After the dungeon keeper reissue for smartphones could not inspire the fans, we have waited a long time to slip into the role of evil again and to be allowed to manage a dungeon. With Legend of Keepers this moment has finally come. We are the lord of the dungeons and our job is to keep the brave heroes from stealing our gold. We were able to look into the early access phase of the game and tell you our impressions of the Roguelite Dungeon Manager.

Between Darkest Dungeon and Dungeon Keeper

Goblinz Studio is based on the game principle of the successful Darkest Dungeon. There you lead a group of heroes in dungeons to get powerful items and wealth and defeat opponents. The battles are turn-based and the heroes and monsters have one action per turn. In Legend of Keepers you now control the monsters instead of the heroes.

The game is played from a 2D side perspective and apart from the placement of the monsters and the placement of the traps, the player cannot change the structure of the dungeon. So you can only decide in which rooms which monsters and traps you want to place. It is specified which room is intended for monsters and which for traps. Here we would have wished that at least one could determine the order of the rooms themselves. Strategic freedom is severely restricted by the requirements.

The Dungeon Master and its tasks







Every week as administrator of the dungeon you have different tasks to perform. You have the task of which of the tasks you want to tackle. However, you can only choose one task per week.



Every week as administrator of the dungeon you have different tasks to perform. You have the task of which of the tasks you want to tackle. However, you can only choose one task per week.

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At the beginning you choose a dungeon master. When all of your traps and monsters have been defeated and overcome by the "good guys", your Dungeon Master is the final exam. In addition to fighting, you spend a lot of time managing the dungeon. As administrator you have different areas of responsibility. In addition to fending off heroes, you have to take care of the monsters, keep your Dungeon Master fit, take raids, get rid of tax collectors and much more. You can also expect random events that can harm you by hurting you or knocking out your monsters. However, there are also positive events that increase your wealth or grant you rare artifacts. These artifacts can have different effects. They are permanently active and offer passive bonuses on monsters, opponents, traps and other things. For example, one artifact can increase trap damage, another can increase income through successful defense. This results in different approaches that the player can choose between. This means that the job of the Dungeon Masters offers a lot of variety and does not get boring.

This fact is also reflected in the way you can defeat the heroes. Either you destroy your adversaries by reducing the hit points to zero, or you break their morale and drive them to flee your empire.

Monsters, traps and types of damage







This overview shows which monsters are available to you and in which room they are currently stationed. In addition, the motivation level of the monsters can be viewed. If a monster has a low motivation level, it can recover in the garrison.



This overview shows which monsters are available to you and in which room they are currently stationed. In addition, the motivation level of the monsters can be viewed. If a monster has a low motivation level, it can recover in the garrison.

Source: PC Games




The different types of monsters and variants of traps each have a specific type of damage. These types of damage are important because the enemy heroes have different resistance values. So you have to keep an eye on which heroes are weak against which damage type. Unsurprisingly, the enemy hero who is weak against ice damage can be defeated with monsters that use ice attacks. Since the monsters also have resistance values, the player has to be twice careful which unit makes sense in which encounter. Between the rooms with traps and monsters are rooms in which the player can select effects and abilities that are applied either to their own monsters or to the opposing heroes. Their skills play an important role in the formation of the monsters. Each ability has a fixed scope. For example, a melee can only hit the front enemy, while ranged skills or spells can hit rear or even multiple positions.







Depending on the level, the monsters and heroes have up to three skills that they can use during a fight.



Depending on the level, the monsters and heroes have up to three skills that they can use during a fight.

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In addition to direct hits that make life difficult for you, units can also suffer permanent damage every round. This happens, for example, through bleeding damage, frostbite, poison damage or fire damage. If you cast two attacks in a row that cause bleeding damage to the opponent, the rounds add up and the damage done per round. Traps can also hit the heroes with permanent damage. Some characters deal bonus damage when there is certain permanent damage on an enemy. This opens up even more tactical options. The more unit types you collect, the greater the options for installation. You can only equip a room with monsters that do poison damage, or you can confront the heroes with a horde of ice monsters.

Progression and Monster Management

If one of the monsters subordinate to us blesses time, it loses two motivation points. The number of motivational points a monster has depends on the type of monster. If the motivation drops to zero, it fails for a short time and cannot be set up. The garrison is the resort for unmotivated monsters and regenerates motivation over several rounds. If there are too many monsters in the garrison or fail, you have to populate the dungeon with fewer monsters. This has one major disadvantage and the risk of the heroes ending the dungeon is greater. As in the real world of work, you should make sure that the employees are completely satisfied, otherwise your own company or in the case of your own dungeon will break down at some point.







With the accumulated experience points you level up your dungeon masters so that they can survive against the onslaught hordes of heroes.



With the accumulated experience points you level up your dungeon masters so that they can survive against the onslaught hordes of heroes.

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If you have survived a virtual year without a defeat, very strong heroes will try to explore your own dungeon. These are called champions. So the chance of losing is the highest. However, if you defeat the champions, you will enter the second year. There are more options, rooms and monsters. If you hold out for three years, you have successfully completed one run and you get even more experience points. If you should die in such a run, you still collect experience points. These can be used to level up the dungeon master. This allows the monsters, but also the dungeon master himself, to receive bonuses and certain status effects. In our run, for example, the Dungeon Master was more likely to get a damage bonus for fallen monsters. The higher the level of the Dungeon Masters, the higher the chance to successfully complete a run.

However, we felt that leveling up had little impact on the game. In addition, the difficulty of the runs seemed to vary too much. For example, we were able to complete the first run every three years, but on the second try we failed because the champions were far too strong, even though our dungeon master was no longer level 1 but level 10. As usual with Roguelikes, your success depends on chance and luck and not just on your ability. It can be extremely frustrating.

Atmospheric graphics
High replayability
A lot of tactical depth
Unique game idea
Very randomly based
Only two heroes playable
Heroes differ only minimally

Legend of Keepers is a well-made management game with Roguelike elements and a bright future.

After each successful defense, you can choose between three rewards. (Source: PC Games)