Wartune is a browser based fantasy MMORPG that mixes dungeon crawling, turn style combat, city building, crafting, and a small touch of strategy into one experience. The game plays in large part like a Facebook style game in that there are multiple currencies and while you do chose the abilities you would like your character to use in battle, your soldiers attack on their own schedule and you only have influence over who is in your party, not what they do.
Similar to other browser based city building type titles, Wartune gives players a plot of land to start raising walls around and building various structures, each with their own abilities. Build a City hall and level it up to raise the level cap of your other structures. Build a barracks and each level you gain will open up the ability to recruit different types of soldiers for use on the battle field.
Wartune is a game you’ll learn very quickly and not have to sink a ton of time into to move forward an inch at a time.
Gameplay and Graphics
Graphically there isn’t much to say about Wartune. The overall aesthetic of the game exudes a hand drawn type vibe, but the backgrounds are stationary pictures and animations are what was typical from browser based games a few years ago.
The gameplay in Wartune though is quite varied. Combat has a turn based feel to it without being bogged down watching timers fill up before you select your next action. The typical flow of Wartune goes a bit like this:
- You have a few quests
- Move to the next location on your world map
- Enter a dungeon crawling type set up and fight your way through monsters to the end of the map
- Return to your city to build new structures and level up existing structures
- Visit your farm or your friend’s farm to gather or plant materials
- In between maps, engage in a little PvP in the Arena or try to sack other player’s cities on the map
Questing takes the lead on your leveling in Wartune and leveling is essential to almost every action you take in game. Your character’s level determines the level cap of your City Hall and your City Hall’s level determines the level cap for all other structures you build within the city. While experience comes fast and furious at first, your structures will likely fall behind your level if you don’t have enough of a few different types of currencies to negate the cooldown between build timers.
Building and leveling up other structures allows you to in turn recruit different types of soldiers and various types of equipment or abilities for those soilders so the main focus early becomes leveling your city and building to strengthen your possible selection in partners when you hit the world map again.
PvP comes in a few different varieties in Wartune but not all are available right away.
- Sacking – You can lay seige to player owned cities on the world map. While you can’t take over their territory entirely, a successful attack nets you plenty of rewards and currency
- 1v1 – In the early to mid teens you’ll gain the ability to build an arena. In the arena you can initially only queue for 1v1 matches. These matches play out much the same way as normal PvE battles do where all it takes to win is to take out all of your opponent’s team before they take you out. Battles are fast but the cooldown becomes a headache if you can’t bypass it
- 5v5 Team – Later in the game you’ll unlock the ability to queue for these larger team based battles
Crafting and enchanting is based on resource gathering and is influenced by the levels of various structures you have in your city. Adding items to your gear as enhancements is vital to your success on the battlefield as you start to leave the initial “lowbie” areas behind.
Currency and the Cash Shop
Not much to say here. The usual items are here, but the main draw to spending money is to get the damn cooldowns to expire between actions. Plays like a typical Facebook type game in this regard.