This War of Mine

This War of Mine

Game Factsheet

Publisher(s)
First Released
November 14, 2014 (18 days)

In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers.
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Critics

TouchArcade (iOS)

"In my view, a good game entertains, while a great game creates a lasting impression of being entertained. This War of Mine goes beyond that by also impacting how I feel about certain decisions within the game and causing self-reflection. It goes without saying that such emotions would not be possible without the game actually being good to start with. However, rarely do games become experiences like This War of Mine, which earns it nothing but the highest praise in my book."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 5 / 5

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Eurogamer (PC)

"This War of Mine's simple message might might be slightly compromised by its strengths as a game, but it's still worthwhile."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8 / 10

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Edge (PC)

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 9 / 10

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PC PowerPlay (PC)

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8 / 10

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GameTrailers (PC)

"This War of Mine is a powerful and intimate portrayal of war through the eyes of ordinary civilians. An immense weight is put on the value of human life and moral decisions that can put your own well-being at risk. It’s a thoughtful and heavy game, but one that’s well worth playing."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8.5 / 10

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IGN (PC)

"This War of Mine is a gripping survival sim, and a great study of survival during wartime and civil collapse."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8.4 / 10

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GameRevolution (PC)

"I wholehearted recommend THIS WAR OF MINE. It is a video game that makes you perform familiar video game actions at the expense of all the reasons most people play video games, even going so far as to be ironic at times. Frankly, for all the artistic encounters I’ve had and valued as a gamer, this crosses a major threshold, delivering a valuable experience that doesn’t seek to coddle a player’s fragile conceptions of purpose and fun. If the lasting impression you receive is unquestionably bleak, you’re doing it right. Nobody’s going to reward you for even doing that."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 10 / 10

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GameZone (PC)

"Despite the repetition that may occur at times throughout the game, This War of Mine offers a fantastically unique view on war — something that is all-too-often glorified in video games. I don’t think you’ll ever find happiness while playing this game, just satisfaction that you’ve managed to survive another day, and with that a little more depression when you realize things probably won’t get better. The hope is there, until it isn’t anymore. And that’s the feeling I had playing This War of Mine."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 7.5 / 10

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PC Gamer UK (PC)

"A stark statement about war delivered through deftly designed stealth survival and resource management. Important, but unrelentingly cruel."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 80 / 100

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GameSpot (PC)

"Is this a game you want to play? No. Is it a game anyone with a beating heart should play? Yes. A million times yes. It's a longform exercise in empathy, a sobering piece of work that fills in the blanks left when all we see of war are the headshots. It's a much-needed course correct in the current shoot-first-ask-questions-never gaming landscape that supposes war is won because one supreme badguy caught a bullet through his brainstem. No: It's won when the people who lived under his boot get to go home."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8 / 10

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Game Informer (PC)

"I’d recommend this game to anyone looking for an experience that’s far outside the norm of what we expect when we pick up and play a new title. You may not enjoy playing This War of Mine in the traditional sense, but I think that’s kind of the point."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8 / 10

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Digital Spy (PC)

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 4 / 5

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Game Factsheet Continued

Editions
Fathers Promise DLC, The Last Broadcast DLC, This War Of Mine: Complete Edition, The Little Ones

ESRB & PEGI

ESRB
(M) Mature
Contains (ESRB)
  • Blood
  • Sexual Themes
  • Strong Language
  • Use of Alcohol
  • Use of Tobacco
  • Violence
PEGI
18
Contains (PEGI)
  • Bad Language
  • Violence

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All Releases:

Android - July 14, 2015

iOS - July 15, 2015

PS4, Xbox One - Januray 29, 2016

Microsoft Windows - June 1, 2016

Nintendo Switch - November 27, 2018


In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.

The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.

Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer-term survival. During war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.

This War of Mine - main features:
  • Inspired by real-life events
  • Control your survivors and manage your shelter
  • Craft weapons, alcohol, beds or stoves – anything that helps you survive
  • Make decisions - an often unforgiving and emotionally difficult experience
  • Randomized world and characters every time you start a new game
  • Charcoal-stylized aesthetics to complement the game's theme

The universe of This War of Mine has been expanded by following DLCs:
  • The Little Ones - explores the hardships of wartime survival as seen from an entirely new perspective - that of a child.
  • This War of Mine: Anniversary Edition - this free DLC, created especially for the 2nd Anniversary of the game, adds new characters, new locations to explore, and most importantly - a whole new ending, leading to a different outcome to the game. The dilemma though remains the same – how far will you go, to protect the ones you care about?
  • This War of Mine: Stories DLCs:
    • Episode 1: The Father's Promise – a heartbreaking tale of loss and hope in a war-torn city
    • Episode 2: The Last Broadcast – where, as a radio operator, you are going to face moral dilemmas and decide, whether there is a price too high for the truth
    • Episode 3: Fading Embers – portrays a story of Anja living in a warzone and carrying a heavy burden as she has to answer to herself what is more important - survival of human legacy or the survival of a man…

Credits

Director

Michał Drozdowski

Director

Przemysław Marszał

Designer

Rafał Włosek

Programmer

Grzegorz Mazur

Artist

Dominik Zieliński

Writer

Based on inspiring idea of Grzegorz Miechowski

Composer

Piotr Musiał

Composer

Krzysztof Lipka

Game Factsheet

Publisher(s)
First Released
November 14, 2014 (18 days)

Game Factsheet Continued

Editions
Fathers Promise DLC, The Last Broadcast DLC, This War Of Mine: Complete Edition, The Little Ones

ESRB & PEGI

ESRB
(M) Mature
Contains (ESRB)
  • Blood
  • Sexual Themes
  • Strong Language
  • Use of Alcohol
  • Use of Tobacco
  • Violence
PEGI
18
Contains (PEGI)
  • Bad Language
  • Violence

Credits

Director

Michał Drozdowski

Director

Przemysław Marszał

Designer

Rafał Włosek

Programmer

Grzegorz Mazur

Artist

Dominik Zieliński

Writer

Based on inspiring idea of Grzegorz Miechowski

Composer

Piotr Musiał

Composer

Krzysztof Lipka

Critics

TouchArcade (iOS)

"In my view, a good game entertains, while a great game creates a lasting impression of being entertained. This War of Mine goes beyond that by also impacting how I feel about certain decisions within the game and causing self-reflection. It goes without saying that such emotions would not be possible without the game actually being good to start with. However, rarely do games become experiences like This War of Mine, which earns it nothing but the highest praise in my book."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 5 / 5

Read the full review


Eurogamer (PC)

"This War of Mine's simple message might might be slightly compromised by its strengths as a game, but it's still worthwhile."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8 / 10

Read the full review


Edge (PC)

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 9 / 10

No link available


PC PowerPlay (PC)

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8 / 10

No link available


GameTrailers (PC)

"This War of Mine is a powerful and intimate portrayal of war through the eyes of ordinary civilians. An immense weight is put on the value of human life and moral decisions that can put your own well-being at risk. It’s a thoughtful and heavy game, but one that’s well worth playing."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8.5 / 10

Read the full review


IGN (PC)

"This War of Mine is a gripping survival sim, and a great study of survival during wartime and civil collapse."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8.4 / 10

Read the full review


GameRevolution (PC)

"I wholehearted recommend THIS WAR OF MINE. It is a video game that makes you perform familiar video game actions at the expense of all the reasons most people play video games, even going so far as to be ironic at times. Frankly, for all the artistic encounters I’ve had and valued as a gamer, this crosses a major threshold, delivering a valuable experience that doesn’t seek to coddle a player’s fragile conceptions of purpose and fun. If the lasting impression you receive is unquestionably bleak, you’re doing it right. Nobody’s going to reward you for even doing that."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 10 / 10

Read the full review


GameZone (PC)

"Despite the repetition that may occur at times throughout the game, This War of Mine offers a fantastically unique view on war — something that is all-too-often glorified in video games. I don’t think you’ll ever find happiness while playing this game, just satisfaction that you’ve managed to survive another day, and with that a little more depression when you realize things probably won’t get better. The hope is there, until it isn’t anymore. And that’s the feeling I had playing This War of Mine."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 7.5 / 10

Read the full review


PC Gamer UK (PC)

"A stark statement about war delivered through deftly designed stealth survival and resource management. Important, but unrelentingly cruel."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 80 / 100

Read the full review


GameSpot (PC)

"Is this a game you want to play? No. Is it a game anyone with a beating heart should play? Yes. A million times yes. It's a longform exercise in empathy, a sobering piece of work that fills in the blanks left when all we see of war are the headshots. It's a much-needed course correct in the current shoot-first-ask-questions-never gaming landscape that supposes war is won because one supreme badguy caught a bullet through his brainstem. No: It's won when the people who lived under his boot get to go home."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8 / 10

Read the full review


Game Informer (PC)

"I’d recommend this game to anyone looking for an experience that’s far outside the norm of what we expect when we pick up and play a new title. You may not enjoy playing This War of Mine in the traditional sense, but I think that’s kind of the point."

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 8 / 10

Read the full review


Digital Spy (PC)

Date: Unknown

Original Score: 4 / 5

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