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Three Dirty Dwarves is a Beat 'em Up game released for the Sega Saturn and PC in 1996. It was published by SegaSoft and developed by Appaloosa Interactive. The lead animator for the cartoon cutscenes was Szórády Csaba, formerly of Pannonia Film Studio.

The actual plot of the game focuses on four genetically-altered children, Laura, Gregory, Billy, and Kyle, who are being held captive in a military genetics lab at WST (Weapons Systems Technology). Colonel Briggs, the Drill Sergeant Nasty in charge of the base, wants them to use their genius to create super soldiers. Instead, they've devised a plan of escape using a tabletop game they've created by combining Einstein's theory of relativity, superstring theory, and the laws of chance, creating a world within the game.

In it, their avatars, three Dwarves named Greg, Tatonic and Corthag, battle in Middle Earth to reach an inter-dimensional gateway that would send them to this world so they can save the kids. Briggs decides to have the kids separated from each other and the game, but not before they summon a portal in the game that sends its three heroes to Earth. Unfortunately, their enemies use the same portal and follow them to earth. The dwarves catch fire in Earth's orbit and end up in a sporting goods shop, where they believe they've been gifted with the weapons and armor they need to fend off their enemies and save the children from the genetics lab.


Three Dirty Dwarves game contains examples of:

  • The Gunslinger: Corthag.
  • Guttural Growler: Greg and Tatonic.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The intro shows an orc being sliced in half.
  • Made of Explodium: Enemies explode when you kill them.
  • Mine Cart Madness: The Trolley Ride level.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Greg has them in the animated cutscenes and the Japanese cover.
  • Nerd: One of the game's many enemies.
  • Off-Model: In the PC version, the video segments have Corthag with yellow skin at times.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the intro, once the dwarves reach the gate they've been looking for, none of them seem eager to go in. Once they see a legion of orcs storm in behind them, they quickly change their minds.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder:
    • Each of the dwarves are knocked out with one hit, but their buddies can knock them back on their feet again.
    • Averted in Hard mode: you start each level with a supply of white skulls, and you lose one every time a dwarf is hit. Lose all the skulls, and you'll have to restart the level even if you have a dwarf left.
  • Punny Name: Pit Bully, a boss who attacks with vicious dogs.
  • Rocketless Reentry: How the dwarves end up on earth. They catch on fire as they enter its orbit, necessitating a change in clothes.
  • Rule of Three: The three dwarves.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Out of the kids, Laura is the only girl in the group.
  • Scary Teeth: Briggs has nothing but sharp teeth, if you didn't know he was the villain already.
  • Sinister Shades: Briggs sports them.
  • Stomach of Holding: Corthag apparently holds the city map in his stomach, among other things. Greg has Tatonic pull it out by force.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: A beat-em-up with a hip-hop soundtrack that contains digitally altered screams of pain.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Colonel Briggs is credited as General Briggs in the credits and manual.
  • Trigger-Happy: Corthag.
  • The Unfought: Colonel Briggs. The Final Boss is Barney.
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