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The Dungeon Keeper Level Editor[1] is exactly what it says on the tin: a level editor for Dungeon Keeper (or The Deeper Dungeons). However, level scripts must be created separately. It was bundled with Dungeon Keeper Gold, but also available separately.

This is the official editor, made by Bullfrog. It is a different editor to the one they used during the development of Dungeon Keeper, for some of their levels feature things that cannot be done in this editor, such as having Gold bags in Treasure Rooms. Also, the editor used during development was part of the game itself; it was not a discrete program.

The Dungeon Keeper Editor came with two example maps: Single Example and Multi Example. It runs only on Windows; there is no DOS version. However, levels made using it will run on both versions of the game.

Due to the difficulty of running it on modern systems, this editor has fallen into disuse and has been replaced by Unearth.

How to use[]

The editor uses many of the same files as the game. Levels need to be copied from the game CD to the directory the game is installed in. The editor should work if the executable file is placed in the Dungeon Keeper directory. It can be tricky, but it's possible to get the official editor to work on Dungeon Keeper FX too (one method that's often recommended is having the editor's installation and data files separate to KeeperFX). Unfortunately, unlike the game, there's no framerate limit, so this can be somewhat difficult to use when run on modern computers because it runs too fast (it doesn't have the same framerate limit that the actual game has, and there's also no -fps parameter).

Trivia[]

Dungeon Keeper Editor Easter Egg

Hidden messages Easter Egg.

  • On 5 May 2021 (23 years after the editor's release) an Easter Egg similar to the well-known SKEKSIS and FECKOFF ones in the actual game was discovered.[2]
  • The manual was written by Jon Rennie.
  • Unlike in the actual game, the official editor lets you place traps on specific subtiles, which also means that you can place up to 9 on a tile.

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References[]

  1. Dungeon Keeper Gold Reference Card. p. 8.
  2. Another kept egg out of the dungeon (5 May 2021). Retrieved on 6 May 2021.
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