WARSAW was one of the few games I couldn’t fit into my gamescom 2019 press schedule, which was a shame, because the comics art style made this a different proposition to many recent examples of WWII games. Set in occupied Warsaw in 1994, the game is about the struggle for survival of the Polish citizens. Recruiting and taking care of a group of heroes comprising soldiers and civilians, one takes part of the resistance against the Germans.
Equipping and leveling up group members by taking weapons from enemies or from air drops becomes as much part of the survival process as using the right skills in turn-based combat. Of course one doesn’t only have to know when to fight, but also when to withdraw and re-think one’s strategy. Mixing real historical as well as fictional events might not make this the perfect accompaniment to teaching the subject at school, but as the characters are as memorable and realistic as the atmosphere of survival during one of the country’s darkest times, then it certainly means: mission accomplished.
WARSAW was released in October 2019 and is now available DRM-free on GOG with a 44% discount that lasts until March 17, 2020, at 2 PM UTC.