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Released (on Steam): 14 Nov, 2014

Genres: Adventure, Indie, Simulation

Developer: 11 bit studios

Publisher: 11 bit studios

Steam Price: £14.99

This War of Mine

Steam Description

Recently updated with This War of Mine: Final Cut!

This War of Mine: Final Cut is the conclusive, remastered edition of the game that contains all the updates and free expansions released so far and introduces not only a new scenario but also expands all scenarios with the locations known from Stories DLCs - even if you don’t own those. In short words - that means you can now experience lots of never-seen-before playthroughs and struggle with new challenges.


In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.

The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.

Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer-term survival. During war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.

This War of Mine - main features:

  • Inspired by real-life events
  • Control your survivors and manage your shelter
  • Craft weapons, alcohol, beds or stoves – anything that helps you survive
  • Make decisions - an often unforgiving and emotionally difficult experience
  • Randomized world and characters every time you start a new game
  • Charcoal-stylized aesthetics to complement the game's theme

The universe of This War of Mine has been expanded by following DLCs:

  • The Little Ones - explores the hardships of wartime survival as seen from an entirely new perspective - that of a child.
  • This War of Mine: Anniversary Edition - this free DLC, created especially for the 2nd Anniversary of the game, adds new characters, new locations to explore, and most importantly - a whole new ending, leading to a different outcome to the game. The dilemma though remains the same – how far will you go, to protect the ones you care about?
  • This War of Mine: Stories DLCs:
    • Episode 1: The Father's Promise – a heartbreaking tale of loss and hope in a war-torn city
    • Episode 2: The Last Broadcast – where, as a radio operator, you are going to face moral dilemmas and decide, whether there is a price too high for the truth
    • Episode 3: Fading Embers – portrays a story of Anja living in a warzone and carrying a heavy burden as she has to answer to herself what is more important - survival of human legacy or the survival of a man…

My Experience

Completion: Main campaign completed once, others attempted

Playtime at Review: 19.8 hours

Total Playtime: 19.8 hours

Achievements at Review: 18/55 (33%)

My rating: 9.2/10


Simple, effective, and challenging gameplay

Right-in-the-feels stories

Music assists perfectly with the feels from the stories

Love the art style

Helps raise awareness of real life situations and has raised a tonne of money for War Child with DLC sales


Will likely leave you in in a pit of depression

This War of Mine - Review

I'm generally not a big fan of survival games, although I keep trying different ones in the hopes that I'll find one I like. This War of Mine, however, is one I found some time ago and fell in love with! It's different from most of the "standard" survival games in almost every way, especially with it's art style and the effectiveness of the stories. It is, by all means, an incredible game.

If you've played Distrust (I only have recently), the gameplay mechanics are pretty similar, but Distrust didn't have the stories and the feels to grab my attention like This War of Mine did! It grabbed my attention, played with my emotions, ripped out my heart, urinated on my corpse, and brought me back to live as one giant, stinking mess of a man. Honestly though, while the game is pretty depressing, it's a true testament to the work 11 bit studios have done and really gives some horrific insight into how much war can effect the lives of civilians. The blend of story, gameplay, art, and music complement one another perfectly.

11 bit studios have also raised a load of money for War Child with the DLC sales for This War of Mine, a truly deserving charity in my eyes. This reflects, not only on how great the game is, but how great the company behind it are.

This is, by far, my favourite survival game, and one of my favourite games of all time. Never has a game left me with such feels. The fact it was released in 2014 and still had new DLC released this year is also awesome! Definitely recommend, even if you don't like survival games.

Posted on 29-11-2019

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