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Rooks Keep

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Deathmatch. AI & Multiplayer. Chess. Decapitation.

Descend into a brutal tournament where factions of sinister knights and grotesque beasts battle for domination in bloody arena matches and furious melee brawls. Crush opponents with hammers and shields, rend flesh with razor sharp claws and slice off heads with swords and axes.
In Rooks Keep, players will maim their competitors in both a selection of deathmatch-arena game-modes such as 'Deathmatch', 'Team-Deathmatch', 'Conversion', 'Chess', 'Last-Man-Standing' and 'Combat Chess'. Play solo, jump into multiplayer matches, or add AI opponents to squash under-foot in both single and multiplayer. We even support 3rd party Chess engines.
The game is set in a uniquely styled fantasy world, where factions battle ceaselessly for your entertainment.Key Features
  • Arena gameplay
    Players will enter into a variety of game-modes, such as Deathmatch, Last-Man-Standing and Conversion(kill enemies to convert them to your team), and battle across a variety of maps with many available options and mutators.
  • Melee combat
    The focus of Rooks Keep is on the fantasy melee combat system, featuring quick and heavy attacks, parrying, blocking, dodging and special abilities and skills.
  • Chess
    Players can play in both Classic Chess and the unusual Combat Chess mode, where players have the opportunity to fight to retain their place on the board if attacked.
  • AI/LAN/Online
    Rooks Keep presents players with single-player solely against AI bots, LAN and online. Also supported are 3rd party Chess engines. Even hot-seat Chess is available.
  • Unreal & mod support
    Built on the Unreal® Development Kit™, Rooks Keep offers extensive mod support. Players will be able to use the included UnrealEd tool to build their own maps and mods.
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System requirements for PC

  • OS: Win XP SP3, Win 7
  • Processor: 2.4GHz Dual core CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512MB Shader Model 3.0 Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or AMD Radeon HD 3870
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Controller supported
  • OS: Win XP SP3, Win 7
  • Processor: 2.6GHz Quad core CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 5850
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 3 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Controller supported
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Defeat an upgraded piece (5 skills at least) without your own upgrades
Kill 10 team members
Kill 25 enemies without dying
Flawless Victory
Win a round without losing a life (LMS, TLMS)
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Rooks Keep reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Spain
"It Takes longer to read this than to be decapitated. 8.6/10 "The World of Combat Games is very limited, we find fighting titles a bit out of the question and others somewhat more realistic as Chivalry: Medieval Warfare or Blade Symphony where no matter how good you think you are always someone better than you. An example of this is Rooks Keep, a simple and easy-to-look game. But It is not, because the combat here will show you why you are bad and the Enemy will tear you apart mercilessly. Welcome to the arena. Currently the game has a wide variety of game modes, which in turn have their own game modes (at least one). Each mode takes a certain aspect and uses it to make the best possible experience, even if it also has its flaws. In sand, you can choose between other modes to play, each one with its own characteristics and objectives. Among them Deathmatch, the most common and simple of them, where you only have to confront the enemies to win. Last Man Standing where wins the last to stand and conversion, one of which I found more interesting because every enemy you kill happens to be your team. All of them focused on LAN/Online fighting for many players with the ability to fight AI, and with gameplay like this nothing could be missing. Or is it? It seems that it has not been enough, because the game includes the one that is just the best way I have seen for a while. Where we can play chess in the classic way (using creatures as pieces) or in a twisted version of it, where we can defend our squares in combat if the enemy attacks them. Rooks Keep has proven that not only is fun, but it looks amazingly good, lighting effects and animation well done with environments and textures of great quality make it not only entertaining to play, but also make it attractive to watch. On the other hand, the sound does not stand out as much as the graphic aspect, delivering a soundtrack full of easily forgotten pieces and a great majority of sounds that do not finish convincing. A shame to find such a polished title in almost every aspect to have shortcomings in its sound aspect. Pros: Incredible combat System. Attractive and impressive Design. Hard and well-built Artificial Intelligence. A unique way to mix an RPG with Chess. Cons: It Can become very difficult. It is Currently only available in English, although there is not much text. Conclusion: Rooks Keep is a curious mix of RPG, Combat and Chess, written sounds strange but it is inevitable to recommend something like that. A title that will enchant the fans of the combat games and even the fans of chess, difficult, attractive and very fun. Rooks Keep is one of those jewels on Steam that is definitely worth a try. Full Analysis at Spoil Everything [spoileverything.wordpress.com] This analysis was performed with a copy of the game provided by the RuneStorm team.
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