A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While there are no overt positive messages, success in combat elements allows the characters to level up and gain new skills.
Positive Role Models
The central character is Alicia, who feels bad when clubs are disbanded. In spite of the way both her and her club are viewed, Alicia hangs on to hope and is a gentle, thoughtful character.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is easy to navigate and the turn-based combat is rather forgiving, even allowing players a 'do-over' if the battle is not going well.
Violence & Scariness
During the combat board turn-based elements, the monsters destroyed just bounce off to the side and then fade out. There are implied threats from bullies, but no violence associated with those.
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The language is inferred, but nothing is really stated. For example, at one point, one of the characters, feeling despair at the situation being confronted, states: "We are screwed." In other places, the phrases are unfinished, such as "Son of a ..."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wintermoor Tactics Club is a turn-based strategy/role-playing game available for download on Windows PCs. The game takes place with a chapter-based story that takes place in a school filled with special clubs and high schoolers. There's some bullying by other clubs against some kids, which could upset some players, and while they threaten some kids, there's no violence shown by those characters. The combat is all turn-based, and doesn't involve blood or gore. There's some implied cursing as well, although the phrases are never completed in dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
In this strategy game, charm is in overdrive while the combat elements are a mix of the familiar as well as customizable elements. Wintermoor Tactics Club plays out like a mystery-adventure novel, with characters that pack wonderful, fully fleshed out backstories. For tabletop fans, there are some plots that have Dungeon and Dragons elements (although in this game, it's called C&C for Curses and Catacombs) In fact, Alicia, the main character, is a wizard in her club at school, and describes the fights happening between clubs from her perspective. Players will also run into eclectic characters and a fair amount of combat, which is turn-based but can be very forgiving, which makes the strategy and role-playing an ideal intro into these genres for younger players.
The game offers a wonderful mix of combat and story, balancing the two evenly while keeping you interested in playing additional chapters. The school itself is also packed full of diverse characters, including some bullies, but also some memorable characters. Plus, with seven characters that can join the combat group, and the ability to customize their skill sets to create a nice variety of combat styles, Wintermoor Tactics Club offers something for everyone. The gameplay is also rounded out by the inviting graphics and sound, which helps to draw you into each fight. While the story may be a touch predictable at times, Wintermoor has more than enough twists to smooth those pitfalls out delightfully. Overall, Wintermoor Tactics Club is a very well done game that should appeal to a broad base of gamers.
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