Take one of the most modern, fun and engaging board games created in recent years. Match it with cutting-edge technology. Add a ridiculously well-crafted art style and a ton of extra content. This is the recipe to one of the most thrilling, charming and captivating strategy games you will ever find.
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Release Date: Oct 1, 2015

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May 4

The Heroes of Normandie New Actions Cards are here!

Heroes of Normandie receives a major free update with the addition of a new brand feature: the action cards!

The new Action Cards significantly improve the gameplay and add a new layer of depth to the game. There are 29 new cards for Germany and 32 for the US, all of them tested and balanced through months of beta testing. They are accompanied by a patch including many bug-fixes, balance changes and five new multiplayer missions.

With this wonderful free update comes a 34% discount on the game on Steam starting at 7pm CET for the duration of seven days!

Heroes of Normandie brings players in a colorful, digital boardgame experience, characterized by all the crazy characters from the three different armies (USA, Germany and The Commonwealth). 6 campaigns, a skirmish mode, 2 Rogue-like campaigns and a multiplayer mode where players can select pre-set forces or assemble their own army.









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April 28

The Heroes of Normandie Action Cards are arriving!

Heroes of Normandie gets a major free update with the addition of the Action Cards. These cards significantly alter the gameplay and add a new layer of depth to the game. There will be 29 cards for Germany and 32 for the US, all of them tested and balanced through months of beta testing! They are accompanied by a patch including many bug-fixes, balance changes and five new multiplayer missions.

The new Action Cards system for Heroes of Normandie and the patch will be available from May 4th.

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“This game is an interesting take on a well worn piece of history, making it relatable to a wide audience”
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Heroes of Normandie receives a major free update with the addition of a new brand feature: the action cards!

The new Action Cards significantly improve the gameplay and add a new layer of depth to the game. There are 29 new cards for Germany and 32 for the US, all of them tested and balanced through months of beta testing. They are accompanied by a patch including many bug-fixes, balance changes and five new multiplayer missions.

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About This Game

Take one of the most modern, fun and engaging board games created in recent years. Match it with cutting-edge technology. Add a ridiculously well-crafted art style and a ton of extra content. This is the recipe to one of the most thrilling, charming and captivating strategy games you will ever find.

Heroes of Normandie is fast-paced. You are placed in command of small squads in scenarios of varying sizes, in the middle of the D-Day campaign. In the spirit of the original board game, the game is bombastic and humorous yet full of subtle tactical decisions and features a vast array of unique units, equipment and abilities.

Plenty of ways to play: complete the three full-fledged campaigns, engage in a quick skirmish, survive through the rogue like mini campaign or challenge a friend in multiplayer.

This game is chock full of content and as this is a game system more than a single game, expect tons of features to expand the experience in the near future.

Features
  • Three different armies (plus the French resistance) and three campaigns available from the get-go.
  • Hordes of unique units, equipment and abilities for each nation.
  • Idyllic countryside, rivers, bridges, buildings, sandbags, pillboxes wheat fields and boccage are all included in the core game: Normandie is brought to life.
  • Quick battle mode with lots of pre-designed maps and pre-crafted armies to get you right into the action.
  • Quick battles can be played in single or multiplayer mode.
  • Innovative and light-hearted approach to strategy: action is fast paced but decisions are still interesting and meaningful.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 Mb DirectX 9 video card with shader model 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
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Mostly Positive (116 reviews)
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Duncan
( 55.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Simple fun game. Not a hardcore wargame. I like the ladder and player advancement. The cards were a very fun addition. Unfortunately it's difficult to find players who follow through on a head to head game. Fun game with a frustrating population of players.
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Reap
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
I really wanted to LOVE this game. It looks great, based on a board game that I like by a publisher that makes superb games but I just didnt get on with it. It all feels a little clunky and restrictive and constantly nags at you for making little mistakes. Shame really. It just didnt do it for me in the end due to the interface feeling too touch screen in the end and Im trying to play a PC game
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tsmithreg
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
A very good adaptation of the board game. It is light on the rules but it still requires thought. There are a lot of funny moments in the campaign mission briefings, playing on WW2 movie characters and stereotypes. The addition of 'hot seat' mode is also quite useful.
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Tiffany is best Huniepop girl
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
a mediocre port of a mediocre board game
There are many fans of the original board game that this is adapted from, but I'm not one of them. I think that Heroes of Normandie's rules feel too complicated for a game this fast and shallow, and other light war games like Axis & Allies Miniatures do the same thing better (and with cool figures instead of flat cardboard).

The game does such a terrible job of guiding you through its details that when you right-click on a tank (which has about a dozen different numbers to keep track of) for more info, all the numbers come up sideways on the game piece. Did no one think to rotate the damn thing 90 degrees? Really?!

Using cardboard chits for units made sense for the physical board game because of how much it would cost to include dozens of plastic figures. But in a computer game, it's just hideously ugly and makes it needlessly difficult to even tell your units from the enemy's. Even if switching to 3D models would have been too jarring for the fans of the physical version, the devs could have done much more to make the flat cardboard pieces visually interesting. For example, when a tank is destroyed, its piece is flipped over to its destroyed side which remains on the board as an obstacle. So how do you show that in an exciting way in a computer game? If it had been up to me, I would have shown the lethal shot causing an explosion in the tank that caused its piece to flip over.... but instead the devs show the tank crumbling into chunks before the flipped tank piece just appears. It looks bad!

The tutorial is AWFUL. It only really teaches you the absolute basics of how to order your units to move and shoot, without explaining crucial mechanics such as line of sight. You're dragged by the nose through the first few tutorial missions without having the system really explained, and then you're told to go blow up a bridge and maybe you should try using the Recon unit that has a special stealth ability... which is never explained to you. (For some reason, the mechanic isn't even explained in the digital version's manual, I had to look up the original physical version's manual to figure it out!)

Stay away from this unless you're a diehard fan of the original board game. If you're looking for a similar digital game, I recommend Panzer General on Xbox 360.
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^.^
( 36.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
This game needs more recent reviews. So....
I bought it yesterday while on sale after they released the new action cards.

I'm happy with it. I've played board war games for years and even have many from "back in the day". This is different in that you are not simulating a real battle but solving a tactical challenge. Other reviews mention that and it helped me adjust to the game and enjoy it more.

Based on the other reviews a LOT has changed. I've monitored the forums for weeks and noticed the devs are responsive and receptive. Players can be pretty demanding and impatient. The devs seem to take it all in stride.

Most recently action cards were added and they are a fun aspect to the game. They give additional power, can distrupt the opponent, etc. I really appreciate that the cards will have a green border when it is applicable to the phase or unit you are on at the moment. THAT is very helpful. Such details make the PC edition superior to the boardgame edition.

The game description above covers the concept and the images let you see the what you're getting so...

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Pros...
Graphically impressive. The artwork is true to the boardgame. My PC is able to handle the "fantastic" graphic setting and it really looks nice.

Humorous. There are many tongue-in-cheek quips and subtle nods to cult favorites like Kelly's Heroes and The Dirty Dozen to name just a few. I think that reinforces that it is not a hardcore simulation but a challenging puzzle.

The game is upfront about the play style. You get a handful of units and a set time limit. The player needs to determine how to manage those to achieve a win. It's fairly quick to play - depending on how long you ponder your move.

Adjustable difficulty. I'm a fairly casual gamer so I usually play while doing something else. Knowing I can dial it down or up is a nice element.

Tutorials get you going. I finished them all in under one hour. You are into the core game quickly.

Lots of hints on the screen. You can turn them off but they do help clarify how the game is intended to be played.

Restarts are easy. If I get a bad roll and decide I want to start again it's just a couple clicks are I'm ready. Same if I missed a key aspect of the setup and want to go back. If you're not sure how something works just play and when it happens you can restart with the new knowledge. I had a number of "Oh THAT'S how that works" moments.

Editor is EASY and FAST. I played only two hours on the campaigns before I was setting up my own battles. I wanted some tank vs tank action and it was EASY to create. I'm expecting the Sitherine forums have player created missions to share.

You can easily alt-tab out of the game and return without any issues.

Runs great on Windows 8, Nvidia card, 1920 x 1080

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Cons...
It can be initially frustrating to determine how certain elements function. The tutorials get you going but I still had questions and the e-manual didn't close the gap. However, my solution has been to play, take the loss, and let that show me how the mechanics work. I think it is less of a "con" if you know going in -- so I'm telling you now.

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At the moment it is 34% off and I'd recommend it if you seek an entertaining game that is also challenging.

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MrJenssen
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
As a fan of the original board game version, I did not recommend Heroes of Normandi on Steam at first. The reason being two major features completely absent from this version of the game; namely the scenario creator and the action cards.

The action cards were especially puzzling to not find in the game, because they offset the luck-factor from the dice. You can re-roll your own dice, force your enemy to re-roll theirs, cancel an attack or cause an attack to be lethal instead of just damaging. The cards are a crucial part of the game, so the absence of these simply broke the game for anyone wanting more than quick casual "fun" without any sort of depth.

For literally half a year, the cards remained absent, despite the promises of the devs to bring them in. Well, I'm glad to say they're finally released (and the scenario creator was released a few months ago), so now I no longer have any issue with recommending this really fun, relatively light tactical game that has a surprising amount of depth as well (with the newly implemented action cards that is).
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abrennanwilliams
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This is mostly for people who have played the board game:
I'm reviewing this because it is missing some stuff and I want that stuff (Transport, Airstrikes, some abilities like Machine Gunner) so I want to tell you to support this game so we can all get that stuff. Let's get that stuff.
Seriously, though, the single greatest innovation in the game isn't really an innovation at all - in the board game version, set-up time is BRUTAL if you aren't one of those "every piece in its plano box" type people - especially considering that some missions/armies CAN and WILL win by turn 2, meaning set-up can actually take longer than the "game." And although the math in building an army isn't hard at all, having all the set-up work done for you (coupled with a fairly robust Map/Mission Editor) is a huge, huge, huge improvement over the cardboard version.
Been playing at least two matches a day for a while now.
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Ozark Rebel
( 21.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
The game has really come a long way. A much higer production value compared to others of its kind.
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Herr Drumpf
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
The game flat-out doesn't work. I got about 30 minutes of play before the menu items began behaving like they were mired in mud, essentially useless, as is the game :(
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Crack Fox
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
I don't get it.. there are at least 2 missions that bug out and crash the game when I meet the win conditions. How is a game with fatal bugs allowed to be sold on steam? For $29.99 none the less.

Do not buy unless this is super on sale and you love the table-top version and also have friends to play with. Otherwise this is a waste of money.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Simple fun game. Not a hardcore wargame. I like the ladder and player advancement. The cards were a very fun addition. Unfortunately it's difficult to find players who follow through on a head to head game. Fun game with a frustrating population of players.
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94 of 112 people (84%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
Ever played a board game where a bad dice roll made you flip the table? Well, don't worry, Cat Rabbit adapted one of the best table flipping board games into a masterfully crafted "Computer Monitor out the window" Simulator. Trust me, even praying to Nuffle will not save you against the unforgiving dice gods of Heroes of Normandie. Semi-serious joking aside, this is a great board game adaptation that has beautifully crafted maps with simplistic yet effective animations to simulate the movements and attacks of your units. It's insanely satisfying to hit an enemy halftrack with a cannon and watch that little tile smash into a dozen pieces, yet it's equally disheartening to watch your tank crumble under the assault of a lucky roll of 6. There is also a ton of content/scenarios to be found here, with head-to-head multiplayer included as well as a campaign mode that features several campaigns for the 3 factions featured in the game. You also see the humour of the boardgame translated perfectly into dialogue boxes throughout the various campaigns.

For those of you who are unfamiliar to the basics of the game, you are placed in timed (generally) scenarios with a select number of units and you're expected to accomplish both a Primary Objective and a Secondary Objective (2ndary being optional yet provides lootz and bonuses). As a board game, it is turn-based, with one player (whoever has initiative) picking which units he wants to give orders to. Essentially, you can have 6 units but you can only give orders to 3 with one unit being a bluff (your opponent has to guess which unit isn't actually going to move). This requires a lot of tactical thinking, should I move my tank and blast away his fire squad or should I move my greyhound away from his PShreck squad? Each unit also goes into battle with different weapons, and each weapon is good at a specific thing and has specific values as shown on the weapon card. Basically, a rifle is far less effective at bringing down a halftrack as a 76mm cannon on a sherman tank. Simple stuff.

With that said, the tutorial could be a little more... exploratory, I suppose is the word. Trust me, you learn more through trial and error and I imagine it was intended that way. The tutorial literally explains the bare-bones of how to play the game. This is mildly disappointing because the game is hard as nails and the AI does not go easy on you.

All in all, this game is actually really fun and has a ton of replayability. Personally, I hope the devs stick with it and provide additional content to elaborate on the already existing content. This most certainly gets my seal of approval.

Gameplay Footage and Terrible Walkthrough:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJjOHpbQYSU
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190 of 269 people (71%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
This game is NOT what is advertised. You see large maps, with lots of units, lots of battle, and very cool units with complicated game mechanics. And yeah, this game is pretty well programmed and pretty well put together, but that is NOT what this game is.

This game is a puzzle game. The maps are small, you only have ~5 turns to complete the game, and you can only move 2-3 units per turn. So, in total you normally can make 10 - 15 moves and then the game is over. Did you complete the objective in 10 moves? yay you win. Go to the next game.

Additionally, each map is very carefully constructed (very well so) to fit perfectly with the deployed pieces. There is ALWAYS a hedgerow perfectly positioned to cut off line-of-sight or to hide in. There is ALWAYS a stretch of open area that is just barely too long to run accross in 1 turn. While there is nothing wrong with this, it further pushes you toward the puzzle aspect. There is a right way to solve each game.

Combined with this is the dreaded dice rolls. Have an 83% chance to hit.. nah you miss. I swear that comes up way too often. Enemy tank comes rolling up and runs over your men (which does no damage), then shoots at you point-blank range. No worries. They miss... wait, what?

Typically each stage is played like this: Start a game. Play around while watching what the enemy does. Restart. Position your troops to counter the computer's move (because it almost always does the same thing). Repeat for 3 rounds. If you get unlucky with the dice, just repeat the exact same moves until you win. And since each stage is so short, it doesn't take too long to do.

Also, not only is each stage short, the entire campaign (including all 3 factions) is short. With luck, you could complete the entire game in a few hours. But, since the dice are what they are, this gets artifically elongated to about 6ish hours. Maybe multiplayer is much better, I didn't try it out. But $30 for 6 hours of gameplay? You should pass.

This game needs to be more expansive. MUCH more so. Larger maps, more units, unlimited turns.

Also make sure you get it on sale. The devs did some good work, but it definitely is not worth the price they're asking.
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44 of 53 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
Great board game, but this implementation has some issues. Still worthwhile.
The tutorial doesn't do a good job for those new to the game. It assumes you know the board game and shows how those things are done in the computer version. The vagueness and oddities of the tutorial may be difficult for newcomers to grasp exactly what their choices really are in the game.
For those experienced with the board game, there are a few issues too. The great terrain graphic system which let you look at the map and know what the terrain effects are have been removed! Now you have to right click on terrain to see an explanation. Poor design decision. And some of the wording displayed is very odd ("Fire Move" in the Supply Phase?), has typos, or gives a feeling of lack of attention to detail.
Also, there are things missing. No cards in this version of the game. Cards are one of the things that really make the board game "like in the movies." And although units have all their board game symbols, some, like Transport on light vehicles, don't seem to actually be implemented so they're not explained nor do they work.
I have also had the game crash on me once in the first hour during the third mission. It's also a bit counter-intuitive that after a unit has taken its turn, you have to click anywhere on the map in order to get the Proceed button to show up. Just lots of odds and ends that seem half done.
I love Heroes of Normandie, but I get the feeling that this computer version was rushed or poorly developed and tested. It needs another 6-12 months and some updating before it will rival the beautiful board game.
In the mean time, it's still the only way to play this great game online. The fact that it allows asynchronous multiplayer, like Battle Academy, is great!
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52 of 70 people (74%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
This game is exactly what is advertised: A strategy games that use the boardgame metaphore; and a very precise one, that of Heroes Of Normandie, DevilPig masterpiece.

First of all the game has 36 missions organized in three different campaigns. Every mission is carefully designed and balanced to provide both challenge and fun. Some feel like a puzzle, other feel like more like a show in which you have more freedom in creating your strategy.
So if you are into single player modes this is perfect as the campaigns introduce you slowly to the rules of the game and keep on introducing new units and abilities.

Second you have skirmish. These seem to me more like a training center in which you can experiment with different armies in different scenarios.

Third you have multiplayer. Here there are few maps, one of the few problems of the game, just 4 maps. Devs are saying they are providing more, let's hope they do.

Fourth: Rogue player. This is hard as nails. You have two small campaigns in which difficulty is incredibly high and you have to choose a persistent army that get carried over (and added with new units you can buy) on the following of the campaign.

The game is solid and I really don't understand all the fuss about the RNG. Devs are being attacked because people get bad rolls... But they say dice are not rigged. Why devs would weight dices against players??? Sometimes you get bad rolls some other times you get good ones. Man up and endure the bad luck! Guys that attack the devs for this are just sore losers that could not play a boardgame with other people, they would throw the table after a couple of ones!

Also others say (or even the same ones) that people could complete the game in few hours. Really? 36 missions plus 12 rogues and around other 12 for skirmish? And multiplayer added? Just gratuitous hate here too.

Last note: if you really want to get into the forums and read the discussions there look at the devs answering. They are everywhere and seem to answer to everybody, listening a lot and getting patches out like crazy. These are the devs we need and all this hate and unjustified attacking (90% of which is on dice rolls!) could drive them off the industry... Which is very sad... :(

My hint: Watch a youtube video of this game and decide yourself if the game is something you may like, don't believe the haters here (they are few anyway).
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
As a fan of the original board game version, I did not recommend Heroes of Normandi on Steam at first. The reason being two major features completely absent from this version of the game; namely the scenario creator and the action cards.

The action cards were especially puzzling to not find in the game, because they offset the luck-factor from the dice. You can re-roll your own dice, force your enemy to re-roll theirs, cancel an attack or cause an attack to be lethal instead of just damaging. The cards are a crucial part of the game, so the absence of these simply broke the game for anyone wanting more than quick casual "fun" without any sort of depth.

For literally half a year, the cards remained absent, despite the promises of the devs to bring them in. Well, I'm glad to say they're finally released (and the scenario creator was released a few months ago), so now I no longer have any issue with recommending this really fun, relatively light tactical game that has a surprising amount of depth as well (with the newly implemented action cards that is).
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
Well, I love the game. Nice art straight from the wonderful boardgame, deep mechanics, Hollywood flavor and ton of contents.
Multiplayer is also well done as the usual clunky PBEM is spiced up by the possibility of playing many matches and switching back and forth between them.

If you want a quick fix of fast strategy in 10-15 minutes matches this game is what you're looking for.
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
238.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
The awesome "Heroes of Normandie" released today. Beautiful artwork, exquisite nail biting gameplay. I highly recommend playing this boardgame brought to life with friends. This boardgame has a HUGE amount of add ons, so we can expect some pretty awesome DLC to accompany the game in the future. Plus you get to play as the French Resistance, the French Resistance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s6ZaSA1oCc
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
A very nice adaptation of the Heroes of Normandie bordgame.

Gameplay (4/5)
- Mechanics are simple, yet there is room for tactics. Being a boardgame adaptation, everything is quite transparent and clear, and the interface does a good job of explaining all the different modifiers and special rules.
- Battles are quite quick, playing a scenario will take around 15 - 20 minutes. This is ideal for people who don't have much time to play.
- The game relies a lot on dice rolling. Of course part of the fun is tipping the odds to your favor, but there is the occasional strike of good or bad luck. Anyway, good tactics almost always trump luck (don't listen to the whiners :D ).
- Some board game mechanics have not been implemented the game. Cards are missing, and some unit special abilities, though still shown on the counters in the game, apparently are not implemented.
- Content is plenty: 6 story campaigns (one is a tutorial), 2 hardcore-mode campaigns, skirmish scenarios, and multiplayer.

Technical aspects (3/5)
- Technically speaking the game is not top notch, but the graphics and sound are pleasant.
- I have had an occasional crash, and the interface is sometimes slightly glitchy.

Art (3/5)
- The art of the game is quite pretty, taken directly from the board game.
- The atmosphere is slightly humorous, and doesn't take itself too seriously.
- Sound and graphic effects are quite simple, but they do their job.
- The music is a bit generic.

Conclusion
If you like light wargames and boardgames, definitely consider playing Heroes of Normandie.
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
A pretty good adaptation of hte board game. It is still missing card play and the editor but those have been confirmed as on the way within the month.

Gameplay is pretty tight and there are enough units and builds to keep things interesting until the expanded content starts to appear.

Definitely recommended to fans of the boardgame or anyone looking for a light WW2 skirmish level game.
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