Games Like Dungeon Keeper - RTS, Management and Dungeon Games
I love Dungeon Keeper but I didn't like EA's freemium version so I made this list of games like Dungeon Keeper for fans of the originals to enjoy.
As one of the very first video games I ever played I definitely have a soft spot for the Dungeon Keeper series. I always wished that they would release another one and in 2013 I got my wish with a free to play Android and iOS game. Like many long time fans I wasn't really blown away and quite disappointed.
It did make me very nostalgic about my Dungeon Keeper experience though so I went out on the hunt for games like Dungeon Keeper and I've detailed my adventure here for other fans needing a similar experience.
I love hearing from other DK fans and their own experiences so don't hesitate to leave a comment and vote on the poll just below.
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Undermaster pulls inspiration from the popular and much loved Dungeon Keeper franchise but offers a simplified dungeon building experience in your browser for free. The game focuses more on the building and management elements.
This means you'll spend your time digging out the available rooms, adding decorations and important items to them and then use the creatures you attract to increase your wealth and repeat the process.
As far as the management side of Dungeon Keeper goes Undermaster does a great job to capture it and the amount of content and freedom you get does give the game the longevity you want from a free game.
War For The Overworld
War for the Overworld (WFTO) is currently in Early Access on Steam. I've had the game since day one in my Steam library and I've loved to watch one of the top rated games like Dungeon Keeper grow with time.
The inspiration for the game obviously comes from Dungeon Keeper but the features are different enough that it isn't just some DK clone. WFTO aims to bring players campaign, sandbox and some competitive multiplayer that makes it easy to fight against others in the community.
Gameplay is exactly what you'd expect as you take control of your own dungeon and fill it with all sort of deadly traps and evil minions to stop the advance of the heroes of the game world. After digging our your dungeon you'll also get to build rooms, train creatures, cast spells and more. It's your standard dungeon management game and it pulls off the elements perfectly.
With a huge number of rooms,minions, spells, defences, enemies and other game mechanics the depth of War For The Overworld is definitely on track to be even more deep then what Dungeon Keeper had to offer.
The game has still got a long way to go but if you get in now you'll be along for what promises to be a great journey to get there.
Evil Genius will bring out your inner evil in one of the more unique games like Dungeon Keeper. The game is an older game (released in 2004) but still managed to captivate me quite easily when I played it last year. The number one reason that it won me over was the humour that the game brings to the table that is similar to DK in design.
So what does being an Evil Genius involve? Building your own island lair as you slowly take over the world while trying to avoid the investigative services of the world that are trying to find you out. While you sit deep within your lair headquarters you'll send minions out to perform evil acts for information and items that slowly take you a step closer to owning the world.
At the start you'll have three different Evil Genius characters thrown at you that have their own stereotypical features and strengths. From here you'll have to build the lair with a number of different rooms. Some of these are freezers to let the bodies of your enemies cool off, locker rooms for your henchmen to sleep in, training rooms to boost their stats and much more. In addition to rooms you've got tricks and traps to stop the forces of good uncovering the truth behind your location. These traps will come in handy because as you send our your minions to the world you'll increase in notoriety and in turn attract more attention.
Ultimately your goal is to survive long enough to build the superweapon which gives you command of the world.
Craft The World
Craft The World is a game that has more recently come onto the scene and I grabbed it soon after its release. It's not one of these games like Dungeon Keeper as it also has Dwarf Fortress and even Terraria like features. In the game you take control of your own civilizations of dwarves as they try to survival in a random sandbox world full of danger and minerals.
The huge crafting system and the way that you advance through it is my favourite game aspect by far. It's something that constantly throws new unlocks at you so I always felt like I knew the next thing that I had to build (or how to get to something that I wanted to build).
Your control over this tribe is fairly extensive you can assign tasks, give them equipment, train up different skills or even take direct control of a dwarf if you like to be in control. Since every game is generated randomly with three world sizes and five difficulties it was easy to start with the lower difficulties and then take the lessons that I had learned there to more difficult randomised situations. Which means the depth in the game never really ends if you like to dump hundreds of hours into other sandbox like experiences.
The most unique element of the game is the tower defence style of gameplay that challenges you to build up enough defences to protect against waves of enemies that will spawn over time and launch an attack against your dwarf settlement.
Overlord is a series of games like Dungeon Keeper in my opinion. While not all the building and management elements are there but the humour and ruling over minion elements definitely are. For this reason I was hooked on both the first and second game and definitely feel that they are a worthy inclusion on this list. If it's the humour vibe and evil overlord feel that you are after you can't look past this option.
So what does gameplay actually involve? In both games of the series you'll be leading your army of goblin minions across a landscape of adventures. You'll be joining them in this battle in an action style of gameplay that lets you hack and slash away at your enemies with your personal and upgradeable set of gear.
Minions come in four different colours that each have their own use in both combat and the puzzle elements of the game. From the red minions that unleash ranged attacks and their ability to lit things on fire to the sneaky green minions that an backstab enemies and walk through poison unharmed.
In between your missions, looting and boss battles you'll get to return to your dark tower with a focus of returning it to former glory while also choosing a mistress to have by your side. You'll also have a minion arena where you can fight all sorts of opponents for extra practice, use the forge for weapon crafting or revive lost minions.
I really feel in love with the first game that Overlord produced and I was very happy with the extra touches that Overlord II added to the series to add more depth for me as a fan of the original. As I said the gameplay might be a little different but there are some Dungeon Keeper elements here.
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Which One Of These Games Like Dungeon Keeper Is Your Favourite?
Sarah Forester (author) from Australia on February 10, 2014:
Oh wow! I'm going to check out the online version, thanks you for the comment and game suggestion!
Anurag Ghosh on February 10, 2014:
Great list! There's a Facebook version of Evil Genius called Evil Genius Online. Haven't played the original game, but I found the FB version pretty cool.
DKTheBest on February 07, 2014:
Huge Dungeon Keeper fan, hate the mobile version as well!