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Lucian

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When I first came across WeeWar I immediately noticed a few similarities across certain other games I've played in the past and seeing as everyone here seems to enjoy this particular genre, we may as well share information on similar games out there.

Nintendo Wars

The most obvious one in my opinion would be the Nintendo Wars series (Famicom Wars, Game Boy Wars, Advance Wars and Battalion Wars) which was available for various Nintendo handhelds and consoles. It is designed as a single player game though there are numerous multilayer options, particularly in the later games. It uses a grid map system rather than a hex which changes the strategic element somewhat, but the unit types and even terrain are very similar. I would definitely recommend this as a first try if you haven't played it yet. Each of these does however require a console and the game itself.

Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wars_%28series%29

The Battle for Wesnoth

Wesnoth is a free to download (and play), open source game with an incredibly advanced and challenging AI. The game also sports various online and offline multiplayer capabilities. Most of all, seeing as its open source, anyone can modify aspects, create maps, scenarios and even entirely new units and races. The game is also played on a hex grid and allows a variety of attacks including special moves and unit upgrades. The major difference between Wesnoth and WeeWars is the setting. Rather than guns and rockets, you command battalions of swordsmen, archers and horsemen across a numerous number of races. If you prefer the modern warfare routine give this game a miss, otherwise I would say it is possibly one of the best strategy games out there and a must try. The only downfall is that it's not browser based, meaning that you can only play on computers where you have the software installed.

Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesnoth
Official Website - http://www.wesnoth.org/

Sean O'Connor's Slay

Unlike the previous two, this game is actually far more simplistic than WeeWar and just about any other strategy game I've seen out there. Yet due to its simplicity, the game can become incredibly addictive and very fun to play. It is a tiny program which is primarily focused on single player games, but it has some multiplayer capabilities. It is also built on a hex system but it has a lot of differences with the biggest being that this game is focused on expansion of territory and holding as many hexagons as possible and the ability to move a unit instantly across a map to any location within your occupied space. Very addictive and generally quick.

The biggest downside here is that you have to purchase the software which can range from $20-50 depending on the package you go with. On the flip side, you can always download the free demo which offers three maps which you can replay as much as you like.

Official Website - http://www.windowsgames.co.uk/slay.html

If anyone knows of any other games, feel free to add to this list.

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Crimson Fields
If you're not just talking about online games then one of my favorites is Crimson Fields. It's an open source turn-based strategy (TBS) game based on the popular Battle Isle (which I never played). Like Weewar you have various units at your disposal; land, sea and air based (depending on the map). It's for one or two players only and features play-by-mail I believe. It offers many maps and campaigns which feature objectives like capturing certain buildings, defending locations and others. It also features a map and campaign editor, which is a really nice inclusion. The only downsides for me is that you can't have multiple players and the AI can become easy to defeat once you have played it for a while. It is available for many platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and many handheld devices like Palms and PocketPCs. Not quite my ultimate TBS but fun for some quick one player action.

Advanced Strategic Command
Another similar game, which I have not played as much is Advanced Strategic Command. Basically a very similar deal to Crimson Fields being based on Battle Isle and having various types of units (and also open source). I always found the interface to be a bit clunky/clumsy but it seems like it could have some potential. It seems to have a more futuristic setting but that could just be me. On the upside I believe that it supports multiple players both hot-seat and play-by-mail, as well as AI opponents.

BattleLords
If you don't mind getting a bit retro then I thoroughly recommend BattleLords from Horizont Entertainment. It's not open source but freeware, however it runs in DOS only, so for Windows 2000 or later you'll need to use an emulator like DOSBox. In my opinion it's well worth the effort as it is the most fun (and tactical) TBS that I've played. It features up to eight players in any combination of human and computer opponents, play-by-mail and hot-seat modes and many different units covering land, sea and air. I'd love to see this game updated to get a modern interface, but don't be fooled by the simplistic graphics, it's a great game.

I just realized from the original post as well as "Slay", Mother of all Battles from the same website is a really fun game in a similar vein to Weewar. However the free version has some limitations.

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Lucian

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Wow... I didn't know there were that many and I completely forgot about Mother of All Battles. Nice catch.

These do not have to be purely online or single player games, just games that you think would be interesting to the WeeWar player demographic in general.

ShadowPanther

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First one I thought of was Advance Wars.

Po

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I think that's what he meant by "Nintendo Wars."

ShadowPanther

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It is.

Lechonbaka

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The First game I thought of was 'Nectaris' (Military Madness in the US) that was released on the PC Engine/Turbo Graphics. I feel it's nearly identical to weewar, with the exception of naval units (Nectaris had none). I believe there is a free official emulator for Nectaris.... I highly recommend it!

BM5k

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Youtube of The TurboGrafix-16 version of Military Madness/Nectaris

armand

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If you want to talk pre-video game, Weewar reminds me of those old Avalon Hill table top games that I grew up loving like "Soldiers" and "Stalingrad" and "Hitler's War" (yes it was called Hitler's War). The downside, of course was that you had to tear out hundreds of perforated "chits" Oh, and the only way to save a game would be to leave it on the table you were playing on which means you had to have a whole extra table.

Let's not forget Risk which (I'm sorry to say) is one of my least favorite games.

FuryOfNaught

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Do not forget http://travian.us. Its another great game to play through the browser, especially for those who play from work. Check it out.

Jack_King

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Ive just started playing Travian its slow to start off but very interesting game play

Po

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MicahZ wrote:Do not forget http://travian.us. Its another great game to play through the browser, especially for those who play from work. Check it out.


Not at all similar to Weewar, though. ;p

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MicahZ wrote:Do not forget http://travian.us. Its another great game to play through the browser, especially for those who play from work. Check it out.

Let's forget about Travian. (Especially if you play from work.)
Travian favors those who can be online 24x7.
If you want to have a life, avoid it at all cost.

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Lucian

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Muzzafar wrote:
MicahZ wrote:Do not forget http://travian.us. Its another great game to play through the browser, especially for those who play from work. Check it out.

Let's forget about Travian. (Especially if you play from work.)
Travian favors those who can be online 24x7.
If you want to have a life, avoid it at all cost.


Thanks for the heads up as I avoid MMOs and anything else that sucks up your life... especially since I just got an invite by e-mail. Your timing couldn't have been better.

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Here's a title I just started dabbling in yesterday:
Commanders: Attack Of The Genos

Since I just stuck my toe in the water I can't really give any in depth info but from my small taste I can fairly confidently say it has some WeeWar type feel to it.

Here's the basically useless website for it:
http://www.commandersattackofthegenos.com/

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