The more dead bodies that are accumulated, the more Vampires the Keeper can create. With a torture chamber, the Keeper can attract Dark Mistresses who will delight in torturing any do-gooders that the Keeper cares to drop into the chamber. For those who want to be in the thick of the action, a spell can be cast to allow the Keeper to take control of a single creature in a first-person perspective. These are just three examples of many special activities the player can observe and participate in.
Eventually, the forces of Good will attempt to tunnel into the Keeper's domain. By clicking the mouse while the pointer-hand is over a creature, the Keeper can pick that creature up and deposit it on the front line of battle. Up to eight creatures can be picked up and moved like this at one time.
Game play occurs on a 3-D, isometric view of your Dungeon, and the graphics are absolutely beautiful. In response to complaints regarding weak enemy AI (Artificial Intelligence player), a patch was created to enhance the intelligence of the Keeper's opponents.
For anyone with a depraved outlook on life, Dungeon Keeper is an ideal choice to quench their thirst for degeneracy.
Graphics: The graphics are simply superb. Creature animations are entertaining, and battle visuals can be extremely intense.
Sound: The sound in Dungeon Keeper is some of the best I have ever heard. A lot of effort was put into creating an audio "experience."
Enjoyment: This is an extremely enjoyable game, as one rarely gets the chance to play a game from the viewpoint of the "other" side.
Replay Value: Replay value is low, because once the player has explored a particular map, there is little challenge in doing so again.
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