Dwarf Fortress

Genre(s): Adventure/Text-Based,
RPG/Single Player RPG,
Simulation/City Building

Metacritic User Rating: 9.2 (out of 10)

Price: Free

Link(s): http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

Dwarf Fortress is part roguelike, part city-building freeware video game set in a procedurally-generated high fantasy universe in which the player (single player) takes control of a group of dwarves and attempts to construct a successful and wealthy mountainhome. Along the way the player must face off with the dangers of their environment, invaders and sieges, vampires and other night creatures, and the occasional rampant megabeast, all while keeping their dwarves happy and their fortress alive. A second game mode, adventurer mode, places the player in the shoes of an adventurer as they wander the world and do battle with various creatures.

It’s a deep and engrossing combination of roguelikes and city-building-sims. A nightmare of ASCII graphics and instant failure. In fact, think Wurm Online without the 3D visuals and anything resembling a decent tutorial, and you’ll be on the right lines. But what makes Dwarf Fortress so fascinating, so unrelentingly brilliant, is its refusal to sit still: this is a game in which you can plan all you like, but very rarely predict an outcome.

The world is randomly generated with distinct civilizations spanning centuries of detailed history, hundreds of towns, caves and regions with various wildlife.

The world persists as long as you like, over many games, recording historical events and tracking changes.
• Command your dwarves as they search for wealth in the mountain.
• Craft treasures and furniture from many materials and improve these objects with precious metals, jewels and more.
• Defend yourself against attacks from hostile civilizations, the wilderness, the depths, the dead and creatures of the night.
• Support the nobility as they make demands of your populace.
• Keep your dwarves happy and read their thoughts as they work and relax.
• Z coordinate allows you to dig out fortresses with multiple levels. Build towers or conquer the underworld.
• Build floodgates to divert water for farming or to drown your adversaries… and don’t forget the magma!
• Surgery, sutures, splints, crutches and more: care for your wounded dwarves instead of leaving them to fend for themselves.

Play an adventurer and explore, quest for glory or seek vengeance.
• Meet adversaries from previous games.
• Recruit people to come with you on your journey.
• Explore without cumbersome plot restrictions — thriving capitals, villages, catacombs, labyrinths, bandit camps, caves and more!
• Seamlessly wander the world or travel more rapidly on the region map.
• Travel by day and search for a place to shelter as night falls.
• Accept quests from the town and civilization leaders.
• Retire and meet your old characters. Bring them along on an adventure with a new character or reactivate them and play directly.
• Z coordinate allows you to move between twisting underground caverns and scale structures, fighting adversaries above and below.
• Earn a reputation as a hero with the various civilizations in the world.
• Steal a mummy’s treasure or learn the secrets of life and death at a necromancer’s tower.

The combat model uses skills, body parts, individual tissues, material properties, aimed attacks, wrestling, one-time opportunities, charging and dodging between squares, bleeding, pain, nausea, various poison effects and much more.
• A dynamic weather model tracks wind, humidity and air masses to create fronts, clouds, rain storms and blizzards.
• Over two hundred rock and mineral types are incorporated into the world, placed in their proper geological environments.
• Add new creatures, weapons, plants, metals and other objects via modifiable text files.
• Extended ASCII character set rendered in 16 colors (including black) as well as 8 background colors (including black).

Publisher: Bay 12 Games

Developer: Tarn Adams

Release Date: August 8, 2006

Players: Single Player


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