UNWIND: This War of Mine review

UNWIND: This War of Mine review

I don't play computer or mobile games often but last month I found myself needing to unwind after several days of intense lab work. After some serious searching - and reading lots of reviews - I came across This War of Mine, a survival, adventure game for iOS and Android. The game is set in a fictitious, war-torn town with a group of three survivors hiding out in a dilapidated house. The storyline is said to be inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo which took place during the Bosnian War and gameplay feels like a nice blend of Oregon Trail meets Walking Dead - without the zombies. You can freely alternate among a handful of characters each with a unique set of skills and vices. Without spoiling too much of the story, the objective is to survive until peacekeeping forces arrive. To do so you have to scavenge supplies from around town, build up your shelter, stay warm during the winter, and protect yourself against raids. You can trade with NPCs, steal from abandoned warehouses, help a stranger in need, or stealthy attack armed militia. Each day presents new opportunities and each night presents new challenges.

This War of Mine

I must warn you that the game is addictive. I found myself playing until 3:00am and waking up again at 7:00am. Because of this unhealthy habit, it took me two days -- or about 10 hours of continuous play -- to finish the game. Thankfully the game offers five different playable stories, each with a different set of characters and variations to the map. If you're looking for a good adventure game with a good story and willing to spend a few dollars, you won't be disappointed. The game is on the more expensive end of mobile games at $15 on Android and iOS. However, it has been discounted in the past and I purchased it last month on sale for $5.

Have you played THIS WAR OF MINE? Share your thoughts in the comments.

This post is a part of the UNWIND series where we remind you that it's okay to disconnect from your work!

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