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Dungeon Keeper came out in the late 90s and captured many a gamer's heart. It was a little bit strategy, a little bit tower defense, and a lot of fun. Stepping into the role of a diabolically evil demon was surprisingly appealing, but it's no longer just a nostalgia trip – Dungeon Keeper is coming to Android later this year.

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This game will invite you to build a lair filled with traps, minions, and other horribly evil things. You've got to keep your dungeon running smoothly to stop the invaders who want to take over your custom little underworld. The game will include the traditional gameplay, but also some online elements that allow you to interact with other players.

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The original Dungeon Keeper was created by none other than Peter Molyneux before he left Bullfrog Productions. The late 90s graphics have a certain appeal to them, but EA is revamping things. The new Dungeon Keeper will be cleaner, prettier, and designed for touchscreens. Other than the winter 2013 release window, there isn't much solid info. EA has confirmed to us that the game will be free-to-play with in-app purchases, though. Feel free to complain about that, but it's EA. Check below for the press statement.

Welcome Back, Keeper!  EA Announces Dungeon Keeper For Mobile Devices

Twisted New Take on Cult Classic Strategy Game Coming To iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android Devices This Winter

Horny’s Back and better than ever in Dungeon Keeper on mobile! Today, EA and Mythic studio announced a mobile reboot of the 1990s hit with the unveiling of Dungeon Keeper on site at EA’s Gamescom Business Lounge.  Coming to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices this winter, Dungeon Keeperprovides an addictive mix of strategic building and tower defense; it’s a ground-breaking mobile experience that’s diabolically fun to its core.

As the hands-on overlord of your very own subterranean lair, design a devilish dungeon with expertly laid tunnels and traps, unearth treasures, and collect and command minions in a battle to dominate the ever-expanding underworld.  Invade other players’ dungeons and unleash the powers of the Hand of Evil™. Your opponents will tremble in fear at the sight of your army and the force of your spells as you lay waste to their defenses and destroy their dungeons!

Filled with engaging graphics, explosive PvP and PvE gameplay, and wicked wit, Dungeon Keeper proves once again that it’s good to be bad.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    This was easily one of my top 3 or 4 games of all time. So much fun, so brilliant, and just so damn evil. It's rare, but I have to say it... Take my money!

    • Cheeseball

      It's still too early to say Cody. EA may have ruined it again.

  • Ancan

    I was so excited until the "free-to-play with in-app purchases" part. Instant turn-off.

  • Joshua Hill

    The graphics look a bit too clean and the palette is too bright for my taste. I hope they make it look and feel more like the original before releasing it.

  • Pedro Tirtawidjaja

    "free-to-play with in-app purchases"

    Construct an imp lair for 24 hours .Don't want to wait? Buy 3 diamonds from us for instant build, just click the Purchase button to buy a bundle.

    Ugh... No thanks. I better stick with the old PC version

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      dungeon lord wasn't bad either for the PC. I at least enjoyed it. It could have included a little mopre depth and adjustment in difficulty but wwas fun and pleasing on the eye

  • HornedBileCreeper

    Between this and War for the Overworld (wftogame.com) I feel like my 10+ year itch for a Dungeon Keeper sequel will be sated this year. :D

  • Funem

    I so wanted this to come to Android or iOS, but free to play.... nooooooo and as stated, graphics look to clean..... I'd buy a full game for £3-5 so would most if it stayed true to the original, but free to play has put me off unless its a one time only unlock full game/options. Hope the do Magic Carpet as well....

  • Smash41

    I bet this will be like the Theme Park they bought out on phones i.e nothing like the original and nothing more than a cash grab. Sigh.

  • Knersis

    Thanks EA, but I'll keep my money. I don't play free-to-play. You want me to play a game, then I'll pay for it and be done with it.
    This ridiculous new F2P is a load of rubbish.

  • Thomas’

    Fuckin' EA ruining EVERY game of my childhood. Go and die in a dungeon, seriously.

  • Chris

    It has NO art style, it's been cleansed of any personality and atmosphere. A shameful waste of a legendary license.

    As with a lot of reboots, our nostalgia is being massaged to be point where we're blind to a blatant and cheap cash grab.

  • bill mesa

    this was one of my favorite game back in highschool. and now EA is going to ruin it.. nooooo..
    seriously, I'm willing to pay over 10 bucks for remake of this rare game. but if EA decide to go to freemium route... well
    just like some people said, "nasty" game is indeed deserved to be "hacked".

    but I'll reserve my judgement until the game launch. hopefully its IAP won't be that bad.

    • cas_e

      I too would easily pay 10 euros for this. It's a coincidence because I actually looked at downloading it a couple of weeks ago (I bought a copy years ago so I think that makes me entitled).. but it seemed like it would be too old to run without hassle.

      I really hope this free to play thing doesn't ruin it.

  • Randa Hafza

    EA made PVZ2 f2p with IAP, but the game turned out great

    • welp

      Yeah I was pleasantly surprised with how the game is playing--I have not even once felt compelled to spend real money and I'm in world 3. Now I just need to figure out if I can get jalapenos/etc. without paying, and if there's going to be more additional game modes aside from the 3 challenge dungeons.

      • Matthew Fry

        Just the 3 worlds with the 3 stars as far as I know. My wife is through it already (she was naughty and made an NZ itunes account).

  • jeffhesser

    Glad to see it's a reboot and not just a remake. That game had excellent ideas that need to be cleaned up and brought into the world with some real developing power behind it. Can't wait!

  • Tomas Sirio

    NO FUCKING WAY

  • John Smith

    EA really rapes the gamer with IAP. For example, I love their Tetris game... yet the game becomes unplayable in later levels without purchasing coins for special powers. I'd have purchased the game flat-out but that's not possible.

    • Himmat Singh

      You're right. But, sadly the core mobile gaming market is only less than 10% of all mobile gamers. Say if we boycotted all the IAP-laden EA, Gameloft, Zynga, Mobage etc games, it wouldn't make any difference to them. It is the 90% casual gamers that these F2P games appeal to, and the casual gamers wouldn't give a shit about IAPs or not.

  • Joshua Willis

    Wow, leave it to EA to ruin another classic. They're a cancer in the gaming world.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    if (F2P | EA ) buy=no;

  • lcf

    If paid options will be mostly cosmetics (more or less like in LoL or WoT), then OK. If will be purely pay-to-win, then well, /wave.

    I don't mind re-makes of classics, if done properly, dut EA doesn't seem to get it right, sadly. If they'd be doing re-make of chess game from 90s, we'd have shooter on checkerboard (yeah, I am referring to the new Syndicate).

  • Thehype

    How about two game versions? One with iap and the other one without? I'm definately in for the premium version! :) plz plz plz no EA theme park like dungeon keeper!!!!!!

  • Mario

    IS THAT HELL BOY? LOL

  • LazarusDark

    looks a bit cartoony. and too clean. I like the idea of an updated DK, but I'm not sure this is what I would have done.

  • Harjifangki

    Please no F2P, please no F2P, Please no F2P...

    |EA has confirmed to us that the game will be free-to-play with in-app purchases

    Dammit.

  • Tomas Sirio

    Released a year ago and still sucks

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