Excerpt: I hope you have been enjoying the humorous trailers for A Game of Dwarves as much as we have at Family Friendly Gaming. This PC game asks: "Can you dig it?" And it has no relation to Booker T. This game is all about building your empire. This is done by digging up resources, planting crops, building places for your dwarves to sleep.
Conclusion: It’s unfinished, it doesn’t communicate vital information to the player very well, and – let’s be honest here – it’s all more than a little repetitive. Every level just feels like you’re doing the same things over and over again. There’s fun to be had certainly in the building and exploration departments, but it could’ve been handled with a lot more care. This isn’t a game, it’s a tomb.
Excerpt: A Game of Dwarves is a fun little casual game that has you taking charge of your own clan of dwarves and working your way through a series of levels as you retake the lands that were once part of the Dwarven Empire. As you play, your overbearing father, the king (King Father, it seems), will give you tips and suggestions and annoy you as he reminds you of things you know, but you're not ready to attempt yet.
Excerpt: When it comes down to it, A Game of Dwarves has made a good attempt at filling what I still consider an underserved niche in the strategy genre, but it falls quite a bit short of what it could have been with a bit more complexity and depth.
Conclusion: Outside of the campaign, custom games can be created setting all sorts of options such as the amount of resources, enemies, hidden rooms and more. In these games, the overall goal is to find and activate four crystals but when that goal is completed you can continue on playing if you wish so. The same is true in the campaign levels. As levels are generated randomly, you can replay a level multiple times without knowing where your goal is hidden.
Pros: Easy controls, fun gameplay, good value for the low price.
Cons: Animations could use an upgrade, some pathing issues cause unwanted blockages.
Conclusion: Kid Factor: This is a pretty great little game for kids who like to construct things. (OK, there is an “Ale Tree” as a special download, but these are dwarves after all…) Most of the quest objectives are communicated in dialogue scenes (almost no voice acting) so reading skill is necessary, but dealing with things in three dimensions also requires a bit of cognitive skill. I’d suspect the game would be a great fit for kids in upper grade school or above.
Excerpt: In A Game of Dwarves, you play as the dwarven prince who has been cast out of his father's castle unexpectedly. The king grumbled something about him needing to get off of his "fluffy bottom" as he threw him out. In order to regain the king's respect, the prince must prove himself worthy of the throne. To do that, he must reclaim the land and technologies that the dwarves have lost from the evil mages in the Great War.
Pros: Good humor and voice acting
Cons: Too much digging, this game gets stale quick
Excerpt: Now, if you've been keeping up on other reviews (you faithless, heartless people!), you'll have noticed that it's incredibly difficult to write about A Game of Dwarves without mentioning two cult classics: Dwarf Fortress (the incredibly detailed, but also incredibly difficult roguelike sim-strategy thing the Toady One makes) and Dungeon Keeper (the delightful classic by Bullfrog games, since copied in one aspect or another by many, many people).