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.

  • Captivating story: Join the dwarf Tungdil on his adventurous journey across Girdlegard.

  • Explore the world: Uncover secrets, learn more about the game world and its inhabitants, and solve optional puzzles.

  • Delve into the world map: Girdlegard ranges from snow-covered summits to shimmering deserts. You can move freely on the world map, meet numerous characters, and experience adventures. But beware: A lot of your actions on the world map have far-reaching consequences!

Dwarves! Finally the coolest fantasy people are in the spotlight. The NPC days of the bearded axe-wielders are over – the age of the dwarves has come!
Minimum Requirements
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Window 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Processor: Q9650 / AMD Phenom II X4 940
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: GTX660 / Radeon 7870 / 2GB
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 25 GB available space
Recommended Specifications
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770 3,9 Ghz / AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: GTX770 / R9 290 / 4GB
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 25 GB available space
Minimum Requirements
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: OS X 10.11 El Capitan
Processor: Intel Core i5 3,2 Ghz
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: HD7950 Mac Edition / GTX 680 Mac / R9 M370X
Storage: 25 GB available space
Recommended Specifications
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: OS X 10.11 El Capitan
Processor: Intel Core i5 3,2 Ghz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: HD7950 Mac Edition / GTX 680 Mac / R9 M370X
Storage: 25 GB available space
Minimum Requirements
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Ubuntu 12.04
Processor: Q9650 / AMD Phenom II X4 940
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: GTX660 / Radeon 7870 / 2GB
Storage: 25 GB available space
Recommended Specifications
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Ubuntu 12.04
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770 3,9 Ghz / AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: GTX770 / R9 290 / 4GB
Storage: 25 GB available space
  • Lovingly staged RPG with a great story, an orchestral soundtrack and huge, chaotic battles.

  • The Dwarves is the game that every dwarf fan was waiting for. It has a well-narrated plot and challenging-but-satisfying gameplay.

  • Based on the successful fantasy-bestseller, written by author Markus Heitz, the homonymous videogame takes place in an action-rpg, focused on massive battles with orcs. The story is well told, but shortened in comparison to the book. The battles are fun to play for a while, but they’re lacking on AI- and pathfinding-issues. Moving the camera can be tricky too. The rpg-elements are minimalistic, there are no collectible weapons or gear and characters can be equipped with only five skills max. Your main character, the young dwarven-smith Tungdil will be accompanied with up to 14 companions, most of them well transformed from the book into the game. You’ll spend a lot of time in listening to many dialogues and to a well performing narrator, so in the end The Dwarves feels more like an interactive audio-book than an rpg.

  • For $40, I feel like THQ Nordic might have an idea on their hands. If there was to be an integrated loot system, updates to the movement system, and general bug tweaks, I would be open to playing the game more. I love single player games and was really excited to try this out. However, I feel a little underwhelmed. It’s fun, and it has opportunity, but right now I feel like I was left with a half empty plate.

  • CD-Action

    It won’t beat The Witcher 3, replace Baldur’s Gate or overshadow Divinity: Original Sin, but it does offer 10 hours of solid, straightforward RPG fun with a strong emphasis on tactical combat. [01/2017, p.50]

  • As an interactive audio book The Dwarves works surprisingly well even though some of the cutscenes seem rushed. But as soon as you enter the battlefield the fascination fades and is replaced by hectic, chaotic and sometimes buggy skirmishes.

  • The Dwarves brings the novel setting into the videogame with a compelling and well-narrated plot. Unfortunately the game is overwhelmed by its own ambitions, and the gameplay part is not as good.

  • Game World Navigator Magazine

    Instead of an RPG, studio basically made an interactive fiction game with combat, which wouldn’t be too bad if it wasn’t for the combat system. Typical encounter consists of dozens of enemies that quickly surround heroes and proceed to ineptly poke them. Protagonists are no better – you either have to microcontrol each one of them, or watch as they stand idly while their friends are dying an axe’s swing away. [Issue#216, p.53]

  • The Dwarves boasts a strong story that's taken from a bestselling novel, and it generally honors that lineage with a cast of likable and ably voiced characters. It's a good foundation, but unfortunately it's not strong enough to make up for the deficiencies of its gameplay, which include unfulfilling RPG elements and a stubborn camera.

  • The promise of "game about dwarves" is fulfilled only from a half. Written story is accompanied by physical engine in the battles, but those are confused just like sleepy dwarf, unfortunately.

  • The Dwarves is a really uneven RPG. It has some original ingredients and can be quite fun but sooner or later the joy is destroyed by weak combat and an empty world. And even if you become fond of the story or characters, ultimately you'll be disappointed by the short time needed to finish the game.

  • A great fantasy story with wonderful dialogues and well-crafted heroes is ruined by the most important aspect of a video game... gameplay.

  • A weak retelling of a mediocre fantasy book.

  • There’s a lot of love that went into the creation of The Dwarves but the glimmers of brilliance are dulled by the numerous problems with the combat, as well as the conflicting nature of the narrative with the few moments where you are able to make your own choices. Chances are those who will enjoy this game the most are fans of the books, but it’s a largely forgettable game for everyone else.

  • The Dwarves is a big disappointment. King Art tried too hard to stick to the books and released an unfinished product that offers neither challenges nor interesting plot. Serious limitations in gameplay, not very interesting interactions between characters and poor overall quality make the story about brave dwarves difficult to recommend.

  • An unsatisfying, forced march through the source material.

  • LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    The Dwarves would like to achieve a better rating, but their own companions in the fight undercut this effort. Simple technical state is not always a recipe for a success. [Issue #271]

The Dwarves
$39.99 $20.00
Title: The Dwarves
Genre: RPG
Released: 1 December 2016
Developer: KING Art
Publisher: THQ Nordic
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  • Full controller support
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