Battle World: Kronos is a classic turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle, Advance Wars and Panzer General. Have you ever wondered what games like that would look like today? Well, we did. As a result, we decided to develope Battle Worlds: Kronos.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (106 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 4, 2013

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"New take on the Panzer General-esque gameplay. Great game if you like turn-based strategy on grand scale."

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May 23

FREE "Trains" DLC Released!

We've just released the free DLC "Trains" for our turn-based strategy game "Battle Worlds: Kronos".

It features:

  • An additional single player campaign (~ 15 hours of play time!)
  • Four new unit types with new gameplay features
  • Two new multiplayer maps
  • One new singleplayer challenge map

Free for everybody who bought the main game!

Take a look: Features & New Units

And these are the things we've benn working on in the last six month since the release of the game: Improvements since launch

Have fun!

Your KING Art Team

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Digital Deluxe Edition

The Digital Deluxe Edition features:
- Digital 40 page "Extended Manual" with advanced tactics and background info (PDF)
- Digital 80 page "Weapon's manual" with "tips & tricks" for every unit (PDF)
- Digital soundtrack, featuring 10 tracks (all original compositions)

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About This Game

Battle World: Kronos is a classic turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle, Advance Wars and Panzer General. Have you ever wondered what games like that would look like today? Well, we did. As a result, we decided to develope Battle Worlds: Kronos.

Key Features:

  • Two Single Player Campaigns (~50 hours of gameplay)
  • Single Player Challenge Maps - Test your skills in different combat scenarios and keep track of your progress.
  • Live Multiplayer - Battle your friends live on the internet (cross-platform) or via hot-seat.
  • Asynchronous Multiplayer - Take all the time you need and consider your moves. Similar to "play-by-mail", your round is stored on our server and turned over to your opponent. The system allows you to continue the match anytime and anywhere you want (cross-platform).
  • Online Features - Leagues, chat and - in early 2014 - tournaments.
  • Strong AI - A clever AI that will challenge even experienced commanders.
  • Map Editor - A powerful editor to create your own maps and missions (Windows only).
  • Includes "Trains" DLC - Additional ~15 hours campaign, new units and new multiplayer maps

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9c compatible with 256 MB RAM, Pixelshader 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio interface
    • OS: Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio interface
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or newer
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1, GeForce GTX 260 or better, proprietary driver recommended
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio interface
    • Additional Notes: Might work on other Linux distributions as well (see Forum)
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
442.0 hrs on record
Lov this game reminds me if battle isle 2200 which i also liked. Only wish people would make more scenareos. I would but i'm not a techno i'm a a tech
Posted: September 30
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Just for the statistics: I'm a passionate player of turn based strategy games, I've played a lot of them and I was never fearing a tough challenge.

I really wanted to love this game, but like many others, all I found was frustration. The reasons were dicussed well enough. I will not repeat them.

The Dev's response related to this critism suggests, that they do not see any (design) failures on their side and that they are not willing to intoduce corresponding changes. Well, that's ok - its their game and there seems to exist a certain fan base which favours b]their approach . But hence, this will be my conclusion: Deinstall BW:K and discourage my friends from buying/playing it.

Best regards,
Posted: October 9
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
It is very difficult, perhaps to the point of being unfair in some missions.

This is exactly the way it should be, Battle Worlds delivers exactly what I wanted out of a Battle Isle inspired game. For the new lower price with the extra content? It is a great buy.

Just be aware that there is a steep learning curve with this game. And when I say steep, I mean you will fail the first mission over and over until you "get it".

A few tips:
* save often
* You can call for reinforcements, once every 10 turns. Use this until you get the hang of the game.
* Capturing buildings will often get you new units. You are probably doing better than you think.
* Move your units first, then attack. You get a bonus for having multiple attackers "flanking" an enemy.
* In the first mission, move North as quick as you can, taking the left path and ignoring the South East base. Once you take the North East base, the rest of the mission is easy.

Good luck!
Posted: May 26
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
190.7 hrs on record
Not really a Battle Isle successor but a solid turn-based tactics game.

- Long campaign (20-40h)
- Good graphic and sound for a strategy game
- Excellent Multiplayer System with leagues
- Map-Editor

- Really bad AI
- Boring campaign story and some of the missions are bad
Posted: June 28
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
96.5 hrs on record
Finally, an old classic is back, but in full glory of modern technology. There are no distractions and frustrations resulting from luck or the lack thereof in battles. There is no dice rolling in this game, it's pure tactics - the way the good old Battle Isle series and Historyline: 1914–1918 have taught us. I wish they were more games like that and I sincerely hope we will see a successor!
Posted: April 27
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Nice setup, but meh AI kinda ruins it. You might enjoy it if you are a fan of advance wars kinda games, or maybe not, because AI is severely meh.
Posted: June 26
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game is a very challenging game and is very addicting.When i started Battle Worlds Kronos,i thought it was going to be boring,but as soon as you start playing it for a while,you will feel that this game is very addicting.For those who are not sure if you want to buy this game,take my advice:do get this game.That is all i have to say about this game.
Posted: May 30
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
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11 of 27 people (41%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
They refused to give Steam Keys to those that bought it on their website. Companies like this you simply don't support. Especially when they were voted in via Greenlight. Get Pandora from Slitherine instead.
Posted: May 14
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
I backed this on kickstarter and was very disapointed when the game came out. Cheap looking UI, graphics not that great... and really it takes forever to really "get anything done". I think the problems stem around the ratio of big maps to movement speed - and the overall map design. You spend a lot of time getting your army across a bridge to kill a few units - only to have to bottleneck all your units at the next bridge again.

I'd probably be more patient with the game if the graphics didn't look like they were about a decade old. :(

Summary: Nothing to look forward to in this game.
Posted: May 9
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Awesome turn based strategy wargame.
Posted: May 28
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193.1 hrs on record
The core campaign is excellent, and offers many hours of solo play. The reinforcements option is a nice way to help with a level you may find difficult. Unfortunately, the game has little replayability. The Trains DLC is poorly designed and can be ignored.
Posted: June 19
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12.7 hrs on record
please game devs if there is one, my map builder does not work it just stays at a white screen. pls help me ty.
Posted: June 22
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81 of 102 people (79%) found this review helpful
35.8 hrs on record
I backed this game when showed up on Kickstarter so I very much knew what I was going to get along the way reading the updates and discussions going on during development. It tries to be in a way a throwback to the Battle Isle series and such games like that, on that level it feels some what similar but for me does not quite hit the sweet spot that those titles hit from an enjoyment factor.

The game itself I found to be at times hard but only if held off using the reinforcement system but other than a few missions where I feel they might have pushed the difficulty up a bit too high...the rest I considered to be about right for me. Gameplay mechanics they tried to add a few twists to the format that Battle Isle series used and while pulled it off just about I never felt it blew my mind or felt that was much better than the simpler older systems used in the past. Maybe that's more to do with my age than the mechanics themselves though...hard to tell from my own perspective since I am biased.

The story is predictable and generic but it's adequate though like with most strategy games the gameplay is the major factor in deciding to purchase these type of games rather than the storyline, the cinematic sequences felt low quality but I kind of expected that given how much funding the game got so I can't hold it against them too much. It does it's job and I have seen far worse animation quality in other more popular games. I did not like having to log in to their servers all the time though, the autosave is not great but since you can save anytime you want manually it does not detract from the quality of the game too much.

Music I felt was nice enough overall or more specifically some tracks were very nice while the rest was okay. The game feels about the right length from a story perspective given you play first one faction then the other follows right after but it could of been longer, the padding of 'cinematics' shown as segments within the campaign were it felt to me a way to disguise how few missions in the campaign there was but if they had hidden the segments (all of them from view) then I would not have noticed if I am honest. It was their visability that made it blatent to me. That has a slight negative effect much like knowing there is only x amount of chapters in a book prior to starting reading page 1 or knowing that your reaching the end of the game which I feel detracts from the experience. Not many people want to know the day the world will end for example, yet games that list every mission or sequence of the game in the campaign menu feels like someone waving a 'the end is nigh' banner in your face all the time.

If I was to rate the overall experience however, despite it's was a positive experience and worth backing on Kickstarter or buying on Steam if I had not backed. But like all games it does have flaws. I would consider this an okay turn based strategy game that tried to recapture the older turn based titles some of us TBS fans loved back in the day but while enjoyable it does fall short on reaching those lofty heights set before it. If I was going to buy a game like this I would still pick Battle Isle Shadow of the Empire over this game and maybe couple others but if like turn based strategy games and was a fan of the Battle Isle series then you will probably enjoy this game. It may not be my favorite game in this style of turn based games but it is worthy of picking up if like that sort of game.
Posted: November 26, 2013
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113 of 157 people (72%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
The game indeed looks nice. But once the first impression fades away, you realize that it plays worse than Battle Isle 1 or Battalion: Nemesis or even Advanced Strategic Command (these games are either significantly less expensive or even free), The biggest downside of this game for me is that the UI is sluggish and not as assistive as it could be. As you play the game, you realize that it takes quite long, because you wait for something all the time (UI to respond, animation to finish, CPU to make a move). Note that I have a 2.9GHz Haswell i5, so the sluggishness is not about weak HW.
The story is not great, in-game popup story dialogs are not something you look forward to.
The AI is OK, sometimes stupid, ignoring you while you move around and take an advantageous position, but you are going to be grateful for that.
I don't recommend buying the game for more than $10 unless there is a significant patch fixing the issues above. The authors had such great examples to learn from, but they probably didn't play the game much. Otherwise they would have concentrated more on gameplay than on visuals.

Patch 1.1 update:
The developers have addressed some of the most painful issues, and the gameplay experience has improved considerably, but there is still room for improvements. What now stands out is the passivity of the AI The enemy has much more units at its disposal, but they basically just react to you when you start your offensive. Very sad when you compare it to Battle Isle 1.
The game is IMO worth $15 after the patch and the Battle Isle series is well recommended prior to Battle worlds: Kronos
Posted: November 25, 2013
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36 of 49 people (73%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
A solid game, but multiplayer is an absolute ghost town. If you're mainly considering the game for online multiplayer - stay away. I've been trying every day since I got the game last week and I'm yet to complete a game online.Very disappointing.
Posted: November 10, 2013
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Played already about 14 Hours of it on the DRM-free version of the developer until i got a steam key.
Its a very complex turn-based strategy game with great mission design. Playing the campagne will take a good amount of time. But its not an easy game and has no option for changing the difficulty, but you can make it easier by dropping a few additional troops every ten rounds. Eventhough the game is not 100%ly polished in terms of comfort, the core gameplay mechanics are brilliant. Also the multiplayer - that was buggy after release but works good these days - is extremly fun and it will hopefully create a long lasting multiplayer community with intense battles.
Posted: December 4, 2013
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28 of 49 people (57%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
(24/02/2014, v1.2.1) With the improvements to the UI, I think this game IS getting better. But for its price, I still feel a little bit ripped off. Not as much as before, this patch really eased the pain in the form of £22.99.

I was really looking forward to getting this game, only to find that Advance Wars was much better.
Battle Worlds: Kronos gives no help whatsoever towards the UI, not explaining most buttons and symbols, or even supplying an overlay to tell what it is. It's ridiculous UI is made even more useless by making unit info in a pop-up tab. Most games of this genre would give even the slightest bit of extra capability when it comes to playing, or even explaining their game, and at a lower price.
Posted: December 11, 2013
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
A very content dense, and well thought out TBS. Classical in the sense that it borrows a ton of concepts from the games that came before it, while sprucing them up with a modern graphics set and extremely streamlined UI. If you're looking for a game to satisfy your strategy urges and enjoyed titles like Advance Wars, Battle for Wesnoth, etc. then BW : K will be right up your alley. The campaign alone will get you 40-50 hours of gameplay if you hustle. Definitely a purchase worth having for any TBS fan. Also, DAT SOUNDTRACK. 8.5/10
Posted: January 1
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
I'm really liking this game. It's fresh, with a good story line. It uses turn-based combat, but in a quick and efficient style, and not at all clunky like other games. It's challenging, but not impossible.

Overall, I'm having fun with it!
Posted: December 7, 2013
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