YMMV / Dungeon Keeper

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Hints throughout Dungeon Keeper 2 suggest the Forces of Good aren't quite so goodly, such as Lord Constantine being a coward who terrifies people into surrendering their land claims or Lord Avaricious taxing his people half to death so he can hoard their gold. The officially-licensed strategy guide one-ups this by stating that King Reginald murdered his father for the throne.
  • Annoying Video Game Helper: The Mentor, sometimes. Nothing too egregious though.
    • The Imps can be this as well, on some maps. They'll claim enemy and neutral territory whenever they can get to it. This can be a problem, especially if you're trying to avoid scripted sequences or butting up against an enemy's territory. Sure, you can lock them in a special room, but then you remember you need a few imps to mine gold and move traps.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Just listen to some of the mentor sound clips from the second game.
  • Demonic Spiders: Fairies of 4th level and higher can very easily reach this in groups, thanks to the lightning spell. On the plus side, they can't take as much damage.
    • Samurai can easily reach this status above 6th level, with the lightning spell, and they can see invisible creatures. They also gain freeze at level nine, and they can take as much damage as they can dish out.
    • A high level mistresses on the enemy side, like the samurai, can learn the lightning spell and speed up. What makes them worse is that they keep their distance. Level ten mistresses can even learn teleport.
  • Evil Is Cool: Basically the whole point of the game, that and evil being funny.
  • First Installment Wins: Both games are almost on par, the first one benefits from a more creepy, cavernoid and less humanoid atmosphere and the second one has several improvements. What tips the scales in favor of the original is the KeeperFX Fan Mod, as it keeps the game very alive and fresh three lustrums after its release; the community is fairly active and new scenarios and updates appear on a regular basis, while the sequel doesn't receive much love. And let's not even talk about the mobile version...
  • Game-Breaker: Convert the Lord Of The Land to your side... Then use the special items to carry him to the next level. You would be amazed how easier the next levels get when the initial waves of heroes are face to face with a stage boss that works for you. In the original, 16 of the 20 levels have an item that lets you carry a creature over to the next level and unlike Horny, the lord of the land is much less fickle, and almost as strong.
    • The Dark Knight is absurdly strong for his cost and is easy to amass in large numbers. It got to the point that he's limited (if not outright banned) in multiplayer. Compare to the Dark Angel, who is even stronger but is considered balanced due to his ludicrous cost.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: "JACKPOT WINNER!" You will drop anything, ANYTHING you are doing, up to and including micromanaging the destruction of a rival Keeper's heart, to zoom over to the Casino and watch your various creatures dance to Disco Inferno.
  • Porting Disaster: Initially, people argued that the GOG release of the sequel was this due to it apparently crashing a lot in Windows 7. . Thankfully, a patch was released to fix the hardware acceleration bugs, and the site eventually added official Windows 7 support.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The salamander in the second game is this to the more useful dragon in the original.
  • Squick: The Dungeon Heart in DK 1 (a glowing chest that contains the dungeon's life force) is replaced by a literal heart in the sequel.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In the first game, the description and the names of the lands are this. This should give you enough incentive to put them to the sword, by the way.
  • That One Level: "Woodsong" in the second game. You're on a time limit and have to build up a massive force, rush your way through an enemy encampment and lay siege to an enemy keeper while the whole heroic army bears down on your army (and your now-garrisoned dungeon) from behind. And if one of the heroes deals the killing blow to your enemy, you fail the mission. The 1.7 patch makes the level much easier by quadrupling the time limit. You probably still won't beat it, but the reason is completely different from before.
  • Ugly Cute: Imps.