Gnomoria is a sandbox village management game where you help lead a small group of gnomes, who have set out on their own, to thrive into a bustling kingdom! Anything you see can be broken down and rebuilt elsewhere.
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Mostly Negative (34 reviews) - 32% of the 34 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,577 reviews) - 85% of the 2,577 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 23, 2016

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“it's easy to get lost in designing the perfect little base for your gnomes”
Kotaku

“insanely fun, and highly addictive, village management game”
Destructoid

“the satisfaction you feel for establishing your civilization is overwhelming. Basically, the more you put into Gnomoria, the more you get from it”
Pixel Perfect Gaming

About This Game

Gnomoria is a sandbox village management game where you help lead a small group of gnomes, who have set out on their own, to thrive into a bustling kingdom! Anything you see can be broken down and rebuilt elsewhere. Craft items, build structures, set traps and dig deep underground in search of precious resources to help your gnomes survive the harsh lands. Build your kingdom and stockpile wealth to attract wandering gnomads to your cause, but be wary of also attracting enemies!

Key Features:

  • Procedurally generated world - Every game is different
  • Fully destructible environment - Everything can be mined, dug, chopped and rebuilt or used for crafting
  • Open sandbox gameplay - Play how you want - manage a peaceful town or build up military and fend off invasions.
  • Crafting - Tons of items to craft at different workshops
  • Mechanisms - Construct elaborate contraptions using parts like hatches, levers, steam engines

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor:2.0 Ghz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.7.5
    • Processor:2.0 Ghz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    • Processor:2.0 Ghz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
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137 of 147 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
240.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I wanted to love this game. I DID love this game. I have series of it on YouTube, I had a lot of viewers on Twitch. This was an amazing game.

The game wanted to be Dwarf Fortress with a graphical interface. A great goal, and it very nearly succeeded.

Then it became abandonware. The developer released it, saying the game was completed. It was not. At all. It is buggy as hell, and there is absolutely no way to fix it. Combat is horrible, the Gnomes are brain damaged, and endgame is nonexistant. The modding community adds a little bit of flavor to the game, but it is still buggy abandonware. If you're going to abandon your much loved game, at the very least give the community that loves it the ability to fix it for you, okay?

Graphics: 4/10. Cute, but 8-bit and jumpy.
Music: 8/10. Probably the best part of this game, and highly addictive to listen to.
Gameplay: 4/10. Would have been great if it were not for the constant game-breaking bugs.
Replayability: 5/10. If you enjoy re-building the same castle over and over again because of game-breaking bugs anyway.
Community: 10/10 (single-player only). Highly supportive and helpful community, since the Developer sure doesn't help at all, or even answer anyone.
Developer: 0/10. If you're going to 'officially release' a broken game, at the very least give the community that loves it the chance to fix your broken product.
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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Abandoned.
It was going to be everything Towns was faking to be.
Then it just became another Towns.
1/10
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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
142.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Game breaking bugs (try deconstructing a steam engine - http://forums.gnomoria.com/index.php?topic=8590.0)

Bugzilla site no longer exists.

Game author (seems like a single person) no longer "around". ie, it's now in "take the money and run" phase.

Get "Dwarf Fortress", it's better, is supported (and has been for the past 14 years). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_Fortress and http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

This game is a bad clone of DF. None of the depth, just graphically better (barely).

Save your bucks for an author that deserves it, or give a donation to Bay 12 Games for DF.

(And as Malkevin kindly reminded me to mention - Dwarf Fortress" is free. But do consider giving the DF developer a small donation if you enjoy his game)
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34 of 43 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
139.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Had promise, then was abandoned. Pick it up if its on sale, otherwise look up Rimworld or Stonehearth.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Having played Dwarf Fortress a long time ago, I was interested in this title, as it clearly wear it's influence on it's sleeve. This game is literally trying to recreated DF but with actual graphics and UI (and vaguely replaces dwarves by gnomes, but that really easy to miss). Sounds great on paper! ...however, it fails in execution and content.

- While it's trying to emulate DF, it keeps very little of the charm of the original, and only covers about 2% of it's content. The only feature that seems to be unique to Gnomoria is the tinkering mechanic, which I haven't been able to really use as it takes literally hours to produce anything.
- The isometric view, while prettier than looking into DF's matrix, makes it pretty damn hard to see and target constructions correctly. Half the time, you realize you just ordered to build a floating staircase. A lot of the UI could also be improved, it's serviceable but not very good.
- The game might be promising if it was still being updated, but the developer disappeared about 2 years ago. Currently, it's bare-bones, and there's a serious lack of diversity in the content.
- Balance also seems pretty poor. It could just be bad luck, but a single goblin naked wielding a door (that he broke down), killed 2 of my fully armored and armed soldiers that had been training for 1 year straight.
- Bugs, lots of them. "Oh what's this odd thing on the ground? I never built this" No clue as the game crashes everytime I click on it...

I know the learning curve of Dwarf Fortress is basically a cliff, that has been oiled up... and is on fire, during an earthquake... BUT trust me, it's way more worth it than this poor imitation, and it's also free (with optional donations). The DF wiki has lots of info for beginners (meanwhile the official Gnomoria wiki has it's domain expired...).

If nothing else, encourage devs that care about their games instead of devs that runs away with the sale money without saying a word.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
48.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 8
This game is for me another example of what's wrong with Early Access.
Thing that looks great on paper, have great potential to grow in to nice game.
It even developed at begining in interesting way but with time, promises get forgoten.
Will for futher development dies out and what we get is half finished product sold as 1.0 and left
to it's own sad end.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 13
Unfinished game! Do not buy!!!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
397.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
This game seems awesome at first. Starting with 6 gnomes you collect wood and stone and, from nothing, build a bustling empire complete with blunderbusses and automatons. What can go wrong?

Turns out, a lot. Once your kingdom gets big enough, crashes WILL happen. There's really nothing that can be done since every kingdom uses a single save slot with new saves overwriting the old ones. There is no way to go back to an old save.

Also, market stalls are currently bugged. 95% of the items you craft will have 0 worth in the market so buying from a merchant is almost impossible. With a developer that effectively vanished, its safe to say this bug will probably never get fixed.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
170.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
I have been playing this game off and on for the past two years, and have been loving it, but I'm going to have to delete my positive review and replace it with a negative one.

I dont know what *exactly* happened, but this game has become unplayable. It worked fine back when it was in Early Access but, with every patch, a few more crashes were introduced and never resolved, and now, well after the game has been finished, I can scarecely finish the first in-game month without it developing some fatal error that prevents me from continuing, and ruins my save file.

Basically, the game will run just fine for at least fifteen minutes, but never more than a couple of hours, before it crashes on me, and when I try to load my save file, it will proceed to crash again a few minutes afterwards *EVERY* time. There is no getting past it... once that first crash happens, too bad, that game is over.

The forums and customer support pages are riddled with various fixes and solutions so numerous that trying to go through them all one by one to figure out which one is causing the problem *this* time would be like browsing IMDB completely at random in the hopes of running into that one actor that you kind of remember from when you were a kid, but can never remember his name. It is a joke that this game runs more poorly now than it did when it was still in developement, and since the developers are no longer supporting it, you can safely bet that this is just going to be the state of things from now on.

What a shame... this game used to rock, but now it's just a frustrating mess. How can I recommend it, based on how good it *used* to be, when all it does anymore is make me mad?
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
255.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
I'm happy with my purchase. It's a lot like DF, a lot more accessible, and somewhat less deep, so I will compare this game to DF. It does improve on DF here and there, like with automatons and mechanic limbs. I also found combat to be more game-y, since you regularly get varied opponents with specific strengths and weaknesses, depending on their race and equipment, so you need to balance your single/double handed swords, hammers, shields and crossbows, the materials and qualities they are made of, and how much training your gnomes have at them. All of this is also simulated in DF, but in Gnomoria it affects the strategic choices you have to make a lot more.
Core crafting is more interesting as well: for example, beds require a wooden sub-part to be made, and a cloth/wool mattress, each with their respective quality depending on the material used and the skill of the carpenter and tailor that made them. Metallic armor requires cloth padding and metallic weapons require wooden handles.

If what you want is gnomes that learn skills over time, crafting quality, material modifiers, digging for metals, training and equipping a varied army; getting it good at different weapons to beat the very distinct kinds of enemies you'll get; starting with wood and stone and then going through bronze and steel; traps, invasions, butchering orcs, smelting their drops, and then laughing at the combat log; trading and amassing wealth, legendary sandwiches and majestic dining rooms, then this game is for you.

Regarding the other reviews: There are (in my opinion) very few bugs and nothing game breaking. At least I never encountered a bug that broke my game or put me off from playing it. I paid about 9 bucks for the game a pretty long time ago, and I've personally considered my purchase worthy since version 0.8 or so. I'm not sure what some of the other players were expecting, but during development, the dev was always open about what might or might not make it into the game, what were the priorities and what (few) things might get dropped; and as far as I'm concerned, everything I realistically expected made it into the game, and more. Sure, he could have gone on working on it forever, but the same can be said about every other game.
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Trentinator
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Posted: September 21
This game seems like a sandbox game but with no instructions and difficult to learn commands. I would not recommend this game at all. Some posts say its similar to a game called "Towns" which I have never played. Apparently there is a following but the developer is incognito so no new developments possibly ever. Even with the player aids I still dont know how to play this as there is no getting started instructions. I bought it on sale and it still wasnt worth it.
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Expers||Atrox
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Posted: September 20
A gnomium for a tutorial.

The ai is bad at prioritizing what to deconstruct, so be ready to hold its hand the whole time, deconstruct a section of floor tiles sure you can do that lets just make sure all the gnomes that can do it end up stranded on a floor tile that is surrounded by no floor tiles just to be sure you can make no progress, oh you have the option to rebuild a block so you can rescue them, no no that is mearly implied.

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My shorter complaints.
Camera (zoom)
T.U.T.O.R.I.A.L. why isn't there one? If there is not going to be one at LEAST make things intuitive.

If you get this anyway check a get started guide that must be posted somewhere that way you can at least have a chance to try the game before the steam two hour no return faze.
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akroll7
449.3 hrs
Posted: September 19
I have spent a ton of time in this game. Definitely my most played game and it is great. I see a lot of recent reviews being negative because the developer seems to have stopped working on it. It would be great if the game got new content, but what it already is, is completely worth the low price and in my opinion is the best game in this genre. Get it!
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