Wartune is a fantasy-themed, massively multiplayer online role-playing game(MMORPG), with spectacular effects. In the new world of Cloud-city, all players gather here to enjoy the wonderful journey of “Sky”.
Here you explore new worlds, learn powerful skills as a knight, archer, or mage, join up with friends to fight enemies, break through catacombs, and fight with each other in the Sylph Atoll, all give you a truly epic experience every time you open your browser. Join the popular web game, draw your arms now!
In Wartune, players take on the role of a hero character, which may be of either gender and one of three different classes. The classes determine which abilities the player will have access to in combat, while gender is largely an aesthetic choice. The artwork is drawn in a rather clichéd fantasy style, with an obvious focus on appealing to male players — the female mage character is clad in little more than a bra, thong, stockings and suspenders, for example. The artwork itself throughout the game is well-drawn — it’s the content that some may find offputting. (As an aside, World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment may also be somewhat perturbed to note the presence of a race of bull-like creatures known as “Tauren” whose artwork bears an uncanny resemblance to the race of the same name in the popular MMORPG.)
Once into the game, the player is thrown straight into some quests which act as an initial tutorial. Players are introduced to exploring the world and engaging in combat. Exploration unfolds from an isometric perspective, with the player clicking where they would like their character to run to. Clicking on an enemy engages them in combat, which switches to a separate side-view combat screen. Here, the player and enemy characters take it in turns to automatically attack one another until one or the other’s hit points have been depleted, though the player also has the option of using skills they have acquired, which usually have more powerful or special effects than their regular attack. As the player progresses through the game, they will be able to recruit additional troops into their party, who will attack on autopilot.
The game monetizes through two main ways: firstly, the hard currency of Balens may be purchased using Facebook Credits, and may be used to accelerate cooldowns on building timers or purchase premium items from the in-game shop, which does not become available until the player reaches experience level 10. Secondly, there is a “VIP” scheme whereby players may purchase a membership to the game for a variety of additional benefits, including increased rewards for completing quests, regular gift packs and numerous other benefits including the ability to bypass the cooldown timers when building their city.
On the whole, Wartune is actually a pretty good game — it just feels rather “cheap.” Those who can get past the dated aesthetic, weirdly inconsistent music (dramatic orchestral themes one moment, wailing electric guitars the next) and all the sparkly, flashing popups that clutter up the game screen will find a surprisingly satisfying experience underneath. It may not be the most polished game in the world, but in gameplay terms it’s certainly a good degree better than a lot of other rival titles on the social network and has a ton of content for players to explore in the long term, and is thus well worth a look.