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  • Summary: Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world.

    Although Dwarf Fortress is still in a work in progress, many features have already been implemented.
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  1. Oct 23, 2011
    10
    Dwarf fortress is a game about telling a fantastical story in an imaginary, abstract world, it is amazing and it covers a lot of things aboutDwarf fortress is a game about telling a fantastical story in an imaginary, abstract world, it is amazing and it covers a lot of things about fantastical in a tolkien like way, a lot of fun, you get 3 game modes, the fortress mode in which you embark your dwarves to settle wild lands and have amazing adventures and a horrible death, where you get controll of 5 dwarves and build a fortress as the number increases to up to 200 dwarves.

    you must get miners, farmers, soldiers, woodcrafters, stonecrafters, masons, cooks, brewers, tanners, leatherworkers up to around 73 proffesions, evry dwarf is unique and has a mood, likes and dislikes things, every dwarf in this game is a living, breathing (and breeding) living, this game mode issn't for lazy people, seriously, you MUST learn to play it, its not like other cheap pick up and play games, wich mike make it awkward for the regular gamer, but with time and love, everyone can learn to play it easily.

    After looking at fortress mode you can go on adventure mode, where you take controll of one character of the world in its adventures, this mode is incomplete, crappy, and difficult to play but yet, fun, its incredible how many people play it because as incomplete as it is, it is AMAZING.

    Also, you get legends mode, where you can see the story of your world, because when you generate a world you must know you are not playing a level, it is a world, when your fiirst fortress dies, the world will stay there, and you can visit it again right where you left it in adventure mode, or reclaim your fortress, or build a new one, because the world goes on.

    That feature, generating a real world has cautivated the hearts of millions of people, because your world itself is a story that advances with you.

    Now, the game has ASCII graphics, wich means its made with symbols and letters, at first this freaks out everyone, and i mean EVERYONE, you must pull yourself together and drop your lazyness off so you can learn to play, but as i said, with time, and love, you can play this game in 2 days, it is amazing, how
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    becomes a dog standing on some grass, how meaningless symbols become tunnels, caves and mountains, this game is as famous as minecraft, only that it issn't so talked about.

    You will freak out a bit at the beggining, use the magmawiki to understand the symbols and you'll see how those triangles adn green things become bushes and hills, i strongly recommend you use captnduck's tutorial on youtube ;)
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  2. Dec 6, 2013
    10
    Dwarf Fortress is the ultimate example of a game that favors system and simulation over interface and graphics. There are a lot of thingsDwarf Fortress is the ultimate example of a game that favors system and simulation over interface and graphics. There are a lot of things going on, and it's easy for a fort to collapse when the unexpectedly bad happens. Because of this, the game has a pretty brutal learning curve, even if the interface weren't totally weird and borderline nonsensical. I can't entirely deny that the game might simply rely on a form of Stockholm Syndrome to keep a large portion of its fanbase.

    However, "Losing is fun" is the game's motto, after all. There's even a "reclaim" mode so you can try to take back an old fort (if you dare). So go out and strike the earth!
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  3. Aug 3, 2014
    10
    Dwarf Fortress is one of the best game experiences I have ever had. Although the very steep learning curve will turn away many players, andDwarf Fortress is one of the best game experiences I have ever had. Although the very steep learning curve will turn away many players, and the very basic graphics may dissuade others, players who stick with the game will find an incredibly rewarding experience. Dwarf Fortress offers an incredibly deep, albeit complex world that can be enthralling, infuriating, hilarious, and more. The game has two gameplay modes:

    -Fortress mode
    In this mode, the player is initially given 7 dwarves and a wagon-full of supplies, and is tasked with creating a new fortress for their civilization. Beyond that, there are few limitations on what the player can do. One must take into consideration all aspects of dwarven life when planning their fortress- or possibly just ignore the needs of their citizens and build a giant statue out of obsidian that cries lava and shoots minecarts full of rocks at attacking armies from its mouth. Fortress mode is nearly limitless, and the graphics can be altered to your liking by simply installing a tileset or graphics set.

    -Adventure Mode
    What it says on the tin. Adventure mode offers a very rougelike experience in an open, randomly generated world (oh also you can generate entire worlds with fleshed-out histories of individuals, civilizations, wars, and more) that is once again very deep. The recent DF2014 update has increased the variety of adventure mode greatly, making it another amazing experience. In adventure mode, for example, one could visit the ruins of a previously lost fortress and loot its remains- or become the lord of nearly anywhere you want.

    I have barley scratched the surface of what Dwarf Fortress offers. I highly recommend that everyone try this game, even if it take a bit of effort to learn it.
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  4. Nov 16, 2012
    10
    When I first opened the game I just sat there stunned... I'd never seen such a low tech "ugly" game. After a little searching on google IWhen I first opened the game I just sat there stunned... I'd never seen such a low tech "ugly" game. After a little searching on google I found the easy noob pack and installed one of the graphical mods. MUCH better. The learning curv was the next challenge and it wasnt AS bad as I thought it was going to be, with the help of a few online guids and youtube videos I got the hang of it. (INTERFACE WTF!?!?)

    The charm of the game comes from its complexity and depth.. and I mean.. SERIOUS depth. There's so much to this game, i've only been playing off and on for the past 6 months and I still discover something new on nearly every play session.

    The only downfall to DF is once you get the hang of it, every other RTS game seems shallow in comparison so If you're looking for a deep rewarding RTS experience, and willing to let go of all pre conceived notions of what you know of RTS's then this is your game, however If you're a casual player who just wants a quick thrill then DF will chew you up and spit you out. I tried a recent title: A Game Of Dwarves hoping for that DF 2.0 experience... and found it to be lacking in almost every department. I will keep my fingers crossed for a proper and i mean PROPER DF 2.0 game.

    Closest thing ive found to DF is a game called TOWNS, and even then.. very lacking.
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  5. Jun 14, 2013
    9
    Dwarf Fortress is one of the most incredibly deep and complex games I have ever seen.

    The only reason it is not a 10 is because it's not
    Dwarf Fortress is one of the most incredibly deep and complex games I have ever seen.

    The only reason it is not a 10 is because it's not done. While it is currently playable and completely works, there is more development to be done and more features to add.

    This is a game of ASCII graphics, which means that characters are represented by and signs. But there are graphics packs like the lazy newb pack which increase graphics. The important thing to remember, is that this is a game about gameplay, not about high end graphics. So much of the game is just events, while you have to provide a little flavor in your own mind about how it happened.

    Did I have a dwarf get kicked in the teeth by a giant chameleon and lose two mollars? yes. Did I fashion the mollars into bone greaves and put them on my militia. yes I did. Did I have a dwarf sprial into depression because he had no pants? That happened.

    This game is difficult to learn, you will have to read and watch tutorial videos. But it's exceptionally rewarding and infinitely replayable. EVERY element of the game is at your fingers, including world creation, and there are mods and utilities. It's a good community.

    This game is independently produced and a pet project. You will not find another game out there like this and it is incredible.

    Think Sim City, meets The Sims... but with dwarves.
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  6. Jul 6, 2011
    9
    Dwarf Fortress is a game about stories. "Losing is fun." is the motto because of the many ways your dwarves will meet their demise; but all ofDwarf Fortress is a game about stories. "Losing is fun." is the motto because of the many ways your dwarves will meet their demise; but all of those ways will come with a story to tell.

    Dwarf Fortress has a steep learning curve and an enormous return on investment. You direct the actions of an initial 7 dwarves to establish a new fortress in a procedurally generated world of rich background and realistic landscape. As you strike the earth to find minerals and stone to make crafts and weapons from, you will encounter many challenges, create treasure troves, become a bustling center of trade, and fight off the hostile savages of the land (e.g. goblins, elephants, dragons, oh my!). Your fortress will grow to make clothes from plants and wool, raise livestock, create fantastic mechanical contraptions like pump stacks, danger rooms, gladiator pits, and hallways of death filled with traps. The only limit to your fun is your imagination.

    And when you want a break from your fortress, you can jump into Adventure mode and play a wandering hero, collecting followers, defeating epic beasts and terrorizing creatures of the night; all of this in the same rich world generated fresh and especially for you. Go from a peasant to a legendary hero in the same detail and variety as your fortress's experience.
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  7. Feb 14, 2014
    0
    Dwarf Fortress is not a game I would recommend to anyone. When you start the game you are thrown in a world with absolutely no instructions onDwarf Fortress is not a game I would recommend to anyone. When you start the game you are thrown in a world with absolutely no instructions on how everything works. This games graphics are complete garbage. I usually don't care too much about the look of a game but after playing this for a while my eyes hurt. I have no clue what it's like playing the game because by the time I learned how to mine I already had enough of the game. If you are looking for a fun strategy game I would highly suggest looking elsewhere. However if you really want to give this game a try it only takes a minute or two to download.

    I rate this game 0/10
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