I have this vague memory of a really fun or at least it was back then game where you managed a small group of gnomes/dwarves and maybe other creatures? and they'd scavenge the forest for mushrooms and berries I think.
They'd also work in mines and produce gold and advance their little settlement.
This was before 2010 but when exactly I don't know, some time between 2004 and 2007 is the most specific timeframe I can recall.
It was 3D AFAIK with cartoonish graphics and I think I was playing the demo version of it back then, but it was pretty fun and I've been trying to know its name by trying all types of search queries on search engines and going through old game archives but that's almost impossible to achieve in one's lifetime..

So I'd be glad if anybody had any suggestions for what that game may be!
Here's a lil sth, but I'd give my left toe right toe might be a bonus for speed for anyone who tells me what that game was!

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Should I just let this game go?

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seems interesting tbh!
But I don't think this it, the game I have in mind was sorta top down could've been isometric

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Well, just thought it might fit the description. Don't be fooled by Steam release date. The game was originally released in 2002.

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Maybe The Nations.

I recommend that you follow the community of the game indicated by the hbarkas btw. It looks like the description you made and it is very likely that someone in the group will share screenshots or comment on the game you are looking for (at least I've seen it happen in some other communities, with players commenting or sharing old games in the same style).

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The Nations seems promising! I'm gonna look into it a bit more to see if it's the one.

yeah followed and wishlisted, it's quite similar except for the camera POV and the overall atmosphere, that's why I don't think Diggles is the game.

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What system did you play it on, do you remember? PC? Or was it a console game?

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PC for sure

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If you can describe it in a bit more detail you'll have more chance of finding it. What kind of viewpoint was it? What artstyle was it? As in, was the camera side-on in a 2D management style game? Was it vaguely like Terraria? Was it turn based and isometric? Was it full 3D and RTS-like? Were there any noteworthy little cutscenes or character designs that stood out? etc

Without any other details, the only thing that comes to mind is Gnomoria, but while I own it, I haven't pulled it out of my backlog yet.

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The POV was top-down/isometric, not like Terraria nor turn-based but more like The Nations and Settlers 2 which were mentioned here earlier.
Don't think it was full 3D though and maybe RTS-like.

nah Gnomoria isn't it, too bare bones style-wise

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If you use Reddit, ask on https://www.reddit.com/r/tipofmytongue/ as well for more help.

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That one helps for sure, but there's also the one dedicated to games https://www.reddit.com/r/tipofmyjoystick/.

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All I can really think of is one of the Populus or Settlers games.

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This one is quite close but still watching videos for it

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Where is eldar4k when you need him? He was able to help me instantly when I had a similar question (although, admittedly, yours is a lot older game).

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Craft the World - too new
Dwarf Fortress - not cartoony
Brave Dwarves? (2001) ​
Brave Dwarves 2 (2002)​ (I see mushrooms and berries - and up down levels)
Brave Dwarves 2 Gold (2003)

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Have no idea tbh, besides games that people already suggested

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happy cakeday! :)

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Lemmings?

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Could it be one of the Northern Tale games? They are technically Vikings but the storybook art style makes them look very dwarven.

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Your description made me think of Warcraft III...

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Can see the similarities but it wasn't as battle-oriented as Warcraft

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What was it that you were supposed to do in this game? Was it a god game?

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You could say it was survival-like, start up small and gather resources then maintain it to keep growing.
Don't think it was a god game though, like no special powers for the player over the characters other than management

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Settlers?

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Maybe Cultures: Discovery of Vinland...it's similar to The Settlers and The Nations.

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That's probably the closest with the camera feel and all that but still not sure
gonna have to further research all top candidates

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nah waaay off style-wise.
Great game though, 100%d it after winning it here

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maybe it was Gruntz?

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it looks like it in some screenshot but I'm sure it didn't have dragons nor giants.
still, added to backlog of games to try out!

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