Posts Tagged ‘KeeperRL’

This One’s A: KeeperRL Greenlit, Development Extended

By Graham Smith on November 3rd, 2014.

It used to be standard procedure to celebrate the milestones of development for games you were looking forward to: announcement, going gold, getting released. Now I find myself celebrating the indefinite delay of those milestones. KeeperRL is an “open-source dungeon simulator inspired by Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress” which has been in-development for some time and was due to be finished before the end of the year.

But after the game improved this past year and was Greenlit last month, its developer has announced instead that he’s going to continue working on it for at least another year – and probably much longer.

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We’re Going Underground: KeeperRL

By Adam Smith on May 22nd, 2014.

If someone has made a game that mixes Dwarf Fortress with The Sims, I haven’t played it yet. I really want to play it though. Instead of mountainhomes and goblin raiders, there would be suburbs and plagues of hipsters. The beautifully ugly dive bar on the corner is reconfigured into a barista training school, where the only skill taught is ‘nonchalant superiority’. People would still lose their minds if they didn’t have enough chairs but instead of sealing themselves in a room and engraving, they’d hit the streets and form vigilante gangs.

KeeperRL is not that game but it is one of my favourite current DF-lites, with a strong Dungeon Keeper vibe as the name suggests. I’ve written about it before and an updated alpha release and crowdfunding success are reason enough to return to the underground.

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Spike The Earth: KeeperRL Alpha

By Adam Smith on April 14th, 2014.

Every morning, my inbox contains at least one email pointing in the direction of a less complicated and/or complex Dwarf Fortress. There was a time when I believed in the dream of an approachable Dwarf Fortress with a friendly interface but I’m starting to think that even the slightest simplification invalidates the comparison. Dwarf Fortress is complexity, of simulation and control, and the games that do have something in common with it often have far more in common with more traditional management sims or roguelike adventures. KeeperRL, sensibly and pleasingly, plays more like top-down Dungeon Keeper than Dwarf Fortress with the edges smoothed and the corners cut. The alpha is available and crowdfunding has begun.

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