Dawnfolk is a charmingly dark minimalist survival city-builder. Collect resources and rebuild your realm one tile at a time as you protect your settlers from oppressive shadows. Can you unveil the secrets of the monoliths to bring light back to the world?
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“It sounds so thoroughly unique I feel like I have to play it.”
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“Player Choice Best Upcoming Games 2023”

“What makes Dawnfolk stand out amongst the throng of city builders is a blend of small but fun little touches you won't find in other games of the genre.”
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About This Game

In a world of darkness, you are a ruler who lost your kingdom to the shadows. On a quest to save your people, you have found the mythical Lueur, a fiery companion, who will light your way.

Will you be the ruler who turns a blind eye to disasters? How will you handle difficult moral choices? Can you grow the cities in your kingdom effectively enough to survive as a beacon of light for future settlers?

In Dawnfolk, you will manage resources, explore the surrounding tiles, and grow your city. The choices you make affect the success of your fledgling town. You might opt to uncover a hunting ground to provide more food for your villagers through meaningful minigames. Or you might choose to forge a path towards the mine and yield a recurring source of materials.

Minigames add a unique challenge to supporting your people. The better you are at the minigames, the more resources you get and the more likely your community will weather the darkness.

Every choice matters as you explore different strategies and play styles in Dawnfolk.

Decades ago, titanic obsidian monoliths rained down from the sky. A raging tempest of unfathomable darkness gathered around them, slowly crawling across the world and consuming all in its path. You are the ruler of this land, once mighty and resolute, now broken and wounded. But not defeated! You intend to reclaim the realm and bring back light to the world.

After years of wandering, your story begins as you finally find the Lueur, a mythical creature able to radiate a powerful enough brightness to dissipate darkness. It is time to explore the shadows and rebuild your realm.

Not everyone has time to invest hundreds of hours into learning how to play a grand strategy game. You can dive right in and start building your settlement immediately, going from a handful of tents to a big city in less than an hour.

Dawnfolk was designed to feel familiar, yet unlike any building strategy game you’ve ever played before. Unwind and play with ease, whether you’re at home or on the go, with your gamepad, keyboard, or handheld console. Go back to the roots of gaming, where exploration and experimentation are the key to fun and discovery.

This darkly cute survival city-builder has been created with much love by a very French developer named Darenn Keller.

After working in the game industry for a few years, Darenn set off on an adventure into indie dev land. Originally called Lueur and the Dim Settlers (as Darenn’s initial goal was to make non-French-speakers sound like complete morons attempting to say the name of the game), the idea for Dawnfolk came about in the LOWREZJAM in 2022 as the challenge was to make a game in one week with a resolution of 64x64 pixels.

Darenn has chosen all elements of creative direction and design. He has mixed the music, molded the sprites, and shaped the game to be reflective of his game design philosophy. But no game is made in a vacuum - Dawnfolk wouldn’t be the amazing game it is without the support of the playtesters and community. The game continues to grow and evolve thanks to players like you so check out the Discord for ways to provide feedback straight to Darenn!

Set out into the mysterious darkness as you build to survive, thrive, or relax - the choice is yours. Experience the game on both macro and micro levels, as you oversee the management of your structures and resources, while also immersing yourself in mini arcade games to collect resources. Explore the world and story as you reshape it.

Your choices directly determine the fate of your realm and its inhabitants.

Will you succeed in bringing light back to the world?

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Additional Notes: Support for OpenGL 3.3
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • OS: macOS 10.12
    • Additional Notes: Support for OpenGL 3.3
    • OS: Any OS
    • Additional Notes: Support for OpenGL 3.3

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