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Positive (21 reviews) - 80% of the 21 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 28, 2012

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95% “Just buy it, plain and simple.”
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100% "an incredibly addictive strategy game that is difficult to tear away from"
DGA


92% "Great Big War Game is an essential download for any fan of the strategy genre"
Gamers Temple

About This Game

Taking military "advice" from the ridiculous generalissimo, can you battle your way through this truly massive, content-packed military campaign? Plan your missions, deploy your forces, try not to fall off the sofa laughing!

You've plenty of units to play with, covering land, sea and airborne combat. Be warned though, these funny cartoon troops are not exactly the right stuff.

Playing as "Jenkins", the hard done to lieutenant, you will need to complete the Generalissimo's wide variety of mission orders - collect resources, assassinate enemy generals, invade territory, evacuate your forces, do a bit of enemy base ownage, etc.

40+ hours of campaign mode not enough? There is also unlimited skirmish play vs the AI for quick fixes, on a wide variety of custom maps.

And there's still more - Multiplayer. You can Pass & Play on your PC, or join our thriving online community, playing head to head at an asynchronous pace that suits you. Online play is cross-platform, so you can play and/or transfer your account to other supported platforms.

Key Features:

  • Control armies of 30 different units on land, sea and air
  • 50+ hours of gameplay in the story campaign
  • 70+ skirmish/multiplayer maps
  • Online asynchronous multiplayer – challenge others on PC, iOS and Android
  • Units can collect battle points through play to be used to give tactical boosts and rank-ups
  • Each level mission has unique challenges, introduced each time either a new playing piece, new terrain, new buildings or different tactics to achieve a win
  • Use height advantage and choke points to dominate your enemy
  • Play in the jungle, desert, polar, rocky & temperate terrain
  • Replay value to achieve higher rankings
  • Your game account for online play works on PC, iOS and Android - swap around at will.

    Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatBigWarGame
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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Pentium 4 1.4 GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB DirectX 9.0c compliant video card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0 Compliant
    • Additional:Internet connection required for online play.
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Positive (21 reviews)
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richflath
( 162.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
After years of playing Advance Wars in an emulator I wanted better. Tried the demo of the small wars game and then found this. Love the sarcasm and humor in the game. The only short comings for me are the aircraft are kind of a PITA to use and I wish there were some bigger maps! I'd like a skirmish to last an hour not 15 minutes. Other than that, lovin it.
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( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
Pretty good game actually, but stuck on a fakin hard mission
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Lecture halls need beds
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: October 11, 2015
Probably one of the most casual games I have ever played. Only recommended if you are buying it for small children. The game features turn based combat on a hex tiled board and different units with obvious strengths and weaknesses. In fact the rock paper scissors style combat system is so biased that a severly weakened unit can still easily kill a full health unit that it counters. Battles are boring and just lead to unit spamming more than actual strategy. Also the unit speech is probably the cringiest stuff i have EVER heard.
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saturn1
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 22, 2014
I dont know but ive been told. Great big wargame gets real old.
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Shin Bill Cosby
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21, 2014
Its like a ghetto advance wars...Without powers. So i guess its very balanced.

Only recommend if 2.50 or 5 bucks. may be 5.
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tornadopunk
( 30.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11, 2014
i like this game its ♥♥♥♥ing epic
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Kitty
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25, 2014
Lots of fun...WARNING!!: Can destroy Friendships :P
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col.fitzgerald
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20, 2014
Ignore the snarky reviews of this game. If like me you've been waiting for a game that's like XCOM for years, then look no further. The game plays like a mixture between Command and Conquer and XCOM, with a busty woman and an insane General to spice things up. Is it graphically impressive? No. Does it matter? No. It was never meant to be like stepping into the computer room in Minority Report. It's a hex tile tactical game with cartoony graphics and cheerful little soldiers who, if they're not lollygaggin', they're out seeing Uncle Jasper. I loved it and wish they'd make another.
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Rawrlex ♥ Meowlex
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12, 2014
turn based strategy game.

very basic graphics and sounds, annoying and repetitive npc commentaries and music.

the game was developed for android / ios.
maybe its fun to play on a tablet, but its sure an insult for your hardware if you play it on a pc.

anything positive? oh yeah: cross platform multiplayer!
(implying that there is anyone playing it...)

my conclusion:
instead of wasting 10 bucks for this, better buy the 5 cheapest games on steam and i swear, all of them will be better than the "GREAT big war game".
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Jevon-IngrainedKarma
( 48.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2013
Love this game! recommend to anyone who likes to kill time and enjoys turn based combat
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tommeboy
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2013
lame comedy .. poor controls .. too linear
wish I never bought at all .. even for a few bucks

This may be one of the worst games I have ever bought on steam, and somehow 9 out of 12 people like this game? The rating system on steam is loaded with fake reviews. Stay clear
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Grognard_87
( 40.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15, 2013
A very fun turn-based game. It's a simple enough story, blue against red, no real bioware-like writing, but the game is a lot of turn-based, unit building fun so if you like that, that's great. Unfortunatly, after a while it does get a little old, especially with no actual storyline or anything else to keep you invested and it goes on for 50 missions which may not seem much, but being a turn-based game it takes soooo long.
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Muerkier
( 32.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30, 2013
A cute lil no brainer to relax with. A great game to introduce a kid to the turn based strategy genre. My 7 year old son loves it. This game is a great way to spend some quality time with your child and get some chuckles while doing it. The multi-player system IS dated, you send data packets back and forth to each other via a lobby chat room type thing ... you take a turn, upload your turn to the server, the opponent Downloads your turn, takes his own turn and uploads it back and this continues until the game is over ..... it doesnt take long to take the turns and it isnt that bad once you get used to it. This harkens back to the early days of Multi-player over the internet and a game called "Empire" on the Amiga 500 where you did this exact thing ... take a turn ... upload it (or save it to a floppy disk back then) or e-mail the turn to a friend ..... not sure why they did it this way other than lazy programming or a lack of knowledge on the Devs part as to modern day programming techniques but it is what it is. I still think it is a great way to introduce kids to the TBS genre and my son and I love it.
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-Tetsuo-
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19, 2013
Great fun. The multiplayer lets you play multiple games at once against iOS and ANdroid players as well.
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Vincent
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 7, 2012
While on the surface this game may appear simple, the way it uses it's
rock-paper-scissor mechanic adds so much to it's depth and competitive strategy.

The game has many many skirmish maps as well as a long story-based camaign.
The skirmish maps are balanced, whereas the campaign puts you in various positions that you have to work your way out of as well as easing you into the game so you can learn the units a few at a time.

There are a good variety of units, each with different strengths and weaknesses, to be used in different situations. Grunts, the standard infantry, are relatively cheap at $75. But should they come up agains a Sniper ($200) which has superior range, they can be one-shotted. Sending a Scout Tank ($100) could have the speed to get close enough to take out the Sniper, unless there's a Bazooka ($100) nearby, which could one-shot the Scout Tank.
There's such a complexity between all the units, divided into land, sea, and air; I could go on forever. Worth the $10.
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Macdallan
( 30.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 30, 2012
I picked this up because it was cheap and looked like I could waste a few minutes on it here and there. I was wrong. I've had it maybe a day and I've got 10 hours into it already. Not a bad little strategy title with a bit of humour thrown in - although some animations could be faster and the turn change animation is annoying after the first few times you see it. I'm really tired of the vehicles zooming across the screen now. But I'm being picky. This game does take a bit of strategy, but it's not all that complex and the campaign really eases you into the game with a new units being introduced at a pace that makes it easy to learn how to use them properly. Units level if you keep them alive long enough - but it seems they only level after a number of kills so spread the kills around if you can, and keep those old units alive.

Overall - 7.5/10 - and it would score higher if I was not so irritated by little things - like the zooming vehicle turn transitions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
162.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
After years of playing Advance Wars in an emulator I wanted better. Tried the demo of the small wars game and then found this. Love the sarcasm and humor in the game. The only short comings for me are the aircraft are kind of a PITA to use and I wish there were some bigger maps! I'd like a skirmish to last an hour not 15 minutes. Other than that, lovin it.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2013
A very fun turn-based game. It's a simple enough story, blue against red, no real bioware-like writing, but the game is a lot of turn-based, unit building fun so if you like that, that's great. Unfortunatly, after a while it does get a little old, especially with no actual storyline or anything else to keep you invested and it goes on for 50 missions which may not seem much, but being a turn-based game it takes soooo long.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2013
A cute lil no brainer to relax with. A great game to introduce a kid to the turn based strategy genre. My 7 year old son loves it. This game is a great way to spend some quality time with your child and get some chuckles while doing it. The multi-player system IS dated, you send data packets back and forth to each other via a lobby chat room type thing ... you take a turn, upload your turn to the server, the opponent Downloads your turn, takes his own turn and uploads it back and this continues until the game is over ..... it doesnt take long to take the turns and it isnt that bad once you get used to it. This harkens back to the early days of Multi-player over the internet and a game called "Empire" on the Amiga 500 where you did this exact thing ... take a turn ... upload it (or save it to a floppy disk back then) or e-mail the turn to a friend ..... not sure why they did it this way other than lazy programming or a lack of knowledge on the Devs part as to modern day programming techniques but it is what it is. I still think it is a great way to introduce kids to the TBS genre and my son and I love it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2013
Great fun. The multiplayer lets you play multiple games at once against iOS and ANdroid players as well.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2012
While on the surface this game may appear simple, the way it uses it's
rock-paper-scissor mechanic adds so much to it's depth and competitive strategy.

The game has many many skirmish maps as well as a long story-based camaign.
The skirmish maps are balanced, whereas the campaign puts you in various positions that you have to work your way out of as well as easing you into the game so you can learn the units a few at a time.

There are a good variety of units, each with different strengths and weaknesses, to be used in different situations. Grunts, the standard infantry, are relatively cheap at $75. But should they come up agains a Sniper ($200) which has superior range, they can be one-shotted. Sending a Scout Tank ($100) could have the speed to get close enough to take out the Sniper, unless there's a Bazooka ($100) nearby, which could one-shot the Scout Tank.
There's such a complexity between all the units, divided into land, sea, and air; I could go on forever. Worth the $10.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
Love this game! recommend to anyone who likes to kill time and enjoys turn based combat
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
Ignore the snarky reviews of this game. If like me you've been waiting for a game that's like XCOM for years, then look no further. The game plays like a mixture between Command and Conquer and XCOM, with a busty woman and an insane General to spice things up. Is it graphically impressive? No. Does it matter? No. It was never meant to be like stepping into the computer room in Minority Report. It's a hex tile tactical game with cartoony graphics and cheerful little soldiers who, if they're not lollygaggin', they're out seeing Uncle Jasper. I loved it and wish they'd make another.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2012
I picked this up because it was cheap and looked like I could waste a few minutes on it here and there. I was wrong. I've had it maybe a day and I've got 10 hours into it already. Not a bad little strategy title with a bit of humour thrown in - although some animations could be faster and the turn change animation is annoying after the first few times you see it. I'm really tired of the vehicles zooming across the screen now. But I'm being picky. This game does take a bit of strategy, but it's not all that complex and the campaign really eases you into the game with a new units being introduced at a pace that makes it easy to learn how to use them properly. Units level if you keep them alive long enough - but it seems they only level after a number of kills so spread the kills around if you can, and keep those old units alive.

Overall - 7.5/10 - and it would score higher if I was not so irritated by little things - like the zooming vehicle turn transitions.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I dont know but ive been told. Great big wargame gets real old.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
Its like a ghetto advance wars...Without powers. So i guess its very balanced.

Only recommend if 2.50 or 5 bucks. may be 5.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
i like this game its ♥♥♥♥ing epic
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
Lots of fun...WARNING!!: Can destroy Friendships :P
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
Probably one of the most casual games I have ever played. Only recommended if you are buying it for small children. The game features turn based combat on a hex tiled board and different units with obvious strengths and weaknesses. In fact the rock paper scissors style combat system is so biased that a severly weakened unit can still easily kill a full health unit that it counters. Battles are boring and just lead to unit spamming more than actual strategy. Also the unit speech is probably the cringiest stuff i have EVER heard.
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16 of 36 people (44%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
turn based strategy game.

very basic graphics and sounds, annoying and repetitive npc commentaries and music.

the game was developed for android / ios.
maybe its fun to play on a tablet, but its sure an insult for your hardware if you play it on a pc.

anything positive? oh yeah: cross platform multiplayer!
(implying that there is anyone playing it...)

my conclusion:
instead of wasting 10 bucks for this, better buy the 5 cheapest games on steam and i swear, all of them will be better than the "GREAT big war game".
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2 of 13 people (15%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
lame comedy .. poor controls .. too linear
wish I never bought at all .. even for a few bucks

This may be one of the worst games I have ever bought on steam, and somehow 9 out of 12 people like this game? The rating system on steam is loaded with fake reviews. Stay clear
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Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Pretty good game actually, but stuck on a fakin hard mission
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