Dwarf Fortress Alternatives

    Dwarf Fortress is described as 'single-player fantasy simulator. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world' and is a popular Survival Game in the Games category. There are more than 10 games similar to Dwarf Fortress for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Steam, Mac, Linux and Wine. The best alternative is RimWorld. Other Dwarf Fortress like games are Gnomoria (Paid), Stonehearth (Paid), Prison Architect (Paid) and Oxygen Not Included (Paid).

    This page was last updated Nov 24, 2021

    1. Kingdoms and Castles is a game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city and imposing castle. Represent entire series of Kingdoms and Castles games.
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      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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      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.
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      A Spectacle of Violence and Greed Drive a group of angry brutes to glorious victory and elevate your father's ludus from the muck and mire of shameful defeat, restoring it to honour via ruthless bloody victory over your opponents.
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    2. Diggles: The Myth Of Fenris is a game released by Innonics on 27 September 2001.[1] The game is a side-scrolling strategy game which is based on a 3D-engine.
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      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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      Some users think Castle Story is a great alternative to Dwarf Fortress, some don't.
    3. Patron builds upon the foundations laid out by the staples of the survival city builder genre and enhances the experience with a large research tree and by introducing intricate social dynamics into the game and the genre in general.
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    4. Space Haven is a spaceship colony sim, where you manage resources and crew members in order to build and keep your spaceship. Then you'll be able to explore the universe with rewards and perils. Website: https://bugbyte.fi/spacehaven/.
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      You don't directly give orders, you change the settings, choose priorities, etc. Pretty much Rimworld in space.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    5. 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.

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

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      Some users think Evil Genius is a great alternative to Dwarf Fortress, some don't.
    6. 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!

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

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      This alternative is disputed. Spacebase DF-9 is still a legitimate alternative to Dwarf Fortress, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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