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Dungeon Keeper 2 is a "god game" which introduces the series to an entirely 3D engine (as opposed to the original's engine with 3D environments and 2D unit sprites). As before, the player is tasked with the construction, expansion and maintenance of dungeons, as well as attracting, managing, and utilizing various evil creatures to fight the forces of good. Several creatures, spells, traps, and rooms are new to the series, while others received a visual redesign at most, and some were even replaced. The series' trademark unit, the Horned Reaper, is now only called through a special support power and only one can be found on the map at a given moment. Spells are now cast using mana (an auto-generating resource proportional to the size of the dungeon) instead of gold, and can be upgraded once there are no new spells to research. Dropping creatures now stuns them (unless thrown into the new Combat Pit room).

The game's campaign has the player enter the land of good and conquer it region by region while staying in the underworld. Enemies either stay in fixed, protected areas, or execute sneak attacks from inopportune directions. The boss of each level holds a portal gem which is used to access the overworld (off-screen) and claim the region. The game also features skirmish and multiplayer modes, as well as a sandbox mode titled "My Pet Dungeon", where enemies only attack if the player wishes them to.

As of patch 1.61, the player can attract elite creatures, which are statistically more powerful than their standard counterparts and have a slightly different appearance, if rooms are built in specific layouts. Patch 1.7 also added another new unit, the Maiden of the Nest.


Dungeon Keeper 2 Windows Mission introduction
Dungeon Keeper 2 Windows A Bile Demon using two chickens as nun-chucks.
Dungeon Keeper 2 Windows Introduction - Scared  dwarf
Dungeon Keeper 2 Windows Money... It's what I want... Ooo-ooo...

Promo Images

Dungeon Keeper 2 Concept Art
Dungeon Keeper 2 Magazine Advertisement Part 2
Dungeon Keeper 2 Screenshot
Dungeon Keeper 2 Concept Art


Alternate Titles

  • "地城守護者2" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "DK2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "ผู้พิทักษ์แดนอสูร 2" -- Thai spelling

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User Reviews

It's GOOD to be BAD! Indra was here (20853) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Technically a hands-OFF RTS, this is a true genre-bender Kasey Chang (4608) unrated
Brilliant idea, massive potential, flawed but fun result. ShadowShrike (303) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
One of the only RTS games I ever liked. Jeff Sinasac (407) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
More RTS's should be like this xTSx (15) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
YOU are the Dungeon... Dr.Bedlam (56) unrated
Be Sauron! Terrence Bosky (5458) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Fun for awhile, but not the game it purports to be Jim Newland (60) unrated
More Chicken Slappin' Goodness MadCat (61) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A great game in its own right, though I like the first one better. Tomer Gabel (4634) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Aug 31, 1999 91 out of 100 91
Electric Games 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Jul 09, 1999 8.9 out of 10 89
Retro Archives Jan 06, 2019 17.5 out of 20 88
Game Over Online Jun 27, 1999 88 out of 100 88
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Player One Dec, 1999 83 out of 100 83
PC Joker Jul, 1999 83 out of 100 83
Deaf Gamers 2000 4 out of 5 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Aug 13, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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Dungeon Keeper 3 trailer

A game trailer for Dungeon Keeper 3 is available for viewing from the Main Menu-->Extras page. Thus far (2010), an official Dungeon Keeper 3 has yet to be released.


  • Dungeon Keeper 2 can keep tabs on the system time. Play too late into the night, and the advisor will tell you (out of the blue and with no warning): "Your nocturnal presence has prompted the following secret hint: GO TO BED!"
  • If the player doesn't do anything for a while, the game will say: "The very rock yawns in expectation of your next, fascinating move."
  • If a dungeon attracts almost exclusively Dark Mistresses, the advisor will say: "You have an excess of Mistresses... There's a word for Keepers like you..."

German version

In the German version the blood around corpses was removed and the torture animations were changed so that the torturing itself can't be seen.


Unlike Dungeon Keeper, the Horned Demon in this game, Horny, cannot be summoned in every level where the player has the right ingredients. In Dungeon Keeper 2, Horny is a unique character who must be specially summoned, and cannot appear more than once at a time.


Whenever the player selects a spell, an eerie voice says the spell's name in Latin. The Latin name for the Create Gold spell read by the advisor is Expressus Americanus. This is an obvious joke referring to the American Express credit cards.


Bullfrog have since released multiple patches that enhances the game, including Elite Creatures, a new creature type Maiden, and many more multiplayer maps. Check the Patch History for more detail.


Build a casino and set the bar at "generous". When one of the monsters wins the jackpot, the advisor loudly announces: "Jackpot winner!" and Disco Inferno begins playing throughout the dungeon. In addition, all monsters inside the casino will begin disco-dancing, each with their own style and moves. This little moment of evil frivolity lasts a couple of minutes.

Playstation Version

At the end of the 1998 reveal trailer (Horny's Interview :, Dungeon Keeper 2 was announced to be "Soon available for PC, Playstation and TV. The Playstation version was eventually cancelled, and so was the TV version (whatever it was intended to be).


  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2000 (Issue #188) – Best Voice Acting of the Year (for The Keeper)
Information also contributed by Bhatara Dewa Indra I, DreamWeaver, Jake Beasley, Jason Musgrave and Kasey Chang.

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Tony Van (2855) added Dungeon Keeper 2 (Windows) on Dec 05, 1999
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