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  • Summary: The Dwarves is a fantasy role-playing game with a strong story and tactically challenging real-time battles. 15 playable heroes, each with individual skills, are to be deployed cleverly. Take on superior numbers of orcs, ogres, älfs, bögnilim, zombies, dark mages, and many more foes, to giveThe Dwarves is a fantasy role-playing game with a strong story and tactically challenging real-time battles. 15 playable heroes, each with individual skills, are to be deployed cleverly. Take on superior numbers of orcs, ogres, älfs, bögnilim, zombies, dark mages, and many more foes, to give them the low-down. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jan 2, 2017
    85
    The Dwarves is a game that came out of a Kickstarter campaign, and it's absolutely the type of success you'd hope for as a gamer. It's a fun game with a really good story, thanks to a solid adaptation of good source material. It looks good and it sounds good, and my few frustrations with menu controls and a couple of battles I had a hard time surviving really don't diminish my appreciation for the game as a whole.
  2. Jan 13, 2017
    70
    The Dwarves feels too much like a project still in development to receive a higher grade. The best thing about it, however, is the franchise's future potential.
  3. Nov 30, 2016
    69
    The story, the characters, the setting... everything that surrounds The Dwarves is really good, but its gameplay and its length aren't that extraordinary. Still, it is a very enjoyable adventure.
  4. Dec 6, 2016
    60
    THQ Nordic and King Art Games bring us The Dwarves, an RPG adaptation of Markus Hetiz’s novels that, despite good ideas, doesn’t live up to its source material albeit its entertaining story.
  5. Jan 4, 2017
    60
    Offers a unique and enjoyable experience that straddles the lines between RPG, movie, and novel, and delivers a satisfying fantasy adventure. However, the many technical glitches can be frustrating, and the dull combat and noticeable lack of meaty RPG gameplay elements will turn off players looking for a richer gameplay-focused experience.
  6. Dec 19, 2016
    60
    Even though the setting is interesting and the overall atmosphere is beautiful some serious gameplay issues along with the terrible A.I. and the poor graphics make this game a missed opportunity.
  7. Jan 22, 2017
    30
    There are times when it looks like there’s a much better game trying to claw its way free from the technical and design issues that plague it, but they’re only fleeting glances at what could have been before it gets overwhelmed by the muck dragging it down. Fans of the books it’s based on might get some worth out of The Dwarves, but when compared to pretty much any other half-decent RPG on the market, it comes up short in almost every possible way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 2, 2017
    10
    The game is story driven and prizes lore over gameplay. That being said, the choice making is thrilling, and the plot keeps you glued to theThe game is story driven and prizes lore over gameplay. That being said, the choice making is thrilling, and the plot keeps you glued to the screen. If you are a fan of fantasy you will love The Dwarves. It is no big production, but it is quite good for a kickstarter game from a small company. Also, for those who are power metal fans, the soundtrack by Blind Guardian is amazing. Strongly Recommended. Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2017
    10
    The game was very fun to play. It's the first of this type of game that I've played, I found it challenging enough without being frustrating.The game was very fun to play. It's the first of this type of game that I've played, I found it challenging enough without being frustrating. It's a bit glitchie during the loading screens; it may error out at times or take a while to load, but I'm sure that could get corrected with some hotfixes. I do hope they add more content as well, side quests, replay battles without having to run through the story, etc. Expand
  3. May 25, 2018
    8
    This game is a buggy mess that plays pretty poorly. The graphics are awful, the load times are long, and it lags quite often. Despite allThis game is a buggy mess that plays pretty poorly. The graphics are awful, the load times are long, and it lags quite often. Despite all this, I beat the 8ish hour story in one day. The story isn't anything particularly special. It clearly takes a LOT of inspiration from Lord of the Rings. So why do I like it?

    The characters are a lot of fun. The combat (which was super confusing at first, mostly because it's much more simple than you expect) is serviceable and gets better when you get some more characters and abilities. The overworld is pretty interesting in that it's set out kind of like a game board you have to move across. You can move one "dot" at a time, often choosing between branching paths. Occasionally you'll come across random (they're not actually random) events that you'll have to deal with. Some of these play out by choosing dialogue options to resolve and sometimes you resolve the problem with combat. Some of them can be resolved with either, depending on your choices.

    Despite all its flaws I really enjoyed the game and its story. It left it open to a second game that can go a number of directions and I really hope they decide to make it one day.
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  4. Feb 28, 2017
    5
    After giving it a couple hours, I'm really confused as to what this game is supposed to be. It starts off 100% combat and then there's none.After giving it a couple hours, I'm really confused as to what this game is supposed to be. It starts off 100% combat and then there's none. It's obviously story-driven but... I don't really like the main character and I'm only barely entertained by the story. Besides choosing what direction to walk in, I don't feel like I have much choice in anything.

    I don't think I could recommend it to anyone.
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