Small World 2 game and in-apps are on sale! Based on the phenomenally successful Small World fantasy board game with over 500,000 copies sold! Take control of insanely fun fantasy race & special power combos, such as Berserk Halflings, Triton Merchants, Alchemist Ratmen and Dragon-master Amazons, to grab all the land you can in a...
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Release Date: Dec 11, 2013

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July 30

Small World but Big Discount

Hello, fellow slaughterers!
A new bundle is now available for Small World 2! Called “Complete Bundle”, because it should make you completely rule the world, it allows you to get 30% off the regular game + its expansions!

If you already have the game, you get only charged for the expansions you don’t own yet, and still save 30%. A great deal to complete your collection!

We hope to see you soon on Small World 2!

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About This Game

Small World 2 game and in-apps are on sale!

Based on the phenomenally successful Small World fantasy board game with over 500,000 copies sold! Take control of insanely fun fantasy race & special power combos, such as Berserk Halflings, Triton Merchants, Alchemist Ratmen and Dragon-master Amazons, to grab all the land you can in a world that is just too small to share with your opponents!

A host of new features await you in this colossal update:
  • 2, 3, 4 and 5 player maps to conquer
  • Play with friends on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2nd gen) and of course Windows, OSX, Linux and SteamOS
  • Play Online games in real-time or turn-by-turn, with friends & strangers from the world over; and Local games over Wifi
  • Play Solo against up to 4 built-in AI; Pass’n Play with up to 5 live opponents on a single device
  • 20 new races & special powers to master through in-app purchases of Cursed!, Grand Dames and brand new to digital Be Not Afraid…
  • Online, Solo & Face to Face scores with daily, weekly and forever rankings
  • Comprehensive Small World Encyclopedia detailing all rules, races, special powers, icons & more!
  • Extensive Days of Wonder Online Buddies integration
  • Brand new musical score, sound effects, graphics and animations
  • Video Tutorial by Master Glandulf himself


What’s new in this version?

  • New "Online Arena" with lobby to set-up online games.
  • New "Single Session" game mode for real-time play, with AI Bots hot-swapping when players quit a game or run out of time.
  • New invitation system with preliminary acceptation round before game start, in asynchronous mode.
  • New "Players’ Clock" letting you set the amount of time available to each player, for competitive, Speed Chess-style play
  • Detailed stats at end game: analyze how your and your opponents’ combos performed!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.6 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 or better recommended with OpenGL 1.5 or higher
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: MacOS X version 10.8 "Mountain Lion" or higher
    • Processor: Intel 1.6 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 or better recommended
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or more recent
    • Processor: Dual Core 1.6 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 or better recommended with OpenGL 1.5 or higher
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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278 of 336 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
My review is becoming riddled with updates, as the developer has been fixing stuff. Rather than keep trying to patch it, I'm just going to add my latest thoughts up here.

They've been very good about fixing issues quickly, and in particular the fact that it no longer pauses or resets when it loses focus is a massive improvement. There are some lingering issues related to the game's touch-interface-heritage (e.g. the requirement to drag tokens around, rather than being able to just click on a spot), but overall I'm much more satisfied with it now.

To be honest, I still don't heartily endorse it at the current quality and price (especially considering the price of DLC), but the steam rating system requires a thumbs up or a thumbs down and I think it narrowly makes the cut. Hypothetically, it should only get better from here.

I also should mention that at the moment, my review says 164 of 197 people (83%) found this review helpful. Those ratings were from before these updates, when I was giving the game a thumbs down, and that negative review. Hopefully my review is still helpful, but I don't want those people to feel like I hijacked their endorsements or something.

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Board games are my thing. I have almost 500 board games, and Small World is one of my favorites. I even kicked in for the collector's edition in the kickstarter that brought Small World 2.

And... I can't recommend this. Besides being overpriced (the Android version is $10; no idea what DLC costs for Android), it's really poorly designed for PC.

Doing everything requires dragging tokens from one place to another, which would be fine on a touch display but is a huge hassle with a mouse.

The game pauses if it ever loses focus, which means you can't browse the web and such during the computer's turn. Also, if you're playing an online game, and you leave the window's focus, even if it's played every other player's turn for you and it's your turn now, the game rewinds and plays back every turn again. What the hell?!

UPDATE: Quick play is now working, although the sub-minute estimates are quite optimistic. Took me a couple minutes to find a game. I'd previously written that only quick play wasn't working at all (and it wasn't, at the time).

There's support for a friends list, but it uses Days of Wonders' servers to manage your friends. There's no way of seeing your steam friends, as far as I can tell, which is particularly baffling since it already goes out of its way to tie your steam account to a Days of Wonder account.

That said, the quick play issues is the only real 'bug' I've encountered in the hour or so I've had it. All the other problems I have with it are design issues. Technically, it runs well. There's no full screen option, but the window resizes smoothly to whatever size you want (including maximizing).

I'm enjoying it, but I've already sunk the money for it. I don't recommend purchasing it until at the very least the online issues are ironed out, and ideally some more thought is put into how the game should work on PC differently from tablets.

UPDATE: Match making for online quick play is working now
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171 of 202 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
When Small World 2 functions properly, it's a fun and faster incarnation of its tabletop predecessor. The game is arguably easier to play than its tabletop incarnation because it prevents players from making invalid moves and sometimes indicates possible moves. It also makes it easier for players to keep track of numbers like turns and quantities of troops. The game also captures the aesthetic of Small World very well, and actions are played out rather pleasantly. However, the game crashes or bugs-out frequently. The game is locked at one specific resolution, which cannot be changed (except by maximizing the window, which may sometimes result in letterboxing). There are no settings options whatsoever, aside from game volume and music volume. And finding a game online is horrendous because creating and joining games is tedious, and that's if there's even anyone online to play with (which there more often than not, is not). Many of the UI elements can be confusing, especially since the tooltips (when functional) aren't always informative. Parts of the UI, particularly text, will even change the game's cursor to the system or text cursor, making the entire game feel cheap and poorly made. One would expect many of these issues to be solved, or at least addressed, shortly after the game's release, but since at the time I'm typing this the game has been released for over a year, I believe that it's safe to say that these issues will not be addressed any time soon, if at all. The entire game feels like a half-♥♥♥♥♥ money grab, and despite the genuine entertainment it may provide, albeit in small amounts, I cannot recommend this game while these issues continue to exist.
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205 of 273 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
81.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
The core small worlds game is fun and a lot of people want to see a computerized version of it to play online with friends. However it's quite expensive for what you get, only took half a year to make and the DLC option is an insult to any other passionate developer that works his ♥♥♥ off to go that extra mile who truely deserves it. Back in my day DLC was called an expansion pack and it was worth every penny. Here we have a set of simple and over priced DLC packs on day 1, something alreay made & a number of fans could poop out in an afternoon if they spent that time to support mods. OK, It's understandable that a company seeks to maximize profits but this developer goes a little too far with asking consumers to purchase an aditional andriod version even after they have brought the PC one. Not sure if that also requires purchasing the DLC twice but its deserves critisim because the combined price tage is approaching a tripple A title.

As for the quality of the game itself, there are a few bugs with it. The race descriptions don't always render properly, it appears to use flash/html pages for that and suffer from a font issue on my machine. I also caused the game to freeze when attempting to read the rules as the bots were taking their turn. There are limited graphical options for resolution & sound. All said and done, its entertaining for an hour or so but for that price I think you can find something else that will keep you going for far longer.

*update* Some parts of the game looks nice, but the quality of developement feels rushed in how it responds, the screen doesn't scale well in places.

The application must also be active at all times to play multiplayer otherwise you get a re authorization message followed by the turn replaying itself from start which means no browsing on your 2nd monitor to pass the time and even reading the in game rules causes this issue to occur. I like the game but the quality could be better.
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62 of 73 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2015
This is a fun board game, and I thought I would give it a go with some friends online, but playing online games with friends is extremely buggy with non stop connection and "authenticating" issues.
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59 of 87 people (68%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
2/10 Buy the board game, it will run smoother and have more graphical options.
Tutorial video won't run. Despite having no idea what the game was about, I managed to win a few games by randomly clicking on stuff.
It crashed.
It crashed a lot.
It's a port of a mobile version of a board game. Which gives you all the thrills of broken drivers, low resolution graphic, no options, and a game lacking any real life or depth. Nor does the game require any skill, strategy or basic knowledge of what you're doing, s you can beat it by just blindly guessing what it's about.
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29 of 44 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
I LOVE the Small World board game (own nearly every expansion, including the hard-to-find ones). Unfortunately, this game is terrible. The computer strategies are often broken, some of the rules aren't implemented correctly (prevents legal moves), and some combinations short-circuit the AI, rendering it useless.

...all that was when the game actually worked. Now it just bugs out every time I try to play, shutting down the game completely. In it's current status this game is unplayable.
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49 of 81 people (60%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
Rampant censorship. If you cuss, it not only censors you, but even goes so far as to presume to mute you (even if you are just playing with people you know, who couldn't care less if you cuss or not). So, congratulations, now you can't type anything to your friends at all.
Accidentally clicking the "redeploy" button automatically ends your turn. No take-backsies. Given that the arrows to skip forward to your turn are positioned in the same place as said redeployment button, it is very easy to accidentally click it.
Similarly, if you accidentally drop your tokens on a space (or change your mind about where you want to deploy your troops), too bad.
There is no way to change your mind about your turn, even before clicking to end your turn (which is totally ridiculous given that it is a turn-based game. No one can make any moves until you click your "done" button to indicate that you are finished with your turn, so what does it hurt to let you change your mind about what you are going to do during your turn?)
Other problems with the game:
It crashes out frequently.
Game options are embarrassingly sparse. You get sound volume, music volume, and some minor profile edits. That's it.
Tooltips take several seconds of hovering to show up and are uselessly vague.
As I understand it, this was a cellphone game that was ported to the pc, which could explain why it is so restricted.
You have to set up an account online to play it, which is an annoyance.

My conclusion:
Not even worth $2
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
Awesome game, plays exactly like the board game and ensures that you won't make any rules mistakes. Random bugs do happen and would love to see a patch. It's totally playable right now and it's a lot of fun.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Awesome port of world famous board game!
You don't need to waste time for placing or collecting cardboard items after the game!
You just make decisions and have fun!
Moreover the AI won't let you make a wrong turn! AI won't make a mistake in counting victory coins.
Again just relax make desicions and have fun!
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27 of 44 people (61%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2013
I own the board game and most of the expansions, and my kids and I love it. This is a pretty faithful digital version. My son digitally crushed me twice in a row last night, and it took less time than it would have to play one game with the physical board game. We were pleased that it clarified a couple of rules that were not clear (to us) previously. The art is in keeping with Small World art, although the graphics don't scale well when maximized on a wide screen. Touch functionality is awesome, and using a mouse is not nearly as bad as some other reviewers have suggested. The AI is not 100% there: I've had AI opponents walk all over me, but I've also had an AI opponent play an entire game with their first-turn pick of Hordes of Amazons... Online play, Solo, and Pass 'n' Play all worked like a charm. I've had it crash out of the game twice during solo play, but I expect that will get ironed out in the near future. Overall, I believe it's worth the price for the base game and the DLC. I would really like to see Tales and Legends DLC.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
It's an OK adaption of the board game, but the digital version lacks the role play and social interaction that makes the board game so endearing when played around a table with friends and family.

On top of that, they didn't exactly go the extra mile. The graphics are basically the same as the pictures in the board game, the music is irritating, and the implementation is buggy. Graphics twitch as they resize back and forth. The game crashes with regularity, bug reports no longer tended to by the developers. It's basically abandonware at this point, a cheap and cheerful digitization and monetization of the board game.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
An amazing digitalization of the tabletop board game. For those who don't know the board game, it is very enjoyable, highly interactive, with tons of replayability. The randomization after decisions are made is fairly minimal, leaving lots of room for strategy and skill. The replay through the numerous combinations of racial abilities is always interesting and fun.

For those familiar with the board game, the digital version is fantastic. The rules are seamlessly coded into the interface in a very intuitive way - you might even learn some rules by playing it this way! It plays very fast for familiar players, and no clean up time!
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3.4 hrs
Posted: September 21
I love playing this game with my kids. It's not too complicated but keeps me interested as well as them over many play throughs
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Hitzuki Key
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 5
Genius! Troll AI used diplomacy skill on Amazonian AI..
Amazonian passive: "get bonus points each round if you don't attack anyone (except those that attacked you)"
Diplomacy skill: "on each round you may choose 1 player/AI that hasn't attacked you since the past round, to disable their ability to attack you on the next round."

Trolls at their best
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dont u get it u stupid dog
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
It's all shiny and with nice art, but there's nothing to the game. There's no meat to the gameplay, so it gets boring after one game.
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6.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
I have not played the board game version, but I really like this version. Simply well done & fun to play. Kind of like Risk with fantasy creatures. Only "complaint" I have is the expansions do not work off-line. ( the base game, itself, does ) At least, I haven't figured out how to do so.
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65.7 hrs
Posted: August 3
I love this game, it's a great way to kill time. Each game generally lasts around 10 minutes so it's a nice relacement for solitaire, hearts, minesweeper, etc. I mostly play single player against AI opponents but I've played a few multiplayer games and they seemed to work well.
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24.1 hrs
Posted: July 23
Curator Review:

This board game, developed by Days of Wonder, is a game of many pieces but also a game in which you are encouraged to slaughter your friends. Pick a race, conquer some regions, go into decline, conquer some more, and make money along the way! The person with the most money at the end of the game wins. This risk-esque game is elegantly designed and a beautiful replica of the physical board game. If you love board games or you just love wailing on your friends, I highly recommend it. 8/10
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3.0 hrs
Posted: July 17
Writing a review for this game really makes me wish Steam had a "Maybe" button. Small World 2 is a computerized version of the Small World board game. The goal of the game is to have more victory coins than the other players by the end of the game. You gain victory coins based on how many territories your race holds on the map at the end of your turn (plus special and racial bonuses). The races and specials are randomized at the start of the game and the mechanics ensure that you'll play at least a couple of races each game. Unlike Risk, players are not defeated and forced to leave the game. Play proceeds for a fixed number of rounds and everyone participates until the very end. Only two sources of randomness exist in Small World: the available race and power combinations and the die roll for the last conquest of your turn. The rest is all strategy, which is another serious departure from Risk (everyone seems to compare Risk and Small World in reviews so I'll do it too).

So Small World is a great game. But should you buy this version of it? There is absolutely no substitute for gathering a group of friends at a table and playing the real thing. But the physical version of the game does take up a ton of space and is littered with pieces you need to manage and arrange. The game boards (the map you use depends on the number of players) don't take up much space, but everything else you need to play the game more than makes up for it. My family and I found it a little awkward to play on our moderately large kitchen table. It doesn't help that new players will need the large cheat sheets included with the game to figure out what the races and special abilities do. The big advantage of the digital version is that the computer keeps track of everything for you and there are no pieces to manage. You also have the option to play against AI opponents which can help you learn the game.

I actually bought Small World 2 so that I could learn the game and practice for playing with my family. I think that is a fine reason for buying the game. Given the attention to detail visible in the game itself, the instructions are surprisingly poor. Having the rules enforced by the game itself makes it easy to get the hang of things. Games move a lot more quickly too given that there is no need to deal with physical pieces. It costs less than the physical version of Small World too.

The reason I can't wholeheartedly recommend the game is because it feels cheap. For all the fun I've had with it, it is actuality a poor port of a mobile game, with none of the optimizations or customization options you would expect from a PC game. The fact that the tutorial you can access from the game just loads a Youtube video was shocking. It's a mediocre version of a great game. Buy it if you want to play the game by yourself or with friends online (but if they live close by, please consider the board game instead). Otherwise, just skip this and play the real thing.
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38.5 hrs
Posted: July 15
I recommed this (computer version) game only because I absolutely LOVE the actual in-life board game. The rules are true to the game, although in a couple instances they are buggy ("hordes of" is one example).

One of the biggest detractors are the horrendous servers. I've been booted several times, often in mid to late game, and sometimes in ranked games. This is very frustrating and I've seen plenty of other people booted too. This is not an internet connection issue (for me or for others), but rather a server issue.

As mentioned before the soundtrack is very limited and repetitive.

Good game, but it definitely contains some wonks that need to be worked out, and hopefully these will be worked out soon because I would love to see more people adopt the game and play it online.
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