Posts Tagged ‘Realmforge Studios’

Subterranean ne’er-do-well sim Dungeons 2 free on GOG

Dungeons 2

It’s about time we boarded up the windows here in the RPS treehouse for the weekend, but we leave you with a little gift, although admittedly a second-hand one.

Presumably in an effort to drum up interest in the (quite good) Dungeons 3, Realmforge Studios have been giving away the second game in their Dungeon Keeper-ish series a lot lately. If you missed the chance to pick it up last year in Humble’s giveaway, GOG are offering their DRM-free edition of the game here for the next day or so.

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Dungeons 3 out next week, features more keeping and more overworlding

dungeons-3-release-date

We’ll never get Dungeon Keeper 3, but in a few days we will get Dungeons 3, sequel to a not-Bullfrog spiritual remake that took the long way round to evoking its revered forebear. Dungeons 1 was a hot mess, but in our Dungeons 2 review I felt it made a pretty decent fist of the ol’ monster-management + RTS combat formula. Dungeons 3 [Steam page], all of a sudden out next week (we newsed it back in February but this was the first I’d heard of it, and I’m the only one who matters), looks like it’s trying to refine that even further.

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Dungeons 3 keeps on keepin’ on

Not Dungeon Keeper.

Realmforge are diving back into the Dungeon Keeper-ish world of Dungeons, announcing Dungeons 3 [Steam page] for autumn. It’s a real-time strategy game about an evil overlord building a dungeon to raise, train, and protect dastardly minions then sending ’em out to raid and ravage the shiny happy overworld – Dungeon Keeper meets Warcraft. Our Alec quite liked Dungeons 2 so, sure, a new game building on that sounds good. This time, it’ll pack a two-player co-op mode and Realmforge say the overworld RTS bits are “fully reworked” too. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: Dungeons 2

someone tell Cara

Dungeons 2 [official site] is a strategy-management game which borrows heavily from Dungeon Keeper – to whit, you’re an evil overlord building a vast underground lair then training up a bestial army within it. After a series of disappointments, might this be the much-needed heir to Bullfrog’s classic? It’s out tomorrow, and here’s what I think.

There’s a room type in Dungeons 2 called The Tinkerer’s Cave. I don’t know if this is a deliberate statement of intent, but a tinkerer’s cave is how I always saw Dungeon Keeper. It wasn’t a manic strategy game and it wasn’t about balancing the books, even though both those aspects were very much a part of it. It was a tinkerer’s cave, a big underground space to muck around in, to carve into shapes which pleased me and to fight minor fires in with a mixture of ingenuity and panic. That’s what I’ve missed in the long years since Dungeon Keeper 2. And that’s what, against many odds, Dungeons 2 has.

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Dungeons 2 Emerging Into Daylight Next Year

It's a unicorn.

Dungeons wasn’t trying to be a new Dungeon Keeper, but everything from the kooky ‘comedy evil’ tone to the very dungeon made it seem that way. It really wasn’t much like the Bullfrog classic, though. As our Jim explained, Dungeons was closer to a tower defence game with management bits. Now that we all definitely really understand that and won’t raise our hopes too high, might Dungeons 2 find a better reception? Or will it, at least, be better?

The sequel was announced last week, and is due next year. A useless cinematic trailer follows.

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Wot I Think: Dark

nom nom nom

There’s a heatwave sweeping across this part of the world, which means I start to sizzle like bacon on a grill as soon as I pop my head out of the front door. I haven’t turned to dust yet or begun to sparkle but I fear that my skin will peel if I don’t shelter indoors and I’m becoming increasingly moody about the lack of rain and fog. This makes me the perfect person to step into the shoes of freshly turned vampire Eric Bane. I stepped into the Dark with him this weekend and have returned to tell you exactly wot I think.

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We’re Basically In The Dark About This


I have to admit that I am intrigued by Dark. A sci-fi vampire stealth game doesn’t turn up every day, so even if Dark doesn’t look like it’s going to be able to compete with the highest AAA production values, it’s going to be fascinating to see how it plays. That we’ve yet to see any kind of hands-on with the game might not bode well, of course. The E3 trailer, which can be seen below, is… an interesting choice. I presume the music was chosen to shriek out over the hubbub of the E3 show floor, rather than to actually work with stealth-game footage. Because. Yeah. I’ve posted the most recent gameplay trailer too, so you have a better idea of what’s afoot.

Anyway, the game is playable at E3.
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Will It Be Any Good? We’re Still In The DARK

It looks rather light to me. And purple.

Kalypso Media describe a vampire as “the ultimate killer”. Maybe I’m being picky, but I’d say the ultimate killer is one who doesn’t die if he sees the sunshine. Or if a cocktail stick pricks his chest. Or if his head is cut off. I mean, those are some pretty severe weaknesses. I’d argue “the ultimate killer” would be one who can go outside whatever the weather. But, DARK (presumably it’s shouted?) insists otherwise, and tries to prove it will a new trailer showing off your skills.

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Dark’s Gameplay Trailer Shows Squatting, Darkness


Kalypso and Realmforge’s stealth action game Dark has revealed its sneakings and dude-throttlings in a new trailer, which you can see below. The sci-fi vampire game, which is still scheduled for Q2 of this year, looks intriguing, with references to Splinter Cell and Deus Ex chiming in with its more Masqueradey vampiric associations. The trailer shows a lot of the sneaking action, as well as a range of powers that players can use to splat or avoid antagonists.

Eric Bane is still a terrible name, though.
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Fear Too? DARK Teaser Goes Boo

I'm really not convinced that hoodies are the update on the hooded cloak vampires should have opted for.

Described I can only assume erroneously as an “action-RPG”, DARK is seemingly actually a first-person RPG, in a horror setting. Focusing on stealth, you’ll be playing as a vampire fighting against the GeoForge Corporation, using all your vampiric specialities to uncover their evil. You can see a somewhat predictable trailer below.

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Kcalypso’d: Dungeons: The Dark Lord Demo


Dungeon-managing game Dungeons (which is definitely not a remake of Dungeon Keeper) has just received an new instalment. It’s called The Dark Lord, and there’s a demo of it here. Publisher Kalypso explain that for some reason the character is called Calypso: “Hone your evil skills as you play Calypso, the Dungeons Lord’s despicable ex-girlfriend, in three extensive tutorial levels before jumping into a single-player map from the game’s ‘Soul Survival’ mode. In Soul Survival, you play as the Dungeon Lord himself, as you race against the clock to steal soul energy from the hapless heroes who enter your cleverly crafted dungeons.”

We’ll try to take a look at the full game soon.

Dungeons – The Dark Lord Conjures Footage

The Dark Logo.
EDIT: Alternative trailer.

Kalypso have sent word that their follow-up to dungeon management game Dungeons is closing in. Dungeons – The Dark Lord will land on 23rd September, bringing with it a new single-player campaign set in an “ice-crystal” cavern, and multiplayer. Kalypso report: “Three multiplayer modes for up to four players: Deathmatch, King of the Hill and Survival,” which represents a big change for the game.

Needless to say, there’s a trailer chained up in the dungeon below.
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For Keeps: Dungeons Gets Beta Sign Ups


It’s not Dungeon Keeper, but it dungeon keeping. Dungeons is being published by Kalypso, and it looks like it might scratch a rather specific itch. Our resident Dungeon Keeper aficionado posted some tentative thoughts about the game here, and I can now point you guys towards the beta sign up for the game over here. Definitely worth applying for this one.

That’s A Lot Of Bull: Dungeons Teaser

The ghost of Bullfrog stalks these halls.

As Alec excitedly told us a week ago, German developers Realmforge are creating Dungeons – a game that’s very obviously an updated tribute to Dungeon Keeper. To get the man even more worked up, there’s a CGI teaser trailer below. It really doesn’t tell us anything useful about the game, but if you listen carefully you can hear Alec squealing all the way from Cologne.

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Games On Television: M.U.D. TV


The first trailer for TV-management game M.U.D. TV has turned up, and it looks moderately interesting (the iPhone-alike interface is a fun touch). The game puts you in charge of a TV station, from where you can create TV shows and sabotage your rivals. You’ll be able to set up your studios first hand, in classic management-game style, and customise individual staff. Interestingly it’ll even work in multiplayer, and you can sign up for a beta. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one.
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