This War of Mine is a war game that takes a unique perspective on the genre. Instead of you playing a soldier, you play civilians that are trying to survive the siege on your city. You have to fight sickness and hunger while trying to protect your home from looters. In turn, you may have to loot other places because you need medicine. It’s a sobering game that does a good job of interacting with your emotions.
The game focuses in particular around the Siege of Sarejevo. This was an incredibly long siege, lasting from April of 1992 to the very end of February of 1996 as part of the larger Bosnian War. Over the 1400 days, civilians in the city had to use dwindling resources and try to survive even while a war went on around them. By the end, over 5000 civilians had died among many more soldiers.
The game was based on the Siege of Sarejevo as we learned in our interview with the developers, 11bit Studios.
In my play through, I saw firsthand how depressing the game is. My situation kept going downhill. Even minor victories were tainted. Marko recovers from illness, but now everyone else is really tired and hungry. I find meds but requires me to steal from an elderly couple. A moment of grace by allowing someone else to join causes fights and doesn’t help security.
By the end of the first week we were worse off. We weren’t going to be able to survive much longer, a grim reminder of the horrors of war. The gameplay is really good and I’m glad I decided to purchase and play the game. You can purchase it yourself from Google Play.