Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. All in all Fantasy Wars is a solid game. If you are not a turn based strategy fan give it a miss, Fantasy Wars isn’t going to make any converts but it won’t drive away anyone who enjoys the genre either.
  2. A stout strategy yeoman. [Apr 2008, p.78]
  3. Fantasy Wars is an involving and satisfying game. Each side feels balanced if not dramatically different, the levelling system for every unit makes the game more addictive than it has any right to be and it hits the difficulty curve perfectly, being very easy to learn and incredibly difficult to master, especially at higher levels.
  4. An addicting strategy game that I enjoyed playing once I found the cheat codes.
  5. Fantasy Wars is as cliche as the title suggests. It does nothing new, but it also does nothing wrong. It's a good, solid game for newcomers to the genre, but it won't please too many hardcore gamers.
  6. Overall, Fantasy Wars was rather disappointing, since it had the potential to be so much more.
  7. It's certainly not worth more than a third of the asking price. [Apr 2008, p.115]
  8. Fantasy Wars will be most appreciated by those armchair generals who are thirsty for a dose of meticulous planning, not to mention those with comfy chairs, as it will be a long sitting before the day is done.
  9. Like a movie you'd only watch when your PC's fried and the cable's out, Fantasy Wars may satisfy a turn-based strategy fix when the well runs dry. [Mar 2008, p.78]
  10. The good implementation of the strategy makes up for what would otherwise be a pretty unimaginative and uninspiring game that would at best be described as a homage to a much loved aging genre.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Dec 20, 2011
    6
    Fantasy Wars is a turn-based game with RPG-like level progression for each unit. Like the name suggests, it takes place in a fantasy worldFantasy Wars is a turn-based game with RPG-like level progression for each unit. Like the name suggests, it takes place in a fantasy world inhabitad by Orcs, ogres, knights and other creates one might expect from such a theme.. The player is faced with the challenge of either defeating a fixed army of enemies or complete certain objectives that involve bringing units from point A to B on a series of maps within a certain amount of turns. If the player fails to complete the main objectives within the allotted amount of turns at the start of the map, he will lose the game. There are bonuses for finishing the maps as fast as possible that will be awarded to you at the end of the map. There is a downside to this; the game relies heavily on the player doing his best during the early stages of the game as everything you do, counts towards your army's strength later on in the game. Whether that be keeping groups from dying out entirely, collecting gold or chasing down artefacts that will grant your units special abilities or simply better statistics. Looting these objects and killing enemies to train your troops takes time or better said: turns. If you want to take your time to loot the map and kill every enemy on it, you'll probably rarely, if ever, achieve gold or silver status. This is a tactical decision to be made by the player and although sometimes frustrating, it adds a sense of urgency. The combat in this game is very well done, units can support units in squares next to them, there are different types of terrain and this game makes sure that the player is well informed about whatever he's about to do. There are plenty of good looking units to mix and match to suit people's play style and the storyline isn't half bad for something with an uninspiring title as "Fantasy Wars". My complaints with this game are that it gets repetitive. Each map you enter simply throws a larger number of enemies at you than the map before did and that it creates an atmosphere of doubt where you will roll back to a previous save because you know losing certain units or spending too much gold will just come back to haunt you for the rest of the game. Other than that, it can be quite a bit of fun to puzzle your way through the fights if you can combine carefulness with the right amount of haste Full Review »
  2. GlennO.
    Jan 18, 2008
    8
    The AI is quite good (without "cheating") which makes this one of the most challenging turn-based games I have played in a long while. The The AI is quite good (without "cheating") which makes this one of the most challenging turn-based games I have played in a long while. The perk-tree is intriguing, albeit lacking in adequate documentation. This game will stretch your strategy muscles in good ways. Full Review »
  3. PertsaJ.
    Oct 31, 2007
    10
    A great game for fans of good old turn-based strategies. If you liked games like Fantasy General, Battle Isle and Spellcross, you'll love this!