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ZOOM Dungeon Keeper 2
Sold Out (Win95/98/Me/XP) (Jewel Case) (DUNGK2PJ)

Publisher: Bullfrog Productions Ltd./Electronic Arts

Game

ESRB Rating: Mature - Animated blood, gore and violence

Ratings:

89% from PC Gamer

4 ½ stars from Computer Gaming World

Create Your Own Dungeon Empire

Dig out your underground kingdom. Populate your dungeon with a variety of beasts - such as the Skeletons, Dark Elves, Trolls and evil Warlocks. Prepare them for battle with training rooms, workshops and magical libraries. Command your hordes in frenzied battles against the invading forces of heroic good. Summon the dreaded Horned Reaper to deliver the final knockout blow to help complete your evil quest.

Build a Dungeon - Carve out a living, breathing underworld and attract a host of devilish creatures.

Be the Master - Feed, train and entertain your dungeon's inhabitants, or slap them into submission.

Monstrous Warfare - Send your legions into battle against righteous heroes and unleash devastating magic.

Wicked Perspective - Reign from high above or control your minions from a first-person viewpoint.

Bag of Tricks - Build traps, research spells, torture prisoners and deceive your enemies.

Vicious Variety - Conquer a full campaign, play individual skirmishes or hone your skills in My Pet Dungeon mode.

Multiplayer Warfare - Challenge your friends and foes through Internet and Network multiplayer modes.

Downloadable Updates - Expand your underworld from the Dungeon Keeper 2 website.

If You build It, They Will Succumb

Create the most wicked, loathsome underworld imaginable. Summon hordes of vile creatures to swell the ranks of your dark army. With the help of the dreaded Horned Reaper, conquer your enemies and expand your empire in your quest to defeat the king and invade the land of heroic good.

I - Build the Dungeon of Your Darkest Dreams
First, construct a nightmarish floor plan. Then direct your Imps to dig out the tunnels, rooms, and chambers for your new home. Slap them around if they're not working fast enough.

II - Infest Your Dungeon with Vile Beasts
Discover a portal so evil creatures can find their way into your domain. Mine gold to pay their wages, build sleeping lairs for them to rest in and a hatchery where they can feed.

III - Put your Minions to Work for You
Construct training rooms to improve the fighting skills of your dungeon dwellers, a library where they can research and learn devious new magic spells, and a workshop to create fiendish new traps to thwart encroaching do-gooders.

IV - Entertain the Creatures of Your Dungeon
Keep your minions happy by creating casinos where they can drink and gamble. Or build a pit arena where they can gain combat experience or sit back and enjoy the fights from a ringside seat. Torture Chambers are popular attractions for those who like it rough.

V - Battle the Forces of Good - Fulfill your strategic role as the evil overlord, leading your wicked hoards in combat against those righteous heroes. Cast devastating spells to crush your enemies and support your minions. Or join the action at dungeon level by possessing your creatures and battling special spells and abilities.

Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/XP: 166MHz or faster Intel Pentium (266MHz recommended), 300 MB hard drive space plus space for saved games and DirectX installation, 32MB RAM (64MB recommended), high color capable 2MB PCI or AGP video card with DirectDraw support (3D accelerator recommended), 4x CD-ROM drive (16x recommended), DirectX 6.1 (provided on CD), sound card w/ DirectSound support, keyboard, mouse.

Tested OK on Windows XP.

Required for Multi-Player: 1 CD per PC. Network (LAN) (2-4 players): IPX compliant network. Modem (2 player): 100% Hayes compatible 28.8 or faster; High Speed (16550 UART) serial port. Internet (2-4 players): Internet connection via Internet Service Provider (ISP) with a 28.8 Kbps connection speed or better.

Reviews:

PC Gamer, September 1999

"...Thankfully, those fears were unfounded - Dungeon Keeper 2 is every bit as enjoyable and humorously sadistic as its predecessor."

"One of the reasons the game works so well is its innovative AI design. Unlike traditional real-time strategy games where players micro-manage each unit, DK2 takes a hands-off approach; the various creatures pretty much go about their business once assigned to it, be it building traps in the workshop or slaying intruders. Players can still step in and direct the action themselves, but for the most part, the game lets players concentrate on creating their dungeon and pondering the grand strategy for each level.

"The politically correct among us will be unhappy to learn that DK2 is filled to the brim with all sorts of ghastly humor. We'll say this now: If your sense of humor isn't blessed with a dark streak, this is probably not the game for you..."

"Dungeon Keeper 2 succeeds because it delivers outstanding gameplay and shows (much like the original) that you can make a real-time strategy game about things other than warring factions in space or apocalyptic survivors vying for Earth's few remaining resources. The gaming world would be a much better place if there were more offerings as darkly imaginative - and as fun - as Dungeon Keeper 2."

Computer Gaming World, October 1999

"Well, my amoral friend, what you need is Dungeon Keeper 2. Reveling in all that's good about being bad, DK2 is the best time a budding little monster can hope to have. And for all you goody-two-shoes out there, be warned: This game is so unbelievably fun you may find yourself slipping over to the dark side.

"With equal parts SimCity-style management and traditional real-time combat, DK2 is a hybrid game similar in some ways to Caesar III but with a significantly more infectious and demented sense of fun..."

"What really makes DK2 a joy to play is the design of the game, an unmitigated triumph of dark humor and creativity. Even in software mode the game is gorgeous, with beautiful lighting and spell effects and funny creature animations. But the real highlights are all the little things: The imps dragging fallen enemies back to your prison, the dominatrix mistresses torturing themselves to pass the time, the outstanding voice work of your dungeon-keeping mentor, the monster dancing when a casino jackpot is hit, and the sounds of the creatures, especially the maniacal crackling of the horde of homicidal skeletons. You could spend your time just watching this game and have a better time than you would playing a host of others. I haven't had a better time playing a game all year."



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