Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Battle for Wesnoth is a free game on Steam found here. It is a game that was suggested to me by a friend Boddynock as an excellent game to try next for the bog, as I sometimes get stuck on what to play next along with a couple of others. The suggestions have me starting to build a queue of sorts. I am open to suggestions if you want to look me up on Steam.
Anyways, onto the Battle of Wesnoth. As I mentioned, it is a free game that is also open-source, so there is a modding community if you into modding your games. I am still on the fence about that since typically I pay for a game, why should I have to mod it to be ‘fun’, but this was free. It is a turn-based strategy game, which is a genre I generally really enjoy, so I was excited to try this game.
I usually always start with the tutorial with any game, so that is where I started here. Commands are basic enough, but honestly, the game does not ease you into it. Start planning your strategy from the beginning, which includes your classes of fighters, how you are going to make money, and your retreat for healing. Every unit on the board is just that, a unit. They are not armies like other turn-based games I have played. The lack of troops presented a more considerable challenge to me.
One nice feature is you are learning is pressing the U key on the keyboard to undo your move. I used that a lot. I also backed up on your turns on the menu to start over. I was not good at this game. It made me wish I was playing on of the CIV games because those I stood a chance. Even leveling up your units is a challenge. I do like that when you go to attack a unit, you can pick the direction you are going to attack from on the hexagon. I don’t like that even as an archer, you are in an adjacent square to attack. Like why would I stand where you can smack me with a sword to shoot you with a bow? Maybe I am missing something.
There are plenty of campaigns to play through various skill levels to help you get used to the game and grow with it, and each campaign has several scenarios built in it. Something I have not come across before is the recall feature. So, you leveled up some great fighters in your last scenario? Well, for some shiny gold pieces, you can recall them up to fight in your current scenario. I mean, everything comes with a cost, back to that planning on how to make money part I mentioned before.
One thing I noticed in my time playing it, I didn’t find any bugs or glitches. That is impressive for a free, open-source game. Generally, you get what you pay for. However, even today, many times, not even what you pay for within the game. Thanks “Early Access Game” concept. For those not seeing my eyes roll, that was sarcasm.
Overall, I would recommend this game only to people that like turn-based strategy games with DnD like RNG with no easy button. I am still struggling with it, but I never said I was a good gamer! The game also challenges and fun to make me want to keep trying over just throwing in the towel.
Game: Battle for Wesnoth
Developer: The Battle for Wesnoth Project
Publisher: Wesntoh Inc.
Initial Release Date: June 18, 2003