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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. May 15, 2012
    Dwarf Fortress is amazing. There's not much more to say about it. It's complex enough to warrant hours upon hours of tutorial videos. It's addicting enough to make you stay up all night playing it. With the developers releasing updates somewhat frequently, there's always new things coming out. The most fun though, comes from losing; watching your hours of hard work destroyed by demons, trolls, or goblins is oddly funny to watch. You're always learning from your mistakes in this game, and it's a great feeling when you fend off your first siege, find your first vein of adamantine, or take down that forgotten beast that has been tormenting your fortress. Adventurer mode is enjoyable, but not to the extent of fortress mode. I still get brutalized almost every time I make an adventurer, but it's still quite fun to try and see how far you'll get. Either way, this is a free game that I recommend with every ounce of my body. Praise to Armok! Expand
  2. Oct 23, 2011
    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 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 ;)
  3. Dec 6, 2013
    Dwarf 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!
  4. Aug 2, 2012
    Dwarf Fortress gets a 10, despite ASCII graphics and possibly the worst user interface ever created for a piece of software. Dwarf Fortress is a story generator. It helps you make amazing stories that you will tell friends and co-workers, leaving them in awe and disbelief. It's steep learning curve is worth the climb. The developer has stated that Dwarf Fortress is his life's work and it won't be finished for another twenty years. But it is already one of the best computer games ever created. If you are looking for immense depth, complexity, and a steep challenge, then equip yourself with patience and play Dwarf Fortress. Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2012
    Little to no graphics, brutal learning curve, almost entirely keyboard based controls and yet undoubtedly one of the best games ever made. Having more content than just about any other game made, incredibly challenging game play and procedurally generated worlds leads to almost infinite replay value. Also at the price of 0 it just can't be beat! Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2014
    I'm tempted to say Dwarf Fortress is the best game I have ever played. I have clocked up over 200 hours of play over the last 6 years.

    interface is difficult to master, but well worth the investment. If you are used to games only having 4 buttons and an auto-aim then you might be best leaving Dwarf Fortress for the grown ups. Expand
  7. Feb 14, 2014
    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 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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