Attention: Nerds, Fantasy lovers, Castle building fans, Dwarf enthusiasts, Game programmers, and Roguelike game fans.
Thumbs up to:
1) "Goo goo gah gah." It's only in alpha which is the infant stage of all computer games. It's so new you're not even allowed to capitalize the 'a' in alpha! Seriously, next phase is Beta where most companies start to allow access to demo versions. Bay12 Games has opted for an alpha release. Their 2008 donation report totaled over $32k which means there's much more to come.
2) "I just peed a little." You'll be giddy every time one of your colossal, brilliantly hatched, meticulously engineered and carefully manifested plans comes to fruition. I have been playing and replaying this game for over a year and I always go back to it.
Thumbs down to:
1) "Wha?" For the first few hours there is a tough learning curve but there is an in depth Wiki and active forum. I usually get five replies within 24 hours. The controls are comprised of letter key strokes, arrow keys and some detail work using the mouse.
2) "Damnnn!" It doesn't look pretty. It definitely needs a GUI facelift which may come as soon as the next release a few weeks from now or as late as the Beta version, I hope. The graphics consist of letters, numbers, symbols and simple graphics.
Main site: http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/index.html