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  • Summary: Happy Wars is a casual multi-player action game in which a large number of players control comical characters in fun battles. In a variety of fantasy battlefields including grasslands, a dark world, and the ocean floor, players can control any of 3 types of characters: warrior, mage, and cleric. Cooperate with friends to enjoy action on the grand scale, casting magic spells, attacking castles, and so on. For off-line fun, the player can take on missions in the solo campaign mode. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Oct 12, 2012
    80
    Happy Wars is a simple multiplayer action game for the Xbox Live Arcade. While it is ripe with problems, it's also a free game that is worth checking out. You won't find anything original here, but the fast-paced action is both chaotic and addictive.
  2. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    There's minimal pressure to spend any money, the AI-controlled bots are intelligent enough to fool particularly stupid game reviewers, and the battles manage to be adorable and epic at the same time. Unfortunately, the repetitiveness in the sound design and gameplay makes the excitement level drop too quickly.
  3. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    The title developed by the guys at Toylogic combines remarkable qualities and defects which, unfortunately, push it away from a totally positive evaluation. On one hand the game is accessible and fun (at first glance), but on the other, it ends early, it's repetitive and the matches are not always adequately balanced.
  4. Oct 15, 2012
    65
    Free, without relying too much on purchasing in-game items and entertaining –but not addictive. This is the worst thing about it, since after a few hours the game gets boring, which we think will cause that essentially no one will pay for in-game content.
  5. 60
    Lone players need not apply: an offline campaign proves useful for learning the maps and the nuances of play, but the focus is firmly with the online game. And either way, we'd advise spending a little extra buying Awesomenauts instead.
  6. Oct 16, 2012
    60
    When your team is doing what they're supposed to be doing, besting an opponent can be extremely satisfying. There's nothing better than seeing your sworn enemies helplessly strapped to planks of wood after you've finally taken their castle. However, when you end up on the losing side you'll immediately wonder just how much cash the other team spent on its gear, or how lucky a particular player got with a high-powered weapon drop.
  7. Oct 19, 2012
    40
    With very little reason to come back after a few quick rounds, I don't foresee Happy Wars being a staple of the Xbox 360 multiplayer scene for very long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27
  1. Oct 7, 2013
    10
    Addictive, fun, and free...the best f2p game i've ever played and they keep making it better with good updates...at first the servers were not so good, but runs smoothly now. great fun Expand
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    10
    I have been playing this game non-stop for about 3 days. I'm level 21 and I am loving this game. The game play is really fun as it is based on capturing and holding towers all while trying to breach the fortified enemy base and destroy the tower inside winning the game. The 3 classes all have very unique abilities and tactics you must use. the warrior class is based on close quarters hack an slash game play. The Mage is not so good at hack and slash but is most effective at long range where you can cast magic spells like fire balls or electricity to kill your enemy. Then there is the cleric that is not very good at fighting but can cast healing, armor, and other spells that can greatly assist ally's in combat. Also they can build things like turrets and ladders and battering rams to break into the enemy castle. Leveling up your charater Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2012
    9
    i dont see how anyone can give this game a negative review. happy wars is a really fun game and i can spend hours playing it. the only downsides are the bad matchmaking and the hit detection. thats it Expand
  4. Jan 7, 2013
    7
    Being a free game on XLBA, I gave "Happy Wars" a shot and I must say that I am pleased with this little download. The replay value is great and the settings are just plain "cute." This does not mean there are no flaws at hand. I hope that these are fixed sooner than later, but for the time being it is a fun game. Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2012
    6
    It is surprising to see a free XBLA game but after the rise of the F2P games Microsoft was too tempted I guess. Happy wars is an arcade third person tower defense kind of game with a clear focus on 15 vs 15 multiplayer action. Even though this game is based on multiplayer it still has bot matches and a short single-player where missions are unlocked by ranking up in multiplayer. This game gives a good story with single player that has its cute humor and gameplay just like multiplayer. The whole game is based on a single mode which is destroying the enemies tower which is inside a castle. It may not seem like much but actual strategy is required because 15 vs 15 games can become a disaster with no organization. You have 3 classes to play as, warrior, mage, and cleric which is a support class. These classes are balanced since every class can counter everything with strategy. Items are to be found, equipped, and leveled up making your character more epic, which leads to unbalanced multiplayer sometimes since experienced players may have too much armor and may seem immortal to new players. This is also the 5th arcade game to have 400 achievement points which is awesome for achievement hunters. My main issues with this game are simple, the first is that matchmaking is horrible, it takes extremely long and you often loose connection, sometimes before or after the game has started. My next issue is the fact that you need a gold membership to access the game, I would like to access bot matches and single-player without gold which is unfortunate for people who don't have gold. The last issue is that matches can be a mess and its easy to get lost in the disaster of 15 vs 15 people devastating everything. For now, this game still needs to be perfected and even though it offers fun gameplay there are still downsides which could be fixed with a few patches, I still need to see what the future holds. I'd say you should give it a try, but don't be completely positive about the experience. Expand
  6. Oct 30, 2012
    5
    This is a fun and free game, but the score will stand as a 5/10 because of many issues. I find the multiplayer elements and ranking up in multiplayer to have any single player campaign missions to be an alright system and quite original idea, however, its the worst idea to do when they don't seem to plan on making it so a multiplayer match can be played by anyone.

    This game lost 5 score from its multiplayer leveling to unlock campaign missions. It stands to reason that if you intend to make a system like that you have matchmaking that will ensure that players will be able to do anything to even get single player.

    Now before haters try and get on my arse about "stop complaining about free", no shut up. I'm not complaining about free, and Microsoft surely pulls in enough money from their $60 a year for their matchmaking service alone, they could support a server or something that will assist with a large playerbase. Other than the matchmaking issues, my score is 9.5/10. This is a very fun game but I cannot forgive the major problems with matchmaking and multiplayer 'dropping' everyone in the game. When you are REQUIRED to rank up in multiplayer to get campaign. I will correct my rating when the matchmaking is updated, IF it is updated.
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  7. Oct 21, 2012
    1
    Been really enjoying HW since launch. The game is easy to pick-up and play. It has a bit of League of Legends like elements which adds some strategies to the fights. Also, the battles can have up to 30 players is is pretty crazy, but fun at the same time. HW is free to play and allows you to purchase items for your characters. Spend as much or as little as you want. I like this! It's worth checking out since the game is "FREE" to download and play. Expand

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