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Craft The World

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Craft The World is a unique sandbox strategy game, the mix of Dungeon Keeper, Terraria and Dwarf Fortress. Explore a random generated world populated by dangerous creatures, build a dwarf fortress, gather resources, and craft all the items, weapons, and armor you need. GOD-SIMULATION You control a tribe of dwarves by giving them commands to dig in certain places, attack enemy creatures, and build houses and other structures. You'll need to provide your dwarves food and clothing, as well as help them with magic when fighting against other inhabitants of the world. You start the game with one dwarf and gain additional dwarves as your experience level increases. SANDBOX GAME Each game level has many layers of earth to explore, from the sky down to boiling subterranean lava. The level is randomly generated as an island, restricted by natural boundaries: oceans on the edges, lava beneath it, and the sky above. Other features include day and night and changing weather conditions. The worlds differ in size, humidity, temperature, terrain, and flora and fauna. Abandoned halls and rooms with treasure are hidden somewhere deep within the islands. CRAFTING One feature of the game is a user-friendly system of recipes for crafting. The recipes are organized and easily accessible. You can craft dozens of different items: building blocks for houses, furniture, decorations, weapons, armor, ammunition, and food for your dwarves.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

My hours played says it all, I think. There are a few bugs but I am obviously addicted despite those.

Review from Steam

I would give this a 9/10 because I like base builders like this one, but if you don't like base builders I would give this like a 6.5/10.
The A.I. on the dwarfs isn't very good and they tend to die, a lot, if you don't babysit them or eventually give them maxed out gear, and even with maxed out gear they still tend to just walk into deaths embrace like it's a long lost lover and stick around to get brutally murdered all while they just running around like headless chickens on fire... They also tend to get stuck, really easily, and just start running around asking for help like a lost kid in a store.
I liked to play this while I do chores such as laundry, cleaning, dishes, cooking, pay bills, basically adult things where you can kind of keep an eye on the game but it doesn't really matter what the game is doing as long as the dwarf slaves are working hard to collect everything...
It's not an amazing game, it's just a better then average, less then good game where I've probably put in too much time playing it, but I don't care because I like these kind of games.
I say buy it and play it, make up your own mind on the game, the feel of this game is just... different... it's probably why I have so much time into it, and will probably end up putting in more time down the road...

Review from Steam

!!!DO NOT PLAY ON STEAM DECK!!!
New games are bugged and it also bugs out all save games (if you have cloud sync on!
It says it's playable, but that's not true. A key feature, which is the dwarfs having names and skills and being able to learn more skills by reading books does not work. They're all called "Who am I?", don't spawn with any skill and when you try to have them read a book it says their skills are already full.
I tested if it's the same in a save game and it was. The cloud synch also meant the bug was transferred to my PC, so now all my games had this bug, saves that I hadn't even opened on the steam deck! I had to go onto a different PC that I had played on last before the Steam Deck to get some of my old saves back.
Extremely annoying!
Other than that, I think you can probably tell by how many hours I've played that I think this game is pretty great (on the PC). It's great to sink a couple days or weeks into for a while, then not play it for a year and then be addicted to it again for a while. That's pretty much the cycle I've been going through with this game for the past almost 10 years since it came out.
A bit buggy, but still super fun.

Review from Steam

The deeper you get, the better it gets

Review from Steam

Simple to play. Great for when I just feel like organizing everything. Nothing beats having every single resource collected on the map... except maybe starting a new map.

Review from Steam

Craft The World is one of my most played games because I can just keep coming back to it. Here's why:
* I love mining and crafting games, and this game does those things well.
* I love base building, and this game does it well.
* Even the tower defense aspects are pretty darn fun.
* My dwarves are interesting enough that I care about them individually.
* There are such a variety of ways to play, especially with the DLCs.
* There is space to focus on so many things -- farming, cooking,
* There are a lot of cool decoration options for decorating my base.

Review from Steam

The best part of this game is it still gets updates, despite its age. The description of this game is what you get. This game does everything surprisingly well and it shines where so many modern 2D side scrolling base defense games fail. The only bug I've come across is sometimes a dwarf will get stuck for 2-3 seconds before continuing on its task. The game is not overly complicated, the flow is really nice, and it may be the least grindy competent base defense game I've ever played. Craft The World, a game from 2014, has a very positive rating for a reason.

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