Delve Deeper is a turn-based Adventure/Strategy game for Windows that combines HD pixel art, tile placement, and RPG elements in a bright and humorous atmosphere. Up to four players take command of Dwarf mining teams in this fast and furious dungeon adventure meets devious puzzler, building the map as you play for an ever-changing,...
User reviews: Mixed (264 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 24, 2010

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Delve Deeper is a turn-based Adventure/Strategy game for Windows that combines HD pixel art, tile placement, and RPG elements in a bright and humorous atmosphere. Up to four players take command of Dwarf mining teams in this fast and furious dungeon adventure meets devious puzzler, building the map as you play for an ever-changing, endlessly replayable strategy experience for you and your three best friends, or three devious AI teams.
Key features:
  • Gorgeous HD Pixel art, quirky humor, and the ever-present King of Dwarves!
  • Pick your own team of 5 Dwarves from Fighters, Scouts and Miners
  • Battle 20 powerful Monsters including Goblins, Evil Dwarves, and huge Dragons!
  • New! Level Builder allows you to create and share your own designs!
  • Challenge your friends in up to Four Player Hotseat Multiplayer
  • Collect over 100 relics to power up your Dwarves, and view them later in The Royal Gallery!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or better, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: Must Support Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Delve Deeper is a funny and interesting strategy game. You send gangs of dwarves deep into the mountain to gather riches for their king, and whoever finds the most is the winner. The game has many smart strategic elements, but lacks depth and content to be anything but an amusing interlude between greater strategy games.The retro aesthetic really works well for this type of experience. There's a nice attention to detail in the sprite work. That said, the art style isn't as consistent as I would have liked. The backgrounds, text, and some elements of the HUD don't quite fit in line with the throwback vibe.The biggest issues I had with Delve Deeper, however, was the camera and tile placement. Simply put, the camera is erratic. As for the tile placement system, it's overly complicated.Delve Deeper is one of those flawed, but much-loved gems. Lunar Giant was wise to set the game at such a low-risk price; you can get quite a lot out of it, if you are willing to put up with some minor to not-so-minor annoyances. When you get into a groove with this game, time slips past you.Overall 7/10.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Very amusing game best suited for a causal play during a lul at a small party. Playing solo more than three or four times will pretty much end most of the interest in the game for you - so I strongly suggest hooking this up to your TV and passing the controller around.

Drinking rules encouraged.

The other reviews, I think, want this game to be more than it is. But it's a short, fun, game that doesn't take itself too seriously or try to be a time sink. And you know what, it's ok for a game to be that (especially with the quality put into this one.)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Delve Deeper is a game about dwarven greed. But mostly TREASURE! Go down there and grab as much as you can for your most exhalted king. And more importantly, get more than the other teams!

You'll go in with five(5) dwarves, and will need to collect as much loot as you can in games that seem to go by pretty quickly. It's a good game to start up when you're bored or don't know what else to play, or just because you want to grab some more of that sweet gold.

Of your team, you can select 3 classes. The slow, powerful fighters. Fast, but slightly weak scouts, and miners who are a bit average at everything but can haul the most loot. Of course, being dwarves, all classes can mine gold, gems and mithril and carry chests of loot out, but some can carry more than others, and some fight better than others.
And since you are trying to prove you are more loyal to your king and better at extracting riches, you may end up fighting the other dwarven teams as well.

It's a simple game with solid mechanics, where you start your turn with a tunnel piece you can put down somewhere to expand your tunnels, or to unleash a massive horde of goblins into your opponent's tunnels. After that, you move your dwarves and end your turn. After that you fight with whichever dwarves are in tiles with enemies on them. A simple and easy to learn system with plenty of maps and plenty of replayability. And on top of that, it's cheap too

Worth grabbing whenever you have some cash left over for it. It's cheap, amusing to play, has plenty of replayability(So long as you don't play it all the time) and a most worthy king to deliver all your gold to who occasionally comments on things going on in his own special kind of way.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
a really nice, turn based game. dig deep into the mountain, fight against monsters and other dwarfes and all to collect as many treassures as possible in limited time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Pretty amusing game. It is very simple, but not boring at all. On highest AI difficulty you have to think first before you move and I really appreciate the sense of humor. Having dwarves named after The Beatles members or reading those ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s when you open bogus chest, that is just brilliant.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Cute but crude little exploration game.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This game is LOCAL-Multiplayer only!
It is clearly misleading.
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107 of 129 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
I gave this game a shot, I really did. I wanted to like it, and even with it's obvious, glaring flaws, I dug deeper to see if there was something there, but after it was all said and done, there wasn't.

The game presents an interesting idea, and it reminded me of something like Dungeon Keeper. You have dwarves, and you have them mine these caves for you in real-time, collecting resources, which you use to attack the other team. You can find treasures, and different items that give you temporary upgrades for that match, and eventually, one team becomes the victor.
Sound great, right? Well, no, actually.

On paper, the game sounds like it'd be cool, and really fun, but in practice, the controls are just awful. You're forced to move the camera around by clicking and dragging, and issuing commands to your units just feels really cumbersome. The artstyle is interesting for a bit, but once you realize how limited the whole thing is, and how many assets they changed the colors on and re-used. that also begins to lose it's appeal. There is basically no storyline to speak of, and what little bit of flavor text they do try to put in there just comes off as bland and annoying.

I could forgive ALL of these things if the design of the game was fun... but it also fails in that aspect. Nothing I did in the game felt rewarding or satisfying, and I think that's the most damning thing you can say about it. It just feels like a bunch of cumbersome clicking without any payoff. It's a bland, useless, mess of a game, and nobody should waste their time or money with it.
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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Delve Deeper is a local 1-4 player game where you play against each other to try to get the most treasure. At the beginning of the game, you choose from 4 different coloured dwarf mining teams (red, blue, green, yellow), each consisting of 5 dwarfs. There are 3 different "classes" of dwarf, these being miner, scout, and fighter. Each class differs in fighting ability and the number of tiles they can move in each turn.

At the start of your turn, you can choose a tile from the right side which basically causes one area of the map to be auto-mined, creating a tunnel. Once the tile has been placed, you can move some or all of your dwarfs, having them pick up treasure, mine for gold, and fight monsters or other dwarves. When a dwarf's inventory is full, you direct them to go back to base to off load their treasure. Rinse and repeat until the game is finished.

This is a very simple game, and it's actually pretty fun. Until it crashes. And it crashes a lot. In fact, looking at the forums and other reviews, it seems that this bug has been in the game from the very beginning and in two years since the game's release on Steam, the developers still haven't fixed it.

Until this bug is fixed, I can not recommend this game.
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34 of 48 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
Fun little game, though without much DEPTH to it. I'd still say I rather DIG this game, despite some of its FAULTS. Like, say, no saving feature when a single game can last for over an hour so it can be TUFF to finish it in one sitting if you lack the time, and it eventually gets a little BORING. DD's devs have been STONE silent for a while though so don't expect any bug fixes or new content, however the free DLC is still quite a GNEISS addition. But you just gotta admit that this little game is just a STEPPING STONE towards something greater.

Speaking of which.

A sequel with multiplayer included is currently in the works, as far as I'm aware, but devs are taking their sweet time with it, and as for the ETA for its release... Well, your guess is as good as MINE.

I'm done.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Interesting board game.

Players take turns digging into the field by placing tunnel pieces and then sending their dwarves down to collect as much treasure as possible. Your dwarves can mine for treasure, but that takes time. Larger caches of treasure can be found by killing monsters wandering around the board, although this involves fighting and is much more risky depending on your team makeup. Artifacts are a form of treasure that can have a wide variety of effects, good or ill, and make the game more exciting. The game ends after a certain amount of turns, where the player with the most treasure wins.

It can be quite fun, but for god's sake find a friend to play this with. That is essentially the whole point of a board game, really. And to all of you who bat your eyes at my calling this a board game: you could conceivably convert this to physical form very easily, with a human dungeon master taking the place of the monster AI.

I don't know why all these other reviewers want this game to be something it clearly wasn't supposed to be. I mean, how hard can it be to talk about this game in the way it was designed to be played?
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28 of 41 people (68%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Really boring game that seems to be ported from X-Box 360. It's also multiplayer-targeted... With no option to play online. If you don't have any friends, you really shouldn't spend your money on Delve Deeper. And even if you have plenty of 'em, there's still no chance for you to play co-op with them, because they won't most likely just want to play that game. Waste of money.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
This is a fun little stategy-turn based game where you compete with other dwarves to dig tunnels and the mechanic for digging the tunnels is interesting. It can lead to you creating a path from the monsters to your enemy's miners, beating his men down so they spend more time fighting and less time mining. I often find myself getting sucked in and lost in it as it's quite addictive and worth a buy if you are looking for a time wasting oppitunity, but there's nothing really amazing to consider it a must buy, by any streach of the imagination.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
166.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2013
Great Game what help you good spend time and forget about your problems!
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I enjoy the game, and could easily sink endless hours into it. It's like a really complex board game where you collect treasure by mining, fighting monsters, and competing with other dwarven mining teams. However, there's a a fatal defect where the game crashes to the desktop basically at random. That, coupled with the inability to save (or autosave), means that I'm unable to complete a game. Tried different remedies suggested by the developers to no avail. I want to love it and recommend it, but any game with this severe of a defect 1.5 years after release is awful.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
This game is unplayable. Every time I played the game, after a couple minutes, it crashed (the game just silently disappears and returns you to the desktop). Every time. It's a turn based game and I haven't been able to get past a second turn without the game crashing.

It's a known issue, you can read about it in the forums, look for all the posts about the "invalid tile bug". It seems that it's been known and unpatched since at least November 2012.

There are no saves or checkpoints, so if you do want to try again after the game crashed, you have to start over from the beginning every time.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2013
Delve Deeper was a little confusing at first, but after spending an hour learning the ropes, I found the game does offer some mild fun. It's a short turn-based strategy game where you and up to three other players control a team of dwarfs and compete against one another in search for the most treasure. There's a handful of different treasure types that are worth different points plus collectible relics which can modify your team member's stats. Each game is played for a finite amount of turns (usually between 10 and 30) and the player with the most points after all turns are played wins. Nothing over the top--just short and simple. It's a very similar game style to Worms.

There are three classes of dwarfs each having different stats like hit points, movement points, and inventory slots which you choose before the match. Each team starts at a different mining location allowing you to decide whether to battle your opponents and take their stuff or avoid them and just mine for gold. There is also an evil team which is computer controlled made up of various monsters throughout the dungeon to thwart your treasure collecting efforts. The old school battle system works pretty well with the rest of the game's simplicity.

Now there are a couple game breaking bugs that you'll need to avoid otherwise the game will just crash. When you are on an invalid dig location and click on the yellow area where it says "No Valid Plays", the game will crash. Very repeatable and very annoying, but if you don't click on the yellow area, the game seems to be stable. Also you'll want to turn off the tutorial, otherwise the game randomly locks up during some battle sequences. I found a few forum posts about these plus claims that the developers have moved on to a sequel so there likely won't be any future fixes.

If you can work around these bugs, the game isn't bad. I can't really recommend a game with major lingering bugs, but there is a decent amount of replayability for fun in small doses.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
A simple and amusing game about competing dwarves. There isn't much else to say. Its just fun to play. While not extremely engrossing, its fun to pick up and play a round or two. One thing I can say though, in my personal opinion, this game would have been a smash if I would have been able to play it online with friends.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2013
This game will quit automaticly to desktop before i can finish a game until this is fix i can not recommend this game
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
The tutorial crashed. 11/10
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