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A pretty standard re-release of the original, Dungeon Keeper Gold is just the original game, bundled with a few more levels, (ThE dEePeR dUnGeOnS) and a map editor, which was already available for official download at the time of its release.
The basic premise of Dungeon Keeper is somewhat self explanatory. The antithesis of the goody-two-shoes idea of knights vanquishng demons, you get to be pretty damn evil. Take control of hordes of vile creatures from the netherworld, imps, demons spawn, vampires, dark mistresses, bile demons and warlocks to smash the human threat.
The tricky part is attracting sufficient monsters to your dungeon in order to adequately defend and attack. This is achieved by researching and building rooms which are likely to attract such creatures. (the bigger the room, the more likely the things are to come.) There are such functional rooms as the Lair, Hatchery, Library and Training room, and many more advanced rooms such as the Torture Chamber, Graveyard, Temple and even...a Casino?!
Other necessary activities include mining for gold, keeping high levels of morale, breaking up fights in your dungeon, spellcasting, making defenses and laying traps in your dungeon for unsuspecting interlopers. The interface was pretty new in its time, an isometric grid for laying down rooms and such, but also rotatable. The graphics are fairly dated but are still passable.
Whilst the combat is a little bit lacking (All you can really do is drop your creatures close to the enemy hordes and expect them to attack,) a really great and innovative aspect is the "Posession" spell, in which you can literally take control of any one of your minions, which brings up a whole new First Person Shooter interface, complete with the myriad spells and abilities specific to that unit.
There's a lot to learn with this game, and the first few levels give pretty good tutorials, the whole game narrated by the a man named Richard Riddlings, who, despite the comical name, has possibly the most evil voice in existence, and comes up with some pretty classic quips. (There is a lot of humour here.)
Interestingly enough, whilst it is possible to convert the human units to your side using the torture chamber, the humans are not actually playable. I guess Bullfrog just wanted the emphasis to be on evil.
It has really good multiplayer capabilities, and can support up to eight players at a time. It can be played online too, but the system with which online networking takes place is a little antiquated as you might expect, fast and reliable as it may be.
Although there is a lot of micromanagement in the game, the themes are still a little unoriginal, attack, defend, recover, build. A new and since untouched genre of Real time strategy, Dungeon Keeper is an important artifact in the history of gaming.
The Gold Pack itself however, is only really worth buying if you are Fanatical about Dungeon Keeper and really need the new levels.
Dungeon Keeper Gold is just a repackaging of the original Dungeon Keeper, but with more levels! Some nice touches include the bundling of the level editor - previously only obtainable from the internet. The aim of the game is simple. You have a dungeon and you must manage it. Heroes will try to raid your dungeon to steal its treasures, but it is your job to make sure they don't get their shiny hands on your loot! You command small little imp-like creatures to dig corridors etc, and you can summon creatures through a mystical portal. Extra special, more powerful beings can be obtained via sacrifice of certain creatures at the portal. One of the coolest features of the game is the ability to "possess" your underlings, seeing the dungeon through their eyes... Each creature sees differently, so if you have a fly-creature, you'll see a multi-faceted view - since the fly sees with lots of little sensory things... The isometric view is good, although it looks really dated now - the game was made ages ago!! Also the graphics of the creatures aren't that detailed.....but again, this game was made a long time ago!! The controls are simple and are identical to most other god-sims. This game will last you ages!! and is well worth the £10 that i picked it up for in a store sale! If I had played the demo of this game a lot earlier (ie a few years ago, i would have bought this game!) however, I didnt, so I missed out on some fun! So if you havent played any of the Dungeon Keeper series, get the sequel, since it is miles better. This game (DKG) is only worth purchasing if you are a hardcore fan/collector(?!). I would like to think that this game inspired certain elements of Black and White. The hand you use is facilitated in a much similar manner - beating your creatures etc..
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Revel in evil as the Dungeon Keeper, with monsters at your command / Includes the Deeper Dungeon expansion disks, 15 new single player levels and 15 new network or serial link multiplayer levels, Expand a host of highly detailed dungeons, rotable and zoomable isometic view / Also features a game level editor and Desk Top Theme pack.