9 Alternatives to Dwarf Fortress and Other Simulation Games

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Dwarf Fortress, also known by as the Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress is one of the complete games regarding marrying a blend of adventure, fantasy, and thrill in one. It started back in 2006 after being in alpha development for four preceding years.

The game is set in a fantasy world where the player gets chance to control the group of dwarves and instruct them to construct a wealthy fortress down in the underground. The game does bear a resemblance to Minecraft. The game features text-based graphics and has an open end.

A player opts to play starts off by setting a process which generates the world with continents, histories, and civilizations. It consists of game modes like fortress mode where you establish a successful fortress and ward off any threats and invasions. You also need to generate wealth and take much care of the dwarves. A peculiarity about the game is the way each of the dwarves has a unique identity and personality to each of them.

The other game mode, i.e., adventure mode is turn-based one where you can start off just like an adventurer and freely explore around the world. You can visit the old fortress in the game and can complete quests and heists on your part.

Dwarf Fortress has quite a following all over with pretty active community around. The game doesn’t end ever with each fortress getting destroyed at some point, which means there are no winners at all.

Rise to Ruins
  • city-building
  • stratergy
  • survival
  • Village management

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Rise to Ruins

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  • stratergy
  • survival
  • Village management
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Rise to Ruins, formerly known by as Retro-Pixel Castles is a strategy game based on city-building and features pixelated design, god game, and survival elements. The game is much inspired by those of Warcraft, Gnomoria, Banished and Dwarf Fortress. T...

factorio
  • Advancement
  • Real-time strategy
  • Sophisticated technology

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Factorio

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  • Real-time strategy
  • Sophisticated technology
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A real-time strategy game, Factorio is another one to keep a close eye on. It's part of Wube Software who started developing the game in 2012. The game went through a crowdfunding campaign and made it's way into early-access to gamers worldwide since...

gnomoria
  • Craft Workshops
  • Gnomes
  • Sandbox gameplay

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Gnomoria

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  • Craft Workshops
  • Gnomes
  • Sandbox gameplay
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Gnomoria is another one of those in-game simulation ones out there. It's a sandbox management game where you are part of a village and leads a small group of gnomes. It is part of Robotronic games and was released back in 2016 over steam. The game fe...

  • Construction simulation
  • Top-down simulation
  • Two-dimensional

Rim World

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  • Construction simulation
  • Top-down simulation
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RimWorld is a simulation-based construction and management game which has been part of Ludeon Studios. The game was initially known as Eclipse Colony and first made way as an alpha software. The game went through Kickstarter fundraiser and raised qui...

  • city-building
  • resource management

Banished

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  • city-building
  • resource management
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Banished is a city-building strategy game developed by Shining Rock Software and is based on resource management and survival. It was released for Windows platform back in 2014 and is currently limited to Windows-PC only. The game features a group of...

  • Dungeon
  • Portal gems

Dungeon Keeper 2

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  • Dungeon
  • Portal gems
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Dungeon Keeper 2, a sequel to Dungeon Keeper is a strategy game that was developed by the Bullfrog Productions. It was initially released for Windows platform by the Electronics Art. The game revolves around the user taking the role of dungeon keeper...

  • city-building
  • Exploration
  • Sandbox gameplay
  • Single-player

Towns

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  • Exploration
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Towns is another of those sandbox based simulation games highly thought off in the gaming fraternity. It was initially developed by Xavi Canal, Alex Poysky and Ben Palgi and was launched in 2012. The game is pretty much influenced from Dwarf Fortress...

  • Escape mode
  • Prison management

Prison Architect

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  • Escape mode
  • Prison management
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Prison Architect is a construction and management simulation game based on private prison. It was started off by Introversion Software via crowdfunded alpha pre-order mode.  The game is pretty much inspired from those of Dwarf Fortress, Dungeon Keepe...

  • Magic Spells
  • Sandbox gameplay
  • strategy game

Craft the World

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  • Magic Spells
  • Sandbox gameplay
  • strategy game
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Craft The World is one of those unique sandbox strategy games that takes inspiration from the likes of Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Terraria. The game is part of Dekovir and offers gamers around the globe to enjoy the thrills of this strategy s...

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