war-agent
Metacritic: N/A
Release: Mar 2014
Reviewed on: PC

War Agent

Site Score
8.0
Good: Attractive price – Though provoking
Bad: Only good for a few playthroughs
User Score
7.5
(6 votes)
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War Agent sticks you in the middle of an incoming war, you’re role though is likely one you haven’t experienced before. In this Android game you’re objective is to make as much profit as possible off the warring nations.

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War Agent is more than just a game about drawing every single dollar you can out of the war though and will make you look deep into the messy nature of war and consequences of your own actions. Ultimately though its a game of fine balance as you want to keep the war going by supplying both sides with just enough fire power and nudge out any competitor sales.

Your main screen in War Agent, known as the battle screen shows the two countries (blue and red respectively) fighting it out with their current available weapons (be it pistols, machine guns, tanks or something more advanced). Players will find that the nation with the current stronger weaponry will slowly push their advantage and if they consume the screen will end the war.

In return for supplying these weapons players will get a steady steam of cash to reinvest in more weapons or other efforts to keep the war alive. A key mechanic of the game though is that neither side will be happy with their current weapon for very long, which means the war quickly escalates from simple pistols to weapons with more collateral damage. Herein lies one of the problems of war and if players aren’t going to offer the stronger weapons your clients will turn elsewhere.

Funds that aren’t reinvested in weapons can instead flow to the government or media of each side. The government buildings alter the nations willingness to wage war (represented as a percentage) and if it reaches zero that side will surrender. To prevent this players can use funds to bribe members of the government or invest more to completely eliminate those that oppose the war.

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The media serves a similar function with monthly investments that can increase the popularity of war among the people although may create radical groups within the nation.

Ultimately the goal of the game is to achieve new high scores with every game over reporting your total net profit along with civilian and soldier deaths. Although you’ll quickly learn that there is no winner in war.

Summary:

  • Explores the dark nature of war.
  • Unique balancing game of supporting the two game factions.
  • Unlock increasingly powerful weapons.
  • Use the government and media to keep the war alive.
  • Only on Android.

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