A Dwarf's Story
Fun...But It's Too Short!
The bright, vivid and colorful graphics are a highlight to this game! It follows its storyline through out, but what sets this M3 apart from all others is that by right-clicking your mouse, you change the color of your cursor, and thus, the color-coordinated icon that you are going after. You don't actually 'swap' the tiles, you click on the one you want to change to match those surrounding it, by the color of your cursor. You have set goals for each level, and there are numerous power-ups to earn and use; however, the timer is generous and I didn't need the power-ups, thus, lowering the challenge level of this fun game. It can also be played in the Relaxed #untimed# mode. It has HO and mini games, as well. Very cute and fun concept, but needs to be much longer.
May 26, 2012
Way too short
I really liked this game, it was easy and fun to play but way too short for the price. I wish I would have waited until it was the Deal of the Day. Good fun but would have like to have had more levels.
November 15, 2011
Enjoyed the slight variation on the usual match 3 type of game, and you don't have to wait for the pieces to change, which doesn't slow the game down. I also would have liked more variation to choose for the avatar, but overall an enjoyable game.
May 25, 2012
I love the progression of the game.
March 9, 2012
It's true that it is a variation on the usual match 3, but the problem is that there is no real challenge. You spend a lot of time simply clicking endlessly while waiting for the little guys at the bottom to pick up your resources to finish the level. Except for the very last level, the difficulty stays basically the same throughout. Simply put, it's boring. It's a good thing it is not longer. The story, though, is followed throughout. Warning: This game contains occult elements (wizards, spells, dragons, etc.).
October 21, 2012
A Dwarf's Story
This review is based solely on the free trial.
I'd hesitated trying this game out, as another reviewer's explanation of the game mechanics--the changing color of the cursor determining which matches are valid ones--perplexed me, but the graphics looked so cute I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately, my first impression seems accurate. This game makes zero sense to me. :/
I simply COULD NOT understand the game mechanics of the switching colors on the cursor and how that related to making matches. First off, they tell you to "click and change" the primary color on the cursor, as if this is required for each match, but a few times I didn't do this yet made matches anyway--and sometimes it seems like the cursor colors change on their own--so why do they tell you to do that if it's not required?
Secondly, and more frustratingly###just when I thought I'd figured it out--"Aha, there's a major color and a minor color on the cursor, that must mean I can make switches involving those two colors!"--I learned I was wrong# For example, the cursor would be, say, pink and yellow--which I assumed meant I could swap/change pink and yellow items on the game board--but then when I took too long making such a match, the game would "nag" me by making one of the BROWN items start flashing, and that was where the match would be made# Numerous times I tried changing the color of the cursor and clicking on items I assumed were related, but it wouldn't work; the matches weren't valid# Most matches I did make were accidental# And of course, since game progress depends on the TYPES of matches you make #for example, wood = building supplies, I believe#, I couldn't plan out any moves I made so that the results would be most beneficial.
I played for perhaps 10-15 minutes, about two rounds/levels, before giving it up as nonsensical. I guess I'm just missing something since the other reviewer understood it, but I don't, and I don't find it much fun waiting for the game to nag me before making my move or randomly clicking until something works, while never comprehending WHY it works. :/ And I don't really have the patience to put a lot of time into figuring it out. #I've looked at the review in question again and see that apparently the cursor colors have to do with CHANGING the color of the item you're clicking on, but...eh...nothing I tried made sense to me and I'm too fed up to give it another shot.#
Oh, I also had great difficulty when the first "powerup" appeared. The game told me to select it and use it, yet I had no need of a powerup, so I didn't want to. There was a "skip" button at the bottom, so I selected that, but nothing changed, no matter how many times I clicked it. I couldn't make any matches until I'd selected the powerup...but I had no idea where it was! I hadn't been paying close attention to where it was located when the game mentioned it, and I couldn't see any special icon depicting it along the side or bottom as is usually the case in a match-3 game. Seriously, what match-3 game doesn't even make its powerups obvious?--or am I really that oblivious? o_O I've never had ANY trouble locating the powerups in other games. I ended up clicking around the edges of the game window at random until I must have accidentally selected it; only once I'd activated this "hidden" powerup would the game let me continue, and of course I had no idea how the thing even worked #the game had to tell me how--and didn't do a great job of it# and so I just set it off at random. Frustrating!
As already stated, the graphics are quite cute and colorful, and there's a little storyline involving the dwarves attempting to work their way back to the surface world by repairing buildings or some such; you can also slightly personalize your avatar. #Even though the little animated avatar running around in the map/construction area didn't match the one I'd chosen...hm.# The English is a little bit off, but that's routine in such games. It's a shame though, with such nice colors and graphics I thought I could give the game a shot, but it was a wasted one; I'm glad I tried the trial first. Playing this would've just irritated me. I'd hate having to put so much mental exertion into playing a match-3 game! ;_;
If you're a lot more patient to figure out the perplexing game mechanics, perhaps you'd enjoy this #seriously--REALLY cute and colorful graphics!#, but I myself cannot recommend such a confusing game. :/
I obtained my free trial of "A Dwarf's Story" directly through Big Fish Games. I ran this game on Windows 7 with no problems.
April 5, 2014