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Dungeon Keeper takes real-time strategy into a fantasy setting. You command a dungeon and its hellish minions, and must take them to glory against the hated good guys. You must use your gold to build a fortress and weapons to attack.

As well as being able to rotate the 3D view, and control the light source, you can enter the direct viewpoints of your men, to see life through their eyes (one character's mode goes into black and white for this).


Dungeon Keeper DOS Ingame: Welcome to your first dungeon
Dungeon Keeper DOS beheaded
Dungeon Keeper DOS Two of my skeletons are practicing in the training room.
Dungeon Keeper DOS Campaign: Your first dungeon

Promo Images

Dungeon Keeper Screenshot
Dungeon Keeper Magazine Advertisement Part 2
Dungeon Keeper Screenshot
Dungeon Keeper Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "地城守護者" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "地下城守护者" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Dungeon Keeper: Evil is Good" -- Tag-lined title
  • "DK1" -- Common abbreviation (retroactive)

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User Reviews

A trip down into the heart of evil Andrew Grasmeder (228) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
Recommended, by all means. Tomer Gabel (4634) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gameplay (Benelux) Jul 01, 1997 95 out of 100 95
Coming Soon Magazine Aug, 1997 93 out of 100 93
PC Joker Jun, 1997 91 out of 100 91
GameSpot Jul 09, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Reset Aug, 1997 9 out of 10 90
PC Jeux Jun, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Retro Archives Jan 03, 2019 17 out of 20 85
The Retro Spirit Jun 22, 2008 5 out of 6 83 Sep 27, 2001 14 out of 20 70


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1001 Video Games

Dungeon Keeper appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Jason Musgrave:

On a personal note, at the Software Etc. that I was working at when this came out, the manager felt the tagline of "Evil is Good" may offend some people (we were connected to a Barnes & Noble bookstore) and purposely placed the price tag over the word "Evil" on every box. The result was that the box would read; "Dungeon Keeper.... is Good".


The arch-enemy of Dungeon Keeper is the Avatar from the Ultima line of games. In the official hint guide for the game, under the profiles for the Avatar "Lord of the Land", the graphic for him is the same used in the introduction of Ultima Online. (The same visage was also used in Ultima IX: Ascension).


Each creature has a different style of sight in first-person view. For example the fly has a insect like hex shape, and the hellhound sees in black and white.


Dungeon Keeper is probably one of the most anticipated games which Bullfrog has worked over three years for its development. It was first shown to the public in the spring of 1995 but was released just before the summer of 1997. Dungeon Keeper was also the last Bullfrog game Peter Molyneux had worked on. He then left Bullfrog and founded its own company called Lionhead Studios(


In the CD-ROM of Dungeon Keeper you can find some goodies in the goodies directory.

German version

In the German version all specific torture animations were replaced with the generic tent animation.


The chanting monks seem to sing "norske svin", which is Danish for "Norwegian bastards".


One of the most expensive spells in the game is the one that penetrates an opponent's reinforced walls, called Destroy Walls. When you cast the spell the advisor's voice said, "Penitenziagite." This sounds a little like "penetrate" but is in fact an extremely obscure reference to Umberto Eco's novel, The Name of the Rose. "Penitenziagite" was the rallying cry of a (real) heretical 14th-century band of monks who murdered wealthy churchmen on the grounds that Jesus had commanded poverty.


All of the music for Dungeon Keeper, including the opening movie sequence, are available on the game CD as Redbook Audio.


  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #42 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #47 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1998 - The "Haste Makes Waste" Award
Information also contributed by Andrew Grasmeder, Ernest Adams, Indra was here, Maw, Jason Musgrave and PCGamer77

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  • Wikipedia (Information on Dungeon Keeper at Wikipedia)
doj (39) added Dungeon Keeper (DOS) on Jun 09, 1999
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