Coming to a Steam Games Festival near you is the Dwerve playable demo for Steam.
Easily one of my favourite genres, the tower defence variety, Dwerve blends classic dungeon crawling action too as you play a young dwarf who ventures into dwarven ruins to locate lost technologies.
On this journey, you must protect the dwarves from Witch Queen Vandra the Wicked and her trolls, using a variety of turrets and traps at your disposal.
Heavily influenced by the 16-bit era, notably the SNES, Dwerve is one to watch, and I’d encourage you to sign up for the newsletter as I did so you get notified on the eventual launch.
Here’s an almost exhaustive list of features in Dwerve, courtesy of developers, Half Human Games:
- Tactical turret-based combat. Combat involves making strategic decisions about which turrets and traps to build and where. During a battle you must rebuild, swap out, and reposition turrets to adapt to new waves of enemies and a dynamic battlefield!
- Upgrade your arsenal. Unlock 15+ turrets, each with its own unique upgrade tree. Purchase upgrades that make the turrets stronger. You decide which turret upgrades best cater to your favorite strategies and play style!
- Discover powerful artifacts. Discover all 5+ artifacts — an arrow-blocking shield, dashing boots, a bouncing boomerang, a ground-shaking hammer, and more! These artifacts give the player special abilities to fight and outmaneuver foes!
- Fully dynamic lighting. Explore dimly lit dungeons that come to life with dynamic lights and shadows that offer a modernized take on SNES-inspired graphics that pushes the boundaries of pixel art games!
- Story-based campaign. Unravel the history of the dwarves and the trolls in a story that features diverse characters, unpredictable plot, and a fantasy world with its own mythology!
- Explore ancient dungeons. Explore 30+ dungeons in 5+ biomes, each with hidden secrets, mysterious puzzles, and interesting lore!
- Dynamic battlefield. Engage in combat on a dynamic battlefield that changes as you fight with obstacles collapsing, falling from the ceiling, and emerging from the ground!
- Solve challenging puzzles. Want to get extra loot or lore? Solve an optional puzzle! Or don’t — it’s up to you.
- Complete daring quests. Each dungeon has its own specific story-based objectives that you must complete to progress the story.
- Loot corpses and treasure chests. Collect health potions, scrap, armor, and other useful items from the bloodsoaked corpses of your slain enemies!
Hardly short on features (that’s a dwarf joke – it’s ok, I’ve seen and read LOTR), Dwerve is packed full of nostalgic goodness and a decent throwback for any fan on the 16-bit era.
You can play the demo during the Steam Games Festival between the 9th and 14th June.