Craft The World is a unique sandbox strategy game, the mix of Dungeon Keeper, Terraria and Dwarf Fortress. Explore a random generated world populated by dangerous creatures, build a dwarf fortress, gather resources, and craft all the items, weapons, and armor you need.
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Release Date: Nov 24, 2014

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July 27

Update 1.3.003

Update 1.3.003

+ Fixed bug when new skins of pets were changing after every restart of the game.
+ Fixed fonts of Japanese localization.
+ Fixed memory leak after the construction of the wooden towers or catapults.
+ Fixed bug when wave of monsters didn’t go to the stockpile and stood still.
+ Fixed bug when rats nest appears under water.
+ Fixed bug when chickens arrives at wrong position outside the level.
+ Fixed: when chickens on farm reached up to maximum population, they began to hatch outside the farm.
+ Fixed: wooden tower inflicted damage to the player's catapults.
+ Fixed: monsters didn't bring loot and experience after death from catapults.
+ Fixed bug when dwarf cut the tree endlessly, if he already did it at the time of starting the game.
+ Fixed animation of dwarf riding a trolley.
+ Fixed: quick ladder is no longer blocking the construction of objects behind it.
+ Other minor fixes and improvements.

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July 4

DLC - Sisters in Arms

Sisters in Arms is an official DLC to Craft the World that features new characters, special items, weapons, and decor, as well as creatures with new abilities.

Primary features:
● New characters: Female dwarves. The hard-working dwarves will be joined by their charming sisters in arms. Female dwarves have a little less health than their male counterparts, but their movement speed is significantly higher. They will defend the shelter and explore the dungeons along with the male dwarves.
●Pets: We’ve made two kinds of pets for you that can be called upon to hunt pests, guard the dwarves’ home, and protect their masters. Having a pet also significantly increases your comfort level.
●Mobile equipment: The dwarves have become more self-sufficient and now use temporary ladders without waiting for the player’s help if they can’t reach a certain spot. They also have access to parachutes that allow them to jump from high places without getting hurt.
● Defensive weapons: Dwarves armed with shields receive additional armor and can sometimes block attacks completely, but their speed is also slightly reduced. Several kinds of shields of various weights and armor levels are available in the DLC.
● When you zoom out on the map, resource-gathering locations will be marked with their corresponding icons. This will make it much easier to find the resource you need on the map.
● New dwarven defensive equipment: The mechanized catapult is effective against large groups of monsters and deals damage to an area from long range.
● In this update you will gain access to various panels for finishing walls. Keep in mind that you can choose their appearance with a click just like stucco.
● Wine casks that have been placed will occasionally generate bottles of wine that have several useful features.

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About This Game

Craft The World is a unique sandbox strategy game, the mix of Dungeon Keeper, Terraria and Dwarf Fortress.
Explore a random generated world populated by dangerous creatures, build a dwarf fortress, gather resources, and craft all the items, weapons, and armor you need.

You control a tribe of dwarves by giving them commands to dig in certain places, attack enemy creatures, and build houses and other structures. You'll need to provide your dwarves food and clothing, as well as help them with magic when fighting against other inhabitants of the world. You start the game with one dwarf and gain additional dwarves as your experience level increases.

Each game level has many layers of earth to explore, from the sky down to boiling subterranean lava. The level is randomly generated as an island, restricted by natural boundaries: oceans on the edges, lava beneath it, and the sky above. Other features include day and night and changing weather conditions. The worlds differ in size, humidity, temperature, terrain, and flora and fauna. Abandoned halls and rooms with treasure are hidden somewhere deep within the islands.

One feature of the game is a user-friendly system of recipes for crafting. The recipes are organized and easily accessible. You can craft dozens of different items: building blocks for houses, furniture, decorations, weapons, armor, ammunition, and food for your dwarves.

At the outset you find the recipes for basic tools and items, and build a small house with places to sleep and eat. Then, the size of the tribe increases and catches the attention of other inhabitants of the world. Most of them are night creatures and dwell underground. The worlds are full of fantasy creatures like zombies, skeletons, goblins, beholders, ghosts, giant spiders, and others. Some of them pay little attention to the dwarves, as long as the dwarves do not come into their field of vision. Others gather into quite large groups and try to break into the dwarves’ residence.

Especially dangerous are the waves of monsters that appear from time to time from portals. So, do not neglect to build a safe haven with strong walls and numerous trapdoors, cells, firing towers, and secret passageways.

As a divine being, you possess various spells. You can speed up the movement of the dwarves, open small portals, illuminate dark caves to scare away monsters, evoke natural magic in the form of rain or tree growth, hurl fireballs at the monsters’ heads, and find useful resources and hidden rooms underground, thereby helping to speed up resource extraction, exploration of the world, and the population growth of your assistants.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB graphics memory (Radeon HD 4600, GeForce 8600)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
I can not recommend this game and it pains me to say that without even getting to expierence the gameplay itself due to a gamebreaking glitch. If you turn the game off of fullscreen it will offset your mouse to whee re you can not click play, option or anything other than Facebook and Twitter. I hope this is fixed so I can enjoy the game I payed for.
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156.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
Very similar to many other games but I can't really say which one, it is mainly similar to
2d world building game like terraria but also similar to dwarves in the sense one does not
directly control your characters and expand and defend one's home.

It is quite slow in progression and can be tedious at times, especially at and in larger maps,
and more dwarves doesn't not mean more working power, many times only a single dwarf wil go
to work on a large task leaving others doing nothing, and many times they will behave like
lemmings and you have to teleport them around to get them to places or worse they will
kill themselves trying to pick up garbage. Also there isn't a great feel of end game or final
progression, it doesn't feel particulary good to complete or nearly complete a level.

All in all the enjoyment of exploration and base building and defending it is worth the cost
and time one puts into this game.
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Father Ribs
492.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
I have almost 500 hours played for this game. It has some fiddly bits, but I think there is plenty to reccomend this.

I'm not sure exactly how I would describe it; "town builder lite"? It is an excellent game for wasting a few hours then putting it away until you get the bug again. It is great comfort food, and if you pick it up on sale price, you're getting a great deal.

The main con up front: Pathfinding can be annoying...especially as you fill the earth with miles of tunnels and shafts. This can be alleviated by closing off old paths you don't use anymore, and putting thought into just how you develop your "settlement" and mining. It is not game breaking, but it can be annoying when you want one thing done and the dwarves instead run across the map to pick up a loose stone.

There is a large tech tree, which you advance by making whatever is cutting edge at the time. There are multiple tiers of armor, tools, weapons, structural components and acrhitectural items. Dwarves themselves have up to three skills each, so you should put thought into what skills you give them. Skills make a big difference and also affect which dwarves get sent to do which tasks. Between gear and skills you can make dwarves very effective if you plan them out.

You can directly control one dwarf at a time, and that is very useful for speed purposes (especially since they don't have to run back to a stockpile to grab items you want them to place on the map), but in general, you set up tasks and the dwarves do for themselves. You explore, do a LOT of mining, build, cook, fight, and perform other tasks. Your "goal" is to build a transport gate from one world to the next. There are multiple worlds, and each provides some interesting twists. There's a generic world, also an ice, desert, and underdark-type maps. There are also escalating enemy attacks that portal in every (45 minutes?) that you have to prepare for.

Overall, this is a nice addition to your game stable if you would like a break from more complex town sims. I also like that graphically it is clean and attractive, which many of the popular town sims are not.
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137.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
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24.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
Simply put, this game is fun. Clear mechanics, very good tutorial structure that isn't a throw-away part of the game. Works well on many machines, and is an opportunity to get lost for hours at a time.

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37.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Fun game. Unfortunately marred as a contender for worst multiplayer/co-op in video game history. This is what we waited years for? Owned.
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10.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Well everything is there. Progression , survival , Building a Base. Buy it if you like that kinda games :-)
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88 of 106 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
103.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
This game showed a lot of promise when it was first released. Now, only four levels have been created , it still has annoying errors and they are trying to get customers to pay for extra things that should just be part of the main game, like female characters. Also, once you have done the first level it starts to get boring because the next 3 levels have little difference. It's just the main graphics that change really, but the items collected from the gathered blocks are the same graphics.
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53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
As with so many games, this has potential of being a decent, even good, little game but there is just too much wrong with it to make it an enjoyable experience. 4/10

The game is a interesting mix of 2d resource gathering with minion management and crafting. The store mentions Minecraft, Terraria, Dwarf Fortress, and Dungeon Keeper which really means a whole lot of confusion on what the game is acutally trying to acheive. It really is not any of those other games but tries to be all of them at the same time. Spinkle in a host of not-quite-there development issues and you got the jist of Craft the World.

To start off I will list the game development issues, a series of problems aside from any of the game mechanics that make the game tedious. The worst two offenders are the poor CPU AI and the poor sloppy controls. The computer AI gets stuck and confused regularly throughout gameplay. Your minions often have to "reset" in their pathing or decision making processes. This shows in game when the dwarves will be pathing to a spacific task and will just stop and idle for a minute, then the AI will reset and they will go about a different task that is easier to compute. This makes for some frusterating issues when trying to work in a certain spot either mining or building and the computer AI just doesn't quite understand whats going on, making you have to repeat you commands a few times before it clicks.
Combine this with the poor sloppy controls that often make the game perform unintented actions and the AI just gets even more confused. Each click, anywhere, on the screen will initially flag a block to be mined. No matter what that block is. Most commands in the game use just the left-mouse click to do, so this means often you will be trying to build or simply move around the map and suddenly your minions are mining down their own house because you clicked somewhere in that space. Very frusterating process.

Even after you get over those two hurdles the game promises some interesting gameplay. The interface and graphics are nice and over-all while the concept isn't really new, it is one that is not done all that often and a genre that I wouldn't mind seeing more of. Unfortuntely, as mentioned above the game really doesn't know what it wants to be and none of the elements really blend together well or are done well enough on their own to warrant a good experience. Some are even thrown into the game, it seems, simply because the dev liked the mechanic in another game and threw it in without any real thought to how it effects this particular game.
By this I mean the crafting system, which I think is my most disliked part of the game. The crafting system utilizes a crafting system where resources have to placed in a crafting window via a very specific pattern, similar to Minecraft. There really is no reason for this other than to make the process tedious and annoying. I honestly have no idea why it is setup in this manner other then to claim the game is more like Minecraft. Riding on its coat-tails of success. It is pretty awful and combined with poor UI controls it makes it even worse.
The other aspect of the game that I don't quite understand and that only makes the game drag on way logner then it should is a pointless leveling / research system. To progess through the crafting items and to get better equipment, the game requires you to "level" through gaining experience. You gain this experience through crafting a set number of items of lower quality to get access to higher quality items. This means you are forced to waste resources crafting pointless items you dont need just so you can get access to the better items in the game. Take into the fact that gathering of resources takes way too long, and the AI issues mentioned earlier and the game feels more like a pay-per-play free moble game then anything else. Forcefully making the game take longer for no reason just to try and get people to buy the powerups. But this is not that type of game, which means, I have no idea why it was developed in this way.

So overall, just a game that seems like a poorly mashed together group of ideas with no real thought process or goal that brings those ideas together. Combined with the poor development issues the game is simply frusterating and boring after the first few hours. I really cannot recommend it, even on sale. There are much better options available, like any of the other games mentioned in this review and even some others that are not.
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
77.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
This game would be great if the AI wasn't so painfully stupid. Dwarves with low health suicide themselves to powerful enemies constantly, tasks take forever to get done, and they get stuck on nothing.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Don't bother with this game.
It's dearth of content is masked by dragging everything out to a snail's pace.
The only slightly interesting element is the tech tree, but advancing up it requires building a whole ton of ♥♥♥♥ you don't need, can't put to good use, and don't care about.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
It's a game that brings us a certain amount of fun and a little laughs, with easy learning and complexity and medium difficulty. The individual dwarves control of the dwarves gives it an interesting peculiarity, I felt like an improvement over "Lemmings", though it's complicated to control them one by one when you have a lot of workers and the game AI kinda force you to do that because it seems to take your pawns to horible places and taking awful paths. Multiplayer mode seems too restricted, looks like an unfinished job... Low replayability, probably only in multiplayer mode for fun with friends (not nearly the appeal of Terraria and similars). It worth the 75% off sale price, not more.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
779.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
I have sunk Hours into this game and I love it. The Dwarfs do need some tuning and the last level with the big deity is driving me nuts because im spending half of everything to please him and then not much left for me cause having to fight the goblins underground and the ones trying to break in. This is one of my top Favorite games. I have the exp and the Owlcats and Froglisks are adorable. I do like sandbox mode but we do need a bit more of a way to level better after we get a few levels on us. But as for deity i do love the idea that he gives gifts if he is pleased but i just wish there was a list we could follow or some guidelines on what to give to get what we would like from him. I need iron desperately and it would be nice if i know how to please him enough to get it. I do wish there were more worlds or more to do after you finish the last campaign and everything. I am on the last level and im gonna be sad its over, i really would love to see more from this game. Its great as it is but it has so much potential to be really spectacular. I would get more stuff from the store for this game if there was another expansion or add on. Keep up the great work. I wish more games were like this.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Quick review for my Friends list, since this is on sale today.

Craft the World is a great little indie game! Elements of Terraria and base-building games like Dungeon Keeper, combined into something new. It's a slower-paced game than Terraria, and rewarding in a different way.

A great deal at $5.
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821 of 1,005 people (82%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 20, 2014
Okay so, I'm not exactly sure if i should upvote or downvote it, because both would be true.

First of all the good part. The first 10 hours of the game or so, maybe a little bit less, 8 hours - seem magical, astounding and absolutely amazing. It reminds you of old masterpieces - dungeon keeper, Knights and Merchants, even survival games. It's all great - I mean you can dig, create stuff, decorate it, smash monsters, level gnomes up, craft, you can craft a lot. More advanced crafting requires gnomes with specific skills. So the idea's great, you unlock more and more recipes by crafting newly unlocked stuff, the world seems a better place with this game around.

And then you get to midgame.
You start lacking resourses, especially the most important resourse ingame - iron, which is non-renewable. You start going to edges of the map, which takes gnomes forever to just reach, not to mention they prefer spending their time doing something you didn't really even ask them to do. Even with teleportation to the right place, you just no longer control them, the AI gets dumber the more you build and explore, while gnomes never get faster, nor you get a huge army of them. By midgame you require at least 5 times the amount of gnomes you have!

The crafting turns into hell, because you need to unlock 5-10-15 more levels to reach a needed crafting level by crafting stuff you clearly do not need need in huge amounts: like 50 book cases, or 15 stone statues. You exhaust your resourses on trash, just to get over it. You also got to build that trash, which requires you to use pretty inconvinient system of placing the newly crafted item into one of 20 fast access slots, which in midgame are already filled out with important things like spells, food, walls, bridges etc. And then restore the previous one the same way.

By that time you get the feeling that you'd rather stare at the wall doing nothing, than play on.
Awful late game balance and AI management completely kills the game.

But at least you can enjoy first 8-12 hours.
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208 of 230 people (90%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
48.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2015
First 10 hours - Awesome
Next 10 hours - Fun
Next 10 hours - ok
Next 10 hours - Tedious
Next 10 hours - Arrrghhhh!

Ok, so why overall positive review? Great value for money! You will get 30 hours of fun out of this game, which makes it money well spent.

What happens that makes it a mind numbing tedious grind? Basically there are 3 worlds. You start the first and work your way up in tech to fight the final bosses and move on to the next world. Now here is the kick to the nuts, every time you start a new world, you start completely over!! I started my third world and couldn't take it anymore. The worlds are a little different so that is kinda fun, but the tech is the same. Grind fest by gameplay hour 40.

Still, would reccomend you try it. 30 hours of fun! Better bang for your buck than movie or amusement park.
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216 of 242 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
78.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This is a nice 2d dwarf management game, kind of like a mix between Dwarf Fortress, Terraria and Minecraft. I've enjoyed the time I've spent playing it and I recommend it.

However, it does have a few problems.

I wish levels didn't take so long to complete: I've played this game for 60 hours and I've only completed 2&1/2 levels. There's no real reason for the game to be so slow, there's just not much to do on a map after you've secured your fort except more of the same stuff you've been doing from the beginning.

There's a research tree, but it sucks. New techs have too many prerequisites. You need all of the prerequisites and most of them don't make any sense. Resetting the tech tree each level is also pointless and just makes levels take longer.

Dwarfs are also pretty dumb and still get lost while pathfinding. They'll also gather up junk resources like dirt and sand which you simply won't ever need or want again after a certain point.

I'm not sure why this game has a Minecraft style crafting grid either. It just means every time I want to make something I need to drag each item onto the grid. There's no need for this, the game gives you the recipe, it could just give you an inventory count for the ingredients on the crafting grid so that you could make stuff and be aware of how many of your raw resources you're using without any dragging.

Last but not least I would say the game is very easy. Just kit out all your dwarfs with some good weapons and armor. A few melee dwarfs and the rest with bows or wizard staffs and you're set. You can also just armor your base well and wait out the hourly monster sieges.

I guess that's a long list of complaints but I really do enjoy building up my fortress and fending off the monster waves while I gradually expand my mines deeper and further away.
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