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The Latest PC-CD Title From Bullfrog Proves the Old Saying That Nice Guys Finish Last

Los Angeles, CA, May 16, 1996 -- In the history of computer entertainment, traditional game developers have utilized the good vs. evil scenario, with the player assuming the hero role. Now Bullfrog takes this definition and gives it an unexpected twist in their new title, Dungeon Keeper. The player is now the evil dungeon keeper and must manage and control the dungeon as well as the sinister beings who preside there. Once again Bullfrog creates a game that expertly combines action and strategy as well as the sought-after multiplayer option for up to eight players, available on both Netbios and network IPX.

As their history proves, Bullfrog constantly pushes the envelope of technology. Dungeon Keeper's 360 degree fully-rotational, texture-mapped dungeon can be viewed isometrically from a third or first person perspective as well as from an overhead map view. In multiplayer mode, this means that four competing dungeons can be viewed on the same map. Other multiplayer options include a battle training arena or one dungeon keeper versus up to seven heroes/players.

Amidst the action, strategy and resource management are key elements in the dungeon keeper's success. Bullfrog's artificial intelligence (AI) technology has created an environment where creatures not only choose to live in your dungeon, but also set up their own lairs within its walls. The player can even take control of the creatures' actions, moving them to key areas or summoning them to battle. It's through this perspective that the one-on-one fight scenes are their most intense.

Other strategic elements involve the building of the dungeon. To store weapons and stolen treasure, it may be necessary to build an armory and treasury. Other structures such as a library, twisting hallways, training rooms, or traps may be necessary to successfully and efficiently run the dungeon. With 16 distinct spells and 16 different creatures and monsters, the deep, involving gameplay of Dungeon Keeper will more than satisfy Bullfrog fans around the world.

Since its formation in 1987, Bullfrog has created titles that have changed the face of gaming. Their first title, Populous, defined the 'god game' genre and has since inspired numerous clones. This was followed by other-winning titles such as Populous II, Powermonger, Syndicate, Theme Park, Hi-Octane, last year's Magic Carpet, and most recently, Magic Carpet 2. With over 85 awards to date, Bullfrog earned Computer Player Magazine's 1994 Best Software Developer award, as well as numerous similar awards in Europe.

Dungeon Keeper signals a renaissance for the fantasy role-playing genre. Dungeon Keeper will be distributed by Electronic Arts in June 1996 for the PC-CD with an SRP of US$59.95.

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