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.
Most complex simulation, I've played so far. It's so complex it out performs modern CPUs! This is the one and only down side I've experienced, but if it gets nasty fewer ticks per second are absolutely ok.
One tip for players: expect the unexpected and have a lot of FUN. ;)
If you can get passed the odd ASCII graphics you'll discover one the deepest strategy games you'll ever come across.
A word of advice, go read a quickstart guide. It'll save you a lot of frustration. Installing a graphics mod probably wouldn't be a bad idea either.
Great depth. Unparalled depth, really. Few strategy games come close to the sophistication of Dwarf Fortress (the only titles I can think of are the original X-COM: UFO Defense and maybe Sid Meier's Alpha-Centauri.) As a result the game has a massive learning curve, but I don't consider that a problem considering the scope of this game; it's to be expected that an extremely complex game will seem overwhelming to newcomers. Newcomers who stick it out are rewarded with a unique empire management experience. The one true problem with this game is that it takes an "Operator from the Matrix" Degree to recognize what the ASCII tileset is actually showing. It is at first blush a very visually cryptic game. Although in time, knowing what ASCII characters represent can become second nature. Dwarf Fortress loses a point for being visually disorientating to newbies, but finishes with a very healthy 9 out of 10.
Difficult and tedious at first but if you take the time to learn how the game works then it becomes quite amazing. I recommend using the lazy newb pack because of how hard it can be to know what every piece of text means. Overall a great game with nothing to lose from downloading.