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  • Summary: In This War of Mine, the focus is shifted away from military operations portrayed in most games. Instead, it is a dark survival game where players control a group of civilians trying to stay alive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offeringIn This War of Mine, the focus is shifted away from military operations portrayed in most games. Instead, it is a dark survival game where players control a group of civilians trying to stay alive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offering players time to craft, trade, upgrade their shelter, feed and cure their people. At night they must scavenge nearby areas in search for food, medicines, weapons and other useful items. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. Aug 17, 2015
    100
    In my view, a good game entertains, while a great game creates a lasting impression of being entertained. This War of Mine goes beyond that by also impacting how I feel about certain decisions within the game and causing self-reflection. It goes without saying that such emotions would not be possible without the game actually being good to start with.
  2. Jul 14, 2015
    90
    A harrowing and often tragic exploration of life in a war. This is a must buy.
  3. Jul 15, 2015
    90
    This War of Mine isn’t exactly “fun,” but it’s definitely a game worth playing.
  4. 90
    This War Of Mine plays well, is challenging, and is a very good game. It just also happens to be a very good piece of art.
  5. Jul 29, 2015
    90
    Intense, challenging and well designed. This War of Mine show us the raw and frustating side of the war from the point of view of the survivals; a real roller coaster of feelings, decisions and gameplay mechanics well chosen to create a great experience in a game of survival and resource management.
  6. Jul 24, 2015
    88
    This War of Mine represents the living proof that it is possible to make an intelligent depiction of war without necessarily compromising the entertainment value or the mechanics involved in a good game.
  7. CD-Action
    Oct 17, 2015
    80
    I just have one doubt regarding the iOS version of This War of Mine. Depressing struggle of civilians for survival is not a great fit for a mobile game that you’re gonna play in little chunks while commuting. [10/2015, p.75]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Dec 1, 2015
    10
    Disturbing game about civilians trapped in a war-torn city. As a survival game, it's the best of its kind.

    You will struggle to stay alive.
    Disturbing game about civilians trapped in a war-torn city. As a survival game, it's the best of its kind.

    You will struggle to stay alive. You'll struggle to survive without hurting others. Kill and rob and your people will become depressed and need to help each other cope with what they've done. Drink, and your people will become drunk and hungover the next day, performing worse but helping them cope with their situation. Make cages to catch rats for food, catch rain water and filter it, break into houses and raid their fridge, use alcohol to treat wounds, read books and smoke cigarettes to improve your mood, and overall, suffer.

    It's a very bleak look at war from a civilian's perspective, and it does it beautifully in its own dark way. It's refreshing to see a game that does the opposite of glorifying war and combat.

    ... and most importantly, the game play is deep and very fun, but not easy in the slightest! If you can stomach the dark atmosphere and enjoy survival games, you have to check it out.
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  2. Mar 31, 2018
    9
    One of the most interesting game on ios in my opinion, great atmosphere, easy to understand how to play. The only bad thing is that it mayOne of the most interesting game on ios in my opinion, great atmosphere, easy to understand how to play. The only bad thing is that it may seems to be quite boring in the beginning Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2015
    7
    This War of Mine has a fantastic aesthetic, telling a bleak story in a beautiful way. But it's hard, both mechanically and emotionally. BraceThis War of Mine has a fantastic aesthetic, telling a bleak story in a beautiful way. But it's hard, both mechanically and emotionally. Brace yourself. Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2015
    7
    An intriguing survival game that was compelling enough to maintain my interest for a good while, though its depiction of war and gameplayAn intriguing survival game that was compelling enough to maintain my interest for a good while, though its depiction of war and gameplay mechanics could do with a little more depth and complexity. This War of Mine didn't quite tug the emotional strings as the game was intended to, at least for me anyway. The game has a beautiful art style and good sound design, but doesn't run particularly well on iOS. There is a delay in touch responses, and low framerates are sometimes quIte jarring. I think the game could be better if there was greater variation in scenarios, events, and dialogue between survivors as well.

    Overall rating - 7.4/10
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  5. Jan 27, 2016
    0
    They break the game, dont respond to community, leave game broken. The balance is completely broken, so be prepared for long, tedious andThey break the game, dont respond to community, leave game broken. The balance is completely broken, so be prepared for long, tedious and frustrating game play! Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2015
    0
    Total bore: people just moan and act depressed. No story, no objectives. Random people knock at the door. Scavenging during the night isTotal bore: people just moan and act depressed. No story, no objectives. Random people knock at the door. Scavenging during the night is impossible in a real war zone. Waste of money. Expand

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