Take command over RAF during the WW2 history turning point, the Battle of Britain! The goal of the game is to defend Great Britain against German bombing raids.
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Mixed (122 reviews) - 58% of the 122 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 18, 2014

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About This Game

Take command over RAF during the WW2 history turning point, the Battle of Britain!

The goal of the game is to defend Great Britain against German bombing raids.

The game has two distinct gameplay experiences where:
* The player manages war production and squadron placement
* The player organizes patrol routes and tactics

Once combat is initiated the player can lead their squadrons to attack waves of German bombers utilizing simple touch or mouse commands.

The game follows the historical timeline very closely, but at the same time - the game mechanics are easy to learn (yet hard to master) and it provides great entertainment for both seasoned and novice players.

* There are 8 aircraft types in the game - including of course the famous Supermarine Spitfire!
* Every pilot is earning his own experience - witness your rookies become aces!
* Manage the British war machine - decide what should be built and where
* Fight epic air battles!
* Lead English, Polish, Czechs, Canadian and New Zealands squadrons to fight for freedom!

The game implements ‘German Command AI” which results in each campaign playing out differently. No two games will ever be the same.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2,33 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Produced after 2009
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: 1,83 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Produced after 2009
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Thanks to its decent presentation, “The Few” looks at first like a beer and pretzels sort of strategy game... excepting you’d better bring a dozen beers and several pounds of snacks, because the pace is excruciating. You also better be quite drunk actually, as there is virtually zero strategy (or thinking for that matter) required.
Basically what could have been the light tactical part of the game boils down to a mindless clicker, as there is next to nothing you can influence or need to figure out. You are just asked to keep paying attention, because otherwise, Britannia will fall, supposedly.
Indeed, shan’t you intercept the bombers, you will experience their deadly German accuracy.
The game annoyingly lacks attention to minor details, making the experience aggravating, especially in regard to drawing flight plans, or just the main time-acceleration mechanic.
Now that I type this, and I think about the layout of the game, I am noticing that, under its WW2 coat, “The Few” unveils forms akin to those of an extremely barebone tower-defence game. That was not my thing.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
I personally enjoyed The Few quite a lot, despite a few shortcomings the game has.

Most complaints people have about the game is that its scope is somewhat limited: you command the RAF during the Battle of Britain and that means your main aim is to coordinate air defence. A lot of people would love to play as the Luftwaffe or to add later war RAF air raids against France and Germany, but quite frankly that doesn't take away from the game itself - it's more of a 'we would like this to continue!'.

Another thing often heard is its lack of realism in many regards and that's obviously true. The optics are fairly clear but all done in a cartoon style, which I personally found charming, but that's down to taste. Also the mechanics aren't overly realistic - obviously the top-down 2D playing field imposes certain limits here, but on the other side also makes sure the game stays accessible and easy to enjoy for everyone.

The AI in the game is a bit of a mixed bag, really. Of course it does have certain limitations eventually and once you play a longer campaign those become very apparent, like there are some tricks for which the Luftwaffe pilots always seem to fall, but quite frankly the same (and sometimes worse) holds true for many AAA titles. On the other hand I very much liked how the different levels of experience showed in the pilot AI: while rookies go straight for their targets, the more experienced flyers will engage in more advanced maneouvres on their own initiative, making use of blind spots and plane advantages.

Another thing actually done well and worth mentioning is the voice acting, which comes in different languages depending on squadron (the Polish developers obviously made a point of not forgetting that plenty of foreign squadrons took part in the battle - I didn't find that annoying at all, but some early-version reviews claimed that to be overdone) and, while eventually limited, does a good job of being informative, immersive and still not breaking the cartoony feel of the game.

So, in conclusion this is not a simulation, it's a strategy game more on the casual side. It's not perfect by all means, but it does a lot of things right and as none of the popular complaints really get in the way of enjoying the game, I don't see any reason not to recommend it to almost anybody.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Im a great follower of the Battle of Britain and well i played this for a few hours to get a good feel for the game.

Pros..
Nice idea
Good music
Great customisation tool for pilots. (change names etc)

Cons
Quickly gets boring and repetative
Quote "Great customisation tool for pilots" but they aint around long enough to enjoy it.
Too hard at times (bombers are always 100% accurate)
Not enough to do during game..
No auto patrol feature (gets monotonous dragging mouse around screen then they take off on their own and will fall out sky if u leave them :/)
Hardly any planes to choose (could have added Blenham bomber, Fairy battle and Paul Defiant might have made things a bit better)

The first half hour i admit was fun,...getting used to the controls fight screen and map.... then after naming pilots then watching them all die in blink of an eye....things start to get tough.... nothing wrong with that... makes the game more challenging... but theres just not enough to do to make the challenge fun...you only have a max of 8 planes..u can use... and no matter how many squadrons you have ...in a fight you can only use 1 (max 8 planes) ... after first few fights its the same thing over and over.... repetative is an understatment and 2 different planes (Hurrican and Spitfire) that (in the game) fly exactly the same...just better shield on hurricane... but you hardly notice the difference.
The map screen... well apart from biting your nails watching the £ meter rise painfully slowly there aint a lot to do... you can train your 8 pilots per squadron (takes a while to get a squadron and then train them fully) although you can fast forward time which helps. Then before you can buy a radar station bomber formation apear out of nowhere and bang your squadron gone... If that aint annoying enough... your airbase is probably gone too..(or seriously damaged and unoperational) ........dont get me wrong games should be challenging....but make it fun at the same time... lets face it the game aint historicaly accurate so who cares if you pull a few strings and make changes for the better.
One more annoying thing is...when your base has been hit and nearly destroyed you might still have a few pilots there... i made the mistake of buying 6 planes for them,..thinking i would then spend money repairing base...... but then the squadron disbanded i lost the base the squadron and all the planes id just bought! costing over £50k which takes a long time to get!!

The idea of the game was thought up well...and could have been a much more fun experience but as it stands ....i cant recommend this it not even for the low price of £5.50
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
4.6/10 - Too Minimalist and app-like

Great idea utilizing airplanes in this but the actual gameplay isn't that fun. Graphics are minimal and the game plays like a candy crush app. I just can't justify playing games like this on the PC. Not to mention I would rather play candy crush than this.

Worth $1 or less.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
117.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
This game is something I looked for, for a long time. "The Battle of Britain" was not just about the brave pilots and fighthing in the air but several important factors were involved and decisive (experience of pilots, availability of planes, radar system and a few more) and all these factors are present in the game.
Nothing is perfect, so AA power is definitely overrated (the entirely squadrons are wiped out but AA fire in this game!) Also economy is extremely simplified and - if you know a bit a reality of BoB - you will be shocked by the hundreds of Germans shot down every day. Anyway, I am picking on this game - something definitely not deserved! At present, it is definitely the best software game about "The Battle of Britain" I came across. Big credit and thanks to the creators! Be sure that I did enjoy it as well as my 7 years' old son.
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