I'll admit that I'm probably not as hardcore as I would like to be when it comes to my gaming. For example, I still can't complete a full session of IVAN, something I will have to confess has less to do with its learning curve and more to do with the fact that it, metaphorically speaking, has a face only a mother could love. Dwarf Fortress has also been kind of like that for me; one of those games I'd like to play but can't quite wrap my taste for aesthetics around.

Thankfully, it looks like French Rice Games has a solution for people like me. Survivors of Ragnarok is, essentially, a side-scrolling city-building simulation inspired by the titular Dwarf Fortress. Just like in Dwarf Fortress, players will be able to take charge of a contingent of dwarves and work to ensure their continued health. According to their blog, the developers are trying hard to instill the essence of Dwarf Fortress into a more accessible, vibrant-looking game.So far, they seem to be doing a pretty spiffy job. Unconvinced? Why not give their alpha build a quick spin to see whether they're capable of delivering on their promises?

You can download their alpha build from IndieDB here.