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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 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
DeathKeep Windows Starting the next level
DeathKeep Windows One of those green goblins

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Critic Reviews

Old PC Gaming Sep 10, 2018 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Jun 13, 1996 5.4 out of 10 54
Coming Soon Magazine Dec, 1996 51 out of 100 51
PC Player (Denmark) 1996 49 out of 100 49
Power Play Jul, 1996 44 out of 100 44
Gamesmania.de 1996 40 out of 100 40
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1996 36 out of 100 36
High Score Aug, 1996 1 out of 5 20
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Jun 22, 1996 1 out of 10 10


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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.
Alexander Schaefer (2522) added DeathKeep (Windows) on Apr 14, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Terok Nor (32631)
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