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 (161 reviews) - 75% of the 161 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 4, 2013

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio interface
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio interface
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated audio interface
    • Additional Notes: Might work on other Linux distributions as well (see Forum)
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
Great remake of Battle Isle.

Computer is not so difficult to beat once you master the tactics of using given equipment efficiently to the point you can win without any loses. I am just on mission 4 and game is designed so far that the computer is not on an offensive - I am. I will see if this the case through the whole game but I doubt it. Still it feels epic long term entertainment to me.

Grpahics is just right. Very detailed units and really nice map which you can zoom in and out.
Sound - is there. Not annoying. Big plus.

What it lacks is rally points so you can give the units to go on their own in certain direction. Perhaps developers could fulfill the need for this feature?

I wish these people foocused on making remake of History Line 1914-1918. I miss the news taken from newspapers scrolling on the screen which was giving the sense of actually fighting these battles. Nevermind.

This game is worth the bucks and as a remake is certainly not dissapointing.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
This game is very challenging, and very rewarding. It's the Dark Souls of Turn-Based Strategy, and even when you have a grasp of all the mechanics it doesn't make the game much easier. There's no difficulty levels either, so if you were planning on scooting through the game on easy mode that won't be possible.

Patience and persistence are key here. I failed the first mission like seven times before I beat it. That can be disheartening. I had to walk away from the keyboard a couple times and let my levels of frustration lower. What kept me from rage quitting was that I could see exactly how I died in each try.

Each failure, gives me data I can use to win, bringing me closer to victory the next time. That's a good choice on the part of the developer.

There's a few campaigns and some scenario missions along with hotseat and online multiplayer. There's also a built in scenario maker and the community has built dozens of maps, maybe even hundreds. The quality of those maps obviously varies, but there are bound to be a few gems in there somewhere.

I'd recommend this game for people who like a challenge. Make sure you read all of the tooltips. This is one of those rare games where they can give you lifesaving information.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Short version relating to other games I've played: More advanced Civ combat with a little bit of older style rts unit management.

I enjoyed the one difficulty setting premise. Since I'm not clueless it was a good difficulty to complete without getting help. Little bit buggy and cutscenes desynced but that is irrelevant to me.

I don't know what else to say besides if you think there's a chance you will like it, you will.

Also it is fairly easy to get 100% achievements.

edit: after playing and since it's my type I would say that the price is worth it but it went down a lot during the last sale. (Christmas 2015)
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101 of 128 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
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 flaws...it 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.
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151 of 208 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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
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