Reviews

XPD8.net - 5/5
All in all, for a super small game, at a bargin price, this is a gem.
Read more at XPD8.net

Bytten - 92%
... Kivi's Underworld is a high quality offering which will appeal to both the more casual market and the more experienced RPG fan looking for something fun and easy to get into.
Read more at Bytten

AtomicGamer - 89%
The enjoyment factor in this hack-and-slash game alone is well worth the price if you are looking for something that is an absolute blast to play.
Read more at AtomicGamer

Hooked Gamers - 8/10
... Kivi’s Underworld is a perfect example of why certain game genres will never completely die off. Kivi’s Underworld is a classic third person Hack and Slash with considerable cast of characters and an entertaining storyline that is reminiscent of the days of yore when Polyhedrons ruled the tabletop and DMs were a deity.
Read more at Hooked Gamers

Mac Life - 4/5
Kivi’s Underworld is a Diablo-esque romp that’s fun to play and appropriate for kids. And considering the amount of gameplay you get for $20, your wallet might be as happy as your monster-killing trigger finger.
Read more at Mac Life

Your Local Guardian - 8/10
...Kivi’s Underworld is an enjoyable title that features a vast array of different levels and characters that will keep you coming back for more each time.
Read more at Your Local Guardian

Gamers Daily News - 8/10
Kivi’s Underworld is a damned fine hack-n-slash that hearkens back to gaming days of yore when you couldn’t swivel the camera and only needed a mouse, a spacebar and the enter key.
Read more at Gamers Daily News

Games32 - 80
Kivi's Underworld is bound to attract the attention that it deserves, from both casual and hardcore gamers alike.
Read more at Games32

Indie Games blog - no score, but very positive
So imagine my surprise when I booted it up and began enjoying myself an absurd amount.
Read more at Indie Games blog

Rampant Games - no score, but very positive
Kivi's Underworld fills the bill nicely - it's pretty, its fun, it's simple - a great little RPG that feels a little less "cutsey" than, say, Fate.
Read more at Rampant Games

Tea Leaves - no score, but very positive
Kivi’s Underworld is simple to play and offers hours of engrossing straightforward entertainment, for both Mac and PC.
Read more at Tea Leaves

Casual Gamer Chick - no score, but very positive
Kivi’s Underworld is a great game for any RPG fan, but would also be a good game for someone looking to discover the magic of an RPG game.
Read more at Casual Gamer Chick

Gaming's Edge - no score, but very positive
Yet another Diablo clone? Guess again, wise guy. Soldak once again puts a spin on the traditional hack-and-slash, using a skill system unlike anything I've ever seen before.
Read more at Gaming's Edge

Third Party Ninjas - no score, but very positive
This is a different experience, and it’s really refreshing. ... This is a great game, and an excellent value.
Read more at Third Party Ninjas

Jayisgames - no score, but very positive
As it stands though, Kivi's Underworld is an awesome addition to the Depths of Peril series and will no doubt be well-received by fans of the genre. You can have the same amount of fun in a 20-minute session that you can in two hours, an attribute that's pretty rare even in action-RPGs.
Read more at Jayisgames

gameSlave - 7.5 (between Pretty good and Very good on their scale)
From the desks of Soldak, the intrepid crew behind Depths of Peril, Kivi's Underworld is a quest-doing, dungeon-exploring adventure game, which will keep you coming back time and time again.
Read more at gameSlave

neXGam - 7.5
No quote (review is in German)
Read more at neXGam

GameCyte - 3/5
Twenty characters may sound awfully close to non-casual territory, but Soldak steers clear of making things too un-casual thanks to the genius addition of single, cohesive attributes.
Read more at GameCyte

Killer Betties - 3/5
It’s nice to see that in these times of financial hard knocks gamers can still pick up cheap games that are fun to play at a low cost. Kivi’s Underworld is that kind of game.
Read more at Killer Betties

 
Previews

Big Download
Rock Paper Shotgun (short)
Fidgit (very short)

 
Interviews

Gamers Daily News
Tea Leaves (mostly Mac related)
Fidgit

 
Kivi's Underworld announced

Dallas, Texas, September 3, 2008 - Soldak Entertainment today announced Kivi's Underworld for Windows and Mac.  Kivi's Underworld is a casual, hack and slash game. Explore the mysterious underworld as a mighty Warrior battling opponents toe to toe, rain down fire on your enemies with the dangerous Fire Mage, sneak disguised with stealth to confound your foes as a Scout, unleash the fury of the Berserker, or adventure with any of the other sixteen playable characters.

It all starts after a mining expedition, led by Kivi (a young lumen warrior), ventured into unknown territory, and opened a pathway to a deadly race. Dark elves decimated them.  Kivi is the lone survivor, yet no one believes him about the new threat, since dark elves are just a myth. Kivi was there; he saw. The dark elves are real and his people are in great danger.  Reluctantly, Kivi realizes that it is up to him.

Playing as Kivi or any of his companions, you leave the safety of the protected, underground cities to rebuild the lost city of Defiance, recruit more lumen to your cause, and defeat this growing dark elf threat, before they destroy your homeland and all of your kind.  The fate of the lumen is in your hands.  Can you save the lumen people?

Although very easy to learn, mastering Kivi's Underworld is a different matter. With a fast pace, twenty playable characters, tons of powerups, many monsters using unique tactics and skills, numerous deadly traps, and multiple difficulty levels, even an expert player will be challenged.

Kivi's Underworld is scheduled to be released in the 4th quarter of 2008, however it will be released when it’s done.  For more information about Kivi's Underworld head over to http://www.soldak.com/Kivis-Underworld/Overview.html

About Soldak Entertainment, Inc.

Soldak Entertainment, Inc. is a small independent developer, focused on bringing new and unique gameplay to the entertainment industry. Soldak was founded by Steven Peeler. Before embarking on his own in late 2004 to create Depths of Peril, he was Technical Director of Ritual Entertainment.

 


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