Alternatives to Dwarf Fortress for all platforms with any license

  • RimWorld

    Terrestrial colonisation station building game, quite similar in the Dwarf Fortress.

    • 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
    • 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 1 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 Disagree   Agree
    • Just awesome world, better graphics and "personally" in the characters. Super game. Guest • 11 days ago 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!.

    • Discontinued No updates since release, also see Steam reviews:
    • 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
    • Yes, very straightforward clone. Guest • Sep 2015 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

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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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  • 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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  • 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 0 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...

    • Discontinued Discontinued but available at GoG:
    • 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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  • Towns

    The game brings a fresh new take on the city building/management genre by introducing many RPG features.

    • 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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