In similar fashion to many other browser based RPG video games, you will start off creating your own character that you will want to use for the duration of the entire video game. There are only three basic classes to choose from and they include a “Mage”, “Knight” or “Archer”. Sadly you will be unable to alter the appearance for your character so you are pretty much stuck with the generic designs that the developer has chosen for you. Still, the character design in this game is impressive overall and some gamers won’t be too fussed about this.
I must say that the game takes a bit of time to load every time you boot the game up for the first time. I’m not sure if this will happen with everyone, but the game needs to be patched so be prepared to wait patiently before you begin the game. Thankfully, you can play a neat mini-game to pass the time while the game loads. This is a first for a free to play video game and a nice touch in my opinion, although the mini-game doesn’t appear when long loading times occur when you actually start the game itself.
Once the game finally starts, your character enters a forest-like area called “Enna Pass”. The first thing you have to do is approach a menacing looking Mountain Bear and try to kill it. This serves as the game’s first battle sequence as it teaches you the basics of the game’s combat mechanics.
Combat in Wartune is the traditional turn based system used in lots of other RPG video games. All you have to do is click on an attack or skill that you want to execute at the bottom of the screen and your character will automatically respond in kind. The combat in this game is fast paced and the animation is impressive to say the least. This isn’t the kind of turn based RPG game where the characters are slow to react your button commands.
As you progress, there will be more members that will join you in your party that can aid you in battle. One of the more helpful members that tag along early on in the game is a young girl that heals you in the background. If you take a lot of damage during battle, she will ensure your life bar is full enough for you to survive the duration of the battle.
This helpful lady is actually a character that you need to save from danger at the very beginning of the game as she is being attacked by a group of angry bears. Although some people might say saving a “damsel in distress” is one of the most clichéd stories in the history of mankind, but I personally didn’t mind the storytelling aspects that this game provided. It’s better than just approaching a random non playable character on the street and accepting quests like that as most other games do.
As previously mentioned, Wartune is not only an RPG video game but it also includes RTS elements in there as well. Once you save the young girl, you will travel back to her city and then the city building aspects of the game are introduced. Much like in RTS video games, you will have to collect resources for your city and construct buildings. The integration between the RPG and RTS elements work really well. The loot you receive from killing monsters on the ground level can be used to upgrade the buildings in your city and so forth. It’s a neat feature that is not seen in any other game I’ve played recently.
Graphically, Wartune looks amazing for a browser based video game. The character models look highly detailed as does the environments. This does come at a price though because as I previously mentioned, the loading times are pretty lengthy and frequent too. The loading times aren’t unbearably long like they are in other video games, although they will annoy you.