18 Games like Dwarf Fortress

Alternatives to Dwarf Fortress for Windows, Steam, Mac, Linux, Wine and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of 18 apps similar to Dwarf Fortress.

Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy simulator with two modes: fortress and adventure. If you're looking for more info about Dwarf Fortress like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 9/3/2019 11:20:00 PM

Alternatives to Dwarf Fortress for all platforms with any license

  • RimWorld

    RimWorld follows three survivors from a crashed space liner as they build a colony on a frontier world at the rim of known space. Inspired by the space western vibe of Firefly, the deep simulation of Dwarf Fortress, and the epic scale of Dune and Warhammer 40,000. Manage colonists' moods, needs, individual wounds, and illnesses. Engage in small-team tactical gunplay. Fashion structures, weapons, and apparel from metal, wood, stone, cloth, or futuristic materials.

    • Just awesome world, better graphics and "personally" in the characters. Super game. Guest • Nov 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Having played both Rimworld and Dwarf Fortress, this is a simpler far more accessible sci-fi version of Dwarf Fortress, but with plenty of modding to add more complexity. Rimworld has a far more consistent UI and UX, but lacks Z dimension (other than a simplistic roof/floor). Guest • Aug 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This game is nowhere as near as any other Colonization games i've ever seen,never gets boring,Excellent gameplay,complex gameplay,and much more,I'd recommend it 11/10 Guest • Apr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • No depth to the gameplay. Small maps. No Z-levels. Guest • Jun 2018 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Though lacking in any z-levels (no stairs, it's all on one and a couple almost-layers: floors, walls, and roofs) it does an excellent job of simulating complicated anatomical combat and giving personalities to your colonists. Guest • Apr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Nowhere near as difficult of a learning curve, but has a lot of the same mechanics, with added futuristic sci-fi events. Can micromanage and prioritize down to a tee, main gripe with it is there's UP/DOWN to the world, so you can't build towers or bases deep underground Guest • Jul 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • great mods, and active developers. one of the best alternatives right now Guest • Jul 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It is not that similar to put it on Nr1 place Gnomoria is basically a DF clone with same mechanics and multidimentional enviroment Guest • May 2017 • 0 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • There are alot of things to learn, but you can pick it up and play. Once you get the hang of the game you can put a lot of hours into it. :) Guest • Jan 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Gnomoria

    Gnomoria is a sandbox village management game where you help lead a small group of gnomes, who have set out on their own, to thrive into a bustling kingdom! Anything you see can be broken down and rebuilt elsewhere. Craft items, build structures, set traps and dig deep underground in search of precious resources to help your gnomes survive the harsh lands.

    • It is the best alternative - but that said it has only about 30% of the depth and breadth of DF. And DF is getting deeper and broader every few months whereas Gnomoria development stopped almost 4 years ago. There is a fan reboot of Gnomoria called ingnomia that is still being worked on however at the time of writing this it is still very fa short of playable in for anything more than an hour or two. Dwarf Fortress is unique. All the other games here are very (VERY) much simpler. Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Gnomoria IS basically a simplified version of Dwarf Fortress it cloned the game mechanics very well Guest • May 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Gnomoria is basically dwarf fortress with better graphics.You have to grow food,make an army to defend yourself,and make a home for your gnomes.However this game lacks some features that dwarf fortress has and this game can become quite boring after awhile. Guest • Jan 2016 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Yes, very straightforward clone. Guest • Sep 2015 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Stonehearth

    Stonehearth is a game about exploration and survival in an epic fantasy setting. Your job is to help a small group of settlers survive and carve out a place for themselves in a hostile land. You’ll need to establish a food supply, build shelter, defend your people, and find a way to grow and expand, facing challenges at every step.

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  • Banished

    In this city-building strategy game, you control a group of exiled travelers who decide to restart their lives in a new land. They have only the clothes on their backs and a cart filled with supplies from their homeland. The objective of the game is to keep the population alive and grow it into a successful culture. Options for feeding the people include hunting and gathering, agriculture, trade, and fishing. However, sustainable practices must be considered to survive in the long term.

    • Dwarf Fortress aims to simulate life to the point where it's more of a story than a game. Banished is very much "a game", and shares more in common with titles such as Civilization or Sim City. Guest • Apr 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Banished is much more of a city building game. It lacks the feature of micro managing individuals and even if it was implemented, you just end up with too many people after 2 years to even make that feasible. Basically, think of sim city, but with the difficulty of Dwarf Fortress (not exactly, but almost) Guest • Apr 2016 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Prison Architect

    Build and manage a Maximum Security Prison. As the sun casts it’s early morning rays on a beautiful patch of countryside the clock starts ticking. You’ve got to crack on and build a holding cell to detain the job­ lot of maximum security prisoners that are trundling to your future prison on their yellow bus. As your workmen lay the last brick you don’t have a moment to let them rest as they need to get started on the first proper cell block so you can make room for the next prisoner intake.

    • Completely different stories, controls, graphics, goals, and gameplay. Guest • Apr 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's a simulation game like DF which runs itself. Player changes the environment but doesn't directly control any of the humanoids. Guest • May 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Dungeon Keeper 2

    Discover your evil side as you build your own underground kingdom. Carve out a living, breathing world and attract a host of devilish creatures to swell the ranks of your dark hoards. Form an alliance with the Horned Reaper and expand your empire in your quest to reach the daylight and invade the realms above.

    • This game is a harsh reminder that cause a game was once great, that it will have a game just good or better as its predecessor. Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Evil Genius

    Build a secret base, gain notoriety by completing daring missions, repel the forces of justice in real-time combat, and develop evil super-weapons to complete your nefarious master plan. As a malevolent mastermind bent on achieving global domination, through the construction of the ultimate doomsday device, Evil Genius gives you all the dastardly with none of the muttley.

    • Discontinued The game was released on September 28, 2004. It can be still bought from GOG.com

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  • Planetbase

    Planetbase is a strategy game where you guide a group of space settlers trying to establish an outpost on a remote planet. In the game you play the role of the base architect and manager, telling your colonists where to build the structures they will need to survive. You will have to ensure that they have a constant supply of oxygen, food and water to stay alive. You will get them to collect energy, extract water, mine metal, grow food, manufacture bots, and build a fully self-sufficient base.

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  • Craft The World

    Craft The World is a unique sandbox strategy game, the mix of Dungeon Keeper, Terraria and Dwarf Fortress. Explore a random generated world populated by dangerous creatures, build a dwarf fortress, gather resources, and craft all the items, weapons, and armor you need.

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  • A Game of Dwarves

    A Dwarven Prince on a quest to reclaim his people’s stolen land will take you on a great journey. Explore a continent filled with buried treasures and unearth mysteries that have laid hidden since the Great War. Take charge of your Dwarven settlement while mining, exploring and utilizing your resources with a combination of strategy and management. Order the inhabitants of a Dwarven settlement to dig, build and conduct research in order to strengthen the clan.

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  • Startopia

    A once thriving network of space stations and planets have been left lifeless, redundant scars of the apocalypse. Into this age of darkness comes light. You will lead the way in rebuilding the network of space stations to a standard accepted by the individual alien races, attracting them to harness their expertise and research new technologies. Thus begins the hilarious battle of wits and cunning, full of daring escapades.

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  • Castle Story

    Castle Story is a creative voxel-based strategy game in which you can build castles one brick at a time using an army of little characters called "Bricktrons". Your goal will be to explore a vast landscape full of mysteries and dangers, and defend your castle against onslaughts of hostile creatures and perhaps even other players.

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  • Spacebase DF-9

    In Spacebase DF-9, you'll build a home among the stars for a motley population of humans and aliens as they go about their daily lives. Mine asteroids, discover derelicts, and deal with the tribulations of galactic resettlement in Earth's distant future. Meteor impacts! Explosive decompression! Unbearable loneliness! KEY FEATURES Base Construction - Build your base using available matter and expand by mining more from nearby asteroids.

    • Discontinued The game seems to be no longer developed since 2014. It can be still bought from Steam.

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  • Oxygen Not Included

    Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation game. Manage your colonists and help them dig, build and maintain a subterranean asteroid base. You'll need water, warmth, food, and oxygen to keep them alive, and even more than that to keep them happy.

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  • Space Haven

    Space Haven is a spaceship colony sim throwing you in charge of leading a patched-together crew of civilians in search of a new home. It’s a base building game where players must build spaceships from the ground up tile by tile, create optimal gas conditions, manage the needs and moods of their crew, encounter other space-faring groups, and explore the universe in a self-built haven among the stars.

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  • Life is Feudal

    Life is feudal is a realistic, medieval sandbox game with engaging survival aspects and rich crafting and building construction systems.

    • This doesn't really have much in common at all with Dwarf Fortress. Guest • Feb 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Towns

    In Towns you manage a settlement on top of an active dungeon. Instead of playing the hero who delves deep into the dungeon, how about playing the town that houses and caters to the hero's needs? Both the RPG and strategic aspects will be fleshed out over a series of sprawling dungeons.

    • Discontinued The game seems to be no longer updated and it was never finished. Last version, v14, released in September 2013, can be still bought from the official website and Steam

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