This War of Mine

Release Date: November 14, 2014

Developer: 11 bit studios

In war, not everyone is a soldier.



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In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, but rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city, struggling with a lack of food and medicine and facing constant danger from hostile scavengers and snipers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.

The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day, snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, one of your civilians can scavenge through a set locations for items that will help you stay alive.

The game challenges you to make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer-term survival. During war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival.

Mac ($16.99), PC ($19.99)

War Child

PC World, Kotaku, Venture Beat, Rock Paper Shotgun

Best of E3 2014, Best of Pax East 2014, The Game Awards nominee (Games for Change category)





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  1. 9
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    It’s a single player war survival game, looks like a 2d platform game, which sounds crap, but it’s not, this game is excellent. It splits into two parts, day (in your shelter, like playing The Sims) & night (out scavenging). There’s a lot to learn but I wouldn’t say it’s complicated, it balances complexity and gameplay extremely well. It’s easy to pick up and start playing as it’s well designed, the game mechanics are simple & most things are self explanatory. To survive however is not so easy, it feels like your balls are to the wall most of the time… but in a good way, it’s addictive. Each survivor has 5 main stats to keep an eye on – hunger, sickness, tiredness, injury, mood, all of them can lead to death!:/ I love the games overall look, location design & character animations, it sets a great atmosphere and is surprisingly immersive. Death is permanent, but another survivor usually comes looking for help later. They have useful (or maybe not) individual abilities & a special skill (e.g. trained in combat, good cook, fast runner etc). I started off desperate to survive, robbed the old & innocent (no I’m not proud), which ultimately lead me to killing…what do you do when you get caught robbing an elderly couple’s house, unintentionally kill the old man when he tried to defend his home, now his wife is crouched over his lifeless body crying & begging? This game does a nice job of testing your morals & playing with your conscience, in a good way, not like Hollywood, but the game lets you play it entirely how you want, you make all the decisions & handle the outcomes your way. I found helping others pays good dividends, so help anyone you can afford to. Now I’ve got to grips with the game, I can survive with only good morals, which is harder but more rewarding. It has good replay value, as it changes settings (e.g. locations, survivors etc) for each game, making them different. Great game if you like to chill & play & think, hours will disappear.

  2. 8
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    Excellent game for those ready to test the limit of their morality, anxiety and survival skills.

    How do survivors cope with the atrocities of warfare, how do they overcome their anguish of death and fear of their ennemies and neighbors? This game gives a small grasp of this tension.

    While survival skills, stealth, and ressource-management will be very useful throughout this game, its really more of an atmospheric game, one that spikes up your stress meter and that will make you question every decision you make.

    The game might seems hard at first, without a proper tutorial or easy mode but war doesn’t come with any of those either. And its a keen way of putting the gamer in the shoes of a civilian undergoing the horrors of civil war.

    Although generated randomly, events, choices and explorations came to be a bit repetetive at some point. Also, possible actions were quite limited and you would only have to cope with the outcomes of the consequences of your decisions, not live through it.

    Anyhow, this is a very unique game that redefines the war game genre.

  3. 8
    Screechy F. Baby
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    I would have to say this is a very great game…I liked the story with the gameplay and graphics for it being a Clicker type game. There were many situations the game brings to you on a almost daily with the other refugees knocking and asking/or offering help in the way people would during times of war like in this story in "This War of Mine". It kinda helps some get a idea of what it would and can be like in times of war.

    But what i did notice with this game is that most of the players to use have such small inventory’s. All but one. Only one able to carry 17 slots i think it was. most of them are 10 n 12 slots. But i felt like the way the A.I. was setting the game and not having enough space to salvage made it nearly impossible to survive. Unless that was the goal, then kudo’s. But if not, then I think if there was a way to expand your backpack or make one thats bigger or some nature of that would have been nice.

    With all this said, that is why this game didn’t get a 10 but a 8 instead.

    I would like to thank the whole crew/team that made this game "This War of Mine". I have played over more than 6 to 7 months of this game and I hope to see more games like it and beyond.


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