Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 13, 2022
    Dorfromantik is a gorgeous indie gem that presents its player with the tranquility of building a romantic German village. It is a truly relaxing experience, where its simplicity truly shines. Chasing that high score with its tile placement gameplay can be utter fun, even though it may not be for everyone, it is truly a masterful experience that presents much needed respite in these times.
  2. May 16, 2022
    A peaceful, minimalistic, and calming puzzle game that stands as something truly unique in the city-builder genre. You cannot fail, there’s no pressure - just enjoyment for those who want to switch off and forget about the outside world for 15 blessed minutes.
  3. May 4, 2022
    Essentially, no matter what you’re looking to get out of Dorfromantik, you should be able to find it thanks to the assorted game modes on offer. The approachability of its tile placement and point system mixed with relaxing visuals pull you in and invite you to kick up your feet and rest for a while.
  4. Apr 28, 2022
    Overall, Dorfromantik lives up to its billing as an incredibly relaxing game. It’s the perfect game to play while on a train or just lounging around the house. It takes seconds to pick up, and can easily provide seemingly limitless hours of gameplay. If you are in the market for a chill, calming game, you can’t go wrong with Dorfromantik.
  5. May 12, 2022
    Dorfromantik offers a relaxing and artistic experience that can be turned into a strategic challenge where every move must be calculated to the millimeter. Each player can choose how to approach the experience. The gameplay exhausts its novelties quickly, but Toukana Interactive's game should not be calculated in hours needed to complete it, so much as in stress relief.
  6. Apr 27, 2022
    Charming puzzle strategy that, like a good tabletop game, is a delight to play again and again.
  7. Jul 4, 2022
    Dorfromantik is a relaxing game that welcomes the player to a rural landscape. At the same time, it is an experience that allows the player to enjoy the fun and challenge of aiming for a high score as well. That means that the game can be enjoyed both as a relaxing break and as a serious undertaking, but never as something in between.
  8. May 3, 2022
    Dorfromantik is an enjoyable light puzzle game with a pleasant presentation, strong core central mechanic, and plenty of replay value.
  9. Apr 28, 2022
    This is an enjoyable managerial experience with a touch of puzzle and strategy, that knows how to offer a challenge whilst being relaxing.
  10. Apr 28, 2022
    I’m not certain if I’m personally going to return to Dorfromantik following this review, simply due to my mind’s response to its relaxing gameplay. On the other hand, I would at least recommend giving it a try. The price seems right for something that you may either embrace as a calming way to take a moment, or bounce off of because it’s just not for you. However, in terms of execution, I’d argue that Dorfromantik absolutely nails it.
  11. Edge Magazine
    May 19, 2022
    The solution to the game's own internal puzzle, then, is to slot something else into the gap, to connect those disparate edges. [Issue#372, p.114]
  12. May 13, 2022
    Dorfromantik is the game version of a relaxing break. It's almost like putting together a puzzle, only in a slightly more interactive form. You lay down tiles with different landscape elements, and try to make them fit together.
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  1. Mar 30, 2021
    This is like zen gaming for landscaping artists, a relaxed tactics experience for all puzzle-lovers. [Review in Progress "B"]
  2. May 18, 2021
    Dorfromantik is sunshine on the screen, with a puzzling heart that will keep you busy for days. [Eurogamer Essential]
  3. May 1, 2021
    Part town-planning exercise, part board game, this thoughtful debut gives plenty of scope for strategy and idealism. [Early Access Score = 80]
  4. May 2, 2022
    Really, this is one of those games for which early-access status was a bit of a misnomer, not because it had no room to improve or features to add, but because its premise was so fully, perfectly realized from the start. Add too much to it, or do anything that might disturb its delicate balance between friction and flow, between logic and naturalism, and it would have been ruined. But the Toukana team knows better than that. They are at peace, strolling through the countryside of the mind. [Polygon Recommends]
  5. In short, I'm still very much in love with Dorfromantik, and I don't see that changing any time soon. Its forever status is assured. [RPS Bestest Bests]
  6. Mar 27, 2021
    Like many of my favorite small strategy games, Dorfromantik activates what I think of as my meditative lizard brain, thanks to the tiny thrill of getting those hexes to fit together. It’s well-suited to casual engagement, and challenging enough for the score obsessed (myself included) to play it over and over.

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User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Jul 18, 2022
    The game is really buggy when it comes to controls and there are a number of dumb design decisions that can ruin your game session.
    The game is really buggy when it comes to controls and there are a number of dumb design decisions that can ruin your game session.
    The developers are really childish too, and respond to reviews with ridicule.
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  2. Jul 14, 2022
    A very fun relaxing game of building cities and landscapes. I don't know why but it's really addicting.
  3. Jul 12, 2022
    I purchased 'Dorfromantik' quite blindly based on the visual impressions and the reviews from the early access. Sure - it is without questionI purchased 'Dorfromantik' quite blindly based on the visual impressions and the reviews from the early access. Sure - it is without question an eye-catcher. And the fact that you don't need 5 minutes to find your way around the game can undoubtedly be seen as a barrier-free advantage. Only then nothing more comes.
    As a friend of strategy games like 'Risk' and 'Carcassonne', one tingles in the fingers to explore and try out new strategies - which simply do not exist here. Move all tile types as far away from each other as possible and hope that Fortuna will help you with the order. That's it and... nothing else?
    In addition, it is not playable via touchscreen, which is an unusual disadvantage in board and tile games, which affects a few, but in view of Steam Deck, Surface & Co. an increasing number of players.
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