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Dorfromantik gets controller upgrades for the Steam Deck

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Dorfromantik is a ridiculously popular peaceful building strategy and puzzle game and now it should work a little better on the Steam Deck. With an Overwhelmingly Positive user score on Steam, seems it's one not to miss.

Along with a bunch of other improvements, the controls have been ported over to gamepads specifically for the Steam Deck. It's not quite finished, with multiple parts needing improvements but the remaining parts the developer said can be used with the touchscreen for now. They have plans to upgrade it further in future to ensure great gamepad support but that will come after the main launch "this spring".

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What Dorfromantik offers

  • Building endless and beautiful landscapes
  • Unique mix of strategy and puzzle mechanics
  • Relaxing and calming gameplay
  • Idyllic village scenery
  • Strategic placement to beat the highscore
  • High replay value - every session is different
  • Many unlockable tiles and biomes
  • Original Artstyle with handpainted boardgame feel
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Jpxe Mar 7, 2022
This seems like a great game to play when you have a bad day and want to improve your mood.


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scaine Mar 7, 2022
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This looks really, really like Islanders - which is a good thing. Think I actually prefer this approach, where the tiles dictate placement, instead of trying to position stuff to pixel-perfect precision for maximum effect.
Nezchan Mar 7, 2022
Hopefully they'll release an actual Linux version soon. The original version on itch had native support, and as far as I'm aware there hasn't been any big changes to the engine.
scaine Mar 7, 2022
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Quoting: NezchanHopefully they'll release an actual Linux version soon. The original version on itch had native support, and as far as I'm aware there hasn't been any big changes to the engine.

I don't think so - the Prototype is still available on Itch, but is Windows-only and appears to have been so since its inception (there are several comments asking for both Linux and Mac versions there). The GOG version is also Windows only.
STiAT Mar 7, 2022
Ohj that's a cute one. Didn't know it. I'll buy that in the evening.
mircalla Mar 7, 2022
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Quoting: scaineThis looks really, really like Islanders - which is a good thing. Think I actually prefer this approach, where the tiles dictate placement, instead of trying to position stuff to pixel-perfect precision for maximum effect.
A little bit that, a little more Carcassonne (the board game). I liked Islanders well enough but Dorfromantik and Slipways are the chill placement strategy games I keep going back to.
Nezchan Mar 7, 2022
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Quoting: NezchanHopefully they'll release an actual Linux version soon. The original version on itch had native support, and as far as I'm aware there hasn't been any big changes to the engine.

I don't think so - the Prototype is still available on Itch, but is Windows-only and appears to have been so since its inception (there are several comments asking for both Linux and Mac versions there). The GOG version is also Windows only.

Used to be native on Itch, so idk what happened since. When I played it, the game still had a native port and I got it on Steam without checking to see if that was Linux too.
flesk Mar 7, 2022
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According to a Wayback Machine snapshot from 2021-02-02, the Linux version on Itch was untested, which might explain why they decided against releasing it on Steam. If they release a native Linux version in the future though, I'll buy it.
scaine Mar 7, 2022
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Quoting: fleskAccording to a Wayback Machine snapshot from 2021-02-02, the Linux version on Itch was untested, which might explain why they decided against releasing it on Steam. If they release a native Linux version in the future though, I'll buy it.

And of course, there's Liam (), commenting that he tried the untested build and the only issue was the codec used for videos in-game. Shame the dev decided to push on single platform. Hopefully, they'll bite the bullet, although I suppose with recent comments stating that it works okay with Proton, they might just not bother - the argument against Proton that's been made by some.
Philadelphus Mar 8, 2022
Quoting: scaineThis looks really, really like Islanders - which is a good thing. Think I actually prefer this approach, where the tiles dictate placement, instead of trying to position stuff to pixel-perfect precision for maximum effect.
Having played both, you're not wrong. Dorfromantik is definitely its own thing, though, with the unlimited tile placement on an infinite canvas vs. constrained "levels" (islands) where the challenge lies in packing ever-more things in.
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