We have had many war games over the years with most being great, so to create something unique is a challenge. Her we have This War of Mine from 11 Bit Studios. Unlike other war titles that the main character is a solider, here we have a civilian group struggling to survive. This is only a pre-beta version, so it is restricted to just 12 days play and many characters and locations won’t be unveiled.
Developer: 11 Bit Studios
Publisher: 11 Bit Launchpad
Genre: Adventure, Indie, Simulation
Release Date: Coming Soon
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.7 Ghz / AMD Equivalent
VGA: Geforce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5770
RAM: 4 GB
HDD: 500 Mb
Thanks to the publisher for the review code
This War of Mine is a survival game with a whole new perspective on the genre. Instead of being a grab a gun and shoot a couple of enemies as a soldier you, you take control of a group of everyday people trying to survive in their war-torn city. The game is a 2D side-scroller, much like the old 8-bit game, Little Computer People and you start in a house with other people. The walls are missing and you get to see what all the occupants are doing. It is your job to take charge and direct the members to find supplies and craft enough tools to make this task easier.
The actually gameplay is procedurally generated and split into day and night patterns. The day time you use to craft your items you need, dig through all the rubble to find new materials and supplies or just to beef up your defences. The first day is pretty much boring and you find nothing of fun. You also find that you have no food and no tools, so the group moans about being hungry and hands are sore from digging. At night is when you actually do the fun stuff like scavenge and hunt. Like the day, the first night is difficult to survive as you only have your fists with no weapons yet, so stealth is more the logical cause of action so that you live to see the next day.
The controls scheme of the game is similar to controlling a character in EA’s The Sims. You click on which of the survivors you want to move to activate them and then you select a point on the screen to move to. When you come to objects like doors you simply click the little symbol and your character will perform that action. The visuals are unique as it is a simple colour scheme consisting of black and white. This adds an atmospheric feel that it gives a strong sense of a gloomy, post-apocalyptic environment you are surviving in.
This might be only a pre-beta version, but 11 Bit Studios are really on to something with This War of Mine. While it might not be to everyone tastes, but if you like action, adventure games with a point-and-click feel to them then this is for you. The only disappointing thing is that I could only play twelve days in the game and had restricted access to areas and characters. I can’t wait to see a more complete version to see if this will live to high standard of this preview build.