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Dwarf Fortress Classic PC

An unusual RPG developed by brothers Tarn and Zach Adams, inspired by classic text games, especially those from roguelike genre. The story of Dwarf Fortress is set in a randomly generated fantasy world, where we command a group of dwarfs dreaming of wealth and fame.

RPG | fantasy | Economic | sandbox | 2D | elements of strategy | indie games

Dwarf Fortress Classic Release Date PC


developer: Bay 12 Games publisher: Bay 12 Games Official website

English language game language: English

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Dwarf Fortress is a joint venture of the Tarna and Zacha Adams brothers, developed since 2002. The source of inspiration for the creators became classic, text-based cRPG games, especially productions of the genus roguelike.

Dwarf Fortress is set in the realities of fantasy. The game world is generated randomly, although it can be moved from one game to another (it is possible to start the game anew while preserving the previously generated world). The player directs the actions of a group of brave dwarves dreaming of fame and wealth. The way to achieve the goal is to participate in missions commissioned by independent figures, but also to extract valuable raw materials or produce items.

The gameplay combines elements characteristic for cRPG games, life simulation and strategy. Players can explore the fantastic world, complete missions, search for treasure and fight enemies, or focus on managing the dwarfs' post, extracting valuable resources (there are more than 200 types of rocks and minerals in the game), producing items and trading with independent heroes. The creators also took care of a number of random events, such as monster attacks or meetings with enemies.

Complex combat mechanics takes into account not only the skills assigned to each hero, but also such parameters as body parts, weapon and armour material, bleeding, pain, poisoning effects, targeted attacks, wrestling skills or the ability to use a happy turf.

What distinguishes Dwarf Fortress from its competitors is its unconventional visual setting. Illustrations in the game were created based on the ASCII character code.

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Last updated on 27 January 2022

Game mode: single player  

User score: 8,7 / 10 based on 1200 votes.

Age restrictions Dwarf Fortress Classic: Good for all ages.

Dwarf Fortress Classic System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • Dual Core 2.4 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • graphic card 1 GB GeForce 9400 GT / Radeon HD 5450 or better
  • 500 MB HDD
  • Windows XP SP3
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