What is exactly Dungeon Keeper?
The game is really a special snowflake, it has complex mechanics and beautifully artistic graphics. The music adds another layer to the fairy atmosphere. And I think the game’s biggest shot is that you control the evil side, which is really unusual and I was instantly hooked on that idea when I first see DK in 1997. “It’s good to be evil!” – they said, I agree.
Base game mechanics
The game has 20 levels, the difficulty increases linearly. Later DK received an official expansion, it is called Deeper Dungeons. DK received a sequel but numerous fans think it was never as good as the first game. The player acts as a so-called Keeper, the goal is usually to destroy enemy keepers and their dungeon hearths ANDOR vanish the humans from the dungeons. The only resource is gold, it is the only currency in the game.
DK is an RTS game, but it feels different. The player does not need to micro-manage the units (creatures). The creatures living their own life. They sleep, they eat, and they get a salary for their work. Other activities included: training, reading in the library, and creating doors and traps in the workshop. This concept creates a magical gaming atmosphere where the player can even slap the controllable units to do their task faster. Some creatures obviously get annoyed by slaps, on the other hand, some enjoy it.
The base unit of the Keepers is the imp. Imps are little creatures that dig gold, claim more territory and fortify dungeon walls. Imps are the only creatures that do not need any food or sleep. They are born for doing dirty work. The rest of the creatures eat chickens from the hatchery and they need to sleep in their own place in the lair. Each creature has a different wage and from time to time there is a payday. You need to satisfy these needs otherwise the creatures will rebel against the keepers.
The Keepers are able to build 14 different structures or rooms. Different rooms attract different creatures. For example, if Bile Demon is included in the level’s creature pool then a 5×5 tiles lair and a 5×5 tiles hatchery will attract bile demons.
- Treasure Room
- Training Room
- Guard Post
- Torture Chamber
- Scavenger Room
- Dungeon Heart
16 different evil creatures can be summoned by portals. The most known are probably: Horned Reaper, Bile Deamon, and Dark Mistress. The rest are: Troll, Warlock, Vampire, Skeleton, Dragon, Orc, Demon Spawn, Spider, Tentacle, Beetle, Fly, Hellhound, and Ghost.
The game also offers 13 different heroes, they are the good guys. These heroes can be converted by torturing them in the torture chamber. Knight, Wizard, Fairy, Giant, Samurai, Witch, Monk, Barbarian, Archer, Thief, Mountain Dwarf, Tunneller. And Avatar, the strongest hero.
Keepers can cast 16 different spells. The first spell is the Posses Creature. The player can possess a creature and control it from the first-person view and use the creature’s own abilities. Some of the spells are very powerful and game-changing. Spells are crucial elements of the game. It is worth to mention the voice actor did a great job regarding spell sounds.
- Possess Creature
- Create Imp
- Sight of Evil
- Speed Monster
- Must Obey
- Call to Arms
- Conceal Monster
- Hold Audience
- Lightning Strike
- Protect Monster
- Destroy Walls