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Molyneux: F2P Dungeon Keeper "ridiculous"

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While Peter Molyneux has fallen out of favor in recent years (he is one of Darryn’s many nemeses), he was the original creator of Dungeon Keeper. He checked out what EA did with his creation, and gave his usual form of constructive criticism.

Molyneux didn’t seem impressed by the amount of money required to avoid the long wait times in EA’s Free to Play (also dubbed Free to Wait because there is such minimal playtime) version of Dungeon Keeper:

I felt myself turning round saying, ‘What? This is ridiculous. I just want to make a dungeon. I don’t want to schedule it on my alarm clock for six days to come back for a block to be chipped

This is not the Dungeon Keeper we’ve been looking for. Who wants to spend a fortune for a mobile game just to move the action along, or spend days waiting for one block to be removed so that you can build? This is just the latest in a torrent of criticisms of this awful case study in how Freemium can go wrong. Players can’t even down vote the game – is EA doing any part of this right?

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If you are still interested in playing a Dungeon Keeper game that seems to be hitting all the right notes, you may want to check out the indie version – War for the Overworld. It’s available on Early Access through Steam, although it’s still in very early stages. However, it officially has Molyneux’s support – just check out his video telling people that if you want a proper Dungeon Keeper remake, this is the game to get:

Last Updated: February 10, 2014


  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 10, 2014 at 11:17

    Maybe EA should have called it a social experiment instead of a F2P game, like Cube?



  2. TiMsTeR1033

    February 10, 2014 at 11:20

    Go home Peter Molyneux you’re drunk!


  3. HvR

    February 10, 2014 at 11:25

    And Moly made The Cube and sold all the IP to EA to be deviled.

    And why is it everytime I see Peter Molyneux in a video does feel like he is trying to sell me insurance.


  4. Norm

    February 10, 2014 at 11:31

    I would absolutely LOVE a new PROPER Dungeon Keeper game.


    • Tarisma

      February 10, 2014 at 13:22

      everyone would


  5. Hammersteyn

    February 10, 2014 at 11:31

    He may be Peter, but he is right


  6. CC

    February 10, 2014 at 11:31



  7. Hondsepop

    February 10, 2014 at 11:36

    EA again. We don’t learn from our mistakes.


  8. Joe Black

    February 10, 2014 at 11:46

    Molyneux may sometimes do some wacky stuff, but he does try to give his games some soul – Something which many modern games are seriously lacking in.


  9. General JJ the ashamed

    February 10, 2014 at 11:48

    EA can suck it.


  10. Mike

    February 10, 2014 at 12:04

    I like how they always show the micro-transactions. Best value only 69.99 pounds. Best value, only more than a proper game.


    • General JJ the ashamed

      February 10, 2014 at 12:05

      Well, EA has a different opinion about what value is to the rest of the world.


  11. Eric

    February 10, 2014 at 12:04

    Bull! Frog


  12. Brett Gunter

    February 10, 2014 at 12:28

    I hate saying this, but for once I agree with Molyneux. EA’s now game seems to be a horrid mess and a shame to the series, and War for the Overworld really is hitting the right strides.

    2 things that I agree with Molyneux on, where is my life going? :/


  13. ToshZA

    February 10, 2014 at 14:06

    This has been on my wishlist for 4 or 5 months already. Don’t quite have the cash or I’d have already bought it.

    To clarify, War for the Overworld.


  14. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    February 10, 2014 at 14:39

    Well the guy has a point. The game is terrible. Complete disgrace not just to the franchise but to games in general. All this “pay-to-progress” crap has to stop. Once of payments or monthly subs if the game warrents it


  15. Joe Cimmarrusti

    February 11, 2014 at 06:32

    Being someone who played Peter’s first game on the Amiga called Populous do respect the man…however, I am still expecting him to create something on Kinect that he promised in the last generation…will he actually complete it on the new Xbox One? We’ll have to see….


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