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Game Giveaway of the day — Brave Dwarf

Arcade shooter. A dweller of mountain cave kingdom, the great slayer of goblins and minotaurs, wearer of charmed scapulars, the dwarf easily finds his way though the darkest dungeons. And remember, this is the shooter, not the hack'n'slash!
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User rating: 238 (31%) 520 (69%) 43 comments

Brave Dwarf was available as a giveaway on September 20, 2008!

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Walk through nightmares and help your husband defeat his fears!

Arcade shooter. A dweller of mountain cave kingdom, the great slayer of goblins and minotaurs, wearer of charmed scapulars, the dwarf easily finds his way though the darkest dungeons. And remember, this is the shooter, not the hack'n'slash!

Bonuses (appear out of killed enemies):

  • Elixirs – give life or magic power.
  • Angel – give +1 Life (but no more than 5)
  • Scroll – give a new spell
  • Traps (in the golden frame) – cause ice rain, explosion, meteorite or power that will throw enemies near you up high.
  • Auras (in the transparent sphere) – give you new abilities for some time, such as running and attacking faster, homing shells, two flows of shells for some spells, a fatal glance, etc.

To pick up a bonus, you should run up to it. If you do not pick them up, they disappear after some time.

Controls:

  • Move: keys "W", "A", "S", "D" or "Up", "Down", "Left", "Right"
  • Attack: > Left mouse button – a spell taking a small amount of mana; > Right mouse button – a spell taking a considerable amount of mana. (!) You can attack repeatedly by holding down one or two mouse buttons.
  • Getting Help: F1
  • Make a Screenshot: F6
  • Show the Game Menu: Esc

System Requirements:

CPU: 1 GHz; RAM: 256 MB; Video: 64MB; DirectSound-compatible sound card

Publisher:

Xing Interactive

Homepage:

http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/brave-d-warf/

File Size:

55.2 MB

Price:

$9.95

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#43

Whiterabbit - I don't download a lot of games, but I check the site every weekend and always look for your post first. I think you do a fabulous job - it's just a pity some people don't think before they type!! Keep up the great work - there are lots of us here who really appreciate it.

Reply   |   Comment by Angel  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

always wave stuck

Reply   |   Comment by justice  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

The game works on Vita home premium 32 Bit.
I tink, i'll delete it, its low fun to play it.

Reply   |   Comment by Ralf  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

#6...

A challenge...

All of the levels are to easy to beat...

I wasn't challenged at all...

Except by the bad graphics and idiotic game play...

but I still didn't lose a life...

It might be a challenge if you have both hands tied behind your back and have to play using your nose...

Reply   |   Comment by antonio  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

Just a quick note. I enjoyed it but found it a bit boring and repetitive. Not hard to play and not that easy but probably not a huge hours long rpg either. A 7/10 for me. I'll play it for a while.

And thanks to Stephen for his great reviews. Even though I don't always agree with the ratings they are always very much appreciated and indeed this one was really spot on. A 10/10 for his review =)

Reply   |   Comment by Kristen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

I recently experienced this game and had a great time wandering around it. Its like the Narnia adventure with the dwarf.

This is nice, simple little arcade game but while installing it may give you an error and you will have to re-install it again. he options menu allows you to adjust the quality of the graphics and the level of blood. By default, these are set to their lowest settings, so I’d boost them up to full if you want to enjoy the best looking graphics, though there didn’t appear to be much of a difference when using this facility. Perhaps for those with slow computers this may be useful?

You can earn up to five lives in game. When you are killed you get a message saying “You’ve Been Beaten – Now you will be resurrected” This will depend upon how many lives you have left, which are indicated at the bottom left of the screen next to the life force and mana level indicators.

Read full review here.

Reply   |   Comment by Amar  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

The game do not work on Win ME or Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by Trs  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

Tried 3 times, but game crashes after opening screen on filename "dsfoggdemux2.dll". No idea what that file is or where it is, but it is not in the game folder. Oh well. Hopefully a good game that I will be able to run will be offered tomorrow.

Reply   |   Comment by anonymuse  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

This game is really, really bad and doesn't even live up to its screenshots. Don't download it! And if you do, make sure you turn those so-called sound effects to zero...

Reply   |   Comment by Mad Ollie  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

I'll just say it here again.....thank you always Whiterabbit for your time and energy writing reviews for us saps. I always appreciate it and look for it first of all. Please don't let the very little people like Kev at comment 18 take away from how much you are appreciated around Yee Olde GGofTD. I just thought you ought to know. I've decided to give this download a miss this time. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by amycakes  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

GGOTD, why???? This game is way past lame.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave W.  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

Installs great on WinXP Pro

Looks good...

Thanks GOGOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Scott`  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

Wow another Brave Dwarves game? Relax this is not another game from Gameover Games. I'm not quite sure what it is. just one look at the publisher will tell you all you need to know. Some Company SUCKS. Please give us something else. Us game lovers wait all week for the weekend to try a new game. And you offer us Some Company Crap? Please......... if this is the best you can do.... don't bother.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

Thanks to Stephen (Whiterabbit) for your always thorough and unbiased reviews, no matter WHAT the game is, and I appreciate your personal rating at the end. Even if the game isn't that much of a kick, I get one out of reading your reviews. Luv ya!

And to Kev #18: the only people who feel superior enough to tell others to "get a life" are usually in dire need of one themselves. I feel sorry for ya, dude.

Reply   |   Comment by moo  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

cool game, kids like it, takes some skill to get kills fast, cool levels, thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by RickyRicardo  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

Come on GOTD! You can do much better than this....

Reply   |   Comment by leon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

Yes, the main download installs fine. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by mafiosommm  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Hm, despite there is still time for activation, the game will not install - tells me the giveaway for the period is over.That's the download from the mirror link, now I'm downloading the main one. Greetings from Bulgaria, and keep surprisning us with new games!

Reply   |   Comment by mafiosommm  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

drats. I was so hoping it was another of the Brave Dwarves games we got last year. Those were awesome and I replay them often.

Love last week's Around the World in 80 Days though. Got to the 78th day and seem to be quite stuck LOL. Another awesome game. Thanks so much!

Oh! And I had posted that Golden Prague from 2 weekends ago was crashing ... The trick seems to be not to try to speed up the beginning credits by clicking your mouse. If you let it completely load on its own, it loads great and the game is now one of my favorites. Great graphics!

Reply   |   Comment by shadoedove  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Kev comment #18; if I was able to have a life following some jerk smashing into the back of me at speed while I happily cycled to work, then I'd probably not be spending my time writing these reviews. As it is I'm virtually house bound, and writing them actually takes my mind off the constant pain I'm in (despite taking morphine). It's another reason why I spend so much time playing games.

regards

Stephen

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Whiterabbit aka Stephen, yours is the only opinion I look for here and on the regular giveawayoftheday. If only others would read your reviews, many of their questions would be answered! Thanks for all your help. You spend much time doing your research and I base my decisions on your reviews.

Reply   |   Comment by BlingBlitz  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

I won't be dlling this one, no more some company games for me, BUT, I did take someones advice from last week and dlled the game Trackmania. It's awesome! Go get it!

Reply   |   Comment by mthealien  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Best thing about this game was how easy it was to uninstall.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel L. Koger  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

Brave Dwarf is the most compelling adventure computer game of the century. It represents a new evolution of computer gaming. Up until now, Crysis was considered the pinnacle of computer gaming, but now.. there's "Brave Dwarf".

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

"However I’ll be keeping this game as it’s a challenge. I managed to get through several levels but was killed after taking a screen capture for the review." AHAHAHA! Thanks for that Whiterabbit! I love a good morning laugh while drinking coffee! Hee! I'll have a download of this game later. Thanks again for the new games GGAofTD. :O)

Reply   |   Comment by amycakes  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

I can't believe Whiterabbit aka Stephen went to all the trouble to describe such a bland game! Get a life! Not worth more than five minutes let alone almost ten bucks.
No disrespect or complaint to GGOTD. Thanks for offering it guys, and please keep it up; it's a great idea, and sometimes you give us gems (Masters of Defense was one)

Reply   |   Comment by Kev  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

There are different scenes - I'm surprised at the length of your report given you hadn't got up to the next scene as it really isn't that long.

The left click does a direct attack for killing single enemies, the right click fires a bomb which damages an area, or group of enemies. Use W,A,S,D to move around - dodge your enemies (especially the ranged attacks later in the level), run around them to group them up then launch bombs at them to take them down quickly. Also, get the powerups that drop.
Point and click (left for single targets, right for groups) to aim your ranged attacks at the enemies.

Reply   |   Comment by Arimith  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

way to jerky to play. i'd like to uninstall the whole thing but there's no uninstall icon in the file and it doesn't show up on my add/remove files. could anyone advise me so i can make sure it's totally off my pc? thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by sharon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Roxie, if you allowed the game to be installed to the default position, then just go to C:\games and look for the Brave Dwarf folder; then delete it. That's it. There are virtually no registry entries, so I wouldn't bother going there.

Has anyone discovered whether this game does branch out into different scenes? Are there save points? From looking at the menu, it would seem so because it says continue.... if not I agree with Mike and Geek Girl. Despite the reasonable graphics, this will get very boring fast.

Still it’s worth 6 out of 10 in my opinion as it’s mindless fun, despite getting a sore finger from clicking the mouse button (I know you can keep it depressed, but that exhausts your mana quicker, lol). That's a really astute observation Kados. It does seem like a disguised Space Invaders/Galaga style game, lol.

Still, it's nice to be able to check out free games every weekend.

For those who haven't checked the thread I started last week, in which I aim to post reasonable freeware and abandonware games during the weekdays. So far I've posted the following games:

Day 1:

Marble Arena plus Trackball thanks to Big Phil


Day 2:

Championship Pool


Day 3:

Plasma Pong
Line Rider


Day 4:

Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe (264Mb)


Day 5:

DXBall
Beatball
Wreckerball Dreams


Day 6:

Chicken Invaders
Space Invaders 3D
Space Invaders 2004
Invasion 3D
Alien Invaders Attack

I've got several more games to post from Monday to Friday.





You'll find the download links via the following threads:

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/3856

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/3892

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Overall the game looks promising.........
a few polite suggestions to help the development along is....

add a routine to check for hanging sprites(enemies).... a level never completes unless all sprites(enemies) are killed. Need to find a way to verify/track all are accounted to prevent game stall. Most occurances are just outside the area of mobility...

add a few extras to keep game play inter3esting instead of repetitious...for example a war hammer powerup which levels the playing field.....

restricted space for movement is distracting, as it takes away from the attack. adding total screen area for movement may fix the dead sprite issue too.


Don't let the negative comments discourage your progress...Keep up the good work.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Smith  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Please help me figure out how to uninstall this game. For some reason it sets up strange, no short cut, game can't be found unless unzipped to desktop. I had this same problem with the last one I downloaded from here. Since the game does not add itself to installed programs, so you can uninstall from add/remove programs. Basically decide this one was not for me, now I can't get rid of it.
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Roxie  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

There's a word for "Brave Dwarf"...LAME! Don't let the images above fool you...you'd be better off going to some of the abandonware sites and getting a nice scroller.

The graphics are jittery even at higher resolution settings (which really does nothing except to add shadows and the blood and bodies won't disappear.) The music and sound effects sound muffled and aren't very good (it sounds like a bad 70's era movie). The main object seems to be click the mouse as fast as possible. Although you're supposed to be swinging an ax, not casting a spell, you shoot out a blue streak that knocks opponents down well out of reach.

It's a large download that has no installation file--just an unzip. Which is fine if you know how to go in and make a shortcut. The game runs well enough, but just over a few minutes was enough for me. Dungeon Siege this isn't.

Reply   |   Comment by geek_gurl  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

It is not possible to play the game because there is no way to start it(no icon). Take care in wich icon you click in the folder «Games\Brave Dwarf»!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Paulo Andrade  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

A couple of rounds ... then totally boring. Unless it eventually branches out into somehting else it would remain totally boring. Don't think I'm bothered to find out ...

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Lousy gameplay, bad controls, jerky graphics, horrible music.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Oh yeah, forgot to mention. This is NOT related to the Brave Dwarves:Back for Treasure series, which is a platform game, that to those who are relatively new here; we received virtually all the expansion packs, which were numerous, last spring/summer.

regards

Stephen

p.s.

Have a fantastic week. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Clicking until death,no more....

Reply   |   Comment by Slawek  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Short Review:



Introduction:

Today’s game giveaway is rather a large download as arcade games go at 52.5Mb in size. When in stalled this increases to 58.4Mb. There is no desktop or start menu shortcuts installed so make a note of where the game is installed so that you can create your own shortcut. For those who don’t know how to do this check out the game discussion forums where I’ve posted a short tutorial. The install path is as follows:

C:\Games\

Apart from the above, installation is a breeze.




The Game:

On the face of it, despite the crude main and options menu, this game ‘looks’ quite good. The options menu allows you to adjust the quality of the graphics and the level of blood. By default, these are set to their lowest settings, so I’d boost them up to full if you want to enjoy the best looking graphics, though there didn’t appear to be much of a difference when using this facility. Perhaps for those with slow computers this may be useful?

It’s in the third person perspective looking from the top down. Graphics look pretty good, but the controls are a little slow to respond (and that’s playing it on a reasonably fast computer with loads of memory (3.2GHz + 4Gb RAM and an NVIDIA 8800 GTS 640Mb graphics card). I found it really difficult to survive at first, but once I realized that the cursor was an integral part of the attack, the game became a little easier. So please persevere and you’ll find it easy to progress through to later levels. There is an indicator to the bottom left of the screen that tells you how much strength/ life and magical power you have left. The enemy dwarves leave behind lot of health and potions so it’s relatively easy to keep your powers up to full strength. The right mouse button is the most powerful. Your mouse cursor dictates the way your dwarf throws potions and moves. You have to use a combination of the mouse and arrow/cursor keys (or the WASD keys) to move your dwarf around the field. (I took me a little time to figure this out) Both mouse button use your sword to attack with . Then the left bitton is also used to throw small amounts of mana at your opponents and the right button throws large gobs of mana. By holding down either or both buttons you can increase your attack to melee level. When you kill an opponent (and there are lots of them coming at you all the time) sometimes a potion will be left behind. To collect it you have to walk over it within a specified time, so make sure you pick them up because they contain health packages as well as new spells such as ice rain, meteorite shower or explosions. There are five types of packages:

Elixirs – that give life or magic power. The amount of blood left behind after an opponent has been killed can be adjusted via the options menu if you think it’s to much for your children. (Assuming you’ll let your children play this game)

Angels – gives +1 life but no more than 5

Scrolls – gives new spells

Traps – Cause Ice Rain, Meteorites, explosions and the power to throw
your enemies far

Auras – Give you new abilities such as running faster, attacking faster as well as others that when reading from the help menu seem a little cryptic.


You can earn up to five lives in game. When you are killed you get a message saying “You’ve Been Beaten – Now you will be resurrected” This will depend upon how many lives you have left, which are indicated at the bottom left of the screen next to the life force and mana level indicators.


















Images:

Images will be posted later today. I’ve got to go to see my daughter at ballet in a few moments…….If you only see a couple of images, check back later.



All on one page:

http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n61/Whiterabbit_01/gaotd/Brave%20Dwarf/

As a slidesow:

http://s109.photobucket.com/albums/n61/Whiterabbit_01/gaotd/Brave%20Dwarf/?albumview=slideshow

Conclusion:

I know a lot of community members are going to knock this game just because it’s from ‘Some Company. And in part I do agree, because there is something missing that would give the game some polish. However I’ll be keeping this game as it’s a challenge. I managed to get through several levels but was killed after taking a screen capture for the review. From the time I played this game, there didn’t seem to be any variability in the levels, each one blending into the next after a short message saying you were progressing to the next stage. I hope someone will report that there is different scenes, otherwise this game will become boring very fast.

This is worth 6 out of 10 in my estimation. Unfortunately, some company’s games seem to be impossible to capture with the video capture programs I use (Camtasia and Capture Wiz Pro), so again no video this week. Sorry.



Music:


The games music can be found directly in the games folder, but I cannot tell which file is which, so if you wish to change the in game music, you,ll have to do it by trial and error. Make sure you back up all the ogg files, then systematically echange them for the music you like. You’ll have to convert the files to the .ogg format and re name the tracks you use using a suitable audio converter. You can find a couple of these in the freeware library; either/or will do:

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/freeware/dir/54858/Download-Free-Audio-Converter-CS.htm

or

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/freeware/dir/53902/Download-Daniusoft-MP3-WAV-Converter.htm

or

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/freeware/dir/50186/Download-Free-MP3-WMA-WAV-Converter.htm

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

This is quite a nice, simple little arcade game. The bad guys come from the top, you shoot them and dodge their attacks, and collect powerups.

Starts off quite easy, but it gets rather difficult later - definitely worth a try.


Oh, it is a little buggy - sometimes the bad guys won't appear or something, leaving you unable to complete a round. You can usually fix this by blasting everything all around the corners of the map.

Reply   |   Comment by Arimith  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

Download seemed to work fine. However, after game over I got a failure notice and was prompted to re-install the game.

The gameplay was unlogical using: the arrowkeys and both mousebuttuons doesn't work. I got killed 3 times within 10 seconds and I blaim the gameplay not myself ;)

Two thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by Wouter  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Downloaded, unzipped, no shortcuts.
Game is ok.
Yes they are too brave to develop such games lol :)

Reply   |   Comment by Tornado  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

uhh...

well not worth the download...

easy...

kinda cludgy (you are stuck in one spot and have 2 weapons)...

way to easy and not worth more than 5 minutes of your time...

Reply   |   Comment by antonio  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

WOW...huge download, 52 meg. I have good downlod speeds so only took about a minute. Grapics are really nice, I liked them. Sound is ok, it didn't bother me after 10 minutes like most the games on here do.

Now, the importanat part, the game play. All I can say it reminds me of a hyped-up dwarf version of Galaga or Space Invaders or something like that. Same thing over and over. I love midevil based games, so I had high hopes for this one. I was tottaly let down. I was very boring.

Reply   |   Comment by Kados  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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