The setting in Wargame 1942 takes place during the second World War and you are the best hope for obtaining a victory. Fight for what is rightfully yours and eliminate what stands in your way. Use your army to fight against thousands of different players or use your diplomatic skills to influence the world politics and to write yourself into the history books.
Wargame 1942 is a new browser-based strategy game featuring the historical WWII.
If you conceive the possible gameplay from what it’s described in texts, you expect a standard strategy game you are familiar with; yet to sign in to check it out, it simply doesn’t fit in your conjecture. It doesn’t provide the top-down structure shown in Call of Gods or the base-centered view seen in Ministry of War, but presents one level screen that covers most of its systems.
The opinion on its interface can be divided. On the one hand, it looks flat and lifeless with the entire screen pieced up by panels showing the construction spot of base or texts of building description; and on the other hand, it is informative and direct with the necessary info like structure functions all listed in the same screen, saving the trouble of cutting scenes to check.
At start, the storage of resources – crude oil, gasoline, diesel and gold – are zero, but a certain amount of Money is offered as starting capital. Constructing buildings costs Money only. As indicated in the base panel, you click to build what the marked plot is pre-set to be built on.
First is the Resident building, wow, which takes 26m 24s to complete. Too long? Wait to see what’s next, 1h 6m for Multi-family house, 2h 12m for University, 3h 18m for Barrack, 5h 9m for Arms Factory, on and on. To top it off, you can only build one at a time. Why so? It’s because it increases the odds you use money to get quicker, more comfortable playing. You can complete a building instantly by spending Diamond, premium currency. While you are given 15 diamonds to start with, they are soon used up after the instant building of three or four buildings. Then in what style to continue playing is up to you.
But once you have set up one building, you finish the construction faster if you are to build more of the same building. It doesn’t take x-times to build x amount of the structure and meanwhile the x-amount just takes one slot with an utmost amount limitation though. To build the factory, for instance, you need 36m to construct one factory, but only 39m for two and 42m for three. In fact, you will know this shortcut if you follow the mission list.
There is no direct tutorial; instead, the listed missions are sort-of guide. Some missions introduce the basic mechanics, like depositing Money in the Bank to get interest or University for research of ground, air, sea and defense units, etc.. The beginning missions not only include requests of adding structures to base but also feature some easy game-related questions like how many Achievements are in the game, what follows Arms Factory in the building Tech-tree, or which building the hanger belongs to. Answers can be found in the game wiki and usually reward you Diamond, while other forms of mission, once completed, win Money or add structures to the base.
The base is shown only in a fixed area. While some missions require extra construction of a certain type, you don’t build them in separated plots but click on the first built to add. The building types suit the modern setting well, and serve their same role as in reality. Base is filled by the limited yet necessary facilities, but there are a rich variety of ground, aerial and maritime units and vehicles to research and train. Moreover, it provides many setups to enrich the game experience, such as winning various titles by completing certain task, joining an alliance for help in base-construction and better coordination in war, and the influence of ever-changing weather on the army deployment time, etc..
Overall, Wargame 1942 is a strategy game that gradually wins you over with its rich, in-depth game contents, though it doesn’t strike you as a particularly immersive game at first. It provides the staple strategic elements and renders them with tweaks to come to its own. If you value the strategy deployment over the wrap-up like graphics and animation, Wargame 1942 is very likely to be your game.