The Dwarf Run is an old-fashioned RPG featuring turn-based combat, elements of point-n-click adventure and intriguing story line.
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Very Positive (62 reviews) - 85% of the 62 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 21, 2015

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January 10

Version 1.50 is live!

New Casual mode for the Arena (Chapter Seven) has been added as a new default. In this mode, the number of Arena fights is lowered approximately by 2/3. If you prefer Hardcore mode with more battles, you can switch back in Options.
If you have already entered the Arena, you will remain in Hardcore mode with an option to switch to Casual.

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Reviews

“It's one of the most entertaining games I've played in the last few years.”
RPG Codex

“I struggled through the game, and I freaking LOVED it.”
Not Your Mama's Gamer

“Overall, The Dwarf Run is a solid game for anyone wanting to satisfy their RPG itch.”
WalaWalaGames

About This Game

The Dwarf Run is an old-fashioned RPG with elements of point-n-click adventure.

The story tells of an expedition to the ancient underworld temple undertaken by young dwarf Dalain Stonecruncher with party of friends and numerous adventures that followed.

Dalain, Zenn, Ionor, and Barbados are about to meet the strangest beings, join the rebellion, investigate conspiracies, defeat the most powerful of demons, become champions of the arena, and even travel into space.

The Game Features

  • Linear story line full of humor and unexpected twists and turns
  • Manual and automatic control of turn-based battles
  • Original rule set that makes leveling a challenging and interesting task
  • Point-n-click adventuring with light inventory-based puzzles
  • Choice of cinematic, top-down and third person views
  • Range of individually balanced difficulty modes
  • 15 hours of game play, 100 enemy types, 140 unique items, and one ending

And there is no

  • Cutting edge bloomy graphics
  • Scaling of enemy levels
  • Abstract puzzle solving
  • Level cap

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2Ghz dual-core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4600
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2Ghz dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX460 or better
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OS X Lion
    • Processor: 2Ghz dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4600
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: MAC OS X Lion
    • Processor: 2Ghz dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX460 or better
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu or equivalent
    • Processor: 2Ghz dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4600
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu or equivalent
    • Processor: 2Ghz dual-core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX460 or better
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (62 reviews)
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DropOfSorrow
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Randomly saw this game in my library and started it off and was like this game is a pile of balls, but then I ended up getting addicted to it and wasted 12 hours of my life completing it and earning all the achievements.

Probably the most disappointing accomplishment of my life, but still an accomplishment.

Proud to be one of the 3%
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arth
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
This is a fun came.
Until you get to the Dwarf Run part, that is, at which point it simply becomes frustrating.

It's still a good run for your money until then.
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41nd
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
what is this joke of a game? what are these graphics? who made this and with what purpose? is this a torture device of somekind..?
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bwhite7777
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Seems like a fun idea, but is a bit buggy. I am getting a lot of freezes and one CTD. I'll work through it and will change my review quickly if these issues disappear. I like the concept.
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theskinsurf
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
charming game with challenging turn-based tactics. a little rough around the edges but still compelling, surprising and fun. a nice indie gem.
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gabrielgarcezabreu
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Product received for free
Amazing game, I'm at the final chapter now and I can say I´ve been loving the story and everything in the game.
one great feature for me is the "cheat" option, which allows you to relevel your characters at any time. it´s really great to try out every combination of spells and abilities
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Rivethead
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
A fine hidden gem of a game! Great humor! I have only been playing 2 hours but am very happy with the $8 I paid!



Rivscore- 88 / 100 ( will update as I play more)
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Mecha King Kong
( 21.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Only 3.1% of people who play this brutal game complete it. I'm happy to be one of them.
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1984
( 41.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Just a good solid game, old school elements but very smart humour. I liked the turn base combact as well, battles keep changing so there is always new tactics to test This game is not frustating at all if you have some experience on tactical RPGs, and its length is fair considering the cost (around 20 hours). If u like turn-based RPGs it would be a mistake not to get this one, Lots of fun
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Avarion
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
I want a part 2. Its a game which was quite entertaining.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Product received for free
Amazing game, I'm at the final chapter now and I can say I´ve been loving the story and everything in the game.
one great feature for me is the "cheat" option, which allows you to relevel your characters at any time. it´s really great to try out every combination of spells and abilities
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Seems like a fun idea, but is a bit buggy. I am getting a lot of freezes and one CTD. I'll work through it and will change my review quickly if these issues disappear. I like the concept.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Randomly saw this game in my library and started it off and was like this game is a pile of balls, but then I ended up getting addicted to it and wasted 12 hours of my life completing it and earning all the achievements.

Probably the most disappointing accomplishment of my life, but still an accomplishment.

Proud to be one of the 3%
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
I'm only four hours in, but I'm really enjoying the game. At first, I was like Iceywind1980 and was about to give up on the game; it ttook me 30 minutes, or so, to get going and figure out how to play. Also, the default difficulty setting is "Difficult," but you can change it in game. The fusion of point-and-click and rpg is really succesful. Solving inventory puzzles, searching the enviroment, and talking to things is really just as essential to your progress as combat. The writing is very good and never fails to entertain; party dialogue also frequently gives subtle clues as to how to progress. The graphics and animations are good, for this type of game, and add to the enjoyment. The game runs pretty smoothly and load times are minimal. The rpg mechanics are pretty sophsticated for a modestly priced game like this; for instance, your characters earn combat experience based on how much damage they did in the fight. Also, turd zombies. A very enjoyable game.
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
This is a quirky little turn-based RPG, that relies on little more than you mouse and your whit. It combines elements from point-click adventure games/ and games like Grandia (where you hero has an option of running around, doing melee attacks, or a ranged attack. You have obsticles you have to overcome through discovery of items, as well as tough foes.

In spirit it has a very old-school (probably through budget as well as choice) feel. There's no voice acting and the models/enviroment are low-poly, but done so in a somewhat artful way.

Pros:
+Quirky looking dialogue, story.
+Low PC demand
+Interesting gameplay
+Challenging gameplay

Cons:
+No grinding for easy playthrough (there seems to be no grind, the arrows/ammo you get you can only get 1 time, and there's no way of grinding you characters up).
+Challenging easy mode, even the easy mode can seem impossible at times. Especially if you leveled your characters wrong.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
The Dwarf Run is a fun "little" role-playing game with pretty demanding battles and an unusual story. Actually, the plot is what kept me playing it even when there was (in my opinion) too much combat. I only played it in the easiest mode, and even then it can be very hard, so be aware.

It combines (easy) Point'n'Click puzzles with a tactical combat RPG system, with a big emphasis on the latter. It's a pretty linear game (it's even subdivided in chapters), but sometimes you can explore the area a bit and choose to do fights in your own order. I actually liked the graphics, maybe because I'm nostalgic of older games; and the humor is often pretty good, which makes it okay that the story doesn't always make sense.

Minor spoiler: I wish the elf from the bar scene in the beginning would have welcomed me back or something when I finished the game, to make it more round.

Bigger spoiler: Near the end of the game comes The Arena, a part of the story where you will fight. A lot. Oh, so many fights. But I must say, even though I'm not a fan of long, complex tactical combats, The Dwarf Run (at least in the easy mode) is rather well balanced and I learned the ins and outs of the tactical combat so much I actually enjoyed it (most of the time). And as the developer listens to feedback I am sure this part of the game will even become better.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
I love old school turn based RPGs and have been playing this game for the last 4 days.
I have played at least 60 games in this genre on steam.

I am enjoying "The Dwarf Run" very much because it is not mindless hack-and-slash game.
There is also a object-puzzle-solving element in the game.
You can USE various objects in your inventory to interact with various othe objects in the environment to advance the story-line and open up new locations. Although the storyline is linear, there is a sense of accomplishment if you can finally advance it by figuring out the right interactions of object. Sometimes, I am stuck for hours, took a break, and when I come back a new idea pops up in my mind, and I can advance the story. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is also no mindless grinding in this game as there are no random encounters or random monsters. Because of this, every encounter is precious, and I would try to explore every corners of every map to make sure that I do not missed any hidden encounter. Resources are also limited and precious in this game. Ammunition is limited and you can obtain them from limited number of boulders (to make stones), animal bones (to make stone arrows) or insect stings (to make poison arrows), etc. Money is also very limited and you will have to decide what type of gears to buy with the limited amount of money. I really like the way this game control XP, ammunition and gears, as it make each acquisition to be meaningful and treasured.

Although the game length is stated to be only 15 hours, I have played at least 36 hours on this game and love it. I am a completionist and am trying to get every single Steam Achievement in a single playthrough. That is why I go slow and cautiously explore everywhere to make sure that I do not miss a single achievement. So far I have all the achievment except the last one which is from finishing the game. The ending should be within the next 2 days, but I decide to take time and write this review instead, so that other people can enjoy this fun game.

I would definitely recommend this game and it is worth the money spend.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
Amazing game. I was skeptical when I launched it for a first time, and the feeling I had was that it was going to be another easy to play low rating game for an hour or two. What surprised me most is that despite the fact that the game is cheap, has low poly, lack of voice dialogue (it would be strange to have that for such a price though), it still feels great and plays much better than many other AAA games of the same genre. In fact, it feels like a quest, a parody, a mix of modern RPG and old school dungeon crawling at times, which in my opinion, is very interesting way of making a computer game.

What I really enjoyed in this game is the game mechanics - I am not saying it is something new, but you cannot just hack and slash entire game without some strategy. Every move, every battle, every level up of your hero requires you to think twice. What is interesting is that, unlike many similar RPG games, this game is challenging, if not impossible at times (especially for people who never played RPG games before) - in fact, you may end up reloading a game several times after every single battle (!) because of the one mistake you made either in battle or (the worst) if you developed your characters wrong (and trust me, for a first time you will do this). So if anyone want to avoid the mistakes before they are made - do not follow a typical RPG paradigm - your heroes will be useless if you focus just on what is best for their classes in other games - thus, if you think STR and con are great for fighter, INT is only issue mage needs to solve, and good ranger only needs to have high DEX - then you will need a new keyboard because you will kill it by hitting the same reload button 1000 times. Again, universality is key in this game - this will be clear once you enter the pits.

Second thing I liked in game is the sense of humour. I thought I saw everything of the genre but this game made me laugh so many times, I am still trying to understand how weird the situation can end up from a usual (as it seemed) dungeon crawling attempt. Yes - you have to be prepared to read the story, listen to your companions, and pay attention to details in order to really enjoy the game.

9.5 / 10
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I've just completed the game and overall I've had a pretty enjoyable experience.

From reading other reviews you can probably tell that there's clearly a few imperfections in it and it a couple of ways it felt a little unfinished, but and this is a big but, I think that the positive by far outweigh the negative.

The Downside
- There's no voice acting, only written dialogue, but to be fair given the price of the game I'll actually take this, and no voice acting is actually better than bad voice acting
- There's a couple of pathfinding bugs during battles (usually solved by moving the camera around or going in and out of inventory)
- The arena battles go on and on and on (especially if you don't release that you can get through them quickly by not trying to complete the whole lot of them... it took my 18 rounds of a particular one, and I don't want to give spoilers but let’s just say that a bit clearer sign posting would have made that it didn't)

The Upside
- The balance in the game is beautifully done, I think set loot drops play a big part of this, but at no point did I feel that battles were too hard or becoming too easy. I think this really shouldn't be underestimated in a game, at no point was Dwarf Run coming grindy for me, and as a result it's one of the few rpgs that I've played through to the end.
- The story is fun, again without giving spoilers, it's different, it'll have you scratching your head a couple of times, and it's in some ways pretty simple, but put simply its engaging, it leave you always wanting to see around the next corner I was a lot more curious about where everything was going than in some AAA titles where you have to defeat the 9 lords of blah blah before finding out that they were just minions of the 12 gods of yada yada.
- The levelling system actually makes you stop and think, it does something really really well which upon reflection make you wonder why other games haven't been doing it. For instance, a spell will cost you 1 point to learn, it might still only cost you 1 point to get a second copy of it, but the third copy might then cost you 2 points, a forth copy might be 3 points. The result it that you can't just one trick pony your way through battles, you have to have to plan a bit and make yourself a strategy in order to succeed.
-Those arena battles end up being strangely addictive.

So the verdict is clearly a thumbs up from it, I hope that we get to see more games from the same developer, a sequel perhaps, that said I also hope that any sequel we do get doesn't move away from the formula that's been set up here in the first Dwarf Run. Even with a bigger budget I hope that any follow up games retain what Dwarf Run has at its core, and that's Charm.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
A great tactical combat game with charming, goofy humor. Think Blackguards combined with Frayed Knights.

Full review: http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=10293
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