A open source turn-based strategy game first created in 2003. It has been updated ever since by an active community.
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Pro Single-player and multi-player
Battle it out against the game's advanced bots or go the online/hotseat route.
Pro Well established
BfW has been around since 2003 and is a firm favourite within the FOSS community.
Pro Endless replayability
A large assortment of maps, classes, units and campaigns. Community addons available ingame for download, as well as a random map generator.
Pro Great graphics
Easily one of the most beautiful FOSS TBS games around.
Dozens of languages available to choose from.
Pro Active development
BfW gets updated frequently.
Pro Immersing storyline
BfW comes with an entire lore which adds depth and variety to the playing experience.
Pro Unique Play Style
The unique combination of LoC, hex-based map, terrain defence and movement, and map type, with damage types and resistances varying between units, gives a refreshingly unique play style.
Pro The strategy for individual campaigns really forces you to think through available strengths and weaknesses, especially given the hex-based terrain
Con Doesn't explain game mechanics well
Battle mechanics, job changes when leveling up, and traits/skills are not explained outright. However, there is in-game help which you can refer to.
Con No simultaneous multiplayer mode
This limits player counts, map sizes and a really simultaneous mode is the only truly acceptable mode for a modern turn-based multiplayer game. Should have been part of the game years ago. Maybe the engine is not suitable for it.
Con Hefty download
The current download size approaches 400Mb.