Dungeon Keeper

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Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Keeper cover
Bullfrog Productions
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS June 26, 1997
Windows June 26, 1997
Windows (DOSBox) June 2, 2011
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, First-person
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres Building, RTS
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Fantasy
Series Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Keeper on MobyGames
Dungeon Keeper on Wikipedia
Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Keeper 1997
Dungeon Keeper 2 1999

General information

Dungeon Keeper Wiki
Keeper Klan - A fansite for the series
Official KeeperFX website
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
DOS: Requires files that remain on the CD, the path which is indicated in KEEPER.CFG.
Dungeon Keeper Gold. DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[1]
macOS (OS X)
Included with EA Play.
DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]

Version differences[edit]

Dungeon Keeper Gold Edition[edit]

An enhanced version of the game that comes with the base game, The Deeper Dungeons expansion, the Direct3D Patch, Official Patch, official level editor, and exclusive desktop theme pack.

GOG.com release[edit]

A cut down version of the pack which only includes pre-configured DOS versions of the base game and The Deeper Dungeons expansion. All other extras are not present.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Deeper Dungeons

Essential improvements[edit]


Official Patch[edit]

The Dos retail version has an update. Fixed include updating computer AI, creature balance, and creature activity algorithms.

It may be downloaded from Keeper Klan.

Direct3D Patch[edit]

For the Windows version only
The official patcher is not compatible with the GOG.com release

An official patch that adds 3D acceleration support to the game and its expansion.

It can be downloaded from Keeper Klan.

An alternate version of the patch is available if there are issues with the original patcher.



A reimplementation of Dungeon Keeper that allows for modern OS support and extended functionality over the original release.

KeeperFX was forked into a project called "KeeperFX Unofficial", It included numerous new fixes and features over the original. That fork has now gone onto becoming the official version and thus is now called simply "KeeperFX".

This maintained version can be downloaded from the Keeper Klan Forum and GitHub.

A full copy of the game (either retail or digital release) is required.

Game data[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\KEEPER.CFG
Windows <path-to-game>\KEEPER.CFG[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVE
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


In-game video settings. From left to right, top row first: Shadows, View Distance, View Type, Wall Height, Gamma Correction
In-game video settings. From left to right, top row first: Shadows, View Distance, View Type, Wall Height, Gamma Correction

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Alt+R to toggle High Resolution mode. The game crops the top and the bottom of the screen, resulting in a smaller view of the game world.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Music
Surround sound
Most in-game messages and alerts still receive a highly visible notification. Enemy banter and level select narration receives no subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Unofficial localization by «Творческая группа "Дядюшка Рисёч»


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4 Versus
Online play

Connection types

Issues unresolved[edit]

Original Windows executables do not run/function[edit]

The following fix will allow the 3D accelerated executables to launch successfully. However, the main menu and cursor are unusable. The opening cutscene is also choppy
The fix was tested for the GOG.com release
Even with this partial fix, the software rendered executables (keeper95.exe and deeper95.exe) will not run at all
Add partial compatibility (GOG.com release)[3]
  1. Download and setup dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Once the initial setup is done, go to the MS subfolder.
  3. Copy the D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll files and paste them into <path-to-game>.
  4. Afterwards, download the Direct3D Patch (alternate download) and extract its contents to <path-to-game>.
  5. Next, open KEEPER.CFG with Notepad or other text editor.
  6. Change the value of INSTALL_PATH from C:\ to <path-to-game>.
    • When the DOS version wants to be used again, revert INSTALL_PATH back to C:\ to avoid issues.
  7. Save the changes made to the file.
  8. Run either keepd3d.exe (base game) or deepd3d.exe (The Deeper Dungeons expansion).

Reversed Audio - DOS[edit]

Some users reported reversed audio.[4]

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing under modern Windows[edit]

The game installer is 16-bit only, making it impossible to install the game without a 3rd party solution.
Use KeeperFX[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5
Software renderer
DOS video modes VGA, SVGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Smacker

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 6.2
Processor (CPU) Intel 486
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) VGA, SVGA
1 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 150 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 3.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 200 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data.


  1. List of GOG games using DOSBox, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  2. Verified by User:ThatOneReaper on November 19, 2016
  3. Verified by User:ThatOneReaper on November 19, 2016
  4. DK Gold Stereo Reversed - GOG.com forums