We're pretty huge fans of everything Backflip Studios does, as they're very consistent in releasing fun games that in the case of Paper Toss [Free] or Strike Knight [Free] are straight up free with ads. Alternatively, more "traditional" free to play titles of theirs like DragonVale [Free] are fun without feeling like they're dripping in gross monetization around every turn. We posted last week that their latest title, Dwarven Den will be launching this Thursday, and this morning they released a launch trailer for the game:

I spent a considerable amount of time with the soft launched version of the game, which you can see below. Barring any significant changes to the game, or how you pay for it, Dwarven Den seems worth getting excited for:

Stay tuned for this Thursday when the game launches, and if you want to follow along with people who have been playing the Canadian release, swing by our forums.

  • speedyph
    • Spaztika

      Speedyph needs to write articles for TA. :D They would just be one liners like this and all the top games in the App Store would quote his amazing reviews in the descriptions for their games.

  • bcredonk

    I hit a paywall pretty hard while I was playing the soft launch of this, it is fun though!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      How far in? I played for about 45 min in the above video and didn't hit any kind of stopping points, but it did feel like I still was kind of in the tutorial-y section.

      • christopherrocs

        Yea when I felt I hit it but it was still tutorial, I'm on level like 14 right now and loving this game

      • torosama

        Is say I'm pretty far down, into the 3rd lvl and have yet to hit any kind of pay wall. Seriously enjoying this game. I even got a dragon hammer from a guild event and that thing is awesome. What pay walls? Seriously just farm gold on lvls with a lot and use the rune axe that doubles gold. Then use that to forge the constant stream of items you get from chests.

      • torosama

        Of note, my guild is just me..... Haha! No help getting the hammer just me and 15 minutes of work.

      • Spaztika

        Same here, I haven't hit a pay wall. I just farm my gold and upgrade as much as possible. That dragon hammer is amazing!

        If you plan your digging carefully you should be fine. I rarely have issues with energy now unless I'm whacking away at dirt and stone that I don't need to hit.

      • bcredonk

        Close to where there are a lot of mummies and cave ins? I think it was the second section of levels. I definitely got some good play in first though

      • torosama

        Well I am past that with the mummies that shoot fireballs and I rarely get cave ins but that could be because of the dragon hammer.

      • bcredonk

        Yeah I was getting a lot of cave ins and ran out of energy

      • torosama

        Well the dragon hammer I got from the guild event has a 50% smash rate. Smash blows up 4 blocks in a plus shape in front if you. It doesn't increase your cave-in potential and you save a ton not having to use bombs. This weapon/item is awesome. Also if you are having troubles with cave-ins farm gold and either upgrade the weapon/digfer or forge a better one. There's a bit of farming but once you get rune axe it is smooth sailing with double gold.

      • bcredonk

        Yeah I was playing it when there wasn't a guild system yet I think, definitely easy ways around it now. Thanks for the tip

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I still think that's pretty damn good for a free game. That's what, an hour of play before the game makes you wait or pay up? Maybe more? I feel like if you power through the game in an hour and hit a pay wall you've got a pretty good idea of whether or not you like the game and want to spend some money on it.

      • torosama

        I have yet to die more than once requiring me to wait. Usually if I see I'm having difficulty with something I go back to a previous lvl and do it a couple times for gold so I can forge. As you get further you can upgrade an item you like. Example, I got this hammer that was decent, upgrade was like 500gold and changes it's power from 17 to 37. Or something like that. However this dragon hammer blows everything else I have used, out of the water.

        So you can forge new or upgrade current. I have a feeling I'll try and upgrade this dragon hammer for 1100 gold. That would be maybe an hour of farming.

      • http://animaltrackers.wordpress.com/ DAiv Games

        That sounds fair. As a developer, it can be a fine line between offering enough for free and earning enough money to pay the bills.

      • bcredonk

        Yeah I would agree. The ship battler they soft launched was pretty cool too, I didn't get as far in that one though

    • Stormourner

      just break the paywall XD

  • Zeillusion

    Will be giving my money away on this one, so excited for this one! Looks damn great.