Battle for Wesnoth PC

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  • Summary: The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host against whom none can stand! Choose units from a large pool ofThe Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host against whom none can stand! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition. Fight to regain the throne of Wesnoth, of which you are the legitimate heir, or use your dread power over the Undead to dominate the land of mortals, or lead your glorious Orcish tribe to victory against the humans who dared despoil your lands ... Wesnoth has many different sagas waiting to be played out. You can create your own custom units, and write your own scenarios - or even full-blown campaigns. You can also challenge your friends - or strangers - and fight in epic multi-player fantasy battles. Expand
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  1. Sep 13, 2013
    10
    A free (totally free...not fake free to play with micro-transactions) turn based strategy game that has more depth than a huge number of fullA free (totally free...not fake free to play with micro-transactions) turn based strategy game that has more depth than a huge number of full priced games. With a dozen or so campaigns, and at least a hundred battles, Battle for Wesnoth is clearly a labor of love for its creator, and it shows. Bug-and-typo free, this game even has more polish than many AAA titles. It has a fully fleshed out world and history. Amazing. Did I mention it is free, a gift to anyone who wants it? A game with literally no downside. Expand
  2. Nov 29, 2011
    10
    Funny of how one of my favorite games is free, yet I have so many paid games. This game, visually, is simple, yet, those visuals make such aFunny of how one of my favorite games is free, yet I have so many paid games. This game, visually, is simple, yet, those visuals make such a great mood and such a great background for the gameplay, I don't dare to say it's bad. Now, for the game, amazing. Everything about it is amazing. It is such a great game, from the campaign to the online matches, this game is fantastic. The only complain I got is that the community in the games can be a little rough on newbies, but that's not the game's fault. If you always wanted a clash between chess and warhammer, here you have it. Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2013
    10
    Battle for Wesnoth is one of those games you'll thank your gods for having discovered.
    Yet another proof that an excellent game doesn't
    Battle for Wesnoth is one of those games you'll thank your gods for having discovered.
    Yet another proof that an excellent game doesn't necessarily need to cost 50million$.
    Fun, testing, graphically pleasing (although you won't care much about graphics), tons of mods, huge replayability and, icing on the cake, very entertaining multiplayer.
    Oh...and it's free
    Get it, you won't regret it.
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  4. Dec 23, 2015
    10
    I got linux mint recently and this was the first game appearing in the Software Manager, so I figured, why not? -- Best decision ever!! AtI got linux mint recently and this was the first game appearing in the Software Manager, so I figured, why not? -- Best decision ever!! At first it was tiring to try and memorize all these names and internalize the environment, the races and what the game is actually about. But after I played the tutorial - and got defeated, I played it again, won and moved on to the campaign, then the MP....Oh boy, bless the developer. This game is amazing. I'm used to playing Mitosis or agario in my free time but after this I don't think i'm playing any other game any time soon. It even beats Pixel Dungeon, and PD was MY ALL. Expand
  5. Feb 1, 2012
    10
    ¡¡¡Do not read this review!!!...

    If you like TBS, go ahead, download the game, and play it to death.
    ¡¡¡Do not read this review!!!...

    If you like TBS, go ahead, download the game, and play it to death.

    ¡¡IT'S FREE!! Now seriously it's a hell of a strategy game if you're really into the turn based thing. Been playing for quite a while this genre and this game is a jewel in the field. A little on the retro graphics side, but personally I like that...
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  6. Dec 14, 2015
    9
    A freeware open-source TBS game which was, up until mobile platforms appeared, the best free TBS around. The graphics are rather average andA freeware open-source TBS game which was, up until mobile platforms appeared, the best free TBS around. The graphics are rather average and were drawn by enthusiasts. The music is also not very good. On the plus side, the game is translated to dozens of languages, and there is a multiplayer mode with players still playing it. What I didn't like about it was the too high randomness of the damage done by attacks of units. The authors' point about this is that the game is about managing risk, not just positioning units. It's a matter of taste, because higher randomness also adds more variety to the game.

    With time the game grew to enormous size, so now you will find tons of races, units and missions inside, all for free. Remeber, in 2000s "free" was really rare, and it was honest "free", not "free but then you need to buy coins or wait 24 hours until energy regenerates". I admire the dedication of the author who could manage a project of such size and complexity for years, and thank all the community and contributors for creating content for this game.
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  7. Oct 16, 2010
    8
    [General Review - Battle for Wesnoth] Battle for Wesnoth is a game worth owning not only because it is free, but also because it is actually[General Review - Battle for Wesnoth] Battle for Wesnoth is a game worth owning not only because it is free, but also because it is actually good. The game is 2D and will remind you of flash games. Although the graphics aren't very high budget the gameplay is very in depth. Battle for Wesnoth is a TBS (Turn Based Strategy) and a damn good one at that. Everything is fairly balanced just a few things still seem to need balancing, they are all minor and don't affect gameplay much. Art-wise the game is visually stunning (for its 2D graphics) although some of the characters and story pictures do seem a little below the rest. Another positive to this game is that its open source, meaning any one can create add-ons that can be easily downloaded by other people. This game is a must have for all of those gamers that are looking for a game to play in your down time, and don't forget it's free. [Gameplay Rundown] Battle for Wesnoth is a TBS (Turn Based Strategy). As being so each player takes a turn to recruit units, capture cottages, or attack enemy troops. When you begin a game you choose your starting faction, there are six playable factions that come with the game. You then choose your starting hero that will lead your army. When the game begins your hero will usually be on top of an outpost or castle. From this point you can recruit more units by right clicking or pressing ctrl + r. You can only recruit as many units as empty spaces in your outpost/castle. Your main income is gold, you start with a baseline income and starting gold. Units also incur an income cost that is equal to the unit's level. To gain more income you must capture cottages. To capture the you need only to step onto them. As you can tell this is both good and bad. It is good in the fact it is easy to get a good starting economy, but it is bad in the fact the enemy can send a fast scout unit around your back lines and steal your cottages. All units can level up after gaining enough experience, these units are very hard to get but are very powerful. Your hero is a level two unit, most units can only get to level three but a few can get to level four. Combat is different than most other TBS games. Your unit's evasion chance is based on the terrain like usual, but your damage is always different. While you play the game cycles through day and night. Some unit are lawful and gain bonus damage during the day, but get weaker at night. Chaotic units are the opposite of these units while neutral units ignore the day and night cycle. For this reason some factions will be pulling back and attacking at different times of day. All aspects of this game require lots of time spent thinking and planning your next move, which few TBS games today make you do. Take for example Fire Emblem, you can breeze through that game with minimal though between actions. In the end you will be trying to predict an enemy player's moves and fighting over cottages. [Art-Work Review] The artwork of the game is amazing for the 2D animation. Except for a few of the campaign characters and story pictures, the art looks masterfully done. There is one easter egg animation (Hint: When one unit attacks another) that is fairly easy to find. Most units only animate during their attacks, but even while standing there they have a few idle animations all of while are all artfully done. To end, the art is above average for a 2D game. [Sound Feedback] The sound of a game is important because it pulls you in and helps you feel what the characters in the game are feeling. Sound is even more important in low animation games like this, and it delivers. The soundtrack is great and complements the game nicely. The beats of the songs, the swings of the weapons, and magical attacks all are well done and memorable even after the game is over. To finish, this game has the sound needed for this type of game. [Add-on Review] Not only does this game have single and multi-player options, but it also allows for custom gameplay downloads and creation. If you know even a little bit of programming you can create fun and exciting campaigns and maps. The add-ons you can download bring new races, campaigns, and maps to the game all of which are fun and keep the game new and fresh. In closing, the add-ons help to keep the game fresh and interesting and the ability to create your own races and campaigns are also great ways to keep the game fun. [Final Statements] This game if or you if you liked TBS games and are looking for a game that won't lose its taste after a few play-throughs. Not to mention the price tag: FREE Expand

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