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This War Of Mine Review

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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a ceasefire is declared. At night you must venture out to gather materials and food.

The experience is intensified with The Little Ones version, which includes children to look after. The Little Ones optional expansion content, which can be bought with the game or purchased as downloadable content on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.

It’s a chance to experience the near-impossibility of survival and making the right decisions in these situations, doing the best you can with limited resources.

Play the game yourself before sharing with older teenagers or other appropriately-aged family members. Once you understand the civilian wartime narrative, together you can make choices about how to use your resources and prioritise your time.

Discussing which risks are the right ones to take, and how to spend your meagre resources, not only brings home the stark reality of war but can also balance more frivolous use of this setting with other video games like Fortnite or Call of Duty.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 14/11/2014

Price: 90% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @11BitStudios

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. The main game takes around 14 hours to complete, although repeated play-throughs are warranted to see different characters and outcomes.

CostsCosts

This War Of Mine usually costs £15.99 to £35.99. 

This War Of Mine: Complete Edition

This War Of Mine: The Little Ones

Xbox One £15.99
PS4 £15.99

This War Of Mine

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. There are three paid expansions, "The Little Ones", "War Child" and "Father's Promise". Each adds new aspects to the game. Some of these are included for free in more recent releases of the game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.

 

This game was rated PEGI 18 for violence against innocent human characters and strong language. Not suitable for persons under 18 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: This game features multiple instances of violence against innocent human characters. Players control a small group of regular people, caught up in a brutal civil war, who can choose to interact with people peacefully by trade and negotiation, or take what they need by violence. As such, the player can kill a host of innocent people – including an elderly couple, civilians hiding in a church basement, doctors and nurses or a man incapacitated by a sniper – with heavy melee weapons and firearms. Their reactions are realistic, as they flinch with each blow and sometimes expel blood or beg the player to stop.

Strong language takes the form of ‘*!@?*’, in both dialogue and the graffiti scrawled outside of the characters' dwellings.

One scene features a soldier threatening a young woman with a gun, and marching her into a darkened bedroom. Sexual violence is heavily implied in this part of the game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our This War Of Mine Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features.

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