Review – Wartile (Xbox One)

Have you ever wanted to play a digital, single player version of a Warhammer campaign? Well, Deck13 have just the game for you. Deck13‘s new game Wartile is a game based on moving figurines across tiles, completing preset missions, and defeating enemies with a variety of basic attacks, special attacks, and cards from your deck.

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The very basic look of Wartile.

First off, it needs to be said that Wartile is not much to look at. Graphically, the game is very simple. Outside of movements for attacks and small celebrations when an enemy is defeated, your figurines don’t actually move. They don’t walk, they just float from tile to tile as if a hand is moving them. It’s also not always clear what button is used to do what. Certain screens require use of the d-pad to select different things, while others use the control stick. It’s simple little things that, in the beginning, that can be very annoying.

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The level select screen is fairly simple.

Once you get started, you’ll be greeted by a narrator. The entire “story” of the game is read out as if it’s from a book. Almost as if it is literally a dungeon master leading you through the game. That means, all the story is told by one character, who reads in different tones, and different voices based on who’s speaking and the situation. It’s a simple little detail, but one I very much appreciate as a Dungeons & Dragons fan. Each level can be completed three separate times. Think of it as easy, medium, and hard. The first clear is normally not too difficult, as long as your figures are around the right level. Then each clear after simply just introduced more enemies into the mix.

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Why would you read when you have a Dungeon Master to read to you?

Clearing enemies, different objectives, and pretty much doing anything will give you points that you can spend on cards in your hand. While you’ll start with a pretty basic deck, as you progress through the game many more cards will unlock. Soon you’ll be able to edit the deck to the five cards of your choosing. There is little to no cooldown on the card either, meaning if you find yourself in a real bind, you can start spamming healings, stuns, or items to block the enemies to buy yourself some time. On the other hand, each character has an ability that has no cost, but does have a cooldown. The cooldown on the abilities is kind of brutal, there’s absolutely no chance at spamming your abilities that may stun or immobilize enemies.

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You don’t REALLY need to do anything if there’s only one enemy.

The game features a plethora of different levels and different objectives, some far more interesting than others. The first couple are fairly simple, first you’ll climb a mountain and sacrifice a goat (it’s pegan, it’s okay). Then you’ll come back down the mountain and fight skeleton Vikings, collecting toads, and destroying boats. One of the special levels after this though, involves fighting the great pumpkin. You’ll destroy five giant pumpkins, then summon the great pumpkin and fight it.

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“You have ascended the mountain! Now you must DESCEND THE MOUNTAIN. AND NOW THERE ARE VIKING SKELETONS!!

In order to complete these levels, you’ll need to make sure your team is ready. Throughout each level, you’ll be able to collect items from chests. These items can be weapons, armour, and what basically amount to perks. Each piece of equipment will have effects to help boost your defense, attack, and health. It’s not too wise to take on a mission if your figures are seriously underleveled though. While you may be able to hold your own against one or two enemies, you’ll quickly find yourself overwhelmed. This is coming from experience.

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I slightly broke the game. Don’t try to change characters if they’re in different areas. But that’s what your hand looks like at least!

While graphically Wartile might not be much of a looker, the gameplay is where it really matters, and although the game started off a bit tough to navigate, once you’re through that hurdle, it’s quite an enjoyable experience, especially if you are into Dungeons & Dragons or Warhammer. Wartile is a game you’ll need to stick with for a while if you decide to pick it up, and as long as you do, it will turn into a decent experience.

 

Graphics: 4.0

The graphics in Wartile are very, very basic. It’s clear what everything is, but there’s absolutely nothing standout about them.

Gameplay: 6.5

It’s tough to start Wartile, the controls are not all that clearly laid out. Past this barrier though, it plays really well.

Sound: 2.5

The music is almost as basic as it comes. While the music does match the locale, that’s about the extent of it.

Fun Factor: 7.5

Past the main hurdle of understanding the controls, Wartile is a lot of fun to play. The levels are laid out nicely, letting you plan out your moves fairly.

Final Verdict: 6.0

Wartile is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC.

Reviewed on Xbox One.

A copy of Wartile was provided by the publisher.