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.
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Release Date: Jun 15, 2009

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""Indie" iteration of turn based strategy in the European theatre. Lacks some polish but has good unit detail. Worth a purchase due to the fact its 10$."

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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
21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
140.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
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
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
It's kind of strange, this game. I do actually enjoy playing it, but only because it is so utterly broken with how the ai in this game acts it's just absolutely hilarious.
Seriously, you are going to find so many things wrong with the ai but keep coming back just so you can laugh at how incompetent it is.

The combat itself is decent all round; It isn't like any of those overly-complex ones where you need to look at a damn spreadsheet to figure out if an attack is a good idea or not. If your land units have higher strength and has favourable terrain to attack to/defend from, things will go pretty much as you'd expect. Just use common sense in that regard. The navy works by ordering a fleet to a specific sea region then forgetting about it, and that's fine. I will say that you shouldn't bother with using the airforce to attack ground units unless it's clear weather and the enemy are on open terrain. I have found that strategic bombers make a pretty potent anti-navy force, though.

Anyway, here's a rundown on some of the downright sad things the ai does in this game:

-Have france move units out of the french-german Maginot-Line forts, sometimes making it unnessesary to go through belgium at all.
-AI navies don't seem to understand the concept of going back to port for repairs, and will gladly sit in the same sea region and get destroyed (I was able to wipe out Britians entire navy due to this)
-Italy doesn't even try to garrison Albania with troops for the future war with Greece, and declare war anyway, promptly getting Albania occupied by the Greeks a turn or two later
-USSR will attack Finland in the Winter War, then not bother to actually go beyond the territories it's supposed to take to force the peace treaty if it decides it wants all of Finland, resulting in a stack of Soviet troops sitting in the middle of Finland, doing nothing.
-Germany sometimes declare war on the Soviets in the middle of WINTER.
-I saw a large stack of German and Soviet troops opposite sides of the baltic sea, just sitting there doing nothing. It took a while to realize that they were trying to attack eachother, but couldn't move through the sea zone to do so, so they sat there.
-Hungary and Romania went to war once, and then both got the event to join me (Germany). They did so, but because they were at war, I got involved in the war also, so ended up at war with both of them.
-Invaded Italy as the US and took all their victory points. The peace treaty had Italy surrender the rest of their unnocuppied themselves to the SOVIETS. So I now had Russian territory in Milan that I couldn't go through to get to German-Austria, so I had been effectively cut off from them until the Germans took the Russian territory themselves.

Also, it becomes really obvious that the AI is given a lot more production points to buy units then you do. Only way to explain how they can afford to place "blobs" of unit counters in random places on the map, yet still have enough counters left over to wage war on you every chance it gets. Granted, that's probably because the AI would be a pushover if it had an ounce of fairness imposed on them.

Overall, you should totally buy this game just so you can get a good laugh at how stupid the AI in games can get. If you can play this game with other people, though, I would recommend it for that as it does look like it would play out well as a multiplayer game.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
i do not recommend because the game crashes all the time tried to reload update ect with no effect save your money do not buy!!!!!
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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
TERRIBLE! Waste of money! Atleast I only lost $2.50 on it. Very poorly made. Interface is terrible. I played games like this in the 90's that were better than this garbage!
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22 of 42 people (52%) found this review helpful
119.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This game has no economic depth. Turns take forever. You get points to buy units but no way to upgrade your point system to be able to recruit more (only through conquering). Way over simplistic diplomacy. I really wish I remember the title I picked up at a thrift store about 8 years back, it was great and then I lost it, same type of game but 1000x better.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Overall I'd give this game a 4/5. It's a pretty excellent game for the money. I started my serious wargaming phase (after some failed attempts at panzer general) with Hearts of Iron III. I found that I loved organizing and arrangin the units, but once combat started I hated the game since all you did was watch your massive creation fail miserably and have to start over again. I then bought Unity of Command, which is by far my favorite war game, and sunk many hours into that. When this game went on sale for 2 dollars, I thoguht, why not? i was initially turned off by the cheesy graphics and the cheap look of it and thought it would be shovelware, boy was I wrong.

The biggest strength of this game is that it basically bridges the gap between "operational level" games like Unity of Command, and grand stategy like Hearts of Iron. You have complete control over the entire fronts of your war, as well as some control over politics and production, but the latter two are very streamlined to focus on combat. The one downside to this is some railroading the game does to you, preventing the infinite amount of "what if" scenerios of Hearts of Iron. Far from the weekend college course learning curve of many of the paradox games, this game can be learned in about 30 mins even if you are a complete newbie, which is honestly what i still consider myself. The tutorial goes over the basics of combat and management, but I'd reccomend taking a peep at the manual, which is very well indexed. Overall combat is as simple as selecting a unit and moving it into an enemy hex, you can aslo conduct multi-pronged assaults in a three click process. Air strikes are as simpel as clicking on the air unit, and clicking what type of strike you would like and then choosing your target. The fact that everything can be done in 1-3 quick clicks makes this game such a joy to play.

The joy in this game is in the micromanagement of units and battles on a large scale map over the period of an entire war. if you liked that aspect of hearts of iron but hated everything else, this is the game for you. The units in this game are mostly divisions and corps, allowing much more tactical options and more control over the battlefield. Everything you need to know about land and air combat is displayed on the sidebar, meaning you don't have to look up anything before initiating combat. It makes micro-management fun and easy.

Also in my experience this game is extremely well optomized, zooming in and out on the map is smooth and flawless, and I've yet to have a single crash, for a game that literally has the entire european theatre in division sized units, it runs very well.

Also the cheesy graphics I mentioned? totally customizable, there are quite a few different skins for both units and maps that come with the game, and you can download more user made ones from various forums. I opt for this look,
http://i.imgur.com/BizDOBf.jpg

it makes me feel like a general with an old worn paper map. i love that!

The biggest downside is the naval combat, it's awful. There is a seperate screen for naval combat in which you move your fleets to various different hubs, then do battle with enemy fleets. The fact that it's seperate from the rest of the game can make it very confusing, and it's really easy to accidentily move your fleet to the wrong hub, and pay a heavy price for doing so. Another downside is that I found terrain doesn't have as much as an effect as it should, I have launched attacks across rivers and not suffered very heavy losses. Finally the AI can be very dumb and historically inaccurate, one thing I noticed was that french troops actually leave their heavily fortified maginot line positions to attack your border units, and try to invade Germany! this might look indimidating to the non historically savvy gamer but to anyone with a basic knowledge of WW2 history this is enormously stupid. The polish units so far have behaved in a historically accurate manor, trading land for time and crumpling under the mighty armor of the Wermacht. I haven't played much further than 1940 so I can't say much more, but the AI could definitely use an update.

Seeing that wargames can cost as much as 90 dollars, and even smaller scale wargames like panzer corp are 20 dollars (plus loads of DLC), It's easy to see why a full theatre war game for 10 bucks might seem too good to be true, but it's not. This is a very solid game that's well worth the money and does a lot of things very very well, even if it's a bit rough around the edges.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Great turn-based grand strategy game for $2. I like how complicated it is, BUT would be nice if the tutorial was a little more detailed, I am so confused on how to use the Navy and transportation.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
69.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Even though the game has 'bugs' like Artillery being Infantry and saves being broken, I still like this game. Im playing as Romania and gotten alot done, by the way infantry tech is 150 i4\nstead of 200 like in SWE and you get PP faster so it makes it so
you get more done then in SWE, plus if you know how to play SWE you know how to play this. NOTE: never attack with one unit unless you have at least 5 and they have 0 without fortification. In my corrupted save as germany, I saw that the prep. for attacking the lowlands was backwards, and that Luxembourg always surrenders. When I stopped in Jan. 1941 I played 40 hours of that one game and it was when it corrupted. Propably because of my slow computer I have no idea. Still 4/5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
161.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
If you enjoyed the old Avalon Hill board games you'll enjoy this game and probably catch on to it's functionality pretty quickly as well. I was lucky and purchased this game on sale for $2.49 and it's worth every penny, I would have paid $2.50 for it :) .... I already have 44 hours of play in it so I've more than got my monies worth out of it already and I've only played one grand campaign from one side.

The game is pretty easy to learn via the tutorial though the Fleet functionality leaves a little to be desired in my honest opinion. My first campaign was from the German side and it went well at first. Poland, Netherlands, Belgium and France all fell pretty quickly so I was feeling lucky and invaded the Soviet Union a little early. I had good success there also in the beginning, taking Moscow in about 10-11 turns from when I declared war on them. I was also on the door step of Leningrad as well as not far from Stalingrad but then Lend Lease kicked in and it was all over but the crying. I'd wipe out 2 or 3 units and 6-7 more would take thier place.

On my second German campaign I just started I'm concentrating on taking out England before invading the Soviet Union, we'll see how that works ... lol.

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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Great concept for a game but poorly carried out.
Was this was a rush job leaving many features out?

One the positive side"
+ gives you an understanding of the political ethos
+ the grafic quality of the game is good
+ historically enlightening
+ combat features are quite good
+ research feature ehences the realistic quality of the game, to this I would add production.

On the negative aspects of the game:
- naval warfare is extreemely poor.
- no manual is available anywhere!!!!
- the tutorial is poor covering only part of the game.

I sugest more work on a fine concept.
One hopes publishers will address these issues by a patch but most likely and profitably (for them) by a another game. Nevertheless I will never buy a Matrix/Wastelands game again without without reading reviews and forums.

I give this game 3 out of 5 stars
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53 of 67 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
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.
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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
65.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
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
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16 of 34 people (47%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Waste of Money !! I paid $2.50 on steam and i still feel ripped off. THERE IS NO MANUAL AVAILABLE. You wanna use diplomacy ? Tough beans, no manual means you can't find out how. I checked company website and others. non-existent or dead links. Now i know why the company is named Wasteland.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I took over the world as Saudi Arabia 10/10
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