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Dwarven Brawl Bros

Dwarven Brawl Bros is a local 2 to 6 player 2D fighting (brawling) party game with a retroish feel.

Play as a dwarf and kill your bros! DBB offers fast-paced brawling in all-vs-all, all-vs-one, and team settings with 31 weapons, 38 stages, and 26 game modes!

Weapons!The gameplay is weapon based. Each weapon has its own pros and cons as well as three different, separate basic attacks - and a special attack to finish off your target (or weaken someone else) once you have successfully hit enough with basic attacks. Smack them from behind and push them into lava or spikes for extra damage: let the beards hit the lava in a slow-mo gorey flight!

Just brawl - it's a party!Dwarven Brawl Bros is a brawler that doesn't limit your gameplay to class spesific skills or weapons. All the characters can use all the weapons and you can change your style and arsenal mid-fight: each dwarf can carry up to three weapons, replacable on-the-fly. The brawling is made non-restricting and insanely fun!

Spice it up!If you enjoy specific gameplay, like playing as a zombie or a fake-elf versus dwarves, there are game modes for that too. Matches can also be customized with different gameplay settings, such as setting hit points and special attack unlock damage.

On top of that, stages are destructible, making individual bricks break and platform structures collapse by the weapon hits, projectiles, and explosions.

Couch-friendly party gameJust sit back, grab gamepads and beverages: this is a perfect party game to play with your friends (or foes). Team up and go co-op, or fight alone against others!

Dwarven Brawl Brosis fully controller supported, meaning that it can be played through the menus and the gameplay with a controller. No mouse or keyboard required!Latest updates:

What DBB has:
  • 31 weapons: melee, ranged and explosives, each with three+one different attacks, with unique damages, knockbacks, and others attributes

  • 38 stages with 3 size variants each, with different destructible structures and damaging elements such as spikes and lavafalls, and physical clutter objects

  • Local 2-6 player brawling, with full controller support, but is also playable with keyboard

  • Playable in all-vs-all, one-vs-many, 2-vs-2, and 3-vs-3 settings

  • 26 game modes for different parties: All-vs-all, respawn deathmatch, team-vs-team (with or without respawn), Overthrow ("kill the king"), Dorf Ball ("dwarven football"), Zombie survivor, firearms/melee/explosives only, Happy Hour ("just specials"), Identity Crisis ("kill the elf"), and more

  • Customizable matches beyond modes: set the amount of hit points and spawned weapons, sessions lengths, and so on

  • Pre-made collections with rotating game modes for different play sessions

  • Retro, cute & brutal pixelated art-style

  • Semi-cartoonish gore, that can be turned off if the blood and the flying pieces of meats are too much

  • Chiptune-ish sfx and music that you miss once you turn it off

  • Announcer in both floating text and Pixel Display ("scoreboard") announcing kills and other events - it's a dwarven party!

  • English and Finnish translations
Can my computer run it?Dwarven Brawl Bros requires just a modernish CPU (~any CPU made within the last five years) to run smoothly and any graphic card capable of running shader model 3.0 (~any card made after 2010) to display all the visuals.

There are options to turn down effects, like the physical clutter, so pretty much every modernish configuration can run DBB smoothly.

Still unsure?If you got any questions, the FAQ blog post might answer them. If you can't find an answer there, ask away!

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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Dwarven Brawl Bros is a ridiculously fun local multiplayer party game that will keep you and all your friends entertained for every second that you're playing.
My usual Player 2 had appendicitis so we were looking for something to play that we could use controllers and play on the TV and we decided to give DBB a try; best choice I've made this week.
Dwarven Brawl Bros is a retro style take on party brawl games and is one of the best I've played.
I spent a lot of time on Towerfall Ascension on my Ouya and loved it a lot, and there are many games out there like that but none of them really feel that great in comparison. DBB does.
DBB is your basic 2-6 player (there is NO single player at all. Please don't forget this) fight to the death brawl game with a ton of game modes, fun retro graphics and a great little soundtrack.
There's a little tutorial stage that teaches you about movement, attacking and everything else you'll need to know (if your friends will stop killing you long enough for you to read) then you're ready to play. If you're not one for reading all the game modes there's a handy little 'game mode collection' which puts you into different modes every round so you don't have to constantly cycle through the main menu.
There are SO MANY weapons, both ranged and melee so you can try and dodge and fire from a distance or rush in and facesmash depending on how you feel like playing. Each weapon has a different attack style (some have knockback, some require charging up and others require you to be stationary) and different special attacks which you build by dealing damage to other players and you can unleash them once your special bar is full dealing devastating damage to those who were foolish enough to remain in your way.
There are a lot of stages and these change between rounds so it doesn't ever feel repetitive. Some are as simple as just being multiple levels, whilst others have lava pouring down, or spikes periodically coming out of the grounds and/or walls. This adds a tiny bit more of a challenge to the game as you don't just have to watch out for your opponents, but also your environment.
My only issue with the game was I had a little trouble getting my controllers to work. Xbox One controllers don't seem to work at all rendering two of my remotes completely useless but the Steam controller and Xbox 360 both worked fine so I was able to play without issue once I plugged those in. The developer was quick to reply when I asked for help though which was a huge plus!
Overall Dwarven Brawl Bros should be bought by anyone who enjoys good party brawl games that they can play locally. $5 is unbelievably cheap and it's worth every single cent, if not more.

Review from Steam

Really fun 2-6 players brawler in the mould of Super smash bros. lots of stages and modes in the game and i love the blood effect (set to heavy). the battle starts with every player equipped with his/her bare hands and many weapons are thrown around the stage (nice variety of weapons and lots of them are very fun to use) you can pick up 1-3 weapons and switch between them as you like. after a few hits your special will be charged and each weapon has its own special attack.
Highly recommended if you have enough buddies to play with <3

Review from Steam

Dwarven Brawl Bros offers interesting maps, diverse weapons and a range of game modes.
The game is deceptively simple initially, however there are loads of game modes and the weapons, combat and maps allow for fun and creative strategy.
A vast array of very different weapons are offered, and many maps offer dynamic events.
Weapons offer different abilities and can interact with the map. You can use knockback to push people into spikes, destroy platforms so people fall into lava, or destroy platforms to prevent the enemy from reaching you and snipe them to death.
For the price tag it is certainly worth it.
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Review from Steam

Ask your friends if they like it. If they don't, find new friends.
One weakness, though:
31 weapons, 38 stages, 26 game modes, but... one music track? (The one in the teaser video)
And it's restarted very frequently because matches can be short...
And it feels like it was "designed" to be repetitive? It's a... weird genre.
Went afk for a while, it was the first time my friend told me she was annoyed by in-game music.
It might give a feeling of repetitiveness. That's such a pity, because the gameplay doesn't feel repetitive to me.

Review from Steam

One of the best party brawlers I have ever played.

Review from Steam

This review is based on version
Dwarven Brawl Bros is a very fun local multiplayer game. The core gameplay is very fun and has a lot of potential. However, it is not without flaws and definately is not ready for prime time yet.
Issues in no particular order:
* Many of the melee weapons seems to have an excessively long cool down. I'm assuming this is to discourage spamming but it's unnatural to see the dwarf hold the end of its swinging animation for a few seconds after attacking, and makes it hard to do anything at all during that time.
* The menu, while cool in theory, simply isn't good. It's hard to navigate through all of the game types and is not intuitive. It should not need a block of text at the bottom that explains how to get around. I suggest putting the game types in a list and having things like the settings menu accessable via a selectable button.
* Speaking of settings, relying on the Unity launcher is a big no-no. It looks unprofessional and can't be used with a controller. While it's acceptible for a game that's still in development, it needs to go before the final release. All of those options (graphics settings including resolution, fullscreen/windowed/borderless windowed, vsync, etc. and key mappings) should be in the in-game settings menu.
* Speaking of key bindings, the controller mappings should probably default to the Xbox 360/One controller layout as that is the most common layout on PC. Also, a game that is ideally played with controllers should be FULLY controller compatible. This means (again) no Unity launcher but also a binding for the Esc key's functionality, which currently cannot be rebound and requires me to get off the couch and go to my keyboard in order to, say, exit the game.
I know listing a bunch of issues makes my review sound like the game is bad. Actually, it is the opposite. The core gamyplay is, again, very fun. That being said, it is an early access game and I bought this game with the intent of providing feedback to improve it while it is in early access.
Bottom line: The core gameplay is very fun. Invite some friends over and enjoy playing it like other local multiplayer games such as Nidhogg, Towerfall, Speedrunners, Gang Beasts, Spelunky HD (in deathmatch mode), and more. Assuming development continues on its current track, this game is worth it, particularly at the current price (USD$5.99).

Review from Steam

Ugh! Ugh!