28 August 2011

Dwarf Fortress

Gaming Genres: Roguelike, Simulation, Construction & Management
Story Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Graphical Styles: 2D, ASCII Art
Platforms: Windows, MAC OSX, Linux
Pricing Model: Free
Developer(s): Bay 12 Games
Publisher(s): Bay 12 Games
Initial Release Date: August 8, 2006
Website(s): Homepage
A complex fantasy city simulation that sets you in control of a group of dwarfs to build a fortress, trade with neighbouring civilizations, fight goblins and monsters, or just do whatever. There are several modes of play and no real objects.

The most unique and one of the most engrossing games in existence. Dwarf Fortress really makes you think, and will fill your thoughts with city plans both during and between plays if you fall for it.

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Indieness: Quintessentially Indie
Play?: Must Play


  1. I never thought any game would ever eclipse NetHack as best game ever... and then I stumbled across Dwarf Fortress.

  2. Never played NetHack, or any of the early classic rogue-likes.

  3. Nethack is simple enough, but i suggest you starting from rogue - it has small amount of monsters, only few types of items and smaller maps.

  4. Newest version released. 0.34.01 has been in development for 11 month and adds a lot of new content.

  5. Dwarf Fortress 0.34.08 released, with lots of new hauling features including minecarts!!!!, and wheelbarrows.

  6. The game that inspired the phenomena that is Minecraft!