Upgrading your Dwarves is a collection issue gems scattered throughout the levels, but despite being given a number of options for improvement, none seem to really help. The difficulty of this title is bordering on the masochistic. Powering through levels can often allow the player mentally exhausted. The difference between us dwarves and a game like Dark Souls is that each mission failed the player will never feel as they learn from their mistakes. Time and again, I would return to battle and change my approach and come back with the same result.
This is where the best and worst features of the game collide. The developers have done an excellent job in creating a world where life, physical, environmental and prosper: the game is undeniably beautiful and everything comes together in a great design and world-class building. In these well-designed worlds, however, experimentation with outcrops, ravines and dangers is likely to be severely punished. You want to blow an enemy of a cliff band? You’ve chosen to better the time right to do so.
What is more the game will often leave two out of three of your Dwarves behind punishing solo levels that will more than likely leave the player banging his head against the keyboard (or mouse clicker against the output option). Each level is littered with dangerous swamps, pits, traps and plants Insta-kill your beardy adventurous guy before you even know what happened. Some segments of the game seemed downright impossible for me to finish – when debris in a certain level of zero gravity instantly killed by dwarf for the sixth or seventh time I am dangerously close to the game’s release and immediately uninstall for a cathartic benefit.
For those who have a passion for intensely difficult games We Are The Dwarves might be your biggest challenge yet. Frustrating it can be, but Whale Rock Games created a title with a much admirable effort put into creating a world and traditions that draws the player into its deepest secrets. That is, if you can stomach replay the same level eight times to get there.