ahhh that takes me back...
..many a happy hour spent slapping the minions to make them work harder, or spanking the mistresses just for the fun of it!
Much like my work life really.
This January EA managed to piss just about everyone off with their greedy micro transaction-fuelled Android/iOS reboot of Dungeon Keeper. How dare it sully the joyful memories of this near perfect mix of god game/RTS that kept me busy being an evil overlord back in 1997. Bullfrog Productions: Dungeon Keeper 1997 Fiendishly …
Not so much a rip off, more a spiritual successor from DKII, made with the blessing of Peter Molyneux and starring Richard Ridings back as old Horny himself.
And without doubt a more valid entry into the franchise than the awful - no, scrub that - shit-fucking goddamn awful, EA Dungeon Keeper iPhone and Android app that managed to take all the enjoyment and fun of the originals and turn it into hatred and loathing (Henceforth known as DuKINO...)
I've been playing this off and on since I discovered the emulator - it is still such an awesome game, despite the graphics!
I discovered a bit back that all the monster stats and attributes were stored in a plain text file - so I tweaked things so that if I trained an imp upto level 10 he would morph into a level 10 Avatar... Much fun has ensued since :D
It *needs* a decent remake - not the recent piece of money-grabbing crap that EA came out with and should be dragged out into the street and shot for.
Show me an EA game that this sentiment doesn't apply to...
SIMS 2 - SIMS is basically Dungeon Keeper for Girls, the game is pretty open on what one can do ;-)
It did not take long for my 12 year old daughter and friend to figure out ON THEIR OWN how to make sims naked, how to make sims gay, run a sub game on how many "french cleaners" the head of the family can knock up before the wife finds out (12 is the record).
Then they went to things like building sims who love food and are afraid of water - and placing the fridge on an island in the swimming pool.
Of course, this being a long time ago, maybe EA nerf'ed it?
"Then they went to things like building sims who love food and are afraid of water - and placing the fridge on an island in the swimming pool."
My own delicate girls made lots of young Sims, got them in a swimming pool and removed the ladder.
(The 'watch a Sim really, really busting for a pee' was the training level.)
They went on to things like a room full of stuffed furniture, several open fireplaces and some Sims - then remove the door.
Oh, such squeals of merriment from the kids, such innocent days .
I very much enjoyed it initially. I even bought some in-game stuff to thank them - stuff that would improve the game, not magic beans you buy as they've crippled the game otherwise and will be buying eternally.
I thought it was a very pleasant and pragmatic of the 'free to play' model.
Then one day I got a massive game update, whole game changed and I'd been nuked back to the beginning and chucked some magic beans.
I can only assume EA had noticed PopCap had snuck out a decent game and were mortified.
Likewise. As are all my, now adult, kids.
It was a ritual. Every time a new PC was built the first thing that had to be got working was Dungeon Keeper. I have multiple backup copies of the CD. There are few games with such longevity, though I still do fire up emulations of JSW II and AMC from time to time.
I was thinking about this just the other day, specifically the excellent bonus level that only appeared on a full moon. That was pretty neat - it didn't occur to me to change my computer's date ( I was young and kind of a chump ) so I remember being pleased to realise it was a full moon and I could explore that level.
Never 'eard of it. The 80's 8-bitters were my thing. Playing games on a PC just didn't feel the same to me! Give me a Speccy, or a BBC B, or a C64 or a... well, just about anything except a PC. That said, there have been some awesome PC games. I'm particularly into anything driving related. F1, NFS etc.
Game on :-)
I'd agree that to be properly old school a game needs to be 8-bit.
Even including PC game though this is pushing what I'd consider a boundary - the move from DOS to Windows. I seem to recall this came with versions for both (so I'll have installed the DOS version, DirectX was still very troublesome at the time).
phone / tablet. EA really manged to screw the pooch on that one!
You chose some very kind words to describe how badly EA 'screwed the pooch', look at NerdCubed's* summary of the mobile version:
*a gem amongst YouTube gamers, he has 1.8 million subscribers, please take a look at his other videos, the DK one was just an exception
Yup! and I play it on windows 7 ok. Not sure about windows 8/8.1
War for the OverWorld is ok but I think they are trying to be a bit too cleaver with some of their thinking in the game, but then it's still in development and I just love DK and DK2. Change is good?
I came across my DK CD while cleaning out the storage unit just last week and popped it in to find out if it'd run under Wine for nostalgia's sake. Unfortunately it seems that my optical drive has died at some point in the 6 months since the last time I used it, so no antique code fun for me.
Still this was one of my favorite games back in the day, right up there with Rock 'n Roll Racing and StarCraft.
My main slave the Imp is brought to life with a click of the mouse and a cheeky “Yipee!”
OK, I have played this game far too much to not go all pedantic on your ass. That's what they say when you drop them. When they're born they do this odd half-laugh thing - "Nyh-ha-ha".
DK is one of my all-time favourite games. I still have the DK Gold big box, the sequel, and I have the GoG version permanently installed on my Windows partition just in case I want to make someone miserable.
The Deeper Dungeons though....now there's an expansion pack that will eat your face for breakfast.
Dungeon Keeper 2 and Evil Genius - Two of my all time favourite games, had both from new.
Still play both occasionally, completed DK2 (again!) only about 2 weeks ago.
I want DK3 (or a suitable DK reboot), and EG2. (and not some crappy facebook micro transaction POS!).
I'd pay money for them, really I would, I'd even pay EA (shudder), as long as they do it properly.
I bought DK2 from GOG a couple of months back. Apparently they fixed a few bugs beyond the last official update, and it's been (mostly) rock solid (no pun intended) for me. Fantastic game, although once you work out the limitations of the AI it's not that hard to beat in single-player mode. Skirmish and Multiplayer are huge amounts of fun, though.
It's so good to be evil :)
I didn't even look at the mobile version, though. EA buying a famous game and bringing it to mobile without pumping me for cash at literally every turn? Yeah right.
I did however just pay almost 8€ for DK and DK2 from Gog (package deal). Which is more of my money than any freemium game will ever see.
Installing now - so see you later.. much later.
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