Critic & User Reviews
Not a bad idea...
posted by Xenodeus (PORTLAND, OR) Nov 3, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Pros: Game mechanics are fairly straight forward, and where things might be a little unwieldy at times the game never pushes you too hard to 'think fast' making the controls fun and interesting. The originality does keep it fairly interesting. The minions are a riot too, collecting bits of junk to wear into combat, like giant candy canes and pumpkins. Extra credit for the programmer who gave them sombreros and those mustaches.
Cons: Two things really got me, one this game was clearly not bug checked, and if it was they should get their money back. In less than 10 hours of game play, my system locked up no less than four times. Additionally, when I accidentally summoned my minions back from pushing an object too soon I couldn't resume pushing the object, forcing a reset and setting me back a small ways. The autosave kept these from being a huge issue, but they shouldn't have been an issue at all. Second, I almost never needed money. You get forges that allow you to purchase upgrades to your minions and your overlord, and throughout the game from that point on I was super powered. I almost never lost a minion until near the end, and as such was never challenged.
Minions and Bugs
posted by dekarobo84 (MANASSAS, VA) Nov 2, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Had its fair share of bugs too. Minions keep getting stuck or vanishing from the game all together. Second to last boss battle was interupted by the boss defeat scene when I had only halfway defeated it.
Still had a lot of fun playing the game. Would have been nice to have some unlockable content or outfits for the minions but what the game did provide was entertaining.
Shake your minions right!
posted by Vignirsson (SANTA CRUZ, CA) Jun 29, 2009
Member since Nov 2005
7 out of 9 gamers (78%) found this review helpful
Game play is summed up in a rinse, lather, repeat format where everything you have played in the original Overlord is completely the same, except that the mapping for the controller is a bit… different. No longer are you using the right stick to sweep your minions around to break things, you are now pointing and clicking with the hopes that they will respond. The real issue is the waggling to charge up the minions. While the catch and shake side of it is all well and good, the releasing is a bit sloppy. There are many times I burned through minions because I couldn’t get the release portion down. When you have a game rely on something as key as this to continue on, it is important to get those controls tight/better. My wrist hasn’t felt the same since.
Battles are the same as the original Overlord, the action/adventure layout with themed puzzles and trial and error combos. It is easy to get your minions to target and attack an enemy but it is tougher to get them to attack multiple enemies, even with the assistance of targeting. While minion control is an issue, the clunky feeling of attacking with the overlord himself is more of an issue. From swinging your axe to casting magic, it can sometimes be a chore.
Story is well written, as I expect anything from this series to be. As a forgotten child of a local lord who is obsessed with returning his kingdom to his former glory, you find yourself in a Cinderella-esque setup.
All in all, I have to admit that this is a fun game until you hit some of the flaws of the controllers. While it was a good idea to attempt the waggle, it shouldn't have been a key portion of the game itself. Rent this and see if you enjoy it, but don't come crying to me when your wrist kills you from exploding minions
Wonderful yet too easy and short.
posted by ThaSquare (ROSEVILLE, CA) Aug 8, 2009
Member since May 2007
5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful
What really irked me though was the map. there's about 12 or so sections in the game, if mind serves correctly, and they're all laid out in (what should be) order on the map menu. however, the exits don't match up. The menu may show two areas bordering each-other east to west but when you actually go to western most area and try to take the east exit, you may end up in another place altogether.
Also disappointing is hit detection and its sound. You can hit enemies with your weapon to aid your minions but there is no animation or sound to let you know you made contact. It's not too big a deal, but it just seems more unrealistic to me that way.
All in all, it's a good game for 10 hours worth of entertainment.
Overlord Dark Legend from an Overlord Fan
posted by OniRae (FEDERAL WAY, WA) Jul 24, 2009
Member since Dec 2007
4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
As a point with this one the game itself has a drawing story, and an open line but the same kinda repetition as the previous 3.. Rebuild your hordes by reclaiming stolen hives and then wage your own personal war on all those who cross your evil path.
The graphics for this one leave a little to be wished for but they are on par for what I expected to come from the Wii.
The control system is great and involving which does make up for the graphics and as with all the Overlord games the Minions are worth all in sheer laughter
Overlord: Dark Legend
posted by haza12d (GLENDALE, CA) Jul 7, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
Best game ever!!!!
posted by kidsreview (AMARILLO, TX) Aug 18, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
1 out of 6 gamers (17%) found this review helpful
i liked the other two more.
posted by sirjosh10 (SCRANTON, PA) Jul 22, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
Overlord = cute?
posted by Mandy23 (PORTER, OK) Jul 16, 2010
Member since Jul 2008
The graphics were, like many of you have said, a bit glitchy from time to time, but I didn't have the problems of the game locking up on me.
I didn't finish the game, but I did log a few hours over the course of a week or so and I did enjoy this game, mostly because of the minions. I have a dark sense of humor I guess - but I think they are so blasted cute!
I just love having them smash up objects and then say, "For the massssttteerrrr!" It is good entertainment. ;)
That being said, don't expect too much from this game. I know I didn't, it was a mere rental and I had fun with it.
A solid 7 for me!
I love this game
posted by anime3443 (NORTH STREET, MI) Mar 10, 2010
Member since Dec 2008
Good idea but bad execution.
posted by longhair19 (AUBURN, AL) Feb 21, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
posted by Renegade17 (COLUMBUS, OH) Feb 3, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
Another shortcoming of it is being shorter than most Wii games I played, I beat it about 4 days after renting.
Now for the good, I found the controls to be very good, controlling my minions was easy to do and it was simple to get them to collect things for me, not to mention the strategy involved with them, you had to use certain ones at certain times, and I found their dialogue to be hilarious. The story was simple and didn't require much fluff, all it seemed to do was to give you an excuse to bash things in with your weapon and minions. As non-existant it was, I enjoyed it because to me, it was hilarious as well, so even though others may find it bad, I found it good because I wanted to get straight to the action and not hear people blab about nothing (or everything depending on the game).
Overall, it was a good experience, but not one that I will probably experience again due to the notorious glitches that I am sure that everyone has heard about, not to mention the short story that only takes a few hours to go through. If you don't mind the short playthrough and a few glitches don't bother you, then by all means, I recommend this game as it had a lot of other things that were certainly enjoyable such as the infamous endearing minions that made the game what it is today.
posted by lintlicker (SALAMANCA, NY) Jan 6, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
Didn't Live Up To My Expectations
posted by DaTruth78 (BLOOMING GROVE, TX) Jan 3, 2010
Member since Dec 2008
posted by Justinator (ATLANTA, GA) Dec 28, 2009
Member since Dec 2009
The story is good, the gameplay is mostly enjoyable and the characters don't make you want to mute your television.
It's just too short.
rated teen but it takes you back
posted by dooger (SYRACUSE, NY) Dec 18, 2009
Member since Jul 2008
the fact that you have minions to do your bidding is asome and there are different minions for different tasks giving the game a puzzle type feel to it, dont worry they arent that hard, not even puzzles at all, just this minion can walk here and this can do that, basic strength and weaknesses. you get to power-up your guys and yourself with money that you collect and money is EVERYWHERE so something that causts $7,000 dollers it isnt that hard to get, you will have that amount about 3/4 the way through the mission so it makes it easy. another ASOME feature is the teleporter, so when they say go to this place and its all the way on the other side of the map it takes 2 secs instead of the usuall 10-20 mins. this game was a mix of all the things i like in a game, a game that isnt too chalenging, simple to complete, money and weapons are easy to obtain, just all around good fun, and the fact that you can order others to do what you want makes it that more fun because you can take the sacrifice.
i havent played the other OVERLORD's but i have them on my list so i HIGHLY recomend this game to ENYBODY!!! (wouldn't buy it though, no replay value whats-so-ever good rent though)
fun but over too soon.
posted by Jeremy87 (OREGON, WI) Dec 18, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
reason #1, it is super easy. i think there was like 3 times in the entire game were i kinda came close to dying. 99.9% of the time you are sending your endless supply of minions onto the enemy/boss and never really worrying about the consequences. making the game seem redundant and a little boring at times. it also makes the game fly by since you never have to start over or try a different tactic on a boss that you just can't beat the first time through. this leads me to reason #2
reason #2, it is a very short game. like we are talking maybe 6-8 hrs. possibly 8-9 if you do the side quests. but i mean the game seems to be made this way. whenever the next series of upgrades come out you have so much money you end up buying the best thing right away and then just hording money until the next time.
all in all it was a fun time waster. not much thought is needed and the puzzles are super simple if you can actually call them that. this is a good game to rent not to buy.
posted by HelloKitty (EAST CANTON, OH) Dec 18, 2009
Member since Dec 2009
This game should only b played by ppl without XBOX
posted by played (NOVATO, CA) Nov 23, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
if u have..... dont get this game
the story just cuts out in the middle of the game and its over. just like that its horrible
posted by kriggens (RICHLAND, WA) Nov 20, 2009
Member since Nov 2007
More minions, more problems
posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) Oct 21, 2009
Member since Mar 2006
In a twisted fairy tale world, you play a young noble tormented by his insufferable older siblings. Then, on his 16th birthday, he gets a menacing suit of armor and the ability to control minions. The game then takes you through his quest to steal power from his siblings and rule with an iron fist. Pretty sweet, really.
Controlling your minions will instantly remind you of Pikmin, but the minions in Overlord are a bit smarter than their flower-headed counterparts. Only the blue minions even go into water, file along narrow corridors and know how to handle themselves in combat. They're also far hardier, only dying after putting up a good fight. And spawning them is far easier, simply calling them from portals with the life force of fallen enemies. This makes the game streamlined and easy to play.
You'll collect tons of money which you can spend on armor and weapon upgrades for yourself and upgrades to your minions. However, you'll have so much money, you can buy everything quickly.
This brings us to the biggest flaws in the game.
First, it's easy. Even the bosses don't pose much threat and you can continually spawn new minions to replace the fallen ones. There are no real puzzle are strategy elements to the game, just four types of minions with special abilities that get you through environmental obstacles.
Second, it's short. Overlord is over in about 7 hours. Even short RPGs should last over 10 hours. This seriously hurts the game, since you can do everything in a day and there's no replay value.
Third, it's small. There's about 15 areas on the map and each has pre-determined pathways with invisible barriers. This is the part of Fable I didn't want to revisit.
It's a nice trip, but it's so incredibly short. Too bad, because it's good while it lasts. It's a great example of a rental.
posted by Creaks (RIALTO, CA) Oct 19, 2009
Member since May 2008
The big complaint I have it that I can't tell when the game has saved itself or not. I read a walkthrough on line and it said when the game has a loading symbol running in between scenes then it has saved the game. But that doesn't always seem true.
posted by fraskew (MATTHEWS, NC) Oct 16, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
Good game but short
posted by BigHeadB (TUSCALOOSA, AL) Oct 16, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
Alot of fun, easily played by a child, but complex enough to keep you interested.
posted by rich12 (LANCASTER, CA) Sep 24, 2009
Member since Sep 2008