Reviews for Overlord
Great Fun, Great CharacterDez | Nov. 8, 2013 | See all Dez's reviews »
This game is pretty funny and absolutely OOZES character and relishes in its unique aesthetic of having you play the bad guy which makes it refreshing, I remembered playing the demo on Xbox years ago and saw it on sale on GMG and thought "what the hell". Its got some laughs out of me in the time I have played it. The combat seems a little simple to begin with (aka the first half hour or less) but then broadens out with new minion types as well as spells and abilities and such. Speaking of the minions, you really get attached to them in a way, like when you see one of them doing a hilarious attack to an enemy in combat while wearing his pumpkin helmet which he took out of a pumpkin field you just smashed up, and then you try and stop him from getting killed at all costs.
You probably have played games with similar-ish mechanics (Pikmin, the hack and slash third person typical style) but I bet none of them let you be the bad guy!
Be bad !!ccccp | June 11, 2013 | See all ccccp's reviews »
Tired of playing a hero without charisma and a greed that even a potato can beat? So Overlord is for you! Discover the joys of chaos, fearful of the shame lies in you! Become the Overlord! Immerse yourself in a heroic-fantasy world where only joy and happiness are your enemies! Plunder, kill, assassinate! Do as you like, but remember, being the Overlord implies responsibilities ... Aside from that the game is great, though it's aging graphically, but it's always good to do evil in the meantime !
funLluvia4D | May 20, 2013 | See all Lluvia4D's reviews »
The game is simply stunning to behold. Perhaps not the most advanced engine they nonetheless went for a wonderfully crafted world. The sounds and soundscapes are nicely done as well. The controls could have been done a bit better and the autosave option is simply annoying for a PC game. It shows that it is not the primary platform that the game was targeted for. The best part of the game is simply the mischievous nature of your minions
Great game!karel76 | April 29, 2013 | See all karel76's reviews »
While the commercials make Overlord seem like a Dungeon Keeper game - a series I adored - in actual gameplay, there are many similarities to Pikmin.
You are playing a dark lord who looks very suspiciously like Sauron from Lord of the Rings.. Your adviser and minions are straight from Gremlins.. When you head out on your first world to conquer, you run into hobbits, who live in little holes with round doors, in a village named ... "Spree". Yes, the game goes out of its way to be cute and poke fun at all fantasy stories.
Just like in Dungeon Keeper, you are in control of a swarm of mindless but generally loyal little monsters. You start with just the basic grunts, but as you progress you can unlock a healthy variety of creature types.
Most of your tasks are typical - get 10 minions to push aside a blockade, send your minions in to raze a village, and so on. While you are praised for being "evil", you're also warned to allow at least some innocents to survive so they provide workers for your empire. Meanwhile, back at the Evil Castle, your progress means that they fix up the place so it is worthy of being your home.
I do have to admit the little minions are quite cute. If you raid a pumpkin patch, a few of them will grab pumpkins and stick them on their heads. As they find weapons and armor, they'll equip them, so each minion becomes unique. If you need health, you have to sacrifice a few minions at an altar - and sometimes it's hard to do it, because you've become fond of the little critters. Still, that's the price of being evil. You can generate more, but they start out in their raw state.
The dialogue is appropriately dark and evil. Some of your quests also seem not to make any sense. You have to save people from slavery?? You have to get food for people? These don't sound like very evil acts to me. Then, when you run rampant in their town, they whine about the mess. They should be quaking in fear!
I found the Pikmin micromanaging a little annoying - an evil overlord shouldn't have to be telling his minions to clear the way to the next point of attack. I also found the camera to be quite more annoying at times.
Still, since there's no new Dungeon Keeper game on the horizon, this fills the spot admirably and does have a lot of fun in it. Well recommended, and for people who enjoy this type of gameplay who haven't played the Dungeon Keeper games yet - go buy them! See where this genre came from. :-)
Give in to the dark side...TerenaKalir | March 28, 2013 | See all TerenaKalir's reviews »
At this price, you'd be mad to miss out on this absolute gem. If you've ever played Pikmin, you'll find something similar here, but with a unique and somewhat dark sense of humour.
The gameplay mostly involves directing your minions to do your bidding, whether it be collecting items for your evil lair, or murdering enemies/innocent bystanders/pumpkins. You can join in the action yourself, lobbing spell from a distance, or getting into melee. I don't recommend the latter until you get some upgrades - you're quite squishy to begin with. Later you get different minions for different tasks, adding a puzzlely element to the action.
The biggest appeal for me was the humour throughout - it never fails to amuse me when my minions put pumpkins on their heads. It was also nice to have some choice in whether to be a benevolent dictator, or a evil despot. I generally picked whichever option was most amusing at the time. ;)