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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 an 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 (every 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 on 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 Spirit enemies join your physical foes.
DeathKeep 3DO Skeleton soldiers outside an indoor cathedral.
DeathKeep 3DO Not to be defeated, the Necromancer moves to a new location.
DeathKeep 3DO Loot lies on the ground for the taking.

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User Reviews

It's amazing how nauseous you get after playing hours of hours of FPS games... Indra was here (20848) unrated

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Apr, 1996 5 out of 5 100
3DO Magazine (UK) Feb, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Dec, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Jan, 1996 77 out of 100 77
Video Games Jan, 1996 72 out of 100 72
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Feb, 1996 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Nov 13, 2009 F 0


Topic # Posts Last Post
Absolutely Amazing Game 4 Indra was here (20848)
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".

Macintosh version

SSI's catalog for the second half of 1995 lists a Macintosh version of DeathKeep. That version was never released.
Terok Nor (32576) added DeathKeep (3DO) on Mar 02, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Alexander Schaefer (2522)
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