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...

    • 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
    • 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
    • Just awesome world, better graphics and "personally" in the characters. Super game. Guest • Nov 2018 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
    • great mods, and active developers. one of the best alternatives right now Guest • Jul 2017 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
    • 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 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees 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 5 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!.

    • 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 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 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Yes, very straightforward clone. Guest • Sep 2015 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Stonehearth

    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.

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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...

    • 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 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 • 1 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...

    • 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 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Completely different stories, controls, graphics, goals, and gameplay. Guest • Apr 2018 • 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...

    • 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 1 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...

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

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  • Planetbase

    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...

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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.

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  • Startopia

    Micromanage a network of space stations to rebuild them into a thriving community.

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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".

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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.

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

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