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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reok Mar 28 2013 says:

Looks interesting! Following :)

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Oneofthe8devilz Nov 6 2012 says:

Now that's what I call maximizing the potential of the UDK. Amazing quality for an indie studio. This one deserved my first Greenlight vote... Loving the graphics, the game modes, multiplayer with AI and LAN support :)

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cW#Ravenblood Oct 22 2012 says:

Looks stunning, amazing work!
Your Conversion Game Modes seems to be funny and interesting!

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L0n3r Jul 11 2012 says:

This will be oustanding! And original too!
I read that there will be also local multiplayer for traditional chess in the same pc! Maybe it's the easiest feature implemented, or maybe not, but a very welcomed one!

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L()KI Jul 11 2012 says:

Sweet more SA games.

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Linkkun Oct 16 2011 says:

this is pretty beastly lol

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lukaluka94 Aug 19 2011 says:

Fantastic. Tracking.

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Joe_Shmoe Aug 10 2011 says:

Looking good for an army of 3!!!

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Davision Jun 8 2011 says:

Looks awesome! :)
I wonder what the alternative gametypes be like.

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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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