Dwarfs!? is an addictive, fast paced arcade-like experience, with plenty of difficulty levels and game modes, in the tradition of great games such as “Lemmings” and “Dwarf Fortress”.
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Release Date: Oct 18, 2012
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This Edition of Dwarfs!? includes the new Free to Play edition, plus all of the modes that can be purchased separately.

 

About This Game

This is the Free-2-Play version of Dwarfs!? You can download the game and play the core game in Arcade mode, plus all the Tutorials and the Challenge modes completely free, forever. No charges, no subscriptions - just free. If you like those modes and want more, you can either pick the modes that you feel like playing and buy those individually - or just buy the whole pack to unlock everything.

Dwarfs!? offers an addictive, fast paced arcade-like experience, with plenty of difficulty levels and game modes to play, in the tradition of great games such as “Lemmings” and “Dwarf Fortress”. As the new overseer for your underground Dwarf base, your job is to manage the small colony and make it as rich as possible, before they meet their inevitable doom! To survive as long as possible, you’ll have to steer and guide your greedy little fellows to the richest points in the caves, while avoiding all the dangers – so they don’t end up destroying your Town Hall and its essential supply of beer. 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. But, if all else fails when the Spider Queen comes for you – use the Outpost’s Dwarf Cannon and shoot Dwarfs at her!

There are only 3 certainties in this world: death, taxes and that Dwarfs always dig too deep!

Key features:

  • Fun for all ages and skill levels of gamers, with randomly-generated caves so the game is different every time.
  • Madly Addictive Arcade Mode: 4 difficulty levels ranging from casual to crazy hard-core, time limits from 5 minutes to endless, randomly-generated caves and all the gold and monsters you can handle!
  • Base Defense Mode: Tower Defense gameplay, except you don’t have a tower. And your Dwarfs dig the routes. Then you defend against waves of monsters!
  • Rush Mode: Can you handle Dwarfs spawning at insane rates and digging everywhere?
  • Dark Mode: This time, the only light is in the tunnels your Dwarfs dig. Spooky!
  • Campaign Challenges: Tutorials where you can learn all about being a Dwarf Overseer in a few minutes and Challenges where you can put those Overseer abilities to the ultimate test.
  • Leaderboards: Compare the size of your beard (and your scores) with your friends and the rest of the world.
  • Sandbox Mode: Create your own caves!
  • Codex: Alongside the integrated help system is the Codex – the fount of all Dwarf knowledge! Contains everything you need to know, including video tutorials for the budding Overseer.
  • Medals and Achievements: Lots and lots of shiny stuff to collect and show off to your friends!
  • Fully Integrated with Steamworks™
  • And Zombies. Not to mention goblins, skeletons, spiders, dark elves and more.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
    • Processor:1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX®9-compatible
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:250 MB HD space

    Recommended:

    • Processor:i7 duel core
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Graphics: Nvidia or ATI GPU (Intel GPUs unsupported)
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 1.2 GHZ or Equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia, ATI, or Intel GPU with hardware-accelerated drivers
    • Hard Drive: 250MB free hard drive space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 2.4 GHZ or Equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia, ATI, or Intel GPU with hardware-accelerated drivers
    • Hard Drive: 250MB free hard drive space
Helpful customer reviews
42 of 42 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
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‘Dwarfs!?’ offers an fast paced arcade-like experience, with difficulties and game modes to play around in!
There are only 3 certainties in this world: death, taxes and that Dwarfs always dig too deep!

Dwarfs!? from indie developer Power of Two, turns out to be a unique strategy title, with a bent towards racing to get more points than someone else within a given amount of time. Because this time-lock is counted by virtue of leaderboards, you don’t get any sense of multiplayer, just a standing. These leaderboards are separated by the different types of games, which are divided by the time limits, difficulties and game modes.

In a basic game, you get a time limit and attempt to score as many point as possible within that time. Your basic setup includes one digger, one warrior and one town center. So how do you score points? you must gain gold or silver! You do this by directing your digger dwarfs (sic) to the locations of the pockets of silver or gold.
Direct them into caves which are dark pockets. But they can may also contain water, lava or enemies. To direct your diggers you must lay down arrows explaining where to go, each of which will set you back roughly 5 gold a piece. that won’t help your score much. You may also gain gold from bonuses like digging up 500 tiles or sealing off caverns.

your dwarf has struck lava or water. If lava or water reaches your town hall, the game is over. So what’s a hard working miner to do? Fortunately water can be simply walled-off and the blocks around it reinforced, making it impossible to dig though. “solidifying” costs a hefty 75 gold per tile and a wall costs 30. To seal off a small area can cost al lot of hard earned gold nuggets.

Lava is a bit different as it will burn walls so you will have to use dynamite to create an endless hole in the ground for the lava to fall, dynamite only costs 50 gold, but the life of the miner or warrior that sets it off. If you then solidify the tiles around the lava, it will become completely trapped and you will gain a reward for doing so.
Dwarfs are great warriors which is crucial because the dark underground is no place for an unguarded miner. So you may train dwarf warriors to defend your town hall.

Thus you may require an outpost whence you may launch warriors to a location under threat allowing them to attack and kill any boss. You can train up your warriors, each for 15 gold per second! Warriors can gain levels too by killing enemys.


1. Arcade, set a time limit of 5, 15, 30, or 60 minutes then try to get the best score.

2. Base Defense, which is a tower defense game that you get to choose where the enemies go. You set the course, limited by the amount of money you can spend on arrows and you also have to buy towers. While you get a thousand gold pieces to start, you must also protect the four corners of the level.

3. Endless mode – like the arcade mode, but endless instead of a set limit.

4. Rush mode spawns dwarfs more rapidly but you can only let 200 of them die.

5. Dark mode, wherein all the tiles that the dwarfs can’t see, you also can’t see, so you have no idea where the gold, silver or even caverns may be located.

6. Sandbox mode: a mode that allows you to create your own levels and play around with the Dwarfs?! engine.

Dwarfs!? has a lot to offer and has enough variation to keep you motivated to dig deeper; different game modes will help you to never bore of this terrifically thought-out title.

However, if you enjoy fast paced arcade games with a dash of RTS and an emphasis on improving your score, Dwarfs!? comes highly recommended.


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I make this for the Community and your help is greatly appreciated :)
Posted: October 15
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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Came for the 'DWARFs' Killing Floor achievement and subsequent axe, but stayed for the gameplay/difficulty.
Posted: June 20
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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
I can say i really dig this game.
Posted: July 19
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
A fun addictive little game ; it's amazing how fast things could go out of control : never ever trust your dwarfs to do something even remotely close to smart ^^
Posted: June 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Its a nice game to play even if you watch something or hear music.
And its Free2Play :)
Posted: June 19
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81 of 100 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Dwarfs!? is a strangely addicting game. If you enjoy arcade games, where the main objective is to beat your high score (or someone else's high score), you'll probably love this game.

The way you score is by getting as much gold as you can, while trying to stay alive--but, you're dwarfs aren't the brightest and will insist on digging into caves filled with water, lava, and monsters, so you'll have to keep a close eye on them, which becomes harder and harder as the game progresses.

The F2P version has the two easier difficulties unlocked and each can be played in 5, 15, 30, and 60 min sessions (but beware, you cannot save the game mid-session).

The only problem I've encountered is in long games, where you have thousands of dwarfs in the field at one time, my computer starts to lag--which makes the game very difficult and frustrating to play.

Overall, this is a fun, simple, casual game that can keep you entertained for hours or opened for a quick 5-minute session.

[NOTE: If you buy the full version, your personal scores and achievements will transfer, but the F2P version has different global leaderboards, and your global score will not transfer.]

[EDIT: For those wondering, I personally own the full version (non-F2P), which is why my play-time on the F2P version is so low.]


Concerning the DLC...
Dwarfs - F2P Skirmish Pack (Recommended): Comes with 3 modes (Sandbox, Rush, and Dark). Rush and Dark modes bring new challenges to the game and can be a lot of fun. In Sandbox, you can experiment. In Rush, dwarfs spawn CONSTANTLY and you can only let 200 die. In Dark, you cannot see where caves or minerals are located.

Dwarfs - F2P Difficulty Pack (Recommended): Unlocks the two harder difficulty levels (Hardcore & Tedi Hardcore) for Arcade mode.

Dwarfs - F2P Endless Mode Pack (Not Recommended): Exactly like Arcade mode, except it's endless and you're allowed to pick the map size as well as the difficulty. Beware lag. Also, no high score is recorded.

Dwarfs - F2P Summer Carnival Pack (Extremely NOT Recommended): Was a prize for a Steam summer sale years ago; a very simple mini-game that is completely different than the base game.

Dwarfs - F2P Base Defend Pack (Not Recommended): A cute little tower defense mode that's rather different from the base game.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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