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The Dwarves

The Dwarves is a fantasy role-playing game with a strong story and tactically challenging real-time battles. 15 playable heroes, each with individual skills, are to be deployed cleverly. Take on superior numbers of orcs, ogres, älfs, bögnilim, zombies, dark mages and many more foes, to give them the low-down. Based on the bestselling novel “The Dwarves” by Markus Heitz you’ll experience a fascinating tale revolving around the coolest fantasy race ever: The Dwarves! Tactical real-time battles: You’re fighting hundreds of foes with just a handfull of heroes. You can pause anytime to tactically plan the next smart move. Crowd Combat: All creatures on the battlefield are rendered with physical complexity – that’s why the battles feel especially dynamic and “real”, and enabling a lot of tactical finesse.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

I actually quite liked this game. I think the role play side of things, the world and the characters are very well done and the graphics are truly gorgeous! Unfortunately, the combat is a little bit weak; not absolutely weak and it's not terrible. This is the game's second greatest flaw, only eclipsed by it's price tag! At £35, this game is not cheap, but it really is quite dear when you consider that I beat the thing in less than 15 hours, which is pretty bad for a game with very limited replayability. In addition to that, while the world building and Characters is fairly good, I do wish that those things had been taken further; I would have liked to have seen the budding romance between the two dwarves flower more and to have learned more about the kingdoms of Girdlegard, but with those two complaints, it may be that was all that there was in the source material that KING Art had access to, although, obviously, I don't know for sure as I am just some mook posting a review on Steam. Overall, I do recommend this game, but I would advise that this be purchased on a steam sale, as it is not worth it's steep price tag otherwise.

Review from Steam

Playing The Dwarves is a whole lot more enjoyable than what I expected. Review became a lot longer than I expected too so.. TLDR.
STORY AND LORE that goes into the game is well done and progresses at a good and steady pace.
NARRATIONS AND VOICE ACTING are amazingly well written and well done. I particularly loved the comical dialogues that comes up from the interactions between the characters throughout the game and the voice overs definitely give life to each of the characters which makes it so much more enjoyable than it would have been without them.
GAMEPLAY AND MECHANICS I personally had a lot of fun with it. I am just reading the reviews right now and I see a number of negative reviews pointing at how bad the controls and mechanics are, which are definitely understandable, but that was what made it so fun IMO.
CHARACTER CONTROLS is definitely not easy at first as most times you need to find a way to get through hordes of enemies or allies that just blocks you off and can be irritating but it just makes sense cause the realism is you cannot just bulldoze through everyone unless you are huge, remember you are just a dwarf and human sized at most.
FRIENDLY FIRE this happens a lot, and I mean A LOT. Be it a normal attack or a skill used, a dwarf swinging around a giant axe around and your other character moving automatically next to him to flight is clearly going get a faceful of axe from time to time. So the main thing you can do to lessen this is POSITIONING AND CONSTANTLY WATCH THEM, YES, ABUSE THE PAUSING because that is the best perk to have for full control of all your characters at once. Every characters have their own skill range shown to you so make good use of that.
MAP/STAGE/BATTLE OBJECTIVES THIS IS IMPORTANT AND THEY TELL YOU SO IN THE BEGINNING
Every battle sequence you encounter as you progress has objective(s), you may murder everything in the map but always remember that is not the only thing you have to do. If the objective tells you to escape, you can only just focus on escaping. If it tells you to beat one guy alone, just beat that one guy alone and you can be sure you will still able to progress with the story. I played through on the HARD difficulty, I do not know what the difference of other difficulties are, but the hordes are no joke, if you are surrounded too long and cannot get out of it, you dead. So OBJECTIVES are always your main priorities even if you want to satisfy your blood lust like I did (and I died countless times too doing it, no regrets though, its part of the fun)
OVERALL
It really is a great game and can be somewhat challenging with how the mechanics are BUT it definitely is worth playing IN MY OPINION.

Review from Steam

The actual combat is kinda, meh, its not great but its okay.
The REAL draw, is hands down the story, its fun, has made me smile, and you get to make fun lil choices. Its not perfect but if ever on a sale (I picked it up at -75% off) its worth your money maybe not full price, but it was a fun bit of snacky delight for the 11hrs I played it for

Review from Steam

Pros:
Physics and collision based combat; there are definitely not enough games that operate on these kids of mechanics. You get a good position and angle and you can kick enemies off of cliffs (satisfying). Positioning and not getting surrounded is a must. The narration, voiceacting, and story are quality; you don't need to be underage to think so either.
Cons:
The game is fairly short; you will beat it on the same day you get it... a shame. Also, physics based combat may not be for everyone: if you are a person that is so used to guard-rails that you will walk off a cliff without them, then this game is not for you.
The game is definitely worth the buy if it is on sale. However, if you do find yourself falling off cliffs so much so that you feel like rage-quitting, then it is probably a good idea that you put the game down and add more bubble wrap around your shins and forehead as the amount you are currently wearing is likely insufficient.

Review from Steam

Perfect game for fan of Tolkien and dwarves. Story driven and with nice narrative reminding game master in paper rpg. Game has alot pluses but also minuses. Still positive, because overall its really worth playing. Could be longer and ending better, but still its ok. Story is nice, not overwritten, ssimple but also with some small plot twist. Combat is ok, but minus is in units blocking and sometimes randomly running and degrouping. Obligatory later in game is to use huge black warrior, one of the companions, which can push through all enemies. Skills - there are better and worse, still later game totally focuses on support skills and teamplay, cant just whack road ahead. Sometimes its also advised to clear room and just wait for health regen. Exploring map is ok, still could be more side quests. Despite few flaws still the game is good, there iss this something which drives you through story. Game should be bought on big sale, despite being hack and slash and rpg is too short. Overall ok!

Review from Steam

I have not read the books from Markus Heitz, but I am certain that this game is a love letter to them.
Sadly the game-play features are not fleshed out, multiple RPG systems in the game are just simply shallow. Do not get me wrong this game was a work of passion. The game itself was funded on Kickstarter and with that they set out to create something huge, but couldn't manage to flesh out most of the ideas. They kept to their enormous vision and it ended up as a half baked product probably due to budget and time constraints.
The end product is nothing to write home about, it is sadly a prime example of a developer that wanted to create something more, but couldn't manage to, it is still a work of passion that should be given a chance.
If you like classic fantasy Dwarves or the books written by Markus Heitz you should give this game a try, it seeps with passion and dedication.
Also Blind Guardian did the soundtrack for the game, which is amazing.

Review from Steam

One mug filled with mead till the morning
Too much for an elf
Two more mugs full of mead till the morning
Add more from the shelf
There's three mugs filled with mead till the morning
Long since I was born
Four more mugs full of mead till the morning
Worthy of a dwarf
Nobody is welcome in a tavern full of drunken dwarves
No respect for humans, dragons, trolls, or pointy ears
If you want to die, stay as long as you're alive
We'll bring chaos to the tavern till the dawn has come
Nobody is welcome in a tavern full of drunken dwarves
No respect for humans, dragons, trolls, and pointy ears
If you want to run, do it faster than my axe
Don't you dare mess with a hall full of drunken dwarves
May you hear us sing along, from the forest
To the tavern's hall, until we fall
Alchemy and magic forge the night into a hearth of stone
In the tavern's hall, until we fall
With five mugs full of mead till the morning
Someone starts to crawl
Six more mugs full of mead till the morning
Everybody falls
Seven mugs full of mead till the morning
Right or even wrong
With eight more mugs of mead till the morning
We will start the brawl
May you hear us sing along, from the forest
To the tavern's hall, until we fall
Our blood is boiling fast
Like mead poured on the table
In the tavern's hall, until we fall
Nobody is welcome in a tavern full of drunken dwarves
No respect for humans, dragons, trolls, or pointy ears
If you want to die, stay as long as you're alive
We'll bring chaos to the tavern till the dawn has come
Nobody is welcome in a tavern full of drunken dwarves
No respect for humans, dragons, trolls, and pointy ears
If you want to run, do it faster than my axe
Don't you dare mess with a hall full of drunken dwarves