Time of Wrath gives a fine piece of wargaming for every fan of WW2 era. This strategy allows players to take control over any country during World War 2 era in Europe and North Africa theater.
User reviews: Mixed (19 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 15, 2009

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Time of Wrath gives a fine piece of wargaming for every fan of WW2 era. This strategy allows players to take control over any country during World War 2 era in Europe and North Africa theater. It was designed in a way which allow players who are new to the genre to quickly familiarize with the rules and to start battles with veterans who still remember great classic strategy titles.
Easy rules, deep historical setting and detailed OOB, together with great moddability potential will allow for hundreds of hours of gameplay as any nation or even whole alliance.

Features
  • Europe and North Africa 1939-1948.
  • More than 20000 Land Hexes.
  • Over 30 countries.
  • Weekly Strategic Turns.
  • Simplified economic system allowing to focus on military operations.
  • Air and Land Combat, including Sieges, Interceptions, Strategic Bombardment, Air Recon, Fleet Air attacks, Bombardment.
  • Naval system allowing to build Aircraft Carriers, Battle, Patrol and Submarine Groups. Managing fleets, convoys and raiders in Sea Zones.
  • Possible to play as any nation and as any combination of countries.
  • Diplomacy focused on three main alliances: Axis. Allies and Commitern. Diplomatic actions allow to haste or slow down war entry, perform elections or Coup.
  • Weather system simulates, spring and autumns rainfalls and snow. Beware of General Frost!
  • Logistics system controlling supply level of all units.
  • Customizable Fog of War, that might be revealed by air recon.
  • Hot-seat and PBEM.
  • Standard Campaign from 1939 - 1948 as well as other starting campaigns to diverse starting possibilities.
  • Hundreds of historical events such as Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Vienna Dictate, Lend-Lease, and many more.
  • Map zooms in and out smoothly.
  • Technological race in research of new more powerful units and control power of Atomic bomb.
  • Fully historical, detailed orders of battle in all scenarios with historical names for hundreds of land, air and naval units.
  • Land units divided into Divisional and Corps size allows to choose tactic of steamroller or maneuvers warfare.
  • Possibility to create modern or obsolete units.
  • Improved A.I. to perform better in strategic and tactical level.
  • Hotkeys allowing for quick access to most important functionalities.
  • Mulberry harbors as a helpful and powerful tool in preparation to huge landing operations.
  • Paratroopers will help to takeover distant key point locations.
  • Music that aids immersion into the game atmosphere.
  • Historical commanders boosting commanded units.
  • Suez and Gibraltar as an important locations helping to control Mediterranean.
  • Customized graphic for major countries units.
  • Borders editor together with easy access to game data files allows to change and setup own scenarios.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.8 Dual Core
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
46 of 54 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
World War 2 Time of Wrath (ToW) is a grand strategy game set in World War 2 Europe. I believe this is Wastelands studios first WW2 game, which was latter followed by Time of Fury and Strategic war in Europe (SWE). With the latter just being released about a week ago on steam that is what many users (and this review) will be comparing the game to

Game Setup
Players have two choices in the type of game they play. Full campaigns and operational scenarios. The full campaigns take place on a map that is 265 x 180 hexes in size and have an end date of December 1948. The included campaigns are
Grand Campaign Sep 1 1939 (450 turns)
Fall Gelb May 10 1940 (420 turns)
Barbarossa Jun 22 1941 (360 turns)
Gotterdammerung Apr 1944 (226 turns)
There are two operational scenarios that include
Fall Weiss 10 turns on a map size of 62 x 46
Overlord June 6 1945 25 turns with a map size of 51 x 24
There is also a 30 turn tutorial that starts Sep 1 1939. It is not instructional training per say but every little action the player takes is explained to them. In other words it does not tell you to hit this button or select this unit, but when you do such things you see what they do. I suggest you skip it and go straight to the 76 page manual which can be found in the games install folder

The game also support PBEM, and hot seat for people interested in playing with friends
Once the campaign is selected players can choose what country/countries they control. In addition to selecting countries players can set the difficulty of each country (Human and AI) in the form of altering the production points it receives.
Game play

Players are greeted with a map with playing pieces representing the units. players can alter the look of both with a wide range of choices; old school paper maps, square unit counters with NATO symbols. There is little doubt players can find something they like.
The map is one area where ToW is different that Strategic War Europe (SWE). In SWE the low countries are combined into one little area of 9 hexes; and the France; German/Italian borders are also 9 hexes combined. . In ToW the French border is over 30 hexes and each of the low countries (Luxemburg Belgium and Netherlands) are present.

Game turns represent 1 week.

Land units include infantry, motorized, Armor and Airborne. They can be bought as either divisions or corps (Airborne come only as divisions). Each country also has a pool of commanders that can be assigned to units (both air and land). Commanders turn the unit they are assigned to into an HQ and gives it an efficiency bonus. Units that do not have commanders but are within three hexes of an HQ also get a bonus.

Air units come in divisions, army and strategic bombers. Divisions and armies can be used for air supremacy, ground/fleet attacks and air recon. Strategic bombers attack cities and are automatically used to send supplies to troops cut off

Navy units are not bought by the ship but by group; for example a carrier battle group. Navel action is a little different from ground and air units
a. Fleets are moved from harbor to see zones (there are no hexes at sea)
b. Fleets can be assigned as regular or raider. Raiders fleets enter a sea zone and split up looking for enemy convey. Regular fleets enter a zone and stay together looking for enemy fleets
c. Fleets can also be assigned to engage; if this option is selected they will attack enemy fleets.
d. During the end turn the computer will randomly see if enemy fleets in the sea zones find each other. If so a short 5 round battle takes place.
e. Sea units can shore bombard the coast

Fast movement: Players can buy strategic, sea and amphibious transport points. Strategic points allow units to move over longer distances in a single turn (NOTE unlike SWE units do not need to start on a railroad hex). Sea points are used to transport a unit from one friendly harbor to another and amphibious points allows units to transport by sea and land on an enemy beach

Research: works the same way as it does in SWE. Players can research, artillery (infantry), tanks, aircraft , subs, warships and nuclear bombs. Nuclear bombs are only one level (you either have them or you don't) and once you do you gain a bomb every few turns which can be dropped by one of your strategic bombers.
All the others come in five levels (some countries start at higher levels than others) and each level needs 100 points to reach. Players spend production points to increase research effort in the area of their choice. Any area can have up to three investments (represented by light bulbs), the first one cost 200, but the price for future ones goes down as the research gets closer to the 100 mark. For example if you buy all three investments upfront it will cost you 600 (3 * 200); but if you buy the initial 200 and wait a few turns the next investment might only cost 170. I seen it go as low as 30 when it was 87 out of the 100 needed. Of course once 100 is reached that level is unlocked and all the light bulbs go out and the player must start investing again
Nukes work slightly differently, there is only one level that needs 800 point and the initial investment is 1000 production points.
As new levels unlock better units can be bought at an increased price. For example if you have 4 levels of infantry unlocked you can buy them at any of those four levels.

Politics
Each country has a diplomacy score (rating) which represents its political influence. Players can use their countries diplomats to do such things as: convince a future allies to join the war faster; delay a future enemy from declaring war and even try to overthrow a future enemies government.

Final thoughts
Time of Wrath is a solid fun strategic game that allows people to control one or more European powers during world war 2. Some may be asking; with Strategic War in Europe just released last week did they really need to release Time of Wrath now? I am not going to lie to you and say they are radically different and if you have one you need the other. At their core both games are very similar, but target to different markets.

Strategic war in Europe is a quick simple to play game that can be completed in a few play seasons. The addition of steam achievements also gives the game a more casual feel

Time of Wrath with its bigger maps, smaller unit sizes gives the player a few more tactical options. The increased size of enemy counties means players must be more careful where they commit troops; since it will take much more time to move from one front to the other. There are no steam achievements, and the developers did not include the real unit photos in the info panel (Like SWE).

So while owners of SWE can hold off picking this one up, I would recommend people who do not own SWE to head straight to this. Sure it is missing some bells and whistles (achievements, unit photos) but those of us who enjoy this type of game do not play for those kind of things.
Posted: June 7
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
111.6 hrs on record
WHile it may show I have like 40 hours logged I have only owned this game for a couple days but have left it on over nite. I can say I havve probably played close to 20 hours though. I am not one to write reviews but I thought I would for ToW.
FIrst of all let me say I LOVE this game. I have been forever a fan of Strategic Level WWII games. AH's Third Reich, SPI's War in the West/War in the East/ War in Europe, ADG's World in FLames, and my favorite......TSR/SPI's WWII. Of all these games, ToW reminds me most of TSR's WWII. Although in TSR's version, there are only 8 hexes from Minsk to Moscow, in ToW there are 32, so the playin field is much bigger and it feels more tactical and realistic. It is this large map that allowed me to change my mind about the stacking limit of one unit. The AI isnt all that smart, but I have seen a lot worse. This game was MADE to play PBEM, I think....something you couldnt do with TSR's WWII.
I ran thru the tutorial which didnt teach me all that much, and then I thought I would try playing Italy as it is a smaller yet major nation that would allow me to use naval, air, armor tacttics, etc. I started in 1939 and decided against starting there so I jumped in with the Barbarossa start date playing nothing but Italy. I had to learn some fundamentals the hard way about sea transport, strategic moving, supply convoys and rebasing aircraft, but I can say I have had a lot of fun. About 10 turns into the game, I set Finland as a human player as well, and even THAT has been fun. I havent tried this game PBEM yet but I would love to, as I think you could probly convert AI nations to Player nations along the way, so that as minors, i.e. the Balkan States, entered the war, the Axis player could pick them up....or maybe even add players as the war progresses? Anyone know the answer to this?
If you are looking for a WWII game for both western and eastern fronts with the detail of Gary Grigsby's War in the East....this game aint it. But it is a lot of fun to play and moves along a WHOLE lot faster.
Anyway, I heartily recommend this game if you like this genre at a strategic level. 8^D
Posted: June 22
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
65.7 hrs on record
much more detailedd version of its sister game Strategic war in Europe. If your a fan of old turn based WWII games you will lov this 1
Posted: June 9
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
I'm not sure why this game isn't more popular. It's a lot like the old style Avalon Hill/SPI games. In fact there are even NATO style skins available. There's got to be a few of us old guys around.

The interface is a difficult. You have to click 3 times to do an action and for bombing that is 3 clicks all over a scrolling map. Also when attacking; the unit can be weakened over and over without any indication if all the clicking is actually doing anything.

Recommend if you long for the old style games.
Posted: July 13
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
119.9 hrs on record
A really bad game. There is a manual but its so basic, it doesn't explain the game concepts at all, especially how strength of units and combat is handled. Combat calculations are broken...ie. you can bomb units but nothing happens. There is a fog of war, but this developer choose not to display it, which is annoying and strange. I went to their forums to try to get an explanation about combat but their forum has been abandoned, no responses. There is no naval combat...well there is but its done automatically. The GUI is very cumbersome and slow, to get units to attack its a pain, its so time consuming, they could have made it so easy, but no you have to do 5 different things if you want a unit to attack. I bought it for a dollar on sale, and I wish I hadn't...yes that's how bad it is.
Posted: August 9
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