Dwarven Den – Challenging, New Puzzle Game That May Drive You Crazy! (Video)

Dwarven Den – The Mining Puzzle Game is a new, free arcade-style puzzle game that features loads of levels with a Candy Crush Saga type game map. In this game, you will need to find some fellow dwarves to unlock a forge to make new equipment, a market to buy and sell stuff, and a guild to play daily challenges.

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Backflip Studios, makers of the iconic iOS casual game Paper Toss, hits another home run with Dwarven Den. Dwarven Den – The Mining Puzzle Game is a fresh arcade puzzle game that will definitely keep you coming back for more. And if you think you are good at puzzles, Dwarven Den will give you a run for your money and may drive you CrAzY!

Dwarven Den Game Overview

This free iOS Universal puzzle game features a “Candy Crush Saga” style game map, currently with 80 total levels of gameplay. You play as a variety of dwarves tunneling through mines deeper and deeper underground.

Early on in the game you free trapped dwarf friends to unlock the forge, market, and guild features that enable new game functionality. The Forge lets you combine 2 items to make 1 better item. You can forge new pick/hammer tools, hats/helmets, and backpacks.

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The Market, once unlocked, allows you to buy new items with gold you earn in the game, or to sell extra items you find through mining. And after you unlock the Guild, you will be able to join and create your own Guild as well as play daily challenges to earn gold and gems.

Dwarven Den has 2 in game currencies, Gold and Gems. Gold is readily earned through mining and selling items as well as in-app purchases. However, Gems are a bit more scarce to come by. You get a generous portion of Gems with your initial free download of Dwarven Den, and you will find more sparingly as you mine your way through the 80 levels of gameplay. You may also purchase Gems through in-app purchase.

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The Guild is where you have the opportunity to participate in a group event, either as a Guild leader or Guild member. For example, there are 3 people in CrazyMikesapps guild (feel free to join this guild), and we as a whole have to earn 5 stars to earn 2 free Gems. Guild rewards are generated after a specific amount of time, and the more people in a Guild the bigger the rewards become.

The main function of Gold is to help you forge items, whereas Gems allow you to buy pre-level boosts, purchase new items in the market, as well as buy energy when you run out. This brings us to 2 of the most important items you will mine while playing this game. Each level has different types of minerals you will mine. You mine through 1 block of minerals at a time.

Puzzle Mining Game Dwarven Den iPad App Review

Some blocks only take 1 hit to mine through, while others can take up to 3 whacks before you get through a block. The block difficulty depends on your hammer/pick and mineral type. The 2 most important items you will mine in any level are blue crystals, which are called Tech; and red crystals, which are all important energy for your mining dwarves.

Each time your dwarf mines a block, there is an energy amount depleted. If your dwarf runs out of energy, he falls on his back and the level is over. You get 3 dwarf lives/hearts; once you lose a level you lose a heart/life, and if you run out of all 3 hearts you will have to wait for your 3 lives to replenish. You may also get extra energy from mining certain blocks, and may also depend on your mining tool.

Tech blocks provide “tech” to use bombs, traps (to trap monsters that provide energy), and torches. Without Tech crystals you cannot use these helps to get through the mine easier. Bombs blow up numerous blocks at a time as well as monsters. Torches light up an extended area because, as luck would have it, the mine is a bit smokey, which makes finding your way a bit tricky. And traps help you trap monsters to gain energy. One last thing, be careful not to collapse the mine – you will figure this out through continued gameplay.

Dwarven Den Puzzle Mining Game iPad App Review

Dwarven Den Gameplay

This game has the perfect mix of arcade, strategy, and puzzle gameplay. Each level has star chests, loot chests, gold, various types of mineral blocks and monsters. Yes, spiders and mummies to be exact as well as others. Of course, there are plenty of Tech and Energy crystals, but you will have to be sure to get enough energy to keep on mining or you croak and your game is over.

Basically, your life for each level depends on the path you mine. Literally, you have to get to the Energy crystals to keep on mining and the Tech crystals will help you use tools to complete levels easier and faster. Puzzles become increasingly more difficulty, but this is what makes this game so much fun. Instead of the cliche “addictive gameplay” I would say Dwarven Den has compelling gameplay that will make you want to keep on playing. F


Backflip Studios has done a fantastic job of balancing fun gameplay with a very reasonable in-app purchase model in this free-to-play iOS puzzle game. I got hooked pretty quick and you may too – so fair warning! This challenging puzzle game may drive you crazy, but if you’re up for the challenge, download this app for free using the download link below.

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About The Developer

Backflip Studios develops and publishes absurdly fun mobile games for iOS and Android devices. Our portfolio of top ranked games, which include hit franchises such as Paper Toss, DragonVale, NinJump, Ragdoll Blaster, and Army of Darkness Defense, have been downloaded over 300 million times and are played by more than 30 million active users per month. We were honored to have Apple recognize our DragonVale game as the #1 Top Grossing iPad app and the #4 Top Grossing iPhone app of 2012. Backflip Studios is hiring for several positions in Boulder, Colorado, where the company is based.

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About Michael Vallez

Michael Vallez - (CrazyMike) is the Founder of CrazyMikesapps.com. Mike is a regular guy who has a tech side, specifically a love for mobile apps and touch gaming. He is a retired cop, husband, father, and son. Current Devices: Galaxy Note 3, iPad Air, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX. Twitter - @MichaelVallez.