Dig! Dig! Dig! Manage the small underground Dwarf base and make it as rich as possible before they meet their inevitable doom. Purchase before May 11th and save!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (558 reviews)
Release Date: May 4, 2011

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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.

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Buy Tripwire Bundle - March 2014

Includes 24 items: Dwarfs!?, The Ball, Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad with Rising Storm, Rising Storm Game of the Year Edition, Killing Floor, Killing Floor Outbreak Character Pack, Killing Floor: Nightfall Character Pack, Killing Floor: PostMortem Character Pack, Killing Floor "London's Finest" Character Pack, Killing Floor: Steampunk Character Pack, Killing Floor - Steampunk Character Pack 2, Killing Floor - Ash Harding Character Pack, Killing Floor - Urban Nightmare Character Pack, Killing Floor - Harold Lott Character Pack, Killing Floor - Community Weapon Pack, Killing Floor - The Chickenator Pack, Killing Floor - Robot Special Character Pack, Killing Floor - Golden Weapons Pack, Killing Floor - Community Weapon Pack 2, Killing Floor - Golden Weapon Pack 2, Killing Floor - Reggie the Rocker Character Pack, Killing Floor - Community Weapons Pack 3 - Us Versus Them Total Conflict Pack, Killing Floor - Camo Weapon Pack

 

Special Edition

This Edition of Dwarfs!? includes the new Free to Play edition, plus all of the modes that can be purchased separately.

About This Game

'Dwarfs!?' offers an addictive, fast paced arcade-like experience, with plenty of difficulties and game modes to play around in!

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Graphics: DirectX®9-compatible
    • DirectX®: DirectX®9
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB
    • Sound: DirectX®9-compatible
    • 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
16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Dwarves. Like an antfarm. With a thousand, suicidal ants in it and all of them want your attention.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I bought this game for the 'Gimli That Axe!' achievement in Killing Floor.
When I have played this game I have more like it than before. It is a nice game. I know this game seems like simple, and you right. But it is not boringly simple.

Good things:
-More games mod in it.
-The 'Arcade mod' is random. So you can play again and again.
-Low hardware requirement.

Bad things:
-To the Killing Floor players: If you want get the 'Gimli That Axe!' achievement, you can't in there. But I suggest buy it if you want all achievement in 'Dwarfs?!' game too. Just install the 'Dwarfs - F2P' too and when you exited the 'Dwarfs?!' game just start 'Dwarfs - F2P' for a minute and the achievements will be synchronizing.

I recommend this game those how like the simple or old style games, and those who want the 'Gimli That Axe!' achievement in Killing Floor.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
An entertaining micromanagement game. It's a top-down RTS game combined with Lemmings.

"Dwarfs" are automatically spawned from a base panel and dig through the dirt surrounding the base. You can give them simple movement commands and make them dig towards various caves or minerals throughout the map. That's a basic rundown, there are many more things you need to worry about but if you want a more in-depth look at how it's played, look up some gameplay.

To those who enjoy going for high scores, and enjoy optimizing their skill in a somewhat complex game, I highly reccomend this game.

I wouldn't reccomend this game to people who want a simple experience, or those who aren't patient enough. This game has a somewhat long tutorial to teach you the skills you'll need to master, and the game itself can be somewhat tedious near the end of a run.There's also no story, if you are looking for a story driven game... Obviously.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
This is repetitive but really fun. It's a casual 2D strategy Indie game which includes a bonus Tower Defense game-mode, and more. This game is more of a game where you run in the background whilst doing other things in the non-virtual world. For example: I love to paint my Games Workshop miniatures, so I play this game in the background, listening to calm, enjoyable music while i'm painting my miniatures. If my Dwarfs need help or require micro-managing so they won't release Doom, I pause my painting and micro-manage them. When it's all safe, I return to painting.

The main game-play or game-mode is the, 'Arcade mode'. This is where you select a difficulty a time limit, so a random generated underworld spawns. Your Dwarfs will go mining anywhere they like, although you can set them paths to mine for a bit of gold. Caves will spawn in the map which can contain good or bad things or nothing for your Dwarfs. It could be an empty cave, it could filled with water of lava that will spread killing anything in it's path until contained or until it reaches and destroys your town. It could be filled with goblins, or even a boss goblin; 'Shaman'. It could be filled with treasure or with rich minerals to mine. Minerals will spawn around the map to be mined so it can be turned into gold.

The 'Campaign' are basically challenges as well as a tutorial.

The 'Skirmish' are basically bonus game-modes. The first one is 'Sandbox'. This is basically where you can play around with the underworld. Spawn in everything you like and mess around with the settings of things like: water or lava speed. You can make the world for your dwarfs to thrive, or just die. It's basically arcade mode but instead of a random generated world, you get to create the world before or during when your dwarfs mine, with no time limit.

Rush mode is basically Arcade mode but with one difficulty and no time limit. The catch is however, new Dwarfs spawn all the time and you have 200 lives (so if 200 dwarfs die, you die/loose).

Dark mode is like Arcade mode but there is only one difficulty and no time limit. However the catch is, everything that isn't mined is hidden. So you don't know where the minerals are or the caves.

Endless mode is basically Arcade mode but you decide how big the map is as well as there is no-time limit.

Carnival game mode is basically a bonus game mode. You are a dwarf and you have throw axes at moving targets. You can move within a small area but you only have 10 axes. This game-mode is fun to compete with friends to see who can get the highest score.

The last game-mode is called 'Base defence.' This basically tower defence but with a twist. You get to create your own paths with digger Dwarfs. Whenever a portal spawns, just before the goblins spawn, a digger dwarfs spawns. He'll try to dig to your village the quickest way possible, but you can always create him your own paths, for some money. Whenever you kill a goblin, you get money. And like any other tower defence game, you can buy towers and then upgrade them.

Overall I think this game is great and fun to play. It's worth getting this game if you like casual games.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
A completely unique score-based game. Your objective is to uncover parts of cave and score off of the many possible things that can be uncovered. I recommend for anyone who wants to merge semi-guiding mechanics like in The Sims with the bloodlust of wanting to watch your brainless dwarves dig straight into lava. It is a must for anyone who wants something new.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
its a nice game to kill some time, i will say 6-7/10 score.

it does have few annoying attributes like you have to kill your dwarf in order to use dynamite, your dwarfs are "stooped" they destroy your own placed walls(???) and fall into there own made dynamite holes (???) and i really dont see the point of this.

another thing is you cant permanently made the time faster (like static toggle) which means that while forwarding the time you can't do some things like blocking lava\water caves...

other then that its a fun game, try geting it on sale tho :)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Awesome game filled with a lot of content to have fun! You must play the Base defense game mode, is a true gold.

10/10 would dig again.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Harder to micromanage than Star Craft 2. 10/10 Dwarves Killed.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Start Game
Fail To Block 1 Lava Flow
Continue To Fail To Block Lava Flow
Lava Flow Grows
Lava Covers Half My Map
I Burn
Break Monitor
Get New Monitor
Type This Review
6/5 Would Burn Again
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Surprisingly good fun
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255 of 298 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,634.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
it's ok, it's the kinda game that you play for maybe an hour or two then never pick up again
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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
Variety of game modes makes Dwarfs!? fully enjoyable.

..And you actually can feel the pain of losing dwarfs when the lava has been released.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
It's the kind of game you play when you just want to relax. Despite its relative simplicity, it provides a lot of fun.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Dwarfs!? is a top down casual strategy game where you loosely control dwarves as they tunnel for riches. I played this game for about 2 hours and put it down as I was not particularly compelled to continue. The game isn't terrible; there are certainly far worse out there but the gameplay is just "OK" to the point where it's not worth playing in my opinion. There are several gamemodes but the main gamemode is called "Arcade Mode" where you essentially go as long as you can for a high score. This game would be good as a tablet/phone game that I would play on the subway but as a PC game I need more of a reason to play this. Priced at $10, this game is far too expensive for what you get.

Score: 5/10
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
A fun strategy/management game that can keep you occupied for minutes or hours.

You are a babysitter to dwarfs. You use arrows, walls and dynamite to guide them towards treasures and away from danger. The dangers that await the dwarfs are lava, water and nasty creatures like goblins and spiders. And the dwarfs love looking for treasure, so much so that they will dig into a lava pit to find some. Fortunately you are given the tools to prevent this from hapening. You get guide arrows to switch their direction, dynamite to create holes for water and lava to flow in and walls to block the flow of water and slow the flow of lava. You can also seal up areas permanently by hardening rock, but this can cost a lot of gold (especially in the harder difficulties).

With the game's multiple mode, difficulty and time settings you can enjoy a nice long high score game, or go for a quick 5 minute hardcore challenge. There is also an alternate game, akin to a carnival shooting gallery (throwing axes/shooting at side scrolling targets), which can be fun for a bit.

For the achievement & perfect game collectors, this game offers a 2 for 1. Any achievement you get in the paid version will also be unlocked if you play the free version. The achievements themselves are fairly easy to get within a few hours. The only issue is that some of the achievements will not register in the paid version, unless you unlock them in the free version (you can meet the criteria in the paid version and not need to buy the dlc).

Overall a nice game, 7/10. Definitely worth picking up in a sale.
I wouldn't buy it out of sale (£7.99 / $9.99), but it may be worth it to some, so try the free version first.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
Great fun game to play for 3o minutes while you should do something else. Can also drag you in the game longtime ;)
Ive played it for 10 hours now, and i find it more fun everytime
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
102.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2013
A free, suicidal ant farm that is constantly picking fights with forces of nature beyond their ken, pushing their boundaries in all directions until at last they pick a fight with something that can project force a lot quicker than lava or water can flow. Watch out for those Lich Kings.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
God damn those dwarfs. think they are all grown in a potato cellar. they love to release water and lava to your dungeon, but the satisfying part is to blow them up with dynamite. pretty casual managing game, with a hint of lemmings. has some addicting qualities. i recommend
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
A fun Little game Very useful if you are waiting for something, just start it up and choose 15 minute game and play away!

(The tower defense Gamemode is alot of fun but can get quite difficult and addictive!)
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2014
An unusual strategy... probably strategy I don't know. That thing is weird, weird in a good way. It's nice to play. However I feel like it's a casual game and probably it is. So sunday players, go get it, it will be fun. For hardcores I recommend tower defence mode and higher difficulties.
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