So you know how you wanted Dungeon Keeper 3?
You've got it! But you haven't.
German game Dungeons is to DK as those Czech UFO games were to X-COM: an unofficial tribute-sequel made with more modern tech, most of the same ideas and some canny side-stepping of the IP.
Excitement! Dungeon Keeper! Prettier! Sort of. Actually, I'm not sure about the look. Then again, DK never took a great screenshot either. Best to see it in motion, I suspect.
Worry! Not Bullfrog! May be either too slavishly similar or, like those UFO titles, just doesn't capture the spirit!
But come on. This is brilliant. The fact of it is brilliant. With EA lending the license to Chinese MMOs, it seemed we'd never see the like of DK again. We will. Wonderful news - just hope they take the concept further rather than simply repeating it.
Go go press release:
Prepare to Unleash Your Devious Side as Kalypso Media Announces "Dungeons"
Think you can hack it as an evil Dungeon Lord?
Ridgewood, NJ, August 12, 2010 -- Kalypso Media, a global publisher of award-winning PC and console games is pleased to unveil Dungeons, an all new strategy/simulation title for Windows PC which will take players on a devious adventure through the depths of the underworld. Prepare to have the roles reversed as you play a despicable Dungeon Lord whose job is to create fiendish dungeons to lure and trap heroes who dare to try and steal your treasure. Dungeons is currently in development by Realmforge, a Kalypso Media studio and is scheduled for release in Q1 2011.
Dungeons follows the mis-adventures of the foremost of all Dungeon Lords, who spends his time luring heroes into his labyrinthine creations with the promise of treasure and a good fight -- only to be trapped by his ingenious devices. Once they are in his grasp, our Dungeon Lord must look after and cherish his new found prisoners until they are more comfortable with their surroundings, because come the "harvest", happy heroes have more precious soul energy for you to gleefully extract via foul prisons or twisted torture chambers!
In Dungeons, our protagonist falls victim to a devious plot hatched by his vile, nasty and thoroughly vicious ex-girlfriend and finds himself at the bottom of the underworld hierarchy and the top of the dungeon pile which in this world is about as bad as it can get. Our Lord must have his revenge, and make his way back down the dungeon levels to his rightful place -- but first he must deal with his new bosses, the three despicable Dungeon Lords who stand in his way.
At his disposal are his dim-witted goblin minions who dig tunnels and build rooms to lay out his lair and trap ever stronger and braver heroes who dare to enter, not forgetting to plot his revenge against his ex-girlfriend and his new bosses who think it’s great fun to bombard him with useless tasks. It goes without saying that a malicious and sneaky creature such as our Dungeon Lord has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Revenge will be sweet indeed.
For more information on Dungeons please visit www.kalypsomedia.com
Get ready for a fight! Lure 10 different hero classes into your dungeon where 15 different monsters lurk in the darkness
20 challenging campaign missions demand all your cunning to succeed. Survive them – and there's still the custom game waiting for you
In a dungeon there's only one way you can go and that’s down. Conquer three different underworld levels and the bosses who guard them to become the one and only Dungeon Lord
Prison cells and torture chambers are at your command and ready to capture your next hero and steal their precious soul energy
Create the dungeon of your dreams (and heroes’ nightmares) with 50 different objects at your disposal
Wimpy goblin workers are awaiting your orders to create your next diabolical dungeon masterpiece