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.
User reviews:
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Mostly Negative (49 reviews) - 38% of the 49 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,619 reviews) - 85% of the 2,619 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

Windows
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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oobey
44.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
At $15, I think this is a very decent graphical simplification of Dwarf Fortress. You get the fun of building a base and an economy while managing a group of semi-autonomous actors, while not having to deal with quite so much cruft.
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Wolfiefang
43.9 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 25
Unfortunately while this game had great potential, The game was released unfinished and abandoned. They started off very strong trying to replicate the games they loved like Dwarf Fortress, but then decided to call it quits extremely early, said it was "1.0", and then walked away. I gave them time too ( 1.0 was in February), but you really shouldn't buy this game as it's got plenty of bug, game design issues, and just doesn't have any rewarding gameplay after the first few minutes of starting a new settlement.
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Ftor
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Product received for free
Gnomoria\10
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chazz0715
57.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
It's games like this i start up and then say why am i playing this. Then its 2am.
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Dakota
51.4 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 21
I was waiting for updates. The updates never came. What a game this could have been... Abandonware. Do not buy.
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SinistySpace567
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
gnomoria je pixelova stratégia kde môžete stavať, ťažiť, farmácia a hlavne musíte sa starať o ne.

Plusy

- Grafika

Mínusi

- Žiadni tutorial a hry bez tutorial nezahráte
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Nomine
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
I've played a few similar games (Zoo Tycoon, Theme Park World, SimCity 2000, various sims games, Holy Potatoes, Swords & Potions, AdCap & Game Dev Tycoon) and after getting a bundle containing this game I wanted to give it a quick try.

There is no tutorial so I don't really know what I'm supposed to do. I feel like even if I did, it would be boring to build and manage my village in this 2d isometric setting.
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[QC] ophten
248.1 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 19
The developer of this game was very active during early access and addressed many, many bugs. He has disappeared of late, which is unfortunate, however this game is still a great purchase. I can't recommend it highly enough. As a town management game its solid and is an approachable alternative for many players to Dwarf Fortress (also a great game). It lacks a little depth but I much prefer the isometric graphics.

For $15 you can log hundreds of enjoyable hours.
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SHARK
4.8 hrs
Posted: August 18
Nice art style. Great concept. A bit tricky because of the UI. Gnomes get trapped too. Otherwise an enjoyable game!
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haekel
350.3 hrs
Posted: August 17
Gnomoria is the successful attempt to simplify the overly complex Dwarf Fortress, mix in some elements from other games and combine it with some basic isometric graphics and a very well-designed user interface.

Basically you get to build a more or less working little gnome village, containing living quarters, industry, farming, mining and so on. In addition to placing buildings and tools, the management of the gnomes and setting their priorities makes up the bulk of the gameplay - and it works really well! Especially at x2 speed, which feels good, there is always something to tweak and improve. Keeping your gnomes alive for a prolonged period of time is a real challenge and min-maxing all aspects of your colony is a really motivating task.

That being said, there are unfortunately still some issues and I feel like the game was declared to be finished a bit too early. My main bug bear is the combat system: For one, the way combat is shown is too basic - usually all your gnomes merge on one tile and sit next to the enemy's pile until gnomes retreat to bandage themselves. More importantly, the difficulty seems pretty off-balance to me. Often there are huge spikes in the amount and strength of enemies that arrive. Also, since you cannot micromanage your warriors and only order whole groups, I've often died because I happened to fight on multiple fronts at the same time or because some of my soldiers were sleeping during an attack. Alas, most of the time dying did feel cheap rather than fun. (The fact that most tips/forums recommend cheesing out enemies does not really help.)

That being said, I think that Gnomoria is an awesome game. While the game has its flaws, I've literally played it for hundreds of hours and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the genre. I've had a lot of fun with the game and would love to see the dev continue working on it or start working on a sequel.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
53 of 64 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
190.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Extremely dissapointed. Hadnt plaid this game for a long time because I was waiting for improved AI and UI... Was very excited to notice that it had left early acess, figuring that they must have fixed some of the problems. They didnt, as several others have noted v 1.0 is a lie solely intended to drive sales. Nothing is better, the developer simply wanted to call it finished. I wanted so much to love this game, and i have over 180 hours of play time. Its just not done and never will be.
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55 of 76 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
35.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 28
Go play rimworld, more content, also one guy developing and still gets updates.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
74.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 7
I played a little over 70 hours in early access. Bought four copies for my kids. My two youngest sons still play the game and get continuely frustrated with AI issues outside of the player's control or combat issues that cause your wonderful gnomes to die. My boys solution is to play a few hours to get their community started then start a new game or play on easy mode. I would agree with other reviewers that game should really be early access until some basic things like AI and combat issues are addressed.

The AI and combat issues aside. Caring for and managing your gnomes, even with the outdated UI, is entertaining to our entire family. We don't play as much as we would like due to issues stated above. The game is 90% finished and enjoyable. I just can't give the game a thumbs up when some very frustrating issues can ruin my 10+ hour gnome adventure and I lose my precious gnomes.

Dev should add ability for player to manually take over a single gnome with full control. At least that would give the player the ability to mitigate problems when AI bugs tend to clog a workshop or even worse, kill your gnome.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
This game was fun and exciting for a while, until I grew frustrated with the countless amount of bugs. As a colorful and user friendly clone of Dwarf Fortress, this was very promising. However, I would like to stress out that I would never be playing this game again. Incidentally, my plan was to wait until the game gets updated with the latest bug fixes from the one and only dev before playing it back. That will never happen anymore because the dev disappeared into the aether.

Yes, the dev literally disappeared. No updates whatsoever after the last hotfixes for v1.0 was done. Last time I noticed activity from him, it was when he deleted his reddit account this June (or July, I forgot). That was the time I lost hope for the game.

Yet still, this game gave me loads of fun, for the time being. So this is what I think of the game:

Likes:
  • A simpler, less complex isometric clone of Dwarf Fortress.
  • User friendly UI
  • Amusing combat log
  • Fantastic pixel graphics
Dislikes:
  • Buggy AI pathing, especially in building
  • Seasons look the same (4 seasons mod no longer works)
  • Lack of updates
  • Countless other bugs that I won't enumerate here
This game is far from finished. Don't be fooled by the version. That was the dev's technique of Houdini-ing his way off the stage without getting that much negative impact. It was a clever ploy to not break his promise of not leaving the game until it's release. The modding feature does not help with the bugs either.

Conclusion is that I don't recommend buying it. If you want to see what the game is like, you're better off watching some YouTube videos. This game belongs to the same pile as Towns and Spacebase DF-9. I have learned my lesson of not trusting devs who make building crafting management games until they absolutely finish the game. I'm glad I bought this game on sale.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
136.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 6
Abandonware.
I thought this game was awesome - but, the bugs ruin it. You'll invest dozens of hours on a kingdom only to find your framerate like a slideshow. The dev didn't ♥♥♥♥ing fix them.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
43.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 12
This was the first every early access game I brought and is the main reason I'm really, really careful when buyng ones now. Most of the time I won't buy them any more. It was abandoned a long time ago and only seems to have managed a full release for financial reasons. My personal recomendation would be not to buy this game. Go look for one of the other completed dwarf fortress clones.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
204.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
The developer left the game expecting modders to do the rest of the work, unfortunately, the modding platform tied to Gnomoria only allows some XML additions to add items and not really make the game more fun or add any mechanics.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
280.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 4
Fun Game, but unpolished. More develepment is required for the game to become a decent gnome colony simulation game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 12
If you've heard of Dwarf Fortress, this is the closest you can get to that, whilst still having a nice, human-friendly UI. Doesn't have quite the same depth, but then again, nothing does.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
248.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 19
The developer of this game was very active during early access and addressed many, many bugs. He has disappeared of late, which is unfortunate, however this game is still a great purchase. I can't recommend it highly enough. As a town management game its solid and is an approachable alternative for many players to Dwarf Fortress (also a great game). It lacks a little depth but I much prefer the isometric graphics.

For $15 you can log hundreds of enjoyable hours.
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