Cult classic PC game Dungeon Keeper is free to download on PC.
In Terry Pratchett's sublime parody of Faust, simply titled Eric, the Demon King of Hell Astfgl adopts a radical new approach to facilitating the suffering of the eternally damned. Rather than a chaotic nightmare of fire and brimstone where the air is filled with the screams of tortured souls, Asftgl's vision of hell is a bureaucratic heaven, one in which the demons wear cheerful name badges with "How May I Help You?" scribbled on them, and where, before a soul embarks upon a punishment of Sisyphean Labour, they must first be read all 1,440 volumes of the Unhealthy and Unsafety Regulations governing the Lifting and Moving of Large Objects.
Apple has introduced a new Pay Once & Play category to its App Store, allowing users to browse a selection of games that do not feature in-app purchases.
When EA got in touch with rambunctious actor Richard Ridings about reprising his role as Horny, the devilish mentor of Dungeon Keeper - that most treasured of cult classic video games - his agent dug up a surprising response:
The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a Dungeon Keeper advert it ruled had misled customers.
For many, the Dungeon Keeper reboot was yet another depressing example of a treasured game ruined by greedy corporations and their money-grabbing microtransactions.
Warhammer Online, Dark Age of Camelot and Dungeon Keeper developer Mythic Entertainment has shut down.
This episode of Let's Replay was supposed to feature Peter Molyneux talking about his hit PC game Dungeon Keeper. Unfortunately, he had to cancel at the last minute. So instead we used a coconut with a French accent.
A recent survey of 10 million mobile gamers claimed only 2.2 per cent of the free-to-play audience spent any money at all. That's worrying - does it mean developers are deliberately designing games to cater for the minuscule minority rather than the vast majority?
After the UK's Office of Fair Trading investigated in-app purchases and free-to-play games, it's time for the European Commission to get involved.
Retro-game download shop GOG is giving away the original Dungeon Keeper for free this Valentine's weekend (offer ends 11am GMT Sunday).
"We don't have a mobile gaming industry anymore. We have a mobile scamming industry."
Dungeon Keeper is a hard game to review. That's because any critique of this remake of Bullfrog's 1997 PC hit can't help but slide down the slippery slope towards being a critique of free-to-play gaming in general, and that's when people start banging the table and raising their voices and it all goes a bit Jeremy Kyle.
It is, at least, easy to see why EA revived this beloved cult classic in this fashion. Revisit the original Dungeon Keeper today and be amazed at just how many of its ideas have been reborn in mobile games. It was one of the first "tower defence" games, for example, flipping gaming convention upside down by casting the player as an evil tyrant, crafting the most perfectly evil lair in which to trap and kill do-gooder enemies who enter your hallways looking to save the world.
You did this by using an expanding army of imps to dig out new rooms, which you could then use to house traps, treasure and monster-spawning hatcheries. The more you expanded your labyrinth, the more stuff you discovered. The more stuff you discovered, the more new things you could build. It was a near-perfect feedback loop of routine and invention.
EA's new free-to-play version of Dungeon Keeper is now available worldwide to download on iPad, iPhone and Android devices, the publisher has announced.
The game lets players build and maintain an underground lair and defend it from invaders by summoning hordes of imps, trolls and bile demons.
EA describes the app as a "twisted" take on Bullfrog's RTS classic, which launched for PC back in 1997. That version was developed back in the glory days of Peter Molyneux's former former studio.
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