Game Mechanics — control of the in-game resources is essential to be able to successfully play through the games in the Overlord Series.
Always pay close attention to your health level, if it drops to zero you are dead, and that means you lost all the gameplay since the last autosave point.
- Main Article: Health
Mana powers the magic of the spells in the games, no mana means your spells do not work. Especially the more powerful spells can make the difference against tough opponents, so try to stock up on it at all times.
- Main Article: Mana
Nice to collect, and looks good in your treasure rooms in the Dark Tower or the private quarters in the Netherworld Tower. Gold is essential if you want to "pimp" your tower, pay for the various newly forged weapons and armour, or other upgrades. So keep looting to collect heaps of gold.
Alas, with all the tough opposition in the games, you will need to sacrifice quite a few minions to survive the many battles. Painful as this may be, to see the likeable grubbers die, by killing other creatures you will be able to collect four types of Lifeforce corresponding to the four minion Tribes. One Lifeforce point means one new minion. So stocking up on Lifeforce enlarges "army" of mischievous Browns, Reds, Greens and Blues.
Note: It is possible to imbue weapons and armour with minions, to upgrade their stats, see armour.
- Main Article: Lifeforce
This is a Overlord only feature. At certain points in the game you can decide between the more violent total destruction of conquered areas (towns), or the more evilly manipulative domination of your "subjects". The level of Corruption has influence on several aspects of the game, e.g. how your spells work or how your subjects will react to you.
- Main Article: Corruption