The latest title from DragonVale developer Backflip Studios, Dwarven Den, is scheduled to launch worldwide on iOS on May 1st, the studio announced today. Dwarven Den stars dwarves with hearty beards who must navigate through maze-like levels by mining through various types of blocks and figuring out environmental puzzles, all while collecting loot and avoiding hazards and monsters. Check out the official trailer.

Dwarven Den has been soft-launched in Canada since February, and our own Eli Hodapp even streamed that soft-launch version when we returned from GDC last month. Be sure to check out the video of that stream for more, as well as the thread in our forums for early impressions from other soft-launchers. And mark your calendars for May 1st when Dwarven Den hits App Stores worldwide for free.

  • Boris Nguetie

    oh god. that's it! i'm selling my ipad air to get a microsoft surface pro 2.

    • coolpepper43

      What? He can't ruin his life?
      /s

    • Design by Adrian

      You are selling your iPad because you don't like one piece of software?

      You don't HAVE to download this, you know...

  • coolpepper43

    I'm totally down with dwarfs!

  • CooleTeeps

    Looks like a good game but it looks freemium with currency IAPs.

    • Spaztika

      I've been playing the game for awhile now and the IAP aren't bad at all. The only thing that really bugs me is the timers on lives (you get 3 lives and I think it's 15 minutes to regain one), but I've never really hit a pay wall. My friends kid got me back into the game and it's seems they've added a whole bunch of social networking stuff, and guilds (it's cute, he wants to make one and have me join, haha) but that can all be ignored if you're not into that stuff.

      I did end up purchasing some IAP, but it was more to support the developers because this is a great game. :D I'm a sucker for looting and crafting!

    • Stormourner

      some people don't care about IAPs on freemium games

      • Spaztika

        Ahh, I was just mentioning it for people who are wary of freemium. Some may not give this game a chance because it's free and has IAP.

      • Stormourner

        I give freemium games a chance unlike some people. is a free game like Tunnel Tail a freemium game because of a free price? NOPE!!! because free games does mean freemium games. the people who doesn't like freemium games are more like the misers who refuse to buy priced games ;P

    • skeletonlord

      Why do people always worry about free games with IAP? Sometimes this is good. I personally like freemium games compared to a one purchase game, and then I buy the occasional in app purchase on the free game.

      This game looks cool, going to watch the game on that live stream and check the forums.

      • Hottar

        "Sometimes it is good"
        Yeah which means MOST of the time it isnt.
        I will still try this, as i do with most free games.