Dwarf Fortress Alternatives

The most popular alternative is RimWorld. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked 20 alternatives to Dwarf Fortress so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Dwarf Fortress alternatives are Gnomoria (Paid), Stonehearth (Paid), Prison Architect (Paid) and Banished (Paid).

The list of alternatives was last updated on Jul 27, 2020

  • RimWorld follows three survivors from a crashed space liner as they build a colony on a frontier world at the rim of known space.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to Dwarf Fortress.
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    Gu
    Rimworld is just a perfect game. There's a lot of complexity, yet it's still way more accessible than DF. It's hard to say how good this game is with just words unless it's a full 4 hours speach, so I'll just say I could marry this game.
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    Positive comment • 4 months ago

    Gu
    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
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    Positive comment • more than a year ago

    Gu
    Just awesome world, better graphics and "personally" in the characters. Super game.
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  • 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!.
    Most users think this is great alternative to Dwarf Fortress.

    Discontinued

    No updates since release, also see Steam reviews: http://store.steampowered.com/app/224500/

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    Gu
    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.
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    Positive comment • more than a year ago

    Gu
    While I prefer Rimworld as a Dwarf Fortress alternative, this is closer to DF. The world, the gnomes, the z-levels, all these make Gnomoria one of the best Dwarf Fortress clones. However, it's not being updated anymore, and it kinda feels like a less complex version of DF, but with better graphics and UI
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    Positive comment • 4 months ago

    Gu
    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.
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  • Stonehearth is a game of exploration and survival in an epic fantasy setting. Build your town, care for your hearthlings, and defend against marauding invaders.
    Most users think this is great alternative to Dwarf Fortress.
  • 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.
    Some users think this is a great alternative to Dwarf Fortress, some doesn't.
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    Gu
    its quite literally about building a prison, there are no elements of survival at all
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    Negative comment • 4 months ago

    Gu
    It's a simulation game like DF which runs itself. Player changes the environment but doesn't directly control any of the humanoids.
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    Positive comment • more than a year ago

    Gu
    Completely different stories, controls, graphics, goals, and gameplay.
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    Negative comment • more than a year ago

  • In this city-building strategy game, you control a group of exiled travelers who decide to restart their lives in a new land.
    Some users think this is a great alternative to Dwarf Fortress, some doesn't.
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    Gu
    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)
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    Negative comment • more than a year ago

    Gu
    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.
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    Negative comment • more than a year ago

  • Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation game. Manage your colonists and help them dig, build and maintain a subterranean asteroid base.
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  • Take on the role of a colonial bureaucrat sent to build a steampunk colony in the far corners of the world faced with threats of Lovecraftian horrors and cults, all the while dealing with complex AI colonists with their own quirks and personalities.
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  • Take control of a community of dwarves on a quest to reclaim your people’s stolen land.
  • Guide a group of space settlers trying to establish an outpost on a remote planet. Grow food, collect energy, mine resources, manufacture bots, and build a fully self-sufficient colony.
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  • Craft The World is a unique sandbox strategy game, the mix of Dungeon Keeper, Terraria and Dwarf Fortress.
    Some users think this is a great alternative to Dwarf Fortress, some doesn't.
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