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  • Summary: This War of Mine: The Little Ones explores the hardships of wartime survival as seen from an entirely new perspective; that of a child.

    Based on This War of Mine, The Little Ones puts you in charge of a group of adults and children stuck in the middle of hell, trying to survive in a
    This War of Mine: The Little Ones explores the hardships of wartime survival as seen from an entirely new perspective; that of a child.

    Based on This War of Mine, The Little Ones puts you in charge of a group of adults and children stuck in the middle of hell, trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger. The question is: how far will you go to make it through another day?

    This War of Mine: The Little Ones focuses not only on the reality of enduring war, but also the fact that even in times of conflict, kids are still kids - they laugh, cry, play with toys and see the world differently. In addition to thinking about survival, you'll have to bring back the kid in yourself to understand how to protect the little ones. Their faith, and their futures, are in your hands.

    The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of young and adult civilians. At night, take one of your people on a mission to scavenge through a city for items that will help you stay alive.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Apr 6, 2016
    100
    Deserves a place in school education as a work of art.
  2. Jan 20, 2016
    90
    This War Of Mine: The Little Ones is more than a game, and can be considered one of the most effective anti-war tools ever created. This is not a game you play for fun or to unwind, and the addition of children for the console release makes it even more poignant, as the realisation dawns that all over the world people are living through these hellish conditions. This War of Mine: The Little Ones doesn’t just drive home how desperate people get in times of war, but also makes you take note of how lucky so many of us are to live in a more stable place.
  3. Jan 25, 2016
    90
    This War of Mine: The Little Ones is a different kind of war game, an amazing experience that focuses on the harshness, the injustice and the cruelty experienced by the innocents and the defenseless.
  4. Jan 20, 2016
    80
    This War of Mine is brutal in showing the player the misery of the war.
  5. 80
    It’s the most real feeling simulator of war out there and that in itself makes This War of Mine: The Little Ones quite terrifying and truly memorable.
  6. Jan 21, 2016
    75
    It's an overall good porting, and the night-time stealth works well. Shame for the lack of a deeper narrative, and of more precise controls.
  7. Feb 9, 2016
    40
    It seems interested only in presenting a near-pornographic level of human despair in a warped attempt at edifying players.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Dec 8, 2016
    10
    this game is depressing.you want to turn off your PS4.
    BUT YOU SIMPLY CAN'T.
    this game is just awesome. I played the PC version before, so
    this game is depressing.you want to turn off your PS4.
    BUT YOU SIMPLY CAN'T.
    this game is just awesome.
    I played the PC version before, so I decided to try the PS4 version too. "the little ones" is more depressing than the normal one, wich means "the little ones" is much better.
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  2. Feb 3, 2016
    10
    A very disturbing but great game. But beware, it is not easy. Once you play it you can not stop it until the end of the game. I rate it withA very disturbing but great game. But beware, it is not easy. Once you play it you can not stop it until the end of the game. I rate it with full score. Expand
  3. Jan 16, 2017
    8
    Most of the bad reviews concerning this game come from the PC players that find the controls a bit hard to handle, which is true. It's notMost of the bad reviews concerning this game come from the PC players that find the controls a bit hard to handle, which is true. It's not always easy to pick the action you want and you may find yourself in difficulty because your character can't seem to climb a ladder to save his life, or eating the wrong stuff because the way it has been thought for console is not ideal.

    If you haven't tried the PC version though, you'll get used to it after 1 hour. I suggest a first playthrough to get used to the mechanics of the game, play until you get to combat to test how it works, and then start a real game.

    Despite some gameplay issues, this game is very well thought. The atmosphere is heavy and dark all the way, things get worse and worse if you start to lose control of the situation, you're never safe, every character can get sick, injured, sad, depressed, you have to manage all of this while surviving with enough food, warmth, but also books and radio and stuff that will make your people bear with the war going on.

    If most of the games like this (collect, craft, survive) implies going outside to gather stuff, this game adds a mechanic of guilt when you steal or kill, which with a nice music in the background makes a great gaming experience. Every character has a biography, a diary, read it, connect with your people and you'll have a great time.

    The game is hard but is supposed to be so, you'll soon want to start over and organize yourself better at each gameplay.

    When you start playing with child characters things get even better, you need to give them special attention, teach them how to cook, build etc.

    Nice discovery !
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  4. Aug 17, 2020
    8
    While the theme of This War of Mine is dark and sad, i find it very addicting to play with enthusiasm. The city has been enveloped by aWhile the theme of This War of Mine is dark and sad, i find it very addicting to play with enthusiasm. The city has been enveloped by a conflict, and you play as an innocent civilian trapped in the middle. You will have to scavenge several locations to find food, medication and crafting parts to nourish, heal and build several production objects in your hideout.

    If you play This War of Mine for the first time, your civilians probably die very quickly due to Inefficient use of all your resources. Food can be found, but is far more nourishing if you cook it properly, and by upgrading your weapon bench you get access to useful tools like crowbars, axes and shovels. A rat trap will provide meat, and a vegetable garden will produce vegetables and herbs. It takes a long time to fully master the most efficient strategies, but once you do the game becomes hilarious.

    If done well, your hideout turns into a professional Distiller/Hospital/Tobacco/Armory/Restaurant. Provided you can keep a flow of tools and wood coming in, your hideout can become self reliant without much need to scavenge. At this point the game has become a micro-management base builder which i enjoyed a lot.

    Your civilians can scavenge for stuff peacefully, but also violently. However, the latter isn't really an option as your civilians are all pacifist millennials who (literally) hang themselves if you kill or hurt someone in self-defense. This gets pretty frustrating at times. Their should have been at least an option to have civilians that just don't give a **** There are plenty of weapons in the game, but using one is pretty much worse for your civilians then getting shot. Not much of a choice when the result is only negative.

    You have to take care of your people, but also your neighbours. Sometimes they will knock on your door for free food and medication, and you can choose to help them. If you do, it will please your civilians. If you don't, they will immediately think about slicing their own wrists. Which is a really great feature considering you usually don't have the requested item in stock....

    Oh, and if you want to use combat! It's random, so having a gun isn't a guarantee that you will win. Soldiers and bandits all have Jason Bourne marksman skills, and use x-ray vision to locate you. But all of this makes sense, because you probably shouldn't go out to fight armed people in a war zone. And there are kids in this game... soooo.

    In summary, addicting game with deep crafting and economy system that will brutally murder your people unless you play as a pacifist. It is an excellent game, i give it an 8/10.
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  5. Jun 30, 2016
    7
    El DLC intenta tocar la fibra emocional al meter a niños en un conflicto bélico, pero aparte de eso es completamente innecesario y noEl DLC intenta tocar la fibra emocional al meter a niños en un conflicto bélico, pero aparte de eso es completamente innecesario y no recomiendo su adquisición.

    Ahora bien, el juego base si que merece la pena para todos los amantes de los juegos de gestión, ya que su peculiar ambientación y la cantidad de cosas que tendréis que tener en cuenta harán que disfrutéis (o sufráis) en cada partida.
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  6. Nel
    Apr 24, 2017
    7
    Very fun, takes sometime to get used to, but it works great. The game gets kinda repetitive after a while, and it is pretty hard to makeVery fun, takes sometime to get used to, but it works great. The game gets kinda repetitive after a while, and it is pretty hard to make everyone survive. It is kinda like fallout shelter in a way. Expand
  7. Jan 3, 2017
    0
    Pile of horse **** absolute rubbish. its a worse version of fallout shelter and that was bad enough but this, boy oh boy was it bad. truely awful.....

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