Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC
- Publisher: Deck13, WhisperGames
- Developer: Playwood Project
- Release Date: Feb 8, 2018
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Board Game, Strategy, RPG
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.wartile.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
WARTILE takes the beautiful world of miniature statue adventures found in many board games and breathes a new life into them. Players take a band of various Viking warriors as they explore heavily detailed environments to undertake quests. WARTILE gives players a mixture of strategy and RPG focused gameplay elements and surprisingly both elements work quite well. We will begin by talking about the strategy mechanics.
Similar to most real-life board games, WARTILE has players move pieces on a hexagonal board. You must move your warriors around the map to find items and defeat various foes. Players will need to monitor their pieces life and location to not get swarmed by hiding foes and face utter obliteration. You won’t be able to constantly just move pieces willy nilly as each piece has a cool down so once they are placed you will have to wait several seconds before they can be moved again. WARTILE will take your utmost attention as if you’re not careful you’ll make a move or two that you may regret later.
The RPG elements of WARTILE appear in the actual mechanics of WARTILE itself. Each piece has the obvious stats of most RPGs like strength, defense, health and so on. Before each map you’ll have to equip your heroes with new pieces of equipment, buy new warriors from the in-game tavern and change what cards you go into battle with, though more on this in a moment. WARTILE doesn’t reinvent the RPG genre but in this case that’s a good thing. WARTILE adherence to the common RPG world helps keep things simple for those unfamiliar with RPGs and common for those who live and breathe the genre.
Now, we mentioned cards a brief moment ago and that is because it’s an integral part of WARTILE. While in combat, players have cards that can be used for things like stunning a foe or healing a teammate. These cards can be played if you have the amount of energy—indicated by an icon at the bottom center of the screen—which is gained from accomplishing specific tasks and killing enemies. It adds a nice secondary element of how to approach a battle and equally survive when things get a bit dicey.
Presentation wise, WARTILE truly impressed us here at Honey’s Anime HQ. We loved the amount of detail in not only the different maps you will find yourself question on but the sizeable amount of detail in the figures themselves. When they move, it’s as if a real miniature statue has come to life and has been given motion which never got old to witness. WARTILE also has a nice OST and while there is barely any voice work—aside from grunts and yells—the ambiance really makes WARTILE immersive for fans of Dungeons & Dragons-like game.
Honestly, WARTILE is nearly perfect, but if we had to complain about something, it would be the grind that it can be sometimes. Many of the maps in WARTILE have numerous quests to accomplish and while most are skippable you might want to reconsider as they give you extra means of leveling up, gaining gold for new recruits and items. Trust us folks, we took some time to pass some levels but once we went back to previous areas to grind a bit we found most missions to be easy enough. WARTILE is still enjoyable even level grinding but it can be a bit repetitive to most.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Solid strategy gameplay
- Miniature figures look incredible when they move
- Maps are incredible and truly ornate
- Strong narrative for individual missions
- Cards give a nice secondary level to strategy
- Grinding to complete every quest can get a bit repetitive