Shy Dwarf (Plachy Trpaslik)


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GrimmrookshydwarfWhat we don't know about Shy Dwarf (Plachy Trpaslik in Czech), a strange new platformer from Jaromir Plachy of Amanita Design, could fill a book. Maybe three.

What we do know is that Shy Dwarf is a gorgeously animated little adventure where you play as a little black blob with a jaunty red hat. We would like to take it for granted that this little black blob is in fact the eponymous Shy Dwarf, but that might be over reaching just a little. Using the arrow keys you must negotiate surreal landscape after surreal landscape to reach your goal. What that goal is... well, you'll have to figure that out on your own.

Mixed in with the platforming is a light bit of puzzling. No single level is as simple as run and jump; little twists will be thrown your way from a bunch of different copies of you appearing out of nowhere to exits that are not readily obvious at first blush. Still, despite the highly abstract material and modest puzzle elements, it shouldn't take you too terribly long to reach Shy Dwarf's end.

Aside from the abstract nature which may turn off some, the only real drawback is that the actual controls can be a little clunky. Jumping feels just a touch clumsy and in one of the later on levels where the control scheme changes a bit, control is decidedly not as smooth as it could be.

In the end, Shy Dwarf is something of an enigma. Fun, short, and completely baffling. We're not sure exactly what it all means, or if it's supposed to mean anything at all. Whatever the case, we couldn't resist its unmistakable charm. Besides, sometimes it's fun to be totally confused.

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Walkthrough Guide


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This game is weird and short.

Walkthrough:

Click "hra play jogo".

Jump up to touch the "hra play jogo" button.

Jump on each block from darkest to lightest. As you land, more words appears. After landing on the last on, another block will appear with the words "vstup enter bejarat" after a few seconds. Jump on it.

When you fall on the platform, move left and right to scare away the flies. Another platform will pop up next to it. Jump on this on and a third will pop up. Jump again and wait a second. A fly will appear in the upper right corner. Jump back to the left-most platform and then jump towards the fly as it passes over head. Watc the cut-scene of you flying on the fly's back.

After the fly hits the block, you land on a new screen. Jump on the nearest block and another will appear. Jump again, and yet another one appears. Jumping on this one causes a bunch of green hat "dwarves" to fall from the sky, they follow your movements but move faster than you do. All the dwarves jumping and moving at the same time can be confusing. Drop down to the 2nd platform before jumping to the exit. You can also clear the screen of other dwarves by moving left and right along the bottom platform and letting them fall off.

Move left or right until the walls start closing in on you, then drop down the opening to exit.

Move right to squeeze into the small tunnel. When you get to the locked door, go up.

Move to the left to find the first of three disappearing/reappearing platforms. Jump from one to the next to get the key, then get to the exit.

Continue to the right through the now opened door and more narrow tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, jump up near the exit text. A teleporter will lower from the sky. Stand directly under it as indicated by the arrows.

Jump from leaf to leaf till you get to the last one. They fall off as you land on them, so move quickly. The last one doesn't fall. Wait a bit for the bubbles to appears. You can either jump to catch one, or wait for one to touch you. Watch the cut scene of you and your bubble entering the buys guy's ear.

You control the bubble with left, right, and up arrow keys. Avoid the obstacles and make your way the the end.

Watch the final cut-scene.

27 Comments

Tracian June 15, 2009 1:46 PM

Uh... Did anybody try to interact with Dwarf God?

(meaning: I didn't.)

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John Boy Walton June 15, 2009 1:49 PM

Amazing.

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I didn't either

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drakono June 15, 2009 1:59 PM

In the tunnels, he looks like Mr. Hanky.

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This game is weird and short.

Walkthrough:

Click "hra play jogo".

Jump up to touch the "hra play jogo" button.

Jump on each block from darkest to lightest. As you land, more words appears. After landing on the last on, another block will appear with the words "vstup enter bejarat" after a few seconds. Jump on it.

When you fall on the platform, move left and right to scare away the flies. Another platform will pop up next to it. Jump on this on and a third will pop up. Jump again and wait a second. A fly will appear in the upper right corner. Jump back to the left-most platform and then jump towards the fly as it passes over head. Watc the cut-scene of you flying on the fly's back.

After the fly hits the block, you land on a new screen. Jump on the nearest block and another will appear. Jump again, and yet another one appears. Jumping on this one causes a bunch of green hat "dwarves" to fall from the sky, they follow your movements but move faster than you do. All the dwarves jumping and moving at the same time can be confusing. Drop down to the 2nd platform before jumping to the exit. You can also clear the screen of other dwarves by moving left and right along the bottom platform and letting them fall off.

Move left or right until the walls start closing in on you, then drop down the opening to exit.

Move right to squeeze into the small tunnel. When you get to the locked door, go up.

Move to the left to find the first of three disappearing/reappearing platforms. Jump from one to the next to get the key, then get to the exit.

Continue to the right through the now opened door and more narrow tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, jump up near the exit text. A teleporter will lower from the sky. Stand directly under it as indicated by the arrows.

Jump from leaf to leaf till you get to the last one. They fall off as you land on them, so move quickly. The last one doesn't fall. Wait a bit for the bubbles to appears. You can either jump to catch one, or wait for one to touch you. Watch the cut scene of you and your bubble entering the buys guy's ear.

You control the bubble with left, right, and up arrow keys. Avoid the obstacles and make your way the the end.

Watch the final cut-scene.

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Oh, Shy Dwarf. I don't understand you, but I love your featureless little smudge of a face.

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Joachim June 15, 2009 2:24 PM

Cute.. albeit short little game.

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I did try to interact with the Big Dwarf --

I fell right through his cloud. So I don't think you can interact with him.

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Cute, stylish and short. Leaves you wanting more.

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That was a pretty fun little diversion. Still, all I can really say about it is, "What the...?"

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Dr. Worm June 15, 2009 4:52 PM

That was cool.

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Yes ...so cute and short and sweet and adorable

I like surreal
I like tinkly little bells
big comfy cup of tea

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Fuzzyevil June 15, 2009 5:20 PM

I could've sworn there was a review for Crane Wars here 3 seconds ago....

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Anonymous June 15, 2009 5:22 PM

nice while you are on a coffee break. :-)

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Very nice game - especially considering that this appears to be the first game attempt from Jaromir. I checked out his site, and the animations listed there are done in an equally abstract, creative way.

Interesting to note that Amanita lists this game under Links rather than in the Games section, where every other game is listed on the site.

Regardless, I hope there will be more of these unique diversions. I take a short but unique game over a long unimaginative spin-off anytime! :)

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canadian koala June 16, 2009 6:27 AM

That was a wonderful game to start my day. I love the sounds and bells :)

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Interesting, especially as it's from the Amanita Design stables although despite it being interesting and a refreshing slant on games (which it did very successfuly) I thought the movement mechanics really rather obtuse and detracted away from it all.

Am I being too critical?

Yes, actually, underneath it all it's a lovely little game.

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This makes me miss the Czech Republic. Dobrý den!

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blockhose June 16, 2009 7:49 PM

Cute game, but too short.

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Quite fun. I have no idea what it was about, but I think trying to figure it out would be missing the point.

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Amused Gamer June 17, 2009 1:17 AM

Anyone who is familiar with Amanita Muscaria understands exactly why this game is so bizarre. =)

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amanita design is the best. I'm really looking forward to this.

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Unusual, offbeat and charming.

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A strange game that just goes to show... After passing through all the obstacles in life, the end goal is simply to relax and enjoy it.

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TheMusicGirl November 25, 2009 1:17 PM

V2Blast had a very nice way of putting it. Such a strange little game, and so simple, it must be for the pleasure of relaxation. Unless you can't stand the sound of those little bells.

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AWESOME ART! wouldn't have minded a longer gameplay though or some twist in the end in form of a cut scene

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Ritulia May 30, 2010 10:15 PM

Very sweet. And really a pity that it's so short...

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