If games like Brave Dwarves 2 are any indication, the Mario Brothers tradition is still going strong. In this family-friendly scroller, you guide an intrepid dwarf adventurer through a moonlit fairy-tale world. Along the way, you collect artifacts and treasure and fend off bees, ghosts, and bats. The gameplay is competent (if a bit on the easy side), but the detailed graphics and charming soundtrack really stand out, evoking a cozy, magical atmosphere. The controls are fully configurable and you can use a gamepad. However, don't expect to finish even the one-provided level. The demo has a 15-minute time limit, and the game frequently interrupts, asking whether you want to buy the registered version. Think of this as a teaser. The $15 registration fee is reasonable, and as an introduction to the world of fantasy-arcade gaming, Brave Dwarves 2 is an excellent choice.
What's new in version 1.32
ReleaseNovember 9, 2008
Date AddedDecember 3, 2002
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Your ingenuity and dwarf courage will make this quest easy. It will give you and your friends many amazing hours. Features of the full version include: 12 artifacts, 12 unique weapons, more than 20 enemies, six screens for six episodes (654) and more than 10 full-fledged music themes.