In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (17,506 reviews) - 95% of the 17,506 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 14, 2014

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June 24

Steam Summer Picnic Sale 2016!



Steam Summer Picnic Sale is here - This War of Mine and The Little Ones DLC are both on sale!
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June 15

Update 2.2.2




Update 2.2.2 is finally here!

What we've changed?

Major fixes:

  • "Grab all" crashes (yes, there were two of them!) are now fixed
  • quitting the game after subscribing to a mod could crash the game - this is no longer a case
  • children appeared at your shelter even though you don't own DLC? It's fixed!
  • there was a download issue with the mods - files didn't download after subscribing a mod. It is resolved!
  • changing mod status in Steam Workshop was crashing the game from time to time. It should not happen anymore.
Minor fixes:
  • character photos adjusted (some of them were bugged)
  • fixed the animation when a character is coming back from scavange
  • fixed some smaller interface issues

If any issues persist - please let us know via: techsupport@11bitstudios.com

Thanks for your patience and amazing support!

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Reviews

“This War of Mine is a gripping survival sim, and a great study of survival during wartime and civil collapse.”
8.4 – IGN UK

“This War of Mine shows the horrors of war in a way, that we rarely can experience in a game.”
9 – Giga Games

“Is this a game you want to play? No. Is it a game anyone with a beating heart should play? Yes. A million times yes. It's a longform exercise in empathy, a sobering piece of work that fills in the blanks left when all we see of war are the headshots. It's a much-needed course correct in the current shoot-first-ask-questions-never gaming landscape that supposes war is won because one supreme badguy caught a bullet through his brainstem. No: It's won when the people who lived under his boot get to go home.”
8 – Gamespot

About This Game

In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.

The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.

Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer-term survival. During war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.

This War of Mine:

  • Inspired by real-life events
  • Control your survivors and manage your shelter
  • Craft weapons, alcohol, beds or stoves – anything that helps you survive
  • Make decisions - an often unforgiving and emotionally difficult experience
  • Randomized world and characters every time you start a new game
  • Charcoal-stylized aesthetics to complement the game's theme

Previews:

IGN

This War of Mine might be the war game we need.

Gamespot

I was intrigued by This War of Mine's attempts to portray the consequences of war in a way that games have largely ignored in the past. The fact that the psychological and emotional challenges of living under such horrifying conditions are something you have to consider as you struggle gives me added hope that it might treat its hefty and important subject matter with the gravity and complexity that it deserves.

Game Informer

11bit is blazing a new thematic trail amidst the currently popular survival genre, and so far the studio seems to have something special on its hand.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 (32 bit) / Vista
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo 2.4, AMD Athlon(TM) X2 2.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad 2.7 Ghz, AMD Phenom(TM)II X4 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5770, 1024 MB, Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo 2.4, AMD Athlon(TM) X2 2.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: Processor:
    [/b]Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad 2.7 Ghz, AMD Phenom(TM)II X4 3 Ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5770, 1024 MB, Shader Model 3.0
  • Sound Card: Integrated
  • [/list]
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo 2.4, AMD Athlon(TM) X2 2.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600 GS, Radeon HD4000, Shader Model 3.0, 512 MB
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad 2.7 Ghz, AMD Phenom(TM)II X4 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5770, 1024 MB, Shader Model 3.0
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daleksecond
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
It's so good. Even with just a few hjours into it, i cna see it as a game with endless potential and ways to be played.
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LetTheWolfsMeow
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Just started playing this game and it's AMAZING one of the BEST survival games.

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Gin
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great game! So much feeling.
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𝓚𝓣.
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Don't Kill Don't loot

Rip Marko We love u so much

11/10 die again again and again
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samtaclause
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is somewhere inbetween the sims and the last of us.

A really great game where you really start to care for everyones wellbeing, and feel awful if you have to mug the old couple, just like in real life.
10/10
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vince
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
great
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Gray Fox
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game didn't gave me the immersion that I expected; an axpect that I didn't like at all and that broke the immersion has been the amount of time spent to produce exhaustible goods instead of upgrading the house, which means no progress (in a positive way) throughout the game.
The controls with the Xbox 360 joypad are not precise and a little bit frustrating, especially when you have to walk instead of running or when you have to go up and down using the stairs between the floors.
I probably did not understand some of the game mechanics and perhaps I will give him another chance starting a new game for the fourth time..maybe.
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PekloHell
( 40.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
My experience so far:

Day 1 : Started game with Roman, Katja, Bruno
Day 2 : Went with Roman into Military Outpost. Died.
Day 3 : Everyone is sad about Roman's death. Me too.
Day 4 : Went with Katja into Old quiet house, robbed some old couple, grandpa almost killed me.
Day 5 : Robbed during the night. Bruno was killed (Karma is a *****)
Day 6 : Went with Katja into the Old quiet house again. Get killed by grandpa.


12/10 would rob that old grandpa again.
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Logic
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
So you may be skipping my review because of my "time played" statistic.
Please, just give this game a chance even if you dont give me one.

SPOILER ALERT FOR A MINOR PART BELLOW!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

I came into this game not really expecting much as I am not a very emotional person. Oh, how I was wrong. I am writing this review 62 minutes into the game aproximately and I am doing it know so I can get some stuff off my chest. Holy ♥♥♥♥ this game doesn't just hit you in the feels, it takes saftey scissors and cuts your balls off with the feels. If you buy this game make sure you have some tissues stand by and I am not talking about mastubation you sick freek. Ok, back on topic. So about 30 minutes in you can adventure to an elderly couples house with a man and woman. The house has some very nice materials so you just wanna take the items, but what about them?? Its their property! Well I ♥♥♥♥ed up and took the items. When you reach back home you are greeted with a message by the character you explored with that you are sad about the descision I made. Go forward 30 minutes and I decide to go back to give items and maybe take some more because im a terrible human being. Well, they died. ♥♥♥♥ me. I could have saved them but no. Thats where the game hits you in the feels. As I said, im not one to cry with a movie, or tv show, or any such thing. But ♥♥♥♥, im not gonna lie I cried a little bit. It ♥♥♥♥ed me up but not in the way I dont wanna play anymore. Like in the way I want to donate and volunteer everything I have. This game is special, and never have I experienced such an attachment to some pixels in a game. ♥♥♥♥ is trippy. Thanks for listening and please just get this game.


NON SPOILER VERSION

"The feels hit harder than Muhammed Ali. 10/5 Would buy again." -IGN



Kappa
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Destroyer®
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I'm having an amazing experience with this game. I believed it would be a very boring game, be in 2D, but the story is different every attempt to survive . I confess to play the DLC of children is a bit tiring , but the game is a glove slap in the face of large companies that put on the market war games with immortal soldiers and ammunition at will ...
Incredible play , I strongly recommend
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
183 of 201 people (91%) found this review helpful
57 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
One of the absolute best survival experiences you will ever have... and NO ZOMBIES!
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96 of 100 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Well.. for a very long time.. I didn't want to start playing this game.

Not because this is a good game...It is a wonderfully made 2D suvival simulater set in a besiged city.
You are not soliders in the war but you are a team of one to four civilian survivor to do everything possible to survive..

Will you steal? Will you murder? Will you rob the elderly and doom them to death?

Wonderfully pencil draw graphics .. awesome music/songs (some are sad...Will there be a dlc for original sound track in the future?). Simple survial element of crafting and building type of game play. Very basic combat situations that don't happen very offen.

There are practically everything done perfectly for this game... except it sets in a very sad background. Civilian in war is hard... Simulate in game is already hard enough for me to make a lot moral decision in order to survive. I cannot not even imaging what true war will bring if it happens to me in real life.

Game play is quite simple but very unforgiving since there are no save option except a daily ironman type autosave.

Survive for those 45 days if you can! Once you finish this game and put it down.. make sure you make peace not war in RL.

9.5/10 A masterpiece suvival game that survival fan must play!
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144 of 184 people (78%) found this review helpful
168 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Taught my daughter how to grow tobacco and make cigarettes.

10/10
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94 of 120 people (78%) found this review helpful
60 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Steal stuff from an old couple as your almost dieing.
Go back the next day, find them both dead.

I now understand why some call this game "Depression Simulator".

10/10 would feel depressed again.
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52 of 60 people (87%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
If you want to run a thought experiment in a game about how awesome our lives are that we have the time, money and freedom to log onto steam and play games?.... Buy this.
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46 of 52 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
179.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
An excellent game that should be in every gamers\' library. Every action or inaction has a direct impact on your chance to survive. Your strategy, tactics and ethics will be challenged.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Amazing, heartwrenching, #dontrobtheoldcouple

- Tough conditions to survive, and multiple kinds of conditions
- Realistic perspective of how only a couple gunshots can kill you
- Makes you question your actions, even in desperate situations
- Also has characters remind you of wrongdoings performed and how it hurts them
- Several, yet uncommon, events that can change the game or add supplies
- Crafting systems allow nice changes to the game while not making crafting easily funded
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This game made one 30 years old gamer feel super emotional over PC game :) Real choices, real consequences.
You are in the middle of the war and you are not a soldier - can you think of something more frightening?
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39 of 52 people (75%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
sorry sir, ma'am... i need foods... and my friend is sick

*equip shovel*
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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This War of Mine is a story of civilian survival in a war torn city.

The core mechanics of the game essentially come down to resource management.

The basic resource categories you need to manage come down to these broad groups:

1. Food (ex. raw meat)
2. Building Materials (ex. wood)
3. Weapons/Utilities (ex. lock picks)
4. Happiness (ex. cigarettes)
5. Healing (ex. medication)
6. Bartering (ex. diamonds)

The game uses a cycle of two times: night and day.

During the day you will do things like:

1. Cook food
2. Distill alcohol
3. Sleep
4. Set mouse traps
5. Grow vegetables
etc.

During the NIGHT you will go out and SCAVENGE.

The night is the more interactive part of the game. During the night you will look at your map and determine where you would like to scavenge in the city. Some locations (such as the Garage) will be relatively safe and have people for you to barter with. Other locations (such as the Construction Site) may not be safe. You may need to bring a weapon or be prepared to not be seen. The entire goal of scavenging is to bring back food, materials, medications, etc. for your party back at base camp.

Criticisms:

Overall, I feel like the game becomes very grindy. The fact that you can only carry a limited amount of resources with you while scavenging is realistic yet tedious. You will have to spend multiple nights scavenging the same location in order to loot all of it. While this feels realistic and reasonable, in practice it just becomes monotonous and repetitive.

Day time phase is a bit of a hassle and simply becomes a routine. You will make water every day. You will put tired people in beds every day. You will cook every day/every few days. Basically day time is just a monotonous time sync as you go through the motions of keeping everyone healthy. And that's honestly what day time is - going through the motions. It's not fun, it's not interactive, and you do the same thing nearly every time. It's disappointing.

What I enjoy about the game:

I absolutely love the concept - it's clever and I have to give the studio props on originality. It's fresh and something I have never seen before. I like the resource management concept of the game - unfortunately I just didn't care for the way it was executed (too monotonous/going through the motions).


Final Word:

There is A LOT more depth to this game than I have presented here, but I have presented the basic gist of the title. While the game is unique and original, it lacks engagement. There isn't much of a story and the gameplay is simply too repetitive. I'm very torn on this title, as I want to recommend it but the game just isn't fun. The gamplay isn't strong enough and it becomes repetitive very fast.

5.0/10
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