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.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,747 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 24, 2014

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"Dwarf colony sandbox sim with tower defense elements, exploration, crafting, building, monsters, treasure, etc! Watch my getting started video below!"
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November 25

Update 1.0.000

Update 1.0.000
+ Improved dwarves AI especially for digging tasks.
+ Improved compass spell. Now compass shows the nearest secret room until one will be uncovered almost completely.

Обновление 1.0.000
+ Усовершенствован ИИ гномов в части игнорирования задач добычи ближайших блоков.
+ Доработано заклинание компаса. Теперь он продолжает указывать на ближайшую секретную комнату, пока большая ее часть не исследована.

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November 20

Official Launch 24th of November



Dear Friends!

We are happy to announce that Craft The World will be released officially 24th of November.

Thank you very much to all that have collaborated in the final development stage of the game! Now the game is much better than ever thanks to the awesome feedback of our community.

There are many ideas left for the future updates, so we are continue to work on and improve the game after the official launch. We have started development of fourth world with new features and gameplay elements. It will be available for free for all owners of the game.

Please continue sending us your feedback.

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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.


GOD-SIMULATION
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.

SANDBOX GAME
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.

CRAFTING
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.

RTS
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.

TOWER DEFENSE
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.

MAGIC
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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • 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 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
I've played this for a few days and enjoyed all but one horrendous aspect of it: the crafting interface! It's a clumsy drag'n drop affair with multiple tabs that quickly becomes tedious. Unfortunately, as your dwarves learn more technologies and recipes, this exarcebates the problem until it reaches the an unplayable point (at least for anyone who wishes to avoid carpal tunnel!). If this problem were fixed--perhaps by offering a single button to automatically fill in the recipes--I'd recommend it without question. But this problem is serious enough to ruin the experience for me.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
94.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
If you love giving orders to minions, watching them build a shelter and defend themselves, and then proceed to build an industry to survive a unkind world you'll love this game.

In all honesty, one of the very few early access games I would rate highly. Its fantastic at what it does, and it gets regular touch ups to fix bugs at this point. I've played since it was a much earlier beta, and I can safely say the game has definitely improved over time (except maybe the font, which used to be much simpler and more elegant).

Personally would rate 8/10. Its not action packed, but for a lazy building game its ideal.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Exactly what I wanted in a game. Good mix of 'city' building, tower defense and a huge list of things to build, find and manage!

Love it!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
88.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I've sunk a good amount of time into this so far, since it was in early access. This game tackles many different ideas at once to great effect. It's got the 2D sidescrolling world of Terraria, above ground and below ground, but not as vast in size. It's got the god-game system of Dungeon Keeper, in which you can give orders to your dwarves and have them go about the business of accomplishing it (or take direct control of one of them specifically, also like Dungeon Keeper). And you've got the fortress building aspect of...well...Dwarf Fortress. This is one of those interesting games where starting out can be brutal, especially for a new player, but gets easier as you go, as opposed to other games that start small and scale in difficulty. But that's really one of its strong points, as it has you learning on your toes and makes you think about your next move and how you spend your resources. But that doesn't mean it'll let you off easy, even after you've learned the ropes.

Like most sandbox games, CtW gives you time to build up, and time to be wary. Daytime offers a peaceful chance to work and get things done, while night brings the potential of undead raids on your treasured home. Every 50 minutes of real time play, a portal raid will begin to truly test whether you've prepared properly, or not. And they keep getting harder as well, to force you to think faster and beat the level to ultimately survive.

The crafting is smooth and easy to manage, the graphics are bright and colorful (never really feeling dull thankfully), and the fighting system isn't complicated while still offering plenty of room for strategy to aid the dwarves. Seriously, you'll think of plenty of tricks and traps to make the deadly portal raids easier as you go along, and coming up with said strategies is a large part of the fun.

You'll see some people complain no doubt about resource shortages in the late game, but resource management is important, and it isn't a game problem, it's the players fault for wasting items. This isn't just a sandbox game. It's a multitude of genres at once. It's a sandbox-fort building-management-strategy-survival game with three worlds each between 20-40 hours a piece. It's not about making a beautiful world like Minecraft or Terraria (though you'll love building your fort/home) it's about the brutal survival of moving your dwarves to the next world, towards (what they hope) will be their new home in escaping an undead menace.

10/10 Easily one of the top games of 2014. You'll start playing and look to realize in horror that you've played for hours on end and it's time to sleep. But you won't sleep.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
its almost easy to overlook this game to be just another crafting game thats been released since the majority of children got a stiffy for minecraft. but damn, this is one hell of a game. a lot of effort went into it, definately worth the purchase
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
It is really complex game, do not make your self get fooled by graphics. (as I did for the first time I saw the video of this game)
This game will take you some time to get grip on it. - building first shelter will take you some figuring.
And then it will take you all the time, because it is always "I'll only dig this vein of iron" and then after 3 hours you end up crafting some REALLY necessary equipment for all of your dwarfs, because you get some kind of emotion for those little ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s.

If you take time to learn how the game works it will provide you with LOT of fun.
If you liked settlers (loved those - have not played much terraria or minecraft, so do not want to compare to those) you might like this one too.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Craft the world was a fun game to start playing, the way the game is structed makes you want to play for hours!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Ok this is my first review out about 75 games. So you will know right off the bat this is a game to download and play.
Yes it's 2D but it's avery fun 2D game. Give it a try, it's worth your time and money.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
60.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Yes I recommend this game BUT, you should know a few things first. It's still very new. It has a lot of room for improvement and expansion. For me this game plays like a Terraria style RTS. It's fun planning out orders for your dwarves and watching as your base expands ever outward to make room for all the dwarves and the tools they need to continue. Be aware that this game will become very repetitive VERY fast. The worlds themselves offer a finite ammount of resources. You WILL run out of things especially the more precious resources on small worlds. This game feels as though it was developed for tablet play. Every single command is given via the mouse. You don't even scroll the map with the keyboard. This is a game that could very much benefit from Steam Workshop tools however I do not expect that to happen. More defensive emplacements, a redesigned tech tree, and some better explanations of some of the items would go a long way towards extending the shelf life of this game.

TL;DR - As it is I will not suggest you spend $20 on it but if you catch it on a 50% off sale it'll be worth it.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Graphics style, sounds and overall feeling is very nice. Early game certainly was *very* enjoyable. Although few bugs here and there were a bit worrying, overall the game is very polished. After few hours I thought that I had seen the game and started thinking that the travel distances etc. would start breaking up the experience, but I'm still happily playing :) (Even at that point I felt that I got my moneys worth.)

I don't particulary like the way the game forces player to advance through the tech tree and I still don't (after hefty amount of hours) understand how certain things (like the confort level) affects anything. I was also a bit dissappointed when I realized how little meaning there is to expand your structures from caves up from ground level.

In the end this is very well rounded up game and I would certainly recommend it!

(Edit: Just realized that Steam shows >47 hours spent in the game, my review is based on around nine hours of play...)
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Played for 6 hours.

Only complaint (bar the minor bugs one would expect) were that the game just seemed slow.

Soon found you could speed up the game. Game got amazing.

It's awesome.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Good fun.
A lot of grind involved and could probably benefit from a faster fast forward button.
Can find yourself out of resources a lot and having to scour the map for bits and pieces.
Could benefit from a better in game tutorial, or FAQ guide, but is easy enough to get to grips with.
8/10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Really cool game. I am enjoying it
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
50.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Released version? AS IF!

http://i59.tinypic.com/rv9ch1.png

That was a 40+ hours of gametime down the drain, because apparently IF YOU CRASH YOUR "SAVE" gets deleted!
40 FREAKING hours down the drain!

The game is not, BY FAR, a released version game.

Enjoyable the first hours, abysmal but manageable farming later on, nothing to offer in the end.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Very addictive game, you have been warned!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
How can i get portal recipe ... I can't find any portal recipe in my inventory ... Did i do something wrong ? or it just a bug ? please help,Thanks.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
hard to play initially, everything is so clunky and slow, takes a while to get used to until you realize its not even worth it
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
It´s just too much micromanagement with inappropriate tools for the task.
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109.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Lots of fun to be had with this game, and with the 2x speed makes it much easier to play longer term

I did initally find the upgrade path was quite slow once you had reached the iron stage, but progression is still good and engaging

Would recommend if you have some time to burn playing this
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30.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Craft the World is a very fun and addicting simulation game. You start off the game with one dwarf, a storage location and a shop to buy things. There is also technology tree where you have to complete a number of items crafted to reach the next tier. You use your dwarf to locate the items required, which could be a plant, an animal or a mineral. When you start crafting you will gain experience points to reach the next level. At each new level you gain one new dwarf to help with your city.

The game does have a day and night rotation. During the night zombies, skeletons and other foul beasts will show up in an attempt to destroy your creation. When you slay them you will get some experience points and they will drop some loot. There will also be goblins that try to move in randomly during the day.

The interface is very easy to use. You can drag the items you crafted into a tool bar, click it again to select it and then place them on the map. The crafting is done by dragging items into one of nine boxes. Depending on what item you place in which box you'll create an item. This might seem cumbersome at first, but the first time you make a mistake and discover an item you don't have the instructions for, you'll be happy it was made that way.

I played the game at an easy setting to get use to it and have some fun. There are ways to make it more challenging. I set it so that when a dwarf dies he later respawns, but you can set it so that it is a permanent death.

If you are into simulaiton games where you get to build homes, this is the game for you.
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