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This War Of Mine (2014) is a narrative strategy game inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a ceasefire is declared. At night you must venture out to gather materials and food.

The experience is intensified with The Little Ones version, which includes children to look after. The Little Ones optional expansion content, which can be bought with the game or purchased as downloadable content on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.

It’s a chance to experience the near-impossibility of survival and making the right decisions in these situations, doing the best you can with limited resources.

Play the game yourself before sharing it with older teenagers or other appropriately-aged family members. Once you understand the civilian wartime narrative, together you can make choices about how to use your resources and prioritise your time.

Discussing which risks are the right ones to take, and how to spend your meagre resources, not only brings home the stark reality of war but can also balance more frivolous use of this setting with other video games like Fortnite or Call of Duty.

Our examiner, Jonah Monaghan, first checked This War Of Mine 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Strategy game with Role-Play, Shooting and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete. The main game takes around 14 hours to complete, although repeated play-throughs are warranted to see different characters and outcomes.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 18 for violence against innocent human characters and strong language. This game features multiple instances of violence against innocent human characters. Players control a small group of regular people, caught up in a brutal civil war, who can choose to interact with people peacefully by trade and negotiation or take what they need by violence. As such, the player can kill a host of innocent people – including an elderly couple, civilians hiding in a church basement, doctors and nurses or a man incapacitated by a sniper – with heavy melee weapons and firearms. Their reactions are realistic, as they flinch with each blow and sometimes expel blood or beg the player to stop. Strong language takes the form of ‘*!@?*’, in both dialogue and the graffiti scrawled outside of the characters' dwellings. One scene features a soldier threatening a young woman with a gun, and marching her into a darkened bedroom. Sexual violence is heavily implied in this part of the game.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to plan ahead and deal with multiple systems at the same time. To get the most out of the narrative you need some maturity and understanding.

CostsCosts

This War Of Mine usually costs £10.49 to £35.99. 

This War Of Mine

This War Of Mine On The Mac App Store

App Store iOS £19.99

This War Of Mine: Complete Edition

Switch Store Switch £35.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £21.99

This War Of Mine: Final Cut

This War Of Mine: The Little Ones

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
There are three paid expansions, "The Little Ones", "War Child" and "Father's Promise". Each adds new aspects to the game. Some of these are included for free in more recent releases of the game. A "Final Cut" version of the game includes the previous content and is enhanced for newer consoles. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

Price: 80% off

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Strategy (Role-Play, Shooting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Day and Night

Developer: 11 Bit Studios (@11BitStudios)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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