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  • Summary: A few heroes are facing hundreds of foes – are you even able to lead the coolest fantasy people to victory against the dark hordes? Explore a vast world, fight tactical real-time battles, and experience the fantastic story based on the bestseller "The Dwarves".

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Dec 5, 2016
    82
    Lovingly staged RPG with a great story, an orchestral soundtrack and huge, chaotic battles.
  2. Nov 28, 2016
    75
    The Dwarves is the game that every dwarf fan was waiting for. It has a well-narrated plot and challenging-but-satisfying gameplay.
  3. Nov 28, 2016
    74
    Based on the successful fantasy-bestseller, written by author Markus Heitz, the homonymous videogame takes place in an action-rpg, focused on massive battles with orcs. The story is well told, but shortened in comparison to the book. The battles are fun to play for a while, but they’re lacking on AI- and pathfinding-issues. Moving the camera can be tricky too. The rpg-elements are minimalistic, there are no collectible weapons or gear and characters can be equipped with only five skills max. Your main character, the young dwarven-smith Tungdil will be accompanied with up to 14 companions, most of them well transformed from the book into the game. You’ll spend a lot of time in listening to many dialogues and to a well performing narrator, so in the end The Dwarves feels more like an interactive audio-book than an rpg.
  4. Jan 3, 2017
    66
    The Dwarves brings the novel setting into the videogame with a compelling and well-narrated plot. Unfortunately the game is overwhelmed by its own ambitions, and the gameplay part is not as good.
  5. Dec 1, 2016
    62
    The Dwarves boasts a strong story that's taken from a bestselling novel, and it generally honors that lineage with a cast of likable and ably voiced characters. It's a good foundation, but unfortunately it's not strong enough to make up for the deficiencies of its gameplay, which include unfulfilling RPG elements and a stubborn camera.
  6. Dec 18, 2016
    60
    A great fantasy story with wonderful dialogues and well-crafted heroes is ruined by the most important aspect of a video game... gameplay.
  7. Dec 19, 2016
    45
    An unsatisfying, forced march through the source material.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Dec 11, 2016
    10
    For a small studio , its a good game they did make.

    pro: -good story, charismatic characters -fast paced RTS with a good bits of
    For a small studio , its a good game they did make.

    pro:

    -good story, charismatic characters
    -fast paced RTS with a good bits of stategies to apply to win
    - battle are long
    - You can choose your path on world map and find random/hidden events
    - good mystical ambiance
    - nice skills usage

    Con:

    - Micromanagement is a must. Leave a character alone and he will get mobbed
    - Migth be difficult for a newbie on RTS
    - seem to be only 8-10 lvl on characters
    - Have to rotate the camera (ended up seeing a big tree on screen) often to see battlefield/item on map

    Overall, i have a great time playing it. If you like dwarf like in DnD or Tolkien setting, you will like this
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  2. Dec 10, 2016
    9
    Right off the bat, it is worth mentioning that this game is different from other isometric games such as Pillars of eternity, Baldur's gate,Right off the bat, it is worth mentioning that this game is different from other isometric games such as Pillars of eternity, Baldur's gate, Neverwinter etc in terms of game mechanics and world exploration. Is it necessarily a bad thing? Well some people say that it's more of a visual audio book with RTS elements than an RPG game , while others might think that it introduces a breath of fresh air to the RPG genre such as myself. Ultimately it gets down to personal preference.

    Saying that, let's get down to business with a list of pro's n con's about this gem of a game:

    PROS:

    +The narration and dialogues gives of a soothing and cosy atmosphere to the game. Fully voiced which is always great! I was hooked from the start and did not loose interest nor clicked away any conversations.

    +The story and character development; As I advanced through this epic journey, I got more invested in the characters and their background stories. While being your standard RPG a la lord of the rings, the tale unfolded in an intriguing way, inviting some chuckle here and there, lots of smiles and a few sad events. The cut-scenes enhanced the experience even further.

    +Exploration of the world is approached via a worldmap with a vivid narration of events in which you sometimes had to make choices thus, to a certain extent, could influence the outcome.

    + Game mechanics; compared to other RPG you get to fight hordes upon hordes of orcs while using lots of AoE skills that could also cause friendly fire. Therefore, placing your characters and using the environment is a must to avoid being overrun by the mobs. Smash the orcs, knock em out then finish them or just push em off the cliff! Whatever you decide there is a great sense of satisfaction!

    CONS:

    - Oh camera, where art thou?? Why not let us freely scroll over the battlefield to plan even better strategies?!

    -The ending felt just a tad too rushed.

    - Some health potion bugs which in some situations were rather frustrating.
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  3. Dec 4, 2016
    8
    +Great story and characters. +Good voice acting. +Combat requires tactics and feels different from copy/paste arpg. -Not so much rpg.+Great story and characters. +Good voice acting. +Combat requires tactics and feels different from copy/paste arpg. -Not so much rpg. -Controls are not intuitive. Expand
  4. Dec 5, 2016
    8
    For a small studio , its a good game they did make.

    pro: -good story, charismatic characters -fast paced RTS with a good bits of
    For a small studio , its a good game they did make.

    pro:

    -good story, charismatic characters
    -fast paced RTS with a good bits of stategies to apply to win
    - battle are long
    - You can choose your path on world map and find random/hidden events
    - good mystical ambiance
    - nice skills usage

    Con:

    - Micromanagement is a must. Leave a character alone and he will get mobbed
    - Migth be difficult for a newbie on RTS
    - seem to be only 8-10 lvl on characters
    - Have to rotate the camera (ended up seeing a big tree on screen) often to see battlefield/item on map

    Overall, i have a great time playing it. If you like dwarf like in DnD or Tolkien setting, you will like this.
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  5. Jan 21, 2017
    8
    Mix of RPG and RTS with dwarves smashing lots of orc heads. Decent graphics and good sound/music. Great combats with lots of enemies andMix of RPG and RTS with dwarves smashing lots of orc heads. Decent graphics and good sound/music. Great combats with lots of enemies and strategic thinking required. The ability trees could do with some enrichment and please do something with the camera view, which in some cases was a bit frustrating. I would also like some more character stories/adventures. In general it is a very enjoyable game that could do with a bit of improvements for it's possible second part. Expand
  6. Dec 2, 2016
    7
    Not bad the game overall, just that I find no way to move the camera to the keyboard. Doing everything with the mouse, it becomes very fast!Not bad the game overall, just that I find no way to move the camera to the keyboard. Doing everything with the mouse, it becomes very fast! Difficult yet for me to evaluate the game, I hope that they will add the modification of the controls of the keys in a patch eventually, for now it is worth no more than 7/10, rather nice graphic, rather well optimized and A touch of humor on the charism of the dwarf class. Expand
  7. Jan 12, 2017
    4
    Nach Abschluss des Spiels bin ich ziemlich ernüchtert.

    Das Spiel hetzt meines Erachtens zu schnell durch die Story, Ereignisse wirken viel
    Nach Abschluss des Spiels bin ich ziemlich ernüchtert.

    Das Spiel hetzt meines Erachtens zu schnell durch die Story, Ereignisse wirken viel zu oft willkürlich und die Möglichkeiten der Characterentwicklung sind lächerlich. Auch bei den Massenschlachten bzw. dem Kampfsystem fehlt noch einiges an Feintuning und Balancing. Zwar zeichnet sich hier hier ein kleines Entwicklerstudio für das Spiel verantwortlich, dennoch finde ich den gebotenen Content leider unsaugereift.
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