Rooks Keep is a PC based, fantasy melee deathmatch/arena game. Best described as "UT with swords", players will battle it out in a selection of game-modes, across a variery of maps.

-Fantasy Deathmatch:
Primary to Rooks Keep is the 3rd-person combat system involving quick and slow attacks, blocking, parrying, dodging and a selection of upgradeable skills. Each character also features their own unique skill. In addition, a basic character skill system allows asymetric fights, eg: The Rook is more powerful than the Pawn. Players can use skill points to either use a more powerful piece or upgrade their current one.

-Game Modes
Rooks Keep features a selection of game-modes, from free-for-all and team based modes, to Chess variations:

  • Deathmatch: Free-for-all combat; killed or be killed.
  • Team-Deathmatch: Any number of teams duke it out for victory.
  • Conversion: Teams attempt to convert members of other teams to their own side by killing them. Last alive on the team becomes the Warlord!
  • Combat Chess: It's Chess, but with a chance for the victim of an attack to fight their way out of certain death.
  • Classic Chess: Classic Chess mode; the victim does not fight back..
  • Last Man Standing: You have a set number of lives; be the last man standing after the dust settles.
  • Last Team Standing: You, and by extension your team, has limited lives; fight to be the last team standing.

-Factions & Theme:
Rooks Keep currently features two unique factions; the forces of the Kingdom and the beasts of Darkspawn. The game is set in a varierty of detailed fantasy environments, featuring maps for both deathmatch and Chess modes. Players will get control of six character per side, based on traditional Chess pieces (Pawn, Rook, Queen, etc) and each uniquely animated and ready to commit hideous acts of carnage.
Rooks Keep also features an extensive blood and gore system for particularly messy battles.

-Multiplayer & AI:
Singleplayer, Online and LAN is supported for all game-types, where up to 32? players can fight it out in all the non-Chess modes. AI bots can be added to all deathmatch game-modes and there is even a slightly functional Chess AI! Alternatively, players can simply play on the same computer in the traditional Chess mode.

-Unreal Tech:
Rooks Keep is running on Epic Games™ excellent Unreal® Development Kit™ which allows us to create great looking environments and pieces.

We will be revealing more information and features as the project evolves, so stay tuned.

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Review from Ordinary Gamer

Review from Ordinary Gamer

2 years ago News 0 comments

Hail all! We have a great review of Rooks Keep from Ordinary Gamer. Give it a read!

Rooks Keep: Demo release

Rooks Keep: Demo release

2 years ago News 6 comments

Hi there! Well, Rooks Keep has been available for a week now, so we found a bit of time to release the demo.

Rooks Keep released!

Rooks Keep released!

2 years ago News 2 comments

Rooks Keep has been released, and is available to buy right now, for $15.

Release date:

Release date:

2 years ago News 0 comments

It's been quite a journey, but it nears it's end. Rooks Keep is set to release on June 14!

Source code - v1.01

Source code - v1.01

2 years ago Source Code 1 comment

This is the source code for the game that you can use as a guide to create your own mods.

Slow Time Combat Mutator 01

Slow Time Combat Mutator 01

2 years ago Slow Time Combat Mutator Script 0 comments

V01 Time is slowed down for a brief period everytime you take or deal damage. The more damage, the more time is slowed down.

Rooks Keep - Patch v1.01

Rooks Keep - Patch v1.01

2 years ago Patch 0 comments

A small patch to address a number of issues, mainly relating to network functionality.

Rooks Keep - Demo

Rooks Keep - Demo

2 years ago Demo 3 comments

The Rooks Keep demo is free to download and try. Included content: -Three maps (2 Deathmatch, 1 Combat Chess). -Gametypes: Deatmatch, Conversion &amp...

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richietenenbaum Jun 19 2013 says:

Does this game not have any controller support?? Cuz dats a deal breaker.

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RuneStorm Jun 19 2013 replied:

Yes indeed, it has controller support ;) Works bloody well if I do say so myself.

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richietenenbaum Jun 19 2013 buried:


Yes it does! I just checked on their website. Do a little research next time, ******.

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d3fc0none Jun 21 2013 replied:

Are you bloody retarded or something?

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megablue7 Jun 20 2013 replied:

you called yourself the guy answering his own question a ****** -_-

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richietenenbaum Jun 21 2013 replied:

It was a satirical joke, graphic and ridiculous. Clearly ahead of its time. Peace out NERDS!

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richietenenbaum Jun 21 2013 replied:

Dude, you're not even funny. Total gaytard.

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gannucard Jun 22 2013 replied:

>go to profile
>see this man is 20 years old.
>laugh for 10 minutes while browsing.

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richietenenbaum Jun 22 2013 replied:

Lol, he needs to get a life! What a queerbag.

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*Flame* Jun 18 2013 says:

Epicness. Tacking n_n

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ceriux May 17 2013 says:

looks nice.

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Chyro Apr 4 2013 says:

Goeie Werk!

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Highest Rated (2 agree) 10/10

All features work as advertised, and there's a lots of awesome features that's missing in other AAA titles, like mod support, LAN, and even gamepad support.

That and it's extremely fun.

Jun 19 2013 by hideinlight


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