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In this chaotic universe of ours, only three things are certain: death, taxes and that Dwarfs always dig too deep.
'Dwarfs!?' is, surprisingly enough, a game about Dwarfs! As the new overseer, your job is to manage small colonies of the buggers, trying to make them as successful as possible before meeting their inevitable doom! Sounds easy enough, eh? Unfortunately, these Dwarfs are not the silly, dolled up versions in mithril armor we see on television. They are the real deal: greedy, confused and terribly drunk. In order to succeed, you'll have to bribe them, blow them up and send them flying in cannons!
'Dwarfs!?' offers an addictive, fast paced arcade-like experience, with plenty of difficulties and game modes to play around in! In this game, your own Dwarfs double as your greatest asset and worst threat. They explore for you, they mine for you and they fight for you -- but if you don't keep an eye on them, they'll do what they do best: die for you and take everyone else with them!
Nothing in 'Dwarfs!?' is free, though. To force your 'loyal subjects' to do your bidding, you must cough up the gold. The same gold that might save your beard when someone, somewhere disturbs a Spider Queen.
Don't be fooled - Dwarfs are tiny, but this game is full of features:
Addictive Arcade Mode with four difficulties, ranging from grandma-easy to batsh*t insane
Base Defense, which is like Tower Defense, but, like, the name is changed
Rush Mode Survival, where the Dwarf spawning knows no bounds
Dark Mode, where a fog of war prevents you from seeing beyond your caves
Sandbox Mode, where you can basically do everything you ever dreamed of
Endless Mode, where you can keep mining forever, and ever, and ever
Challenge Mode, where you can put your overseer-abilities to the test
Leaderboards and Achievements to show everyone the size of your beard
Simple and Fun.StupidMarioBros | Feb. 22, 2014 | See all StupidMarioBros's reviews »
Dwarfs! What more can I say? Well, a lot actually.
Dwarfs! (Yeah, the ! is in the title) is a strategy game with a overhead view, even though you're underground, which makes no sense, but in a game like this, who cares honestly. The main objective is to try and get the most money, or the highest high score, which you do by making your little dwarfs dig for gold and other ores. With this gold, you can either save it up or buy more dwarfs (and other people, but ill get to that) to increase production. The last way you can spend money is by creating paths for your dwarfs to mine in. What do I mean? Well, basically, if you dont make paths for the dwarfs, they will just dig randomly, which obviously won't help. The paths cost a reasonable amount, which costs by block how far you make them.
The main objective, besides high scores, is to survive monsters, water, and lava. They all try to attack you home base. If it gets destroyed or flooded, the game's over. The combat is like this: The more a dwarf digs, the more he levels up, meaning more damage and other things. You can also buy guard dwarfs to guard your home, but that only beats monsters. The monsters are found in random chance caves, which basically work like this: You see a black cave, if your dwarf enters, it could be: A. Treasure B. Nothing C. Monsters, or D. Lava/Water, so you can bet it all for the money.
The other hazard is water/lava, which the tutorial teaches you how to stop. Basically it works like this: You can build walls to hold both back, but theres a catch: Lava can break through the walls, but water can't. To stop lava from flooding, you need to plant a bomb to make a hole for the lava to fall in and stop it from flooding, which is done by planting a bomb then sacrificing a dwarf.
That's the basics of the game, which may sound complicated, but it is very simple to pick up and play for me, but than again, I have played games like this before (Dig Dug, Bomberman).
Is this game worth the price here on GMG? Yes. Its only, as I write this, 2.49$, which is a great deal for this game that dives into a gaming genre not used very often. It's solid, and pretty fun to try and beat your steam friends in.
PS: Did I mention the Yogscast was in it?
Fun in short burst, but does not hold for a longer plays.Mandemon | Feb. 21, 2014 | See all Mandemon's reviews »
Dwarfs!? is one of those games where you are expected to lose and goal is not so much to achieve success, but to try to survive as long as you can.
Game does have single player campaign, but I never could get myself into it. I always preferred the time challenges, where your job is to survive pre-determined time. At the end, your score is tallied.
Game is played from top down and you have no control over your dwarfs. They go ahead and do their own thing, no matter how stupid or suicidal it is. This is actually not a bad thing, as the game is build around this. You can direct your dwarfs to a degree, by creating paths they can follow or building outpost for your military dwarfs to guard.
However, that is largely where your control ends.
You start in the map, with only your town hall and few diggers. Every few seconds, your town hall spawns a new digger, who head out to dig. At first, this is not bad, but as the time goes and more and more diggers work in all direction, it soon becomes a race to react to one disaster after another.
The map is populated with minerals of varying value and caves. Now caves can contain one of five things: Water, Lava, Enemies, Bosses or Treasure. Each one has it's own reaction to deal. You can solidify the land, making your dwarfs not to dig it, but this is expensive and can't be reverse. You can also build walls to block of Water or Lava, though Lava will burn through it and will require more permanent solution. Enemies need you to send soldiers to deal with them.
The game becomes more and more difficult as the time goes, as the caves and dwarfs become more and more unmanageable. For a few precious seconds, you can stop the time and try to fix any issues you encounter, such as build walls to hold back Lava until you can create a hole for it to fall into.
Sounds are OK, nothing amazing, but they do they work and do not annoy the player. Simon, of Yogcast fame, provides narration for the tutorial.
Graphics wise, the game is pretty simple, but the art work is nice and pleases the eye.
The game is available as a free-to-play version on Steam, which gives you access to time attack form with limited options. I suggest checking it out, since it serves as a demo before buying. If you like the game, buy it and support the devs! You get access to everything else with the purchase, including arcade and campaign.
All in all, a nice game you can play while waiting for something or jsut want to have a quick game. I would not recommend as a serious gaming experience, but something for fun.
Something Differentxiluxpain | Jan. 24, 2014 | See all xiluxpain's reviews »
When it comes to a sandbox game that's unique, challenging, yet easy to understand and play, I'd have to throw the towel in to Dwarfs!? While the title is simplistic and very unusual, it pretty much speaks for itself.
In the world of Dwarfs, you play as the overseer to the starting dwarf village. Starting with one miner, you expand your starting village digging outward. With every ore, gem, treasure, or block you dig, you gain gold. Using that gold, you purchase combatants, create posts for more miners, warriors, or defensive structures.
Your main concerns in this world will be flowing water, lava, and random enemies. If you let water or lava roam free, you will find yourself completely destroyed once the entire map is flooded. Before that happens, you must find a way to stop the source by means of explosives and creating a pit trap. Work fast, cause the source moves fast as well!
Enemies are the annoying part. Random bosses and minions have their own strengths. At times, you will find yourself completely overwhelmed as they destroy your workers without resistance. It's up to your careful planning and brave warriors to defend everyone.
This game is perfect for those who love managements, yet do not have time to learn a complicated game. Anyone who does not want to pay the full amount, there is actually a free version of this game. This current title unlocks all the bonus features and game modes available.
The missions and quest modes are definitely worth the money. I've found myself playing every mode and playing a few dozen hours unexpectedly.
Not so bad , not so good.iiilker99 | Dec. 23, 2013 | See all iiilker99's reviews »
Yes , I know Dwarfs?! game looks childish. But give it a try , It's really funny with Arcade mode.Arcade mode is a bit casual. However, there's some challenges and they can be hard. For example , there was a challenge that called "God Speed". Game plays at 5x speed and you must survive for at least 1 minute! So , This game good for children , because of arcade mode and good for adults , because of challenges. Graphics are cartoony and simple. But good looking and plain. Sounds are really funny. Overall , This game may not worth it's price , but with a discount It is a good game.
Simple, Yet Satisfyinguntitled36 | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all untitled36's reviews »
Those dwarves... they constantly go digging on their own, hitting the occasional lava flow or underground lake and thus releasing all kinds of havoc into your realm. Or sometimes they stumble upon goblins, spiders, or powerful wizards that require the services of your stalwart militia. But the dwarves do it all in search of precious gold. This is a simple game in concept, trying to keep track of your ever-growing horde of dwarves as they get into a variety of predicaments. It's a great time waster with options for 5 minute or 15 minute games all the way up to an hour or even unlimited time. In short bursts, the game is excellent. It won't draw you in the same way a deep rpg or rts might, but it's still remarkably fun for a sheer time-waster. I keep it installed for a quick fix when I'm in the mood, and it's always a good time. There are a host of various modes, but I typically stick to the main arcade version.