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Video GameWarsim: The Realm of Aslona Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Warsim: The Realm of Aslona (often called just Warsim) is a simulation management game where you rule a medieval fantasy kingdom. The twist is it's all depicted as text, through which you interact with your subjects and enemies, decide how you want to rule, and even fight opponents. The textual interface belies the complexity and detail behind the scenes, as you take control of every aspect of your reign.

You play the ruler of the realm of Aslona and control every minutia of your kingdom's governance, from the level of taxation to the laws surrounding who you can put in prison. Every action has a consequence, though. Take, for example, taxes; having lower taxes means you become more popular with your subjects but also have less money to spend in the taverns and on valuable items. There are also more comedic options available, like imprisoning everyone who tries to visit you for a bit of peace and quiet, but this course has its own drawbacks.

In addition to your own kingdom, there are other races and realms you can treat with or conquer. There are almost 100 million races to discover, each with unique traits, and over 60 trillion unique ASCII character designs. Alongside the management aspect, there are turn-based fights you can partake in, snail races to bet on, bards to listen to, and countless other activities to get involved in.

The result is a unique and highly involved game that uses its simple visual design to offer more activities, diversity, and possibilities than would be possible in a more realistic-looking game. Deciding on every part of your reign means you can spend countless hours experimenting with new and ambitious ways to play.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/06/2017

Platforms: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Huw Millward (@HuwMillward)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 100 hours to complete. There is no set ending to the game, with the objective instead being growing your kingdom indefinitely. With millions of randomly generated races and events, experiencing everything would take a very long time indeed.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With countless systems and details to keep track of, all of which are presented in text, it's more suited to older children and adults who prefer a detail-focused challenge. You need to deal with multiple systems at the same time, and also translate the textual descriptions into a world you can visualise.

CostsCosts

Warsim: The Realm of Aslona usually costs £7.99.
 

Warsim: The Realm of Aslona

Steam Store PC £7.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Warsim: The Realm of Aslona Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:
Fights are turn-based, and there are never any sections that require fast reactions. While the text is small by default, it is very high contrast, normally being bright colours against a black background, and the overall font can be adjusted to make it as large as necessary, which affects not only the text but all the ASCII art.

By disabling the ASCII art by pressing 3, then Enter, then 1, then Enter again upon start-up of the game, you can use a screen reader to play the game without the need to see the screen.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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