Dungeon Keeper 2
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|Dungeon Keeper 2|
Cover art for Dungeon Keeper 2
|Genre(s)||Real-time strategy, god game, dungeon management|
Dungeon Keeper 2 is a strategy game developed by Bullfrog Productions and published by Electronic Arts in 1999 for Microsoft Windows. It was released in Europe and North America in June 1999. It was the sequel to Dungeon Keeper and predecessor to the canceled Dungeon Keeper 3. Unlike the original, Peter Molyneux did not have an active role in the creation of Dungeon Keeper 2, though many of his ideas lived on from the previous game. Like its predecessor, players take the role of a 'dungeon keeper', building and defending an underground dungeon from the would-be heroes that invade it, as well as from other keepers. In the game's campaign mode, the player is charged with recovering the portal gems from each area in order to open a portal to the surface. This was charged as a setup for the sequel, where the gems would be used to invade the surface world and defeat the faction of goodly heroes.
As in the original, the player takes on the enigmatic form of a large floating green hand that moves things around the map, casts spells, and interacts with specific items. Like the original, Dungeon Keeper 2 places the player in the role of a malignant overlord bent on world domination. The player must conquer all the underground lands in the kingdom to recover the portal gems, which can be used to open a portal to the surface world so that it can be invaded by evil. The kingdom itself takes the form of a large table containing a 3-dimensional map where the player clicks where to attack next from the highlighted regions - this is quite similar to Dungeon Keeper's world map with mainly graphical improvements. There are 20 main levels in the campaign. Some levels have multiple methods of attack allowing the player to choose which method and sub-region they prefer.
Reviews varied highly, with some criticism about the lack of new features compared to its predecessor, Dungeon Keeper. IGN was among the highest raters of the game, awarding a score of 8.9 and the editor's choice award.
- Game Rankings review compilation  Retrieved on October 3, 2006.
- "Edge Online: Search Results" (E74). Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
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