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  • Summary: Take to the battlefield with Wargroove, a strategy game for up to 4 players. Choose your Commander and wage turn-based war on battling factions. Design and share maps, cut-scenes and campaigns with easy-to-use editors and in-depth customization tools.

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Nintendo Switch Indie Highlights - January 2019
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Feb 27, 2019
    91
    Wargroove is one of the most charming, polished, and enjoyable turn-based strategy games ever made.
  2. 90
    If you’ve been itching for something suitable to return to after waiting for a new, addictive strategy RPG in the past, you absolutely must get your hands on Chucklefish’s latest. Despite its strict adherence to classic mechanics, it’s a brilliant overall package that has just about everything you could want out of a spiritual successor to your favorite tactical RPG. It’s perfect for on-the-go play on Switch and feels right at home on PC. If you’re not convinced yet, we’re not sure you’re a true strategy RPG fan anyway.
  3. Feb 22, 2019
    90
    With impressive tactical depth, a challenging campaign, an excellent multiplayer suite and an outrageously deep set of tools for user-generated content, Wargroove is one of the games of 2019 and is well worth a look - doubly so for Advance Wars veterans.
  4. Feb 8, 2019
    82
    Wargroove knows how to entice the player with a cute pixel art style, loveable characters, well written dialogue and a strategy experience that will satisfy newcomers as well as seasoned veterans. The story is simple, yet enjoyable ,and the editor - in which you can design you’re own campaigns –, whilst extensive, could be more enhanced on a technical level. A charming Indie-Strategy-Game that leaves room for improvement, but still manages to be a lot of fun.
  5. Mar 25, 2019
    82
    A well-crafted strategy RPG just like the Advance Wars series.
  6. Feb 20, 2019
    80
    Wargroove might not surprise, but it does a good job in reviving and refreshing a classic genre. If you’re curious about strategy games, this one has all the answers.
  7. Jan 30, 2019
    60
    Chucklefish's strategy tribute does nothing worse than Advance Wars, and little better - instead, it’s exactly what it needs to be to spiritually succeed. It’s small, in both character models and design ambition, but it’s probably going to be massive. Despicable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Feb 2, 2019
    9
    Finally a game where I can live my nostalgic childhood of games like Fire Emblem and Advance Wars. On top of the fact that maps can be createdFinally a game where I can live my nostalgic childhood of games like Fire Emblem and Advance Wars. On top of the fact that maps can be created and shared across PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. This game is also on PS4, but because of Sony's ruling, you cannot cross-play between the other consoles if you own it on that platform.

    GAME PLAY

    The game play is spectacular. It plays like Advance Wars but with a few differences. For example, instead of your commander issuing commands in the background, they actually fight with you on the battlefield and are pretty OP at that. You have to be careful though, if your commander dies, you lose. The map creator allows you to create skirmishes, campaigns, puzzle maps, and scenarios. Unlike other campaign editors, though, this game allows you to create your own cut scenes.

    SOUND

    The music is pretty good. I find myself repeating the melodies throughout battle.

    VISUALS

    The visuals are what you would expect from a Fire Emblem or Advance Wars game but to me, I find it scratching that nostalgic factor.

    Although, out of all of the good things this game has, I do however have a complaint here and there. You cannot save multiple games at the same time. You can exit and return to where you left off but that is it. This can be fixed in updates or mods in the future, though. You, also, cannot pick random AI or pick a difficulty for AI either for skirmishes. Again, this can be fixed in future updates or mods.

    Despite these couple of cons, I give this game a solid 9/10 or if I could, a 9.5/10. For $20 (with a %15 discount right now if you have Stardew Valley or Starbound on Steam), this game is a must have for anyone.
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  2. Feb 8, 2019
    8
    Basically a modern day advance wars. An overall solid game at a relatively low price.
  3. Mar 27, 2019
    7
    it could really use some chechpoints for the larger battles. its frustrating sometimes. i stoped playing it bacause of that. for arcadeit could really use some chechpoints for the larger battles. its frustrating sometimes. i stoped playing it bacause of that. for arcade playing is better. it does look nice Expand
  4. Mar 18, 2019
    5
    I'm kind of done with Chucklefish. This game is painfully mediocre in every respect. The pixel art is uninspired and dull. The voice actingI'm kind of done with Chucklefish. This game is painfully mediocre in every respect. The pixel art is uninspired and dull. The voice acting is beyond obnoxious. The dialogue is worse than most free to play RPG maker games. I mean the story and dialogue is not why I would play a game like this but it is actually so bad that it detracts from the game in a huge way. The AI is braindead. The missions are all largely the same. This game just brings nothing new to the table whatsoever and does not improve upon ANYTHING that the genre is already saturated with. I'm also not sure why everyone is trying to pretend this is the only alternative to an "advance wars" style game out there right now. In the last decade there have been DOZENS of proper games in the genre, maybe try and open your eyes a bit more people.

    Overall a disappointing game, moreso than the "release" of starbound. I don't know what they are doing over there at Chucklefish but I'm now going to be avoiding their titles until they prove they are worthy of buying.
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  5. Feb 15, 2019
    3
    Most important: UNITS DO NOT GAIN EXPERIENCE!!!
    And they don't level up. Something even Advance Wars had. The two are therefore not really
    Most important: UNITS DO NOT GAIN EXPERIENCE!!!
    And they don't level up. Something even Advance Wars had. The two are therefore not really comparable!

    The game is relatively shallow. It is more like a puzzle game. There is just not much room for strategy or tactics being the battles and maps are of a rather small scope and you do not have a lot of options with your units. Second the AI is dump as bread. The game still has some appeal but it's for sure no game you want to play for hours on end. It's a game I would advice to pick up when it is on sale for no more than 8€.

    Single-Player Score 0/10:
    If I would had to pay only 8€ for it I would give the game a score of 6/10 but because of the asking price of 16€ I can not advise anyone to buy it if you are only interested in the single player portion of the game. Therefore I give it a single player score of 0/10. If there were unit experience implemented I would give this portion of the game a 6/10.

    Multiplayer Score 6/10:
    The multiplayer experience is a bit better because you do at least have a human AI to cope with. Nevertheless the missing units gaining experience thing pulls down the fun with this too. If there were unit experience implemented I would give this portion of the game a 8/10.

    My overall score therefore is a 3/10.
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  6. Mar 16, 2019
    2
    I purchased the game via Steam at a bad time. I don't know why, but there seems to be some type of anti-pirating software that shuts the gameI purchased the game via Steam at a bad time. I don't know why, but there seems to be some type of anti-pirating software that shuts the game down during launch if you use controllers. There are documented threads on the support forums of tons of gamers having their games shut down for no reason at all. I will raise my user score when I can actually play the game that I paid for. Expand
  7. Mar 7, 2019
    0
    An Advance Wars clone that pales in comparison to the original game. The story is extremely bland and stupid, characters are meh and the unitsAn Advance Wars clone that pales in comparison to the original game. The story is extremely bland and stupid, characters are meh and the units are unbalanced. The **** AI (Which is extremely stupid) running away all the time will make you waste hours of your life over the course of the main campaign chasing it to complete the objectives. Don't waste your time on this, there are better games out there. It's basically a poor man's Advance Wars. Expand