Dwarf Fortress is a dwarven city-building game that lets you manage your dwarf settlement. This means you’ll be responsible for generating economic wealth and combating threats. There are three game modes in Dwarf Fortress: adventure mode, fortress mode, and classic mode. Each mode in Dwarf Fortress focuses on a different aspect of the game.
The developers say the updated version is a little more approachable than the original. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the game, you’ll still need to learn how to play Dwarf Fortress. We also suggest you start with the updated version, though.
Dwarf Fortress Classic Mode
Dwarf Fortress Classic Mode was the game before the Steam release. You simply play with “classic graphics” meaning that the only difference is the graphics. This mode replaces the pixel art graphics of the Steam version with ASCII visuals.
If you’ve got the Steam version of Dwarf Fortress, you can still switch your game’s graphics back to classic. All you need to do is open the video settings and choose the classic tile mode.
However, you should not forget that the classic mode has lots of bugs and glitches, which caused major upgrades and, eventually, the Steam version release in the first place.
Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode
Adventure mode allows players to play as a roguelike character. You’ll choose a race (human, dwarf, or elf) and explore the dwarven world. As you’re playing, you can visit abandoned fortresses. Adventure Mode is the latest big update for Dwarf Fortress. Bay 12 Games updated it with Steam graphics.
Also planned is an improved trading system, which will allow you to see what goods are offered for sale. Adventure Mode will allow you to control your party, explore the world, and collect treasures. It is the biggest Dwarf Fortress update in years.
One of the big changes that Adventure Mode brings is a new villains system. You’ll find plotters who want to overthrow your Fortress. They might try to replace the leadership, turn the dwarves, or come up with a scheme to overthrow the entire Fortress. Another change is the giant cave spider. These creatures are important. There is also a giant rat and two monotremes ready to make friends.