Kalypso Media’s Dungeons looks to resurrect (in spirit) the classic PC game Dungeon Keeper that was originally developed by Bullfrog Productions and published by Electronic Arts. Dungeon Keeper 2, the last of the series, was published in 1999.
Kalypso isn’t just mimicking the original Dungeon Keeper games, however, and they are definitely adding a fresh spin to the idea by mixing in elements of another popular Bullfrog game: Sim Theme Park. And Kalypso will also be adding their own innovative odds and ends, of course, for an all-new evil strategy game. Bad is good!
Dungeon’s tongue-in-cheek plot revolves around your angry ex-girlfriend—curiously named Calypso—who somehow manages to get you usurped from the top of the Dungeon Lord hierarchy, forcing you to claw your way back up the evil overlord hierarchy where you can eventually take revenge.
The original Dungeon Keeper games essentially put you in charge of carving out a dungeon, mining gold, and then filling your evil lair with monsters and traps to protect against the inevitable swarms of greedy do-gooders coming to kill your creatures and take your stuff.
Dungeons is built on similar concepts—basically, you’re an evil overlord building a dungeon and controlling minions, monsters, and traps. However, your goals differ slightly: you actually want those pesky adventurers in your dungeon, and you want to keep them entertained and happy.
Why? To fatten them up so you can harvest their soul energy. And the best, ripest soul energy comes from well-fed, happy souls—in this case, those idiots wandering around, fighting monsters, and taking their stuff.
To keep adventurers happy, your dungeon will need to meet their varying needs. Some like to kill monsters, some like treasure, some like knowledge, etc. In order to meet those needs, you need to design, create, and maintain your dungeon much like an evil, macabre theme park, filled with monsters, treasures, and traps (oh my!). Cue Muahahahahahahahaha!
And after you’ve sufficiently fattened up your happy adventurers, well, it’s time to drag them off, imprison, torture, and harvest their soul energy for your nefarious plans. Cue another Muahahahahahahahaha!
Slap around your minions and build your creatures a bigger lair when Dungeons arrives on Steam in February 2011. (Note to Kalyspo: there had better be minion-slapping!)
- 10 different classes of heroes
- 15 different monsters
- 20 campaign missions, and even more in the form of custom games
- 3 levels to conquer
- 50 different, evil objects with which to create the dungeon of your nightmares