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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Mostly Positive (506 reviews) - 76% of the 506 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 11, 2013

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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

MAJOR KUDOS TO THE 7,042 KICKSTARTER BACKERS WHO HELPED US MAKE SMALL WORLD 2 COME TO LIFE!

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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Mostly Positive (506 reviews)
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Michael Elboim
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
The board game itself is a fantastic randomized game that is different every time, and one of my favorite board games of all times. This version gives you everything you have ever wanted from a board game: Something that deals the game components for you and counts the victory points without you bothering - not to mention the ability to skip the CPU's turns and get back to your turn in less than 10 seconds!

Not as "useful" as the mobile phone version, but great if you ever need to pass the time on a laptop.
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Horror Fox :3
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Hey everyone and this is my review about the game!

This is a Board game.


Interface/Menu/Settings

No Fullscreen! Only windowed mode!
No Resolution size.
The Sound volume has a slidebar.
The Music volume has a slidebar.
There is a tutorial... It's a video however. Which is stupid.

You can play the game online.
You can play the game Local.

About the game.

This is a board game that may start very confusing. Because nobody is waiting for to watch a single video. However there is a manual in-game though. You choose a Race and a combo at the right side. Then you will have to select the unit and place it on the field. If it says like 7/11. Then you are able to place it. Then 7 troops will go there. You can only place many troops as you are able to do so. After it you Press on done and then you are able to reinforce and make the troop on the tile stronger. By supporting it on the remaining troops that you have left. And then u have to conquer regions for regions. The game is short because it ends in 8 turns. You can't increase or decrease it.

There is a Fast forward, Which will automatically Fast forward that turn of that player. (So you don;t have to wait)
Music is okay.
Graphics could be a little bit too much.
??? is happening moments.

Other things.


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I Give this game a 5/10
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Determined Sylveon [NMT]
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Disappointing. No Steam Link support defeats the purpose of having this substitute for the board game. I feel cheated.
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inkeye
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Too many bugs! Please fix them. Random crashes. Despite that great!
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chanteyrose
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
I have very mixed feelings about this. The board game is a lot of fun. I like this on a surface level. However, it's VERY frustrating when you have multiple games where ALL your conquest rolls are blank side up, and the Bot's are ALWAYS full points. This is more rigged than just a strategy game against an AI that makes you work for it. At least randomize it.
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YoBladda
( 36.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
The game itself is great, though it's better in real life.
One of my favorite board games, but there are some significant problems with it.
For one, the rating system is broken. It is so easy to simply farm rating by being afk that it's not even funny.
In addition to this, the community is not the best. It is riddled with trolls who just go afk at the beginning of the game, and those members of the community that aren't trolls are 12 year olds who take the game way to seriously.

To be fair, however, 3 quarters of the community are legit players.

However, the game itself makes up for the shortcomings of the community and rating system, and I would still recommend playing it.
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Chedi
( 31.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
It works. Plays like the board game. Looks decent. Would be nice if the rankings worked but oh wells. Thumbs up.
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Lord Izotop the NekroCleric
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
I Love Board Games!
I really love Small World in classic table top form.
And here we are, with PC version of this iconic ;) title. Is it good? Yeah!! Basically it is a the same game but only in electronic format. We have the same art, the same rules.
What is extra? Multiplayer over internet, so there is no need to look for other players with a free time to play table top version.

I recommend this to all board game lovers.
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Wedge
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Couldn’t understand the board games, bought this to help out.
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williamfu9484
( 27.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
The point is.......no one is playing
need to wait very long before finding an opponent
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Cap. PanzaKeRuge
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
Better to get the cardboard version—it breaks less often.
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jamesmcm03
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
This is terrible and I wish I'd bought it when refunds were available.
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Ivar
( 36.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
A flawless adaptation of the boardgame. If you love the boardgame you'll love this. I bought it both for my pc and my iPad: 10/10.
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𝓛𝔲𝔠𝔢𝔱𝔱𝔞
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
The original Small World board game remains a family favorite, but this just didn't make the cut despite a recommendation from a fellow game design student.

1. Something seems to be wrong with the computer enemy AI.

2. The rules seem to be implemented incorrectly.

3. It isn't the wonderful game balance I've been accustomed to.

4. Too much of the game seems to be left to random chance as opposed to player choice compared to other, more fun board games of this century.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I guess mine stinks. But then, this game doesn't exactly smell so sweet either. It's been stinking up my Steam Library up for a couple of years and I still can't bring myself to try it again. I recommend extreme caution if you intend to purchase this game. Watch a bit of gameplay before you make up your mind.

You also have the benefit of purchasing this game and trying it for over an hour before deciding if you want to keep it. Valve never gave me that opportunity, unfortunately.
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jibanyan lord
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
lolololol good game
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Salarn
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
https://youtu.be/vmo1i4VnRmE

If you know the board game 'Small World' this digital translation won't provide many surprises. If you're a new player, the one thing you know is this is a 'Take That' style game where if you want to win you'll need to attack other players.

The huge number of race/power combinations keeps the gameplay fresh and rewards creative thinking on how squeeze the most points out of your pick before setting that race in decline and starting anew. The downside to that is new players will have some trouble when behind the learning curve for all the options.

This digital version plays swiftly and recreates the physical game accurately.
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Haligonian
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
Very good translation of game, with a very fast turn system and lots of instruction available.
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igordiaz3
( 30.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5
Excelent! As good as the board game!
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Lunk
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Tutorial does not work.
Game crashes ( 4/5 times)
Despite having no idea what the game was about, I managed to win a game by randomly clicking on stuff.
Besides that its a port from a mobile (board) game which means: you cant configure anything (exept the audio) which realy helps because it crashes when i turn the volume down.

Conclusion:
- does not require any strategie
- does not require any basic knowledge of what you are doing
- no "real" options
- mobile port
- you can get the "Elsa" (Build a Snowman) color / character (which is nice)

PS: DO YOU WANNA BUILD A SNOWMAN?!

10/10 would buy again for a mobile port from a wild guessing game
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heksefatter
( 32.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 30
Funny little game. Small World is exactly what it promises to be, short, funny and relaxing. You sit down for a little while as a distraction and the game is over before long. There isn't all that much depth to it. Luck plays a strong factor. You cannot negotiate with AI controlled players, even though it would be to clear, mutual benefit against a stronger third party. But that really isn't so bad. Not all games have to be deep to be good. And Small World is good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
The board game itself is a fantastic randomized game that is different every time, and one of my favorite board games of all times. This version gives you everything you have ever wanted from a board game: Something that deals the game components for you and counts the victory points without you bothering - not to mention the ability to skip the CPU's turns and get back to your turn in less than 10 seconds!

Not as "useful" as the mobile phone version, but great if you ever need to pass the time on a laptop.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Too many bugs! Please fix them. Random crashes. Despite that great!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I have very mixed feelings about this. The board game is a lot of fun. I like this on a surface level. However, it's VERY frustrating when you have multiple games where ALL your conquest rolls are blank side up, and the Bot's are ALWAYS full points. This is more rigged than just a strategy game against an AI that makes you work for it. At least randomize it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.1 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
394.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
As much as I enjoy playing this game, I no longer have the patience for it and cannot recommend it. This game punishes you for attempting to do anything with your downtime between moves.

Want to Alt-Tab? That crashes the game. Want to view available race combos while you're waiting on someone else's turn? That crashes the game. Playing against bots and want to skip the animations for their turns? Then be careful how quickly you press the button to skip each of them, because one too many results in you wasting your next turn, and you still have to watch some of the animations anyway.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Best game for hot seat parties. If you have some friends to play with, buy without thinking twice. You will not regret it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
Small world is a pretty good boardgame.
This software is pathetic.
It's always been buggy in various ways, with network play very unstable.
Currently it gets to the first screen, then if you click any buttons it exits without error. Completely broken and unplayable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
The UI and controls were made for touch screens, not for PC. Lack of challenges, lack of content, lack of players, has bugs, outrageous price and dlc should be included from the start.

Buy the actual board game instead.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
very good adaptation of the board game. you can play against AI, do local pass n play, or play against other folks online. after playing the board game, it's nice not having to set it up or put everything away.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
+ I'd recommend it if your friends are already into pass & play or if you are just a huge fan of the board game. It's probably easier for children to get into than Risk. It's cute and simple. AI acts as reasonably as another person, no suprises there. Looks nice, sounds nice, it's light and fluffy.

- I wouldn't recommend this game as an introduction to Small World, the board game experience itself is just more fun. I'd also tell those who are expecting something more than a faithful adaptation of a simple board game to steer clear. Those not familiar with the board game beware, this isn't an edge of your seat strategy game about military conquest. Playing solo is like playing any board game with bots. It's like playing UNO with bots, it's fine if you're bored.

I was a fan of the board game prior, but it's not a favorite. It's ok. The video game met expectations. I got the DLC with it, but it doesn't really matter. This version isn't going to replace the board in my gaming group, but that's fine. It's made for a touch screen, it'd probably make for a good travel edition if you're on a roadtrip or something.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
I really enjoy the board game version of this and think I would like this one too if it didn't keep crashing on launch. I would probably recommend it if it worked.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
Bugs out on me now, no idea why and can't find a solution to fix it anywhere online don't buy this if you want a game that'll last
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
This game is fun but NOT compatible with steam link. They do something funny with text descriptions so that they don't work well with steam overlay or steam link.
Note, the rating is Thumbs Down since I plan to play this in my living room with family, and not in computer room. So not working with Steam Link is important.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
276 of 333 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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168 of 197 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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204 of 272 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
66.3 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. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=203025847

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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60 of 71 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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30 of 45 people (67%) 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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48 of 80 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 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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