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Deathkeep is a first-person perspective single-player role-playing game with a touch of medieval AD&D gameplay in a full 3D environment.

Apparently another hero is stuck in a underground cavern crawling with monsters. This time they have to defeat an evil Necromancer located somewhere in the lower levels. To get to him they have to fight through 25 dungeons (each 8 floors) filled with horrific monsters who never heard of dental care.

Three different characters can be chosen as the hero:
1. Dwarven male Fighter
2. Half-Elven male Fighter
3. Elven female Mage

These classes offer different combat capabilities:
  • The Dwarven Fighter focuses more on melee close combat with minimal (axe-throwing) ranged and almost no magical capabilities.
  • The Half-elven Fighter, or more precisely Ranger, focuses on non-magical ranged combat with his favorite bow. Possesses medium melee combat capabilities and some magical capabilities.
  • The Elven Mage focuses all her might in magical offense and defense. Spells may be found or learned as experience grows. Don't get too close to the enemy since a walking stick doesn't do much damage to bloodthirsty monsters!
Gameplay consists mostly of adventuring and flattening every living and non-living creature in your way. Destroying monsters allows the character to level-up and become more powerful as well as gain new spells. The dungeons are filled with traps, streams, caverns, ledges, and every possible obstacle to cause the player to lose their way in this maze of mazes.


DeathKeep 3DO Intro. The Necromancer returns to life and sets up shop in his fortress.
DeathKeep 3DO Spectral knights on the offensive.
DeathKeep Windows Selecting a spell (as the female elf mage)
DeathKeep Windows The third of the three characters you can choose from: the male half-elf fighter-mage

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User Reviews

It's amazing how nauseous you get after playing hours of hours of FPS games... 3DO Indra is stressed (20014)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) 3DO Apr, 1996 5 out of 5 100
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Dec, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Video Games 3DO Jan, 1996 72 out of 100 72
PC Joker Windows Aug, 1996 63 out of 100 63
GameSpot Windows Jun 13, 1996 5.4 out of 10 54
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Dec, 1996 51 out of 100 51
Quandary Windows Aug, 1996 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Power Play Windows Jul, 1996 44 out of 100 44 Windows 1996 40 out of 100 40
High Score Windows Aug, 1996 1 out of 5 20


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Absolutely Amazing Game 4 Indra is stressed (20014)
Feb 26, 2009


Cover art

The game box's cover features a painting by artist David Dorman, earlier used as the front cover to David Collins and Skip Williams' 1989 Greyhawk module "Gargoyle".
Contributed to by Alexander Schaefer (2316) and Terok Nor (20777)