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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...
Release Date: Dec 11, 2013
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Small World 2.5 Update is Available!

June 11th, 2014

Introducing Small World 2.5

Featuring an even more refined online game system that delivers the best of both asynchronous and competitive online play, Small World 2.5 now gives you:
  • A full-featured Lobby with real-time chat, list of connected players, game creation and list of open games to join. Within this Online Arena you’ll find a thriving community of avid Small World players ready to play 24/7.
  • New Single-Session Online games – real-time gaming with bots taking over when someone quits. Even better, all games now run with a Speed Chess-like competitive Player clock that controls how much time each player has left to play.
  • Multi-Session Online games – the asynchronous gaming already in Small World 2, but with even more options to control who gets invited, how long your game will last, and a myriad of other options regarding ranked games, karma filtering, starting player selection, and more.
  • We’ve also implemented more of everything: More ranking, persistent in-game chat, chat in the final score screen, and a super detailed statistics screen at the end of each game to analyze how each player performed with various race/power combinations.
  • And last but not least, we now provide a Linux version, included in the same SteamPlay™ package!

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Small World 2.5 in Open Beta!

May 16th, 2014

For the past 6 months, we've been hard at work on the next digital version: Small World 2.5. We've added a new "Online Arena" with a live lobby, a list of open games, and full chat capability; support for single-session games, with a new Player Clock for competitive game play; a new Stats screen at game end; improved AI and much more.

Before this new version launches, we want to make sure we got it right, and that it really scales up, so we would like to get as many concurrent players as we can competing against each other in the coming days.

So please come and try it! In your Steam Library, select the game's Steam "Properties", go to the "BETAS" tab and switch to the "beta_version" item.

Make sure you read the explanations on http://www.daysofwonder.com/msg/?th=29279 about the Beta Program. Using the Beta requires that you agree with the terms described in the Beta Program.

We look forward to hearing from you, have fun with the Beta!

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“Best iPad Strategy/Simulation Game of the year!”
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About the Game

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!

PC System Requirements

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
84 products in account
1 review
0.1 hrs on record
I have to chime in, this game has massive problems. There are a huge number of users who can't even start the game, and the dev has done little to address it with the latest patch. What can I do when I can't even start the game after owning it for a month?
Posted: February 1st, 2014
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
25 products in account
5 reviews
21.8 hrs on record
I couldn't get this game to launch at all at first. Took me hours, and getting help from another user in the community forum, to actually figure out how to fix it so that it would install correctly.

Big disappointment in that regard and I urge some caution. "Only a few" users were allegedly affected, but there seem to be several issues beyond ones specifically like mine.
Posted: February 14th, 2014
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
357 products in account
24 reviews
1.9 hrs on record
Type of Game:

Virtual Board Game

Version Played:

PC version through Steam

Similar Games:

Settlers of Catan, Risk, and to a lesser degree Monopoly

The Good:

An exact replica of the board game version, which means that the players get the same engrossing and competitive game they would play on a board
A wonderful multiplayer game (when it works – see below) that balances different strategy mechanics
Race and special power cards can really change the way that each gaming session is played and will also change the player’s choices
It is really nice not having to pull out all the physical pieces of the game to play a quick round with a friend
Being able to play against other players on different platforms ( iPad, Android, & Kindle Fire) is a definite plus
“Turn-by-turn” is a neat feature that lets players play their turns without having all players present. You can exit the game and continue at a later time once your opponent has finished their turn
Steam has a notification pop up when it’s the player’s turn

The Bad:

The online multiplayer is bugged and glitchy, which leads to dropped games and nonstarters
Seeing as most players will be picking up this game to play with friends, it seems as if it could have done with some more quality assurance testing in the online multiplayer department
The overall user interface is clunky and not very intuitive
Trying to get a game going has far too many steps and the lengthy registration requirements seem unnecessary
Sound design is awful and really could have helped with the immersion should some decent music and sound effects been utilized

Can you play it while the children are awake?:

Absolutely. Had a good time playing locally with my seven year old.

Did I make time to complete it?:

I played and finished five multiplayer games. I would have played a lot more, had the online multiplayer not had so many issues.

Recommended Purchase Price:

The gameplay is a blast just like the board game, but the online problems really hinder the overall experience. I applaud Days of Wonder for implementing the oft-requested feature for video game versions of board games (so many come out with just local play), but just wish they’d spent more time fixing the infrastructure before releasing the game.



67% of current retail value of $14.99



Posted: February 10th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
61 products in account
3 reviews
168.9 hrs on record
Very buggy, but at least gets the gameplay right. A problem occurs when you are in two games and it asks you if you want to switch. If it is your turn in both, it will take you through all of the other players' moves, even though they already went, and then if you switch to the other game, and back again, you have to watch all of those players' moves yet again before you can go, all the while everyone can't understand why you won't take your turn. Lots of crashes and disconnected player in multiplayer.
Posted: February 20th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24 products in account
1 review
3.4 hrs on record
Fun, just like the board games, but without all the setup.
Posted: June 21st, 2014
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265 of 318 people (83%) found this review helpful
533 products in account
4 reviews
15.4 hrs on record
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.

------ Mostly-original review below ------

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
Posted: December 11th, 2013
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