Percentile Rank

The Dwarves is ranked in the 18th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

16%

Critics Recommend

Based on 37 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

CryMor Gaming
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 28, 2016
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Scored Reviews

RPG Fan
85%
85%
Jan 1, 2017

This is the kind of game that makes you happy Kickstarter is a thing.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 23, 2016

The story, however, is fantastic and well written. This is a massive game with a ton of content to enjoy – and you can almost double your time with the game if you aim to get its Platinum trophy. Kudos to KING ART Games and THQ Nordic for all the work that went into the adaptation of The Dwarves for PS4 as they’ve given us a very entertaining release. Here’s hoping we get a sequel next year!

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SomHráč.sk
75%
75%
Dec 22, 2016

The Dwarves is a very good "save the world" adventure game. If you can look past the bugs and simple gameplay mechanics, you'll enjoy the story.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

The Dwarves is the game that every dwarf fan was waiting for. It has a very well narrated plot and a challenging but satisfying gameplay.

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Sirus Gaming
7.5 / 10.0
Sirus Gaming
Joecel Cruz
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

With that being said though, I do love this game. This game felt like a Triple-A title with the heart and soul of an indie game. I applaud the people who made this game, you guys have done a marvelous job. I will certainly look forward to more adventures with Tungdil and his merry band of dwarves.

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ThisGenGaming
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2016

For all the time I spent enjoying the Dwarves, there was equal amounts of frustration, boredom and disappointment.

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MMORPG.com
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2016

The Dwarves has [fun factor] in spades. The game is at once lighthearted in it’s art and humor, but also unsettling and sometimes wincingly violent. The dwarves are fun to be around. I wanted to see more of what they had to say and then take them into battle to put their mallets, axes, and great-weapons to use against the Crowd AI. Fun Factor doesn’t overcome the game’s issues, but it certainly helps mitigate them.

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Entertainment Buddha
70 / 100
70 / 100
Nov 29, 2016

The Dwarves features a few great ideas and appealing systems that are unfortunately offset by too much downtime.

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Fextralife
7 / 10
Fextralife
Emergence

Top Critic

7 / 10
Dec 12, 2016

A fun romp through a world where Dwarves take the lead role. The great writing and dialogue make up for lacking itemization and RPG elements. Combat management can be tricky but the few skills in the game have some fun application. Anyone looking for a break from some of the more grueling mechanics of hardcore RPGs will find an engaging story-focused journey through an idyllic fantasy landscape.

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GameWatcher
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2016

For $40, I feel like THQ Nordic might have an idea on their hands. If there was to be an integrated loot system, updates to the movement system, and general bug tweaks, I would be open to playing the game more. I love single player games and was really excited to try this out. However, I feel a little underwhelmed. It’s fun, and it has opportunity, but right now I feel like I was left with a half empty plate.

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TrueAchievements
Dec 6, 2016

Underwhelming RPG elements and character customisation, poor loading times and a map screen that now seems to have a mind of its own do hold back the game from being something great. Those with a penchant for a tightly woven narrative and tactical thinking will enjoy the experience, but it is difficult to overlook some of the more glaringly obvious problems.

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PlayStation Universe
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2016

A strategy RPG that suffers from a distinct lack of technical polish and unsatisfying combat, The Dwarves superb orchestral soundtrack, intriguing narrative and charismatic cast almost make up for its technical deficiencies, lending hope that future instalments might improve upon what we see here.

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Expansive
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

The Dwarves is a beardifully flawed game that is let down by numerous technical shortcomings

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DualShockers
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2016

The Dwarves has a lot of potential. If it was made on a AAA budget, I believe it could have been one of the best games this year. But it wasn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed my 15 hours with it, but I’m also well aware of its numerous, easily identifiable, shortcomings.  If your a dwarf connoisseur, then I can recommend this game. If you enjoy fantasy RPGs, and don’t mind tactical (though it’s hardly that) combat, then I can also recommend this game. But if you don’t particularly love either of these things, then The Dwarves from KING Art Games, may not be the dwarves for you.

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Wccftech
6.3 / 10.0
6.3 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

The Dwarves is a role-playing game that fails to reach its full potential. Its interesting battle concepts are marred by a mediocre execution, very limited RPG mechanics, and just too many technical issues on PlayStation 4. Despite this, the game still managed to be somewhat enjoyable thanks to the gripping yet not too original story, and charming characters. Due to gameplay and technical shortcomings, however, only die hard high fantasy fans may find some enjoyment in The Dwarves. Everyone else would do better in looking elsewhere.

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IGN
6.2 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

6.2 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2016

The Dwarves boasts a strong story that's taken from a bestselling novel, and it generally honors that lineage with a cast of likable and ably voiced characters. It's a good foundation, but unfortunately it's not strong enough to make up for the deficiencies of its gameplay, which include unfulfilling RPG elements and a stubborn camera.

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Generación Xbox
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Dec 9, 2016

The Dwarves is an RPG game inspired by Markus Hetiz's best-seller. Despite having a nice story and a decent graphic section, the long-duration loading times and a very rough camera system, makes the game experience worse and worse.

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Areajugones
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2016

THQ Nordic and King Art Games bring us The Dwarves, an RPG adaptation of Markus Hetiz's novels that, despite good ideas, doesn't live up to its source material albeit its entertaining story.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2016

A strong premise that gets lost with a bad execution on its visuals and dull combat.

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Readers Gambit
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2016

The Dwarves is a game that takes time to get to grips with and much longer to master. There will be plenty of game over screens for all players of all skill types and will ultimately have players fall back on the same strategies over and over again, until they succeed. If it doesn't work the first time then try, and try, and try, and try...

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KeenGamer
6 / 10.0
KeenGamer
Michael Keener

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2016

The Dwarves had so much potential that it pains me to have actually played what it ended up being due to how torn I feel about it in the end. It was a title I had kept an eye on for months in anticipation, but in the end my hopes and expectations weren't met. There's a chance that perhaps I had them too high, or that I'm being too hard on it, but it truly felt like a bit of a let down. The technical issues are extremely frequent, and I saw the stuttering within seconds of moving my guy for the first time. On the plus side, the fantasy tale and characters are amazing and just as awesome as anyone could hope for.

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ZTGD
6 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2016

The world of The Dwarves is interesting, and maybe with some patches down the road this can become a game I can get behind, as it stands now though, this is a tough sell.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2016

The Dwarves feels as though it's stuck between being an indie game and a triple-A game. And when that happens all sorts of bad things can happen. The game suffers from terrible cameras to glitches but it also benefits from a great story and voice cast. This game is a pure mix bag.

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COGconnected
55 / 100
55 / 100
Dec 10, 2016

Selecting areas you can’t go to resulted in a glitchy cursor bouncing around, and the UI in general lacks polish.

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GearNuke
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2016

The Dwarves has a lot of heart and attempts to do a lot of things right, but a lack of polish and repetitive gameplay make it hard to recommend.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 5, 2016

There’s a lot of love that went into the creation of The Dwarves but the glimmers of brilliance are dulled by the numerous problems with the combat, as well as the conflicting nature of the narrative with the few moments where you are able to make your own choices. Chances are those who will enjoy this game the most are fans of the books, but it’s a largely forgettable game for everyone else.

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Level Down Games
50 / 100
50 / 100
Dec 12, 2016

The Dwarves was a great concept on paper that failed to materialize into something that should have worked naturally when making the jump to a video game. I’d certainly like to see this type of crossover happen again, as I feel it could easily work. The Dwarves is a very hard game to recommend to even the most hardcore of fans, but there are certainly some out there who will find enjoyment out of what it has to offer.

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Gamerheadquarters
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

There's certainly potential here though it just doesn't come together on the console and creates a horrible time.

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Hu3br
Dec 1, 2016

A story dragged down by serious bugs and a poor implementation of real time pausable combat. For now, you’re better off with the novels.

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Honest Gaming Reviews
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2017

In the end, what we have here is a game with a good story to tell, wrapped in a basic RPG system and a flawed tactical combat engine.

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Gaming Nexus
4.9 / 10.0
4.9 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2016

A good story with good cinematics held captive by terrible performance and bad gameplay. There are some good narrative moments in The Dwarves, but they aren't worth suffering through the game. Just read the book its based on.

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PC Gamer
45 / 100
45 / 100
Dec 19, 2016

An unsatisfying, forced march through the source material.

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TechRaptor
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2017

While The Dwarves is an excellent story-based experience, the gameplay surrounding it serves to quickly sour most of the enjoyment that can be found, and most fans would be better off rereading the books.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2016

Almost everything from The Dwarves‘ gameplay to the presentation seems unpolished. It’s a real shame, since there are some good ideas, and the book it’s based upon is ripe for a video game adaptation. The mission objectives are far too rigid, the controls too cumbersome, and ultimately it’s a game that constantly gets in the way of itself. Every moment of enjoyment was quickly followed by bouts of annoyance, and this title clearly needed more time in development.

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The Digital Fix
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2016

Everyone needs more beards and beer in their lives, but maybe not from these dwarves.

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God is a Geek
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2016

The Dwarves is hard to recommend to any but the most diehard RPG fan, due to poor combat and terrible performance.

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