Percentile Rank

Wargroove is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

84%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jan 30, 2019

Care, generosity and love have gone into this attempt to recreate some legendary tactics games, but is it enough?

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 30, 2019

In summary, it’s good and I like it.

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GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Jan 30, 2019
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Games Xtreme
Essential
Essential
Feb 22, 2019

So, Wargroove. It's a fantasy themed strategy RPG, built around commanding armies and claiming territory in a style more like RTSes than, say, Final Fantasy Tactics. It's a grid-based game with unit manufacturing, income, and objectives. Mechanically, how it works is pretty simple; You've got basically three kinds of buildings. Your stronghold, which if destroyed you lose the game; Unit-producing buildings; And villages, which produce money. At the start of a given match, you have a tiny little set of basics, just enough to start getting your first buildings locked down. Unlike the RTS comparison, here the buildings are all fixed, and you take a unit to them and capture them for your own use.

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Scored Reviews

NintendoWorldReport
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove offers a robust and content-laden package that turn-based strategy fans will adore.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove is one of the best games I've played on the Switch and the perfect tactical game to get deep into while waiting for Fire Emblem Three Houses.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove offers several ways to get your turn-based strategy fix, whether it's playing through an hours-long campaign, creating your own scenarios, or playing online

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AbsoluteXbox
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Feb 10, 2019

Overall if you like a strategy game I can’t fail to recommend this, it is full of character and fun to play without being terribly difficult, but the game editor is amazing for giving you value for money. I thoroughly recommend this game.

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RPG Fan
91%
91%
Feb 26, 2019

Wargroove is one of the most charming, polished, and enjoyable turn-based strategy games ever made.

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2019

If it’s your jam – like it is mine – then Wargroove offers literally endless potential. And even if level designing isn’t really your thing, it’s still a lot of fun to play around with.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2019

With impressive tactical depth, a challenging campaign, an excellent multiplayer suite and an outrageously deep set of tools for user-generated content, Wargroove is one of the games of 2019 and is well worth a look - doubly so for Advance Wars veterans.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jan 30, 2019

The wait has been worth it; Wargroove is absolutely a must-play title for fans of the genre and just Switch owners in general.

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Screen Rant
Feb 6, 2019

Wargroove is a brilliant turn-based tactics experience featuring memorable characters and lore.

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove is the best turn-based strategy RPG that's come out in ages. With a near limitless content pool, a solid single-player campaign, and addictive multiplayer options, it should be around and entertaining its fans for years. Here's hoping it's the start of a new franchise, because I already want more.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove is the turn-based tactics game you've been waiting for. It looks wonderful and sounds amazing, but it also plays so well. The strategy layer is deep but simple to learn. With several different modes in single player and multiplayer, there is something for both hardcore and newcomers of the genre.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jan 30, 2019

For those who are eager for a new turn-based tactics game that succeeds at trying something new, or for those who have been keeping an eye on this game like I have over the past few years, Wargroove is immensely satisfying and certainly doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

There's a lot to love with Wargroove. I definitely have my qualms with some of the campaign mission design and plot, there is so much here to love. I can't say that it's a completely innovate entry into the genre, but I think it's safe to say that Wargroove is a title that needs to be in every turn-based strategy lover's catalog.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2019

Fans of Advance Wars will be right at home with Wargroove, but don’t be surprised if you end up becoming an even bigger Wargroove fan.

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SwitchWatch
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2019
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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 30, 2019

In a world bereft of a new Advance Wars, Wargroove is a worthy successor. Its fantasy retro strategy stylings mark it out as a wonderful amalgamation of the classic Fire Emblem and Wars games, and while it doesn't revolutionise the genre in the way that the modern Fire Emblem games have it nails the feel of Intelligent System's best games – while standing proudly on its own.

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Daily Dot
Jan 30, 2019

From all angles, this is an experience you can truly tailor to do just what you want it to. Chucklefish has packed this game so full with meaningful experiments—and things that are worth seeing.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 30, 2019

As far as strategy games are concerned on the Switch, Wargroove is one of the best titles you can find on the eShop. Extremely deep and diverse strategy gameplay, ridiculous amounts of replayability, and charming presentation all combine to make this one an easy recommendation to anybody looking for a deep and cerebral experience for their Switch.

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Star News
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove will leave Advance Wars’ long-forgotten fans beside themselves with joy.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 1, 2019

It might lack the quirkiness of Nintendo's own Advance Wars series or the flair of Fire Emblem, but it ends up being one of the more polished strategy games available on the system.

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IGN Spain
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove is going to become in its own right the spiritual successor of Advance Wars.

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IGN Italy
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2019

Wargrove is a strategic game made with great passion and considerable knowledge of the subject: a must-have for lovers of the genre, but also an excellent starting point for any newcomers.

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Bazimag
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2019

I cannot stress how extremely powerful campaign editing tool is in this game, you can make your own story! This is just brilliant, I wore a hat just so I can tip it off to the developer in respect, this game is really great if you think you would like this type of combat system? you will not go wrong here, the sheer amount of content in this should suffice, absolute gem.

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
Tom Marks

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove's brain-teasing tactics and impressive level editor make it the Advance Wars successor fans have been waiting for.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove is the game fans of tactical role-playing games have been waiting for. The huge amount of content and play modes, solid gameplay almost completely devoid of RNG and excellent presentation make it a game that no fan of the genre should pass on.

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EGM
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove might be the least original game I've played in a long time, but it offers fans of the Advance Wars series something we've been lacking for a while. Thankfully, Wargroove does add enough subtle variations on Advance Wars' formula to create its own niche, and multiplayer is much easier than convincing your other friend with a Game Boy Advance to buy their own copy. Even if you're playing alone, there's plenty to see and do, as long as you're willing to learn some hard lessons along the way.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Visually charming, deliciously deep and packed with extra content, Wargroove is a strategy experience that works comfortably at home or on the move.

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Pardis Game
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2019

Wargroove, is an excellent reimagining of Advance Wars, a game that has defined turned-based tactics as we know it. The campaign tells a typical fantasy story we have all heard before, but it serves as a great and fun introduction to Wargroove's deep strategic gameplay. The multiplayer has well-designed maps, and extra modes like the puzzle mode to keep things interesting. The built-in editor is powerful, yet easy to use, and promises endless fresh content in both singleplayer and multiplayer. Although it has some minor issues that could cause inconveniences, they are overshadowed by the game's very enjoyable gameplay.

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Niche Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2019

If you’re a fan of the old AW games, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. Even if you’ve never played a game in the franchise, I still recommend this one. It’s a load of fun!

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GameCrate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2019

Wargroove is the best kind of strategy game because it has enough depth and complexity to be endlessly compelling in the hands of the best players but is also simple enough to understand for anyone to pick up and enjoy the charming pixel art. With a ton of content and an amazingly detailed level editor, Wargroove is like a love letter to turn-based strategy games.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove is a deeply engaging strategy game that has the potential to continue to thrive and develop for years to come with a dedicated playerbase of creators

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Geeks Under Grace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2019

Wargroove takes everything that fans love about Advance Wars and turns it up to 11! With diverse and interesting unit types, a dozen different heroes to unlock, each with their own unique combat abilities, and a well written, lore-filled campaign Wargroove is every strategy fan's dream game. The sprites are gorgeous, the gameplay is addictive, and the music and voice acting are top notch. Fans of Advance Wars don't want to miss out on this one!

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Cerealkillerz
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2019

Wargroove is a good tactics game, which manages to deliver nearly the same experience as advance wars all bundled with a big content, a massive level editor and diversified missiondesign, but also stays without little exceptions in the comfortzone of his template and struggles with some inconsequences in artwork and sound. Fans of Advance Wars and tacticsgames still are served best here and should definitely pick this one up.

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LevelUp
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2019

Wargroove takes the best of Advance Wars and mix it with some new things that allows it to stand by itself. It is a genuinely fun game with its own personality.

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Spaziogames
8.3 / 10.0
Spaziogames
DottorKillex

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2019

Wargroove doesn't reinvent the wheel, clearly taking inspiration form the Advance Wars franchise. Still, since the Nintendo IP is absent from the scene since far too long, Chucklefish's last effort find its place in the Switch library.

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The Games Machine
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2019

Even without the precision and balance of its source of inspiration, Advance Wars, Wargroove still manages to offer an excellent strategic experience through a wide variety of modes.

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Gamersky
8.2 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2019

A well-crafted strategy RPG just like Advance Wars series.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2019

Chucklefish could have easily won the adoration of many by simply trying to make a game that panders to the nostalgic Advance Wars crowd, but they've gone above and beyond to deliver a product that is surprisingly full-featured and absolutely brimming with content. Not only is Wargroove an accomplished turn based strategy title, its suite of creation tools also makes it an infinitely replayable one.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 3, 2019

Wargroove is the Advance Wars game fans have been waiting years for, even with its fantasy trappings.

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Game Revolution
Jan 30, 2019

Unlike a lot of indie-level titles, Wargroove is truly fully featured. It's got a solid story mode, but that's just the start. The side modes and especially the map editor give you a lot of bang for your buck.

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Jump Dash Roll
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 12, 2019

Wargroove may wear its influences on its sleeve but it is never in thrall to them — fans of the genre will lap it up like Caesar near a water bowl.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 4, 2019

There’s a lot on offer here, and while it does lose itself in the grind sometimes, the sheer amount of content here more than makes up for the negatives that you’ll encounter, especially if you’re a fan of the games that inspired it.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 5, 2019

Wargroove doesn't shy away from its Advance Wars inspiration, but it proves to be much more than a mere copycat.

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USgamer
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove takes a classic formula and repurposes it for a more traditional swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting (with battlepups). With its large number of modes and impressive suite of creation tools, it's almost enough to fill the Advance Wars-sized hole in our heart.

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VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 27, 2019

One of the deepest, most substantial, most polished productions of 2019.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove is a fantastic game in the turn-based, tactical RPG genre and a great starting point for anyone who has never played such games before. It also has a high skill ceiling for those who consider themselves experts.

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CFG Games
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 12, 2019

Wargroove enhances the Advance Wars formula with various tweaks and outstanding cross platform modes. User generated content ensures players will be grooving for years to come.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 30, 2019

It took a decade for the vacuum left by the absence of Advance Wars to be filled, not by a new game in the series but by Wargroove, an independent title that has all its qualities. The difference is the tone and look, the fantasy world rather than the military too, but for the rest, Wargroove is the turn-based tactical game that fans of the genre were waiting for, especially on Nintendo Switch obviously.

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8 / 10
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Frostilyte
8 / 10
Feb 14, 2019

Chances are if you enjoy tactics games, or the games Wargroove so clearly draws inspiration from, you're going to enjoy Wargroove. Mechanical changes to critical hits, and settlements, as well as the puzzle mode, beefy content editor, and overall unit balance make for a fairly enjoyable tactics game. Despite the litany that sets in from the campaign and lack of overall variety in the commanders, there's still a huge amount to love about Wargroove and the many ways to play it round out a tactics game that is easy to recommend.

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TrueAchievements
Feb 24, 2019

It may resemble a relic from the Game Boy era, but Wargroove is far more than just another retro game.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
DualShockers
Max Roberts

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

Wargroove: Who is it good for? Absolutely everyone!

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 30, 2019

The best Advance Wars game never made and while there are a few flaws there's also plenty of new ideas and a mountain of extra content.

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GotGame
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

Wargroove will undoubtedly please the majority of fans of the genre, but it is not without faults. Hopefully, this will bring life back to the turn-based tactics genre, and take it to new heights.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
Cultured Vultures
Brian Stasiukaitis
8 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2019

Wargroove is the pixelated strategy game for a new generation of commanders. The shallow story doesn't deter from the intricate gameplay that makes Wargroove the perfect indie game for even the finest of tacticians.

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PC Gamer
78 / 100
78 / 100
Jan 30, 2019

Brimming character and imagination, Wargroove occasionally loses its groove over long-winded core gameplay.

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AusGamers
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2019

This fledgling developer-publisher is on the right path to making a nostalgia-based name for itself if it stays this course.

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SomHráč.sk
75%
75%
Feb 25, 2019

Advance Wars veterans will be right at home in Wargroove, but even everyone else is sure to enjoy the tactical mayhem. However, it wouldn't hurt if the game was a bit faster paced.

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TrustedReviews
Feb 6, 2019

Wargroove is a faithful update of a classic strategy series and, despite some smart additions, never really achieves more than that. The competence is commendable, and this is a solid game that will keep strategy fans amused for a while.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Feb 6, 2019

Wargroove has the confidence to stick to simple, familiar gameplay with a few twists, rather than try to wow you with its novelty. While its charming graphics might make it look cute, it offers a vicious challenge that gets a bit uneven at times. If you get into its slower pace and high difficulty, it also offers plenty of alternate game modes and custom campaign creation tools to extend the fun.

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3DNews
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2019

Wagroove offers too tight and repetitive battles that are no different from each other.

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PCGamesN
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 30, 2019

Chucklefish's strategy tribute does nothing worse than Advance Wars, and little better - instead, it's exactly what it needs to be to spiritually succeed. It's small, in both character models and design ambition, but it's probably going to be massive. Despicable.

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Telegraph
Telegraph
Josh Wilson

Top Critic

Feb 15, 2019

From the moment I started the first mission in Wargroove I was instantly transported back to my childhood and hours spent huddled around a Game Boy with friends marching tanks across the screen in Advance Wars.

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Saudi Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jan 31, 2019

Wargroove is a pure strategy game that offers a tremendous amount of content to play and paves a way for its community to make their own touch.

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Killa Penguin
Feb 18, 2019

The truth is that you never know when a game will change your mind about a gameplay style, and I had high hopes that this would be the case here. If anything, though, Wargroove solidified my distaste for this flavor of attrition-friendly turn-based strategy.

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