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Wartune Review From BBGsite.com

Date: Jun 23 2014 01:14:28 Source: BBGsite.com Views:
KeyWord: Wartune,2D,RPG,Fantasy

The game is called Wartune, although I haven't seen any evidence of a war, and no idea who wrote the tune. There is some "lore" provided, but... I haven't really been reading it. I've been playing a few days, currently at level 28. Here's a brief rundown of what I've found so far.

Wartune Screenshot

In Wartune, players take on the role of a hero character, which may be of either gender and one of three different classes. The classes determine which abilities the player will have access to in combat, while gender is largely an aesthetic choice. The artwork is drawn in a rather clichéd fantasy style, with an obvious focus on appealing to male players — the female mage character is clad in little more than a bra, thong, stockings and suspenders, for example. The artwork itself throughout the game is well-drawn — it’s the content that some may find offputting. (As an aside, World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment may also be somewhat perturbed to note the presence of a race of bull-like creatures known as “Tauren” whose artwork bears an uncanny resemblance to the race of the same name in the popular MMORPG.)

Wartune Screenshot

Quite good artwork for a free-to-play browser game. The combat backgrounds are quite detailed to match the area you're in, and player "castle" backgrounds are quite detailed. They've put somewhat more effort into the various artwork than they probably even needed to, if you care about that sort of thing. There's a distinctly Asian flavor to character appearances, and there's no customization options. Female avatars are the typical enviable-figure types, although it's nothing that hasn't been seen elsewhere in hundreds of other games. Also, there are interesting tiny details that, again, I appreciate because they weren't necessary. When you liberate some story NPC from a dungeon, they often become a wandering avatar in your city that you can click on for a comment later on. Completely pointless and irrelevant... which I like because it shows someone was actually thinking about it at some point.

Wartune Screenshot

Once into the game, the player is thrown straight into some quests which act as an initial tutorial. Players are introduced to exploring the world and engaging in combat. Exploration unfolds from an isometric perspective, with the player clicking where they would like their character to run to. Clicking on an enemy engages them in combat, which switches to a separate side-view combat screen. Here, the player and enemy characters take it in turns to automatically attack one another until one or the other’s hit points have been depleted, though the player also has the option of using skills they have acquired, which usually have more powerful or special effects than their regular attack. As the player progresses through the game, they will be able to recruit additional troops into their party, who will attack on autopilot.

On the whole, Wartune is free. Strongly suspect as a server ages, its population will decline and become exceptionally top heavy, so if you want to take a peek now is probably the time while the servers are fresh with new blood. (This is not an advertising paragraph. Joining games of this type weeks or months late almost always sucks badly).

 

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