Zeal Game Studio

A Game of Dwarves review

Duncan Geere at

PC gaming is in the middle of an avalanche. An avalanche of roguelikes where you Dig, Explore, have Accidents and Die, or DEADs, as I’ll henceforth call them.

A Game of Dwarves resides comfortably in that subgenre, along with Minecraft, Terraria, Dwarf Fortress, and plenty of others. Hell, you could even argue that Dig Dug is somewhere at the bottom of the DEAD pile.

A Game of Dwarves is on the management end of the spectrum. You have to look after a small collection of dwarves while hunting for treasure in the depths of the earth. You don’t have direct control over your charges – you just hint at what you’d like them to do by marking out areas for diggers to dig, crafters to build, warriors to fight, researchers to research and workers to grow food.

A Game of Dwarves trailer details Dwarftoberfest

Tom Senior at

Anyone who's watched David Attenborough's Life of Dwarves will already know much about the Dwarven culture depicted in the upcoming Dwarf management sim, A Game of Dwarves. The scenes in which Attenborough donned disguise and infiltrated the inner sanctum with a camera hidden in a giant horse-hair beard will already know all there is to know of the well documented Dwarven tradition of drinking mead out of tankards and then hitting each other with tankards.

A Game of Dwarves seeks to depict the calmer side of Dwarven culture. Interior decoration and eating are activities common to both their species and ours. The latest trailer shows the most productive period of the Dwarven year, the one that comes just before Dwarfoween, Dwarfsgiving and Dwarfsmas and Dwarfdwarf, known fondly among its celebrators as Dwarftoberfest. Observe.

A Game of Dwarves trailer goes all Attenborough, shows scale of subterranean empire,

Marsh Davies at

The latest trailer for Zeal Game Studio's strategy-management title A Game of Dwarves takes an anthropological look at the its hirsute half-pint heroes, detailing the various roles a dwarf might fill within his sprawling underground kingdom. It doesn't get into the sticky issue of how you produce more dwarves, though. There don't seem to be any lady dwarves knocking about, so I assume they breed by asexual cell division, like giant bearded amoebas. Hot.

The trailer also provides some rather nice swooping shots of the grand halls and complexes you can carve as the master of this hardy people. It all looks rather appealing: a blend of Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress given a friendly WYSIWYG gloss. A Game of Dwarves can be pre-ordered from Steam right now for £7.99, and releases worldwide on October 23. See the trailer for yourself after the jump.

A Game of Dwarves: pre-order on Steam, receive complimentary boozy DLC pack

Marsh Davies at

Paradox's heavily-bearded, beer-sozzled, subterranean strategy-management sim is now available to pre-order from Steam. Customers choosing to pledge their £7.99 early will also receive the "Ale DLC pack" gratis - an add-on that allows you to grow booze-trees which squirt frothing gouts of delicious beer. Glurp. The video trailer for which you can see within.