Wartile (PC) Preview

By Eric 29.04.2017

Review for Wartile on PC

Wartile is a strategy 'board game' game that is currently in alpha stages. Going a direction that seems like it would be more popular, but is very rarely touched, is what could perhaps be called a 'board game simulator,' keeping much of the gaming feeling intact. Taking the role of various Vikings, the player must move across boards, hire characters, and manage equipment to be victorious.

Wartile is weird and unique in the genre of strategy games. Essentially, the game is to play a board game. To clarify this, the player takes turns moving pieces that represent different Vikings across a hex grid and accomplishes goals. It is a very interesting amalgamation of board game mixed with computer game, as the board levels are rendered rather nicely. When encountering various other 'pieces,' like trees or enemies, they can be smashed like so many angry gamers probably once wanted to do.

For example, the first unit can be moved three spaces, so clicking on it, it shows the range, and after placing it, the enemies then take a move. If you get within range, combat auto-starts and is based on stats like accuracy, damage and defence. Once victorious, the enemy shatters apart and the path is open again.

Screenshot for Wartile on PC

In between levels, the 'player' (which takes on a whole new level here) can buy additional pieces, buy new cards, and change equipment, and so on. Different pieces do different things, such as a Viking that is more agile, or ones that do more damage. Equipment found on the board can be put onto the characters, changing both appearance as well as stats. Cards have special functions, like shield bash or healing.

For being in alpha, a lot of Wartile seems pretty solid, and the graphics for the most part look good. One of the largest issues right now is in regards to the user interface, where text doesn't resize right, with the biggest problem being that stats are simply hard to see. It took a while to figure out equipment did anything beyond appearance due to just a tiny little sliver of green on a bar representing an improvement, so numbers or a value would be much nicer.

Screenshot for Wartile on PC

Final Thoughts

For players that grew up playing board games, especially RPG-types, a game like this is definitely worth checking out. In the strategy genre that is in much need of fresh ideas, the novelty of Wartile is interesting if nothing else.

Developer

Playwood Project

Publisher

Playwood Project

Genre

Strategy

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  n/a

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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