Easy to play
Not much variety
The Angry Drunken Dwarves, that is the name of this particular game. But I am wondering why are these dwarves angry? It never really is explained in the game, or on the homepage, as to why this is. But apparently, when dwarves are angry and want to settle something between themselves, they play a puzzle game just like Super Puzzle Fighter. Well you learn something every day. Even about dwarves it seems! Anyways, that is the basic premise of this particular game in which you challenge different dwarves to this type of puzzle game and hope to be victorious. It is an interesting premise that could have been expanded with some more game modes and perhaps the ability to tweak more options.
There is no story mode as such, to speak of in this game. There are two modes which you can choose from: The Dwarf vs. Dwarf mode is where you can challenge a friend mano a mano, to see whom among you will emerge as the winner, and all the bragging rights associated with such a position. There is also the Arcade mode, which is essentially a single player non story mode, where you pick whichever dwarf character you wish to be and challenge the other seven dwarves in a best out of three match.
This particular puzzle game plays like Super Puzzle Fighter, which draws upon the ideas of Columns as well. There are sets of two colour blocks that emerge from the top of the screen, and you can rotate them and place them on your screen. Now unlike Columns, where your objective was to form a minimum combination of three of the same colours in order to remove the coloured blocks from the playing field, this is not the case in Angry Drunken Dwarves. In order to remove the coloured blocks from your screen, you will have to match up the coloured blocks with a crash gem. Crash gems will also come down from the top of the screen in different colours and using the crash gem, you can eliminate blocks from your screen and drop them on your opponents screen. The more coloured blocks that is eliminated from your screen, the more garbage that is dumped on your opponents screen. The other aspect of the game that is also different involves each dwarfs counter gems, these are the gems you notice that surround each dwarf on the character selection screen and as you are creating combos, these counter gems will be dropped on your opponent. Small combos create small parts of the counter, while bigger combos creates more parts of the counter gems, choose wisely your character for their counter gem selection may in fact do more harm than good.
Although I went into detail about the game, it actually is quite easy to pick up and play. Just remember that the crash gems are necessary to eliminate the coloured blocks, and you are set. Playing against a friend also is handy to learn how to act quickly and how to make large-scale combos that you can use against the computer, which is how I learned by playing Super Puzzle Fighter back in the day.
The music and sound effects in the game are okay, nothing special and unfortunately, there is only one music track in the entire game, which is disappointing. The sound effects though are all right and fit with the game.
There is not a ton of variety in the beginning of the game, and it would have been great if there could have been more options to tweak the game, or perhaps different modes right from the start of the game. There is the opportunity to unlock more features, but the computer AI is quite tough after a few matches and begins to execute combos faster and faster, and it can get overwhelming.
The game is still fun nevertheless, and the fact that it used the Super Puzzle Fighter model for this puzzle game is a big plus. This is a welcome addition that is not seen often in freeware puzzle games; hopefully more of them will use this template, as it is just as good if executed properly as the Tetris attack template.
If you are looking for a different sort of puzzle game, then check out Angry Drunken Dwarves. It may not have many options, but it does allow for two-player multiplayer, which is quite entertaining compared to the single player mode.
Review by: DeathDude
Safe for all ages