“DrawfHeim brings out the competitive nature of real-time strategy games and delves into the intricacies of multiplayer and team-building with friends.”
DwarfHeim is a real-time co-operative strategy game which requires players to choose specific roles and work efficiently together to win matches. If you are a fan of Age of Empires or StarCraft, then this game should be right up your alley. The game is fun to play and follows the same recipe of success for strategy games with a unique twist. Unlike other games, this game encourages the players to team up with friends or random people and make their way towards victory by working together.
DwarfHeim doesn’t have a story at this point in time and most of the characters feel very shallow for that reason. As the complete game is fictional and doesn’t resemble any real-life kings, it could break the immersion of the players. Adding some in-game lore to the characters would be a very interesting addition to the Thanes (Dwarf Leaders). Moreover, it would also add in a dimension of these animate characters and provide them with attractive personalities in the game.
As a result of no existing story, players will not have an option to experience the game in single-player mode and complete quests. Thus, newer players with prior knowledge to this genre might have a harder time navigating their way through the fundamentals of the game.
DwarfHeim adds a very interesting place- Underworld which is a mirror world to the Overworld realm. Players can use ladders to transport themselves from the Overworld to Underworld and vice versa. This feature makes the game 2-dimensional making way for many strategic ways to attack and defend the clan against enemy players.
The game has three primordial classes namely Warrior, Builder and Miner. Players have to choose one class at the start of the match and serve the duties of the same. Warrior players train different offensive units and their responsibility is to help the other two classes to survive, protect the base/clan, and kill creeps to gain resources for the clan. Builder players, as the name suggests build various buildings and harvest resources to help other classes. Last but the, not the least, Miner players work in the Underground and collect precious resources to support the clan. There are many bugs in the current version of the game and the AI feels clunky sometimes. However, the developers working actively to resolve these minor issues in the game.
The Graphics of DwarfHeim is truly astounding, which separates it from other real-time strategy games. The close detailing to the Dwarf characters is phenomenal and makes players feel close to the game. It doesn’t highly realistic graphics, but the art style is eye-catching and matches to the game. Moreover, the environment looks aesthetically pleasing and encourages the players to explore the lands of the game.
The animations for certain character’s combat and harvesting could be refined a bit to make it satisfying for the players and enhance the quality of the game. Talking about the voice-acting of the characters in-game, it is probably the best part of the game as the Dwarf’s humorous and volatile nature is reflected through the move/attack commands.
The unique multiplayer experience is the core theme of DwarfHeim, and it has the perfect tools to implement it effectively in the game. If the player is playing with two other friends and everyone is communicating through the game, it would be an enjoyable experience. However, if the player doesn’t have someone to play with, then the other classes would be handled by AI or some random AFK player. This could potentially ruin the player’s overall experience of playing the game. The game has undertaken a major step towards this direction and will allow players who don’t even own the game, play with their friends who have access to this game helping more players to try out this game. Even though the competitive mode of the game is not publicly out yet, the developers have to polish these small things to ensure the smooth functioning of the game on a global platform.
Conclusion and Criticisms
DwarfHeim has reignited the esports integrity of the strategic games, and many players seem to be excited for this new venture by Merge Games. The game has established the ground fundamentals however they need to add some more fan-requested features like single-player campaigns, add more Dwarf related thematic, more Thanes and potentially more classes in the future to diversify the gameplay for the players. The game has the scope to be one of the best Multiplayer strategy-based games and potentially evolve to an esports title if the community gives it the support it deserves.
Rijit Banerjee is a freelance esports and gaming journalist who covers games like Fortnite, Valorant, League of Legends, PUBG and more for GG Recon.
He has an undying love for indie video games and PlayStation exclusive games as well.