Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    It is so evenly balanced on all levels that you feel as if you glide easily from one operation to the next without any interruption. This is a definite have to own.
  2. A good game. Real-time fans may like it, and turn-based gamers will like it. And no one will deny that it is unique. If you're a big fan of the series, this fourth installment is a must-buy.
  3. 76
    It should be noted that patience is a system requirement for BITAW. Missions can easily take hours to complete.
  4. 75
    The inane storyline and often-excruciating pace of play make this hard game to recommend.
  5. It falls right in the middle of mediocrity. It may not be good, but it’s not bad either, just very gray.
  6. Though the plotline is somewhat lackluster, the intricacies of building up your army between your different islands and keeping track of unit management and combat tactics all while the clock continually ticks down is exciting and entertaining.
  7. The game's incomplete interface, uneven pacing, and typical units all serve to make it less interesting than it might have been.
  8. This becomes a case of hurry up and wait. I found myself frantically trying to fit all of my moves into the eight minutes that constituted my turn, then going and fixing myself a sandwich during the AI's eight minutes.
  9. This is one game that deserved to go the customary real-time route without getting detoured along the way.
  10. Succeeds despite some serious problems, but only if you're persistent and willing to put up with its quirks, style of gameplay, and pacing.
  11. A good idea that get tripped up in boring details. [Feb 2001, p.73]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 5, 2013
    10
    LOOOOOL User Score is 10 Points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL VOTE 10 points for FUN))))))))
    P.S. "The Best Game Ever Made" PC Gamer [30 Feb. XXI
    LOOOOOL User Score is 10 Points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL VOTE 10 points for FUN))))))))
    P.S. "The Best Game Ever Made" PC Gamer [30 Feb. XXI Century, p.NVM]
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  2. 4nZa
    Nov 7, 2004
    10
    Absolutely great game. I like it. Only AI-seems little bit problematic, but there is a patch for it. blizgrieg is another problem because of Absolutely great game. I like it. Only AI-seems little bit problematic, but there is a patch for it. blizgrieg is another problem because of electric power, but it doesn't matter cause power won't end that fast. ;) Super graphics and exelent tactic game. Those who don't like gary crispy's games but want tactic game are like in home with this one. Full Review »
  3. FlorianK.
    Aug 23, 2002
    10
    Frantic.