Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world. The world is randomly generated with distinct civilizations spanning over 1000 years of detailed history, dozens of towns, hundreds of caves and regions with various wildlife. Command your dwarves as they search for wealth in the mountain. Play an adventurer and explore, quest for glory or seek vengeance. Extended ASCII character set rendered in 16 colors (including black) as well as 8 background colors (including black). Although Dwarf Fortress is still in a work in progress, many features have already been implemented. Please post all support issues in the forums for the game.

Review RSS Feed Shadowhawk101 says
10 Shadowhawk101

Dec 22nd, 2010 1 person agrees 0 people don't

If you are a "casual" gamer stay away. For this game will scare you away very quickly. For those of you who enjoy a challenge and are even smart enough to install a skin pack if the ASCII is to much for you, you will not be disappointed. I'll go ahead and say that this is one of my favourite games I have ever played. The combat is amazing. The open-ended "sandboxyness" of it is astounding. It just requires a bit of patience and a lot of creativity. But once you understand it, this game is truly a masterpiece.

10/10 - Shadowhawk

juaner92 says
10 juaner92

Oct 29th, 2014 0 people agree 0 people don't

this game is awesome, so hard and so fun... u have to spend a lot of hours into it to learn how to play it but when u do u will have a great time in it!

Arethrid says
10 Arethrid

Sep 15th, 2014 0 people agree 0 people don't

The complexity level of this project is unbelievable. A masterpiece in strategy games and it is free. Everything is procedural and the story telling aspect of the game is a really unique feature.

steauxback says
10 steauxback

Jul 3rd, 2014 0 people agree 0 people don't

Ultimate sandbox game with both simulation/adventure modes, always FUN around the corner!

Irgkenya4 says
10 Irgkenya4

Jun 8th, 2014 0 people agree 0 people don't

My favorite game in existence. Use your imagination to bring the ASCII to life. Yes, it's supposed to be that hard.

Arcade-History says
10 Arcade-History

May 20th, 2014 0 people agree 0 people don't

Best project ever.

D-27 says
10 D-27

Mar 28th, 2014 0 people agree 0 people don't

If you don't understand the game that means you are doing it wrong. I didn't understood it for the first few tries, but after I started to learn it for a few minutes (20-40) I was able to start to play with it with the help of the wiki.

But be warned if you are just a dirty casual this is definitely not for you, because this game is THE definition of gameplay itself. There is plenty of tutorials, tilesets and other stuff that helps you to understand Dwarf Fortress.

And why would you play it? Because of building and doing whatever you like, because of epic and awesome stories, because of brutal fights and weaponizing almost anything(like cats). Sure it doesn't looks good at first, but it will teach you what gaming is about. Gaming is not about graphics or casual wining, it's about having FUN, and this game has more of it than any other.

Chapta says
10 Chapta

Jan 23rd, 2014 0 people agree 0 people don't

A really great game, at a first glance it seems difficult, but worth to spend some time learning how to play it properly.

JmanThunderbolt says
10 JmanThunderbolt

Jan 4th, 2014 0 people agree 0 people don't

Everything I've ever wanted in an RPG.

miek says
10 miek

Dec 26th, 2013 0 people agree 0 people don't

This game is absolutely awesome! The depth and complexity of the system are superbly completed by the randomness in the world creation and history. Can't wait to build bigger and better fortresses and explore their inevitable ruins, and then really start to get into the game!

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