Current Release: Open Beta, playable on all servers, free to play

How to play
If you own Starcraft II you can find the map in the arcade on all servers
If you don't own Starcraft II you can download the SC2 Starter Edition for free at this LINK

Dig underground tunnels, build rooms and attract creatures at your service, then use your army to annihilate your enemies.
Each room has a different use and can attract a specific type of creature, so it's up to you to build the best dungeon possible.
You can even build traps or research new spells.

Game Features
- Use your drones to dig and build your perfect underground hive/dungeon
- Attract different creatures researching and building new rooms types
- Full featured creatures AI that allows them to eat, sleep, train and work autonomously if you provide them the needed rooms
- Each creature has different abilities and can gain experience with fights or by training
- Quickly drag and drop your creatures where they are needed, you can even slap them to increase their work efficiency
- Research and build traps to welcome any intruder that dares to step into your territory
- Research and use spells to quickly destroy your opponents or support your army
- Play in different game modes, against waves of invading heroes or against other keepers
- Full featured playable tutorial

This map is freely inspired to Dungeon Keeper 2 but all the game will be transported to the starcraft universe. That means that all DK units, rooms and spells will be converted in SC2 units, giving them similar roles and abilities as they had in the original game.
For people who don't know, Dungeon Keeper was one of the most in depth strategy game created by Bullfrog in the old '90s.

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This patch contains improvements for performance, AI and possession.

Possession now allows the player to directly attack and use abilities while controlling a creature. Use left mouse click to use the basic attack, 1 or 2 for special abilities (when present) and right click to dig with drones.

NOTE: due to re-publishing limitations of the Rock the Cabinet contest, the map released on NA servers has the "attack while using possession" feature disabled. Until the contest is over, a second version of the map has been published with a different name.

To encourage map exploration I added one of the first upcoming changes: boosts.
Boosts are small items, scattered around the map, that can be activated for special bonuses. At these moments there are in game and more will be added in the future:
- Increase level of all your creatures by 1
- Heal all your creatures
- Temporarily increase efficiency for all your creatures
- Temporarily increase happinessfor all your creatures
- Spawn 4 additional drones
- Increase vespene gas
- Increase minerals
- Bonus global research (500 to each research tree)
- Bonus for a single research tree (1000)

Boosts Boosts

Last but not least, voice alerts made by Yushatak were added in game!

Full Changelog:

o First waves starting time slightly increased in normal and easy maps

o Optimized how dig selection works, that should improve performance in multiplayer game
o Drones dig and conquer AI greatly improved
o Drones now run away in fear when encountering enemies
o Creatures won't die anymore from hunger, however happiness of extremely hungry or tired creatures will decrease faster
o Modified creatures drop stun duration depending on creature type, agile creatures will be stunned for less time compared to clumsy ones
o Added boost items in all maps
o Improved alert system with new icons and voice messages
o Possession greatly improved and attacks during possession are now enabled (use left mouse for basic attack, right mouse for digging with drones and 1-2 for special abilities)

o Fixed a bug that could cause a stop in the tutorial after building a level 2 spore cannon
o Drones won't attack anymore while carrying an unconscious creature
o Fixed defeat screen UI

Bibendus' interview on Hive Keeper

Bibendus' interview on Hive Keeper


Blizzard updated the Hive Keeper spotlight thread with my interview on Hive Keeper, here you can find the transcription.

Hive Keeper featured by Blizzard, now free to play

Hive Keeper featured by Blizzard, now free to play

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Hive Keeper has been featured by Blizzard in the Starcraft II Arcade Highlights. This means that now you can play Hive Keeper for free, even if you don't...

Hive Keeper v0.97 BETA released

Hive Keeper v0.97 BETA released


This is another patch focused on bug fixing and polishing. The map is now published on china servers too!

Hive Keeper v0.96 BETA released

Hive Keeper v0.96 BETA released


This version was focused on adding new content and fixing some old bugs. From now on you can play in cooperative mode with a friend against invading waves...

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Clonest - - 413 comments

Looks like someone's been playing too much Lego: Rock Raiders :P

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Templarfreak - - 6,722 comments

So, I remember a while back when I tried this out. It was an O-K recreation, but that was like 2 years ago. So I'll be trying this out again in a couple days to see how much it's improved. =p

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Valherran - - 2,443 comments

I forwarded this page to a major Dungeon Keeper fan/development site, it should get some more publicity soon. :-)

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vissell - - 2 comments

I still have DK2 on disk and old computer to run it. Top-Class Fun.

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Templarfreak - - 6,722 comments

DK2 will actually run on XP, Vista, and 7 with a fan-made patch. =o

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Elbareth - - 80 comments

I wish more people played this :(

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Bibendus Creator
Bibendus - - 11 comments

be patient and players will come ;)

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Guest - - 693,048 comments

thats intersting, will you make girl creatures like there is in dungeon keeper? i always liked those, perhaps some monster girls too? some sexy ones would be nice.
ah, and before i forget, will there be a hero player mode? i always wanted one.

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Datrixtsw - - 14 comments

Is there anywhere I can dl this?

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Bibendus Creator
Bibendus - - 11 comments

you can find an old downloadable version here
but the updated one is playable only on

if the map becomes featured by blizzard it may become playable with the free SC2 client in the future

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Guest - - 693,048 comments

how do you play it on

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Bibendus Creator
Bibendus - - 11 comments

Just search for Hive Keeper in the arcade maps list and you'll find it.
It's published on all servers at the moment.

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