We Are The Dwarves

The Dwarven stars are slowly dying-- putting the race at the edge of extinction. Deliverance is poised upon three Dwarven astronauts who are sent on an expedition to find a new star in the depths of the Endless Stone. Take control of Forcer, Smashfist, and Shadow as they explore the unknown territories of the stone universe while meeting new civilizations and ancient monsters from the deep layers of space.

We Are The Dwarves is an action-based tactical adventure with active pause (extreme slowdown of time) placing you in control of three Dwarven astronauts. Forcer is capable of ranged destruction, and timely set-up exectution. Smashfist, a brute at heart, gets up close and personal with rage worth avoiding. Shadow stays just where you'd expect him to, launching deadly successive assassinations and precision archery from afar. As a trio, combine each dwarfs attack styles into orchestrated destruction against your foe.

Features of We Are The Dwarves -
Three distinct characters, each with an array of abilities and talents.
Individual skill trees for each dwarf; customization varies from stealth to slasher?.
Pause and queue gameplay - slow time and set up a series of commands to be executed.
Enemies vary in sense interaction, picking up movement, ambient noise and scent.
Minimum Requirements
OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64 bit)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (512 MB VRAM)
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage: 10 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
Recommended Specifications
OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64 bit)
Processor: Intel i5 series or AMD equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 6870 (1 GB VRAM)
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage: 10 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
Minimum Requirements
OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
Processor: Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series or Radeon equivalent (1 GB VRAM) or AMD equivalent
Storage: 10 GB available space
Recommended Specifications
OS: Mac OSX 10.5 or higher
Processor: Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 500 Series or Radeon equivalent (1 GB VRAM) or AMD equivalent
Storage: 10 GB available space
Minimum Requirements
OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later (64-bit)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (512 MB VRAM)
Storage: 10 GB available space
Recommended Specifications
OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later (64-bit)
Processor: Intel i5 series or AMD equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 6870 (1 GB VRAM) + Nvidia official drivers
Storage: 10 GB available space
  • Whale Rock Games has put together quite a doozy for hardcore RTS fans. It’s definitely not fitting for a casual strategy gamer like me, or those who prefer fewer moving parts in their RTSes. But even with the ragequit difficulty, it’s hard to deny that the game mechanics themselves are as solid and fair as the environments are gorgeous.

  • We Are The Dwarves is not the best RTS game out there, but its difficulty is addictive enough to suck any good PC gamer in for more than a few hours.

  • We are the Dwarves is a Challenging strategic experience, but sometimes you feel restricted in your actions.

  • Overall, We Are the Dwarves is slightly too difficult, in a way that would make me apprehensive about going back to it rather than spur me to try again.

  • A risky, interesting, attractive bet for any player who is looking for something different ... but that fails with a too choosy mechanics, which makes it boring and frustrating.

  • Challenging but funny game with interesting concept and a few issues uses dwarf race in an unusual way.

  • There’s fun to be had here, but I’m still not entirely certain if enjoying it is worth suffering through the shortcomings that never should have been.

  • CD-Action

    This tactical game about dwarves exploring an alien planet will not forgive any mistakes and will boss you around, but is completely fair in its ruthlessness. It’s a shame that brilliant setting was wasted by writers and the game itself becomes monotonous after a while. [05/2016, p.62]

  • Although We Are the Dwarves had an amazing potential with a great concept and interesting mechanics, its technical oversights and gimmicky difficulty force the game to miss its mark.

  • Game World Navigator Magazine

    Despite the original setting, it’s hard to say that We Are The Dwarves is an engaging game. It has three distinct characters, but their skills don’t lend themselves to interesting combinations. Not to mention that stylized graphic make it hard to tell the landscape features and enemy placement at a glance. [Issue#209, p.73]

  • PC PowerPlay

    An immersive environment and interesting story. It can be hard and could do with clearer text. [Issue#249, p.64]

  • Where We are the Dwarves fails to deliver is mission balance, plain and simple.

  • Dwarves and astronauts, a strange and unique combination for a potentially original exponent of the RTS’ genre. Despite the interesting premise We Are the Dwarves has too many flaws, both technical and gameplay-wise to overtake the sufficiency.

  • Whale Rock games have done a great job of making an engaging, challenging and rewarding game (if not the deepest in story-terms) but the difficulty makes it pretty prohibitive for most gamers.

  • The story is a little on the light side, but it makes up for it with intense battles and well designed environments. You will die a lot in this game, but ultimately it’s a satisfying experience.

  • Shoddy graphics, clunky camera, a stump of a story - this game is rife with shortcomings. But, if you yearn for Commandos-style gameplay, this is probably the best option for you so far.

  • There’s a depth to the lore and world-building that you rarely see at this scale. But the level design is so constrictive and the difficulty so fierce that it’s a constant fight to have fun.

  • For those with a passion for intensely difficult games We Are The Dwarves could perhaps be your greatest challenge yet. Frustrating it may be, yet Whale Rock Games have created a title with an admirable amount of effort put into creating a universe and lore that draws the player into its innermost secrets.

  • We Are the Dwarves is an incomplete game. It wastes a lot of good ideas in a sea of problems that you thought would've been fixed at launch. But they didn't

  • We Are The Dwarves shouldn’t be completely dismissed, as it still at least has some neat ideas, controls nicely and looks pretty, but it comes across being so viciously unfair that it can only be recommended to the most hardcore fans of this genre.

  • Lower difficulty level and focus on stealth or action mechanics could make We Are The Dwarves a worthwhile proposition. In its current state, the Whale Rock Games' production can only be recommended for players fond of extreme challenges.

  • LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    Mostly boring and uninteresting, sometimes even frustrating experience. Lost and wasted potential clearly radiates from this dwarven adventure. [Issue#262]

  • I was thinking long and hard if I should ignore this game or trash it. But in the end it cost me too much time and too much nerves. It starts well: The presentation reminds you of Blizzard and I like the idea of slow paced progress. But when it comes to balance or rather: lack thereof it shows you how far Whale Rock Games actually is from Blizzard.

We Are The Dwarves
$19.99 $7.28
Title: We Are The Dwarves
Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
Released: 26 February 2016
Developer: Whale Rock Games
Publisher: Whale Rock Games
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  • Commentary available
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