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Screenshot of World of Warships Game Cover

What is World of Warships

World of Warships is the mobile equivalent of the massively multiplayer online game produced by Wargaming. It draws inspiration from the success of this MMO while simplifying the gameplay to be compatible with mobile gadgets. Developers paid a lot of attention to historical authenticity and players will get to enjoy the thrills of commandeering various types of military ships.

Key facts about World of Warships

  • World of Warships catches the eye of players, with its visually charming yet destructive warships.
  • This game is supposed to be played in a team rather than alone and it’s immensely rewarding in multiplayer.
  • World of Warships brilliantly succeeds at rewarding skill and good players stand out from any team.
  • The game can be played for free, but the number of non-premium ship slots is relatively small.
  • World of Warships players who don’t have partners for online play will be randomly assigned to teams.

Gameplay of World of Warships

The gameplay of World of Warships is team-based and very little can be achieved individually. Overall there are 4 different types of vessels corresponding to battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers. They belong to the navies of several countries and have distinctive tech trees, so customization is insured. Players can research individual ships from every tier as they progress throughout the multiplayer.

Destroying opponent fleets and surviving battles will allow players to accumulate XP points. These can be spent to upgrade the ship modules and research new abilities to make them deadly in combat. In competitive multiplayer, players are assigned to random teams and play against individuals commanding similar vessels. The reasoning behind this decision is to keep battles fair and prevent lopsided fights.

There are different criteria for victory and each scenario is played by different rules. Most often players need to control a certain location on the map, but sometimes they need to conquer defended positions. World of Warships gameplay is particularly intense in those scenarios where players need to be the last ones standing. Given the diversity of vessels, experience plays a major role as each ship has strengths and weaknesses that can be exploited. Most lessons are learned the hard way, through a trial and error process.

Plot of World of Warships

Those who are hoping for an immersive World of Warships plot will probably be disappointed. This game rushes to make the transition from tutorial to multiplayer confrontations. The introductory missions are great at explaining the basic game mechanics and making players familiar with the vessels available. They learn about the ships and how they rely on other ship classes in real life situations.

Screenshot of World of Warships Bombardment
Screenshot of World of Warships Bombardment

Paying attention to these details can make a long run in multiplayer, as players can’t survive individually. Some ships are better at scouting and harassing others withstand damage and some provide overwhelming firepower. A balanced team that includes ships of all categories is more likely to emerge victorious over a mono-class strike force. World of Warships is so dependent on team play that players who are assigned to a weak squad are almost doomed to fail.

Development of World of Warships

World of Tanks was so popular on PCs, that mobile developers rushed to create apps for smartphones and tablets. World of Warships was released shortly after and was welcomed with open arms by fans of the MMO. Even those who previously paid little attention to the game available exclusively on desktop computers were thrilled at the prospect of playing it.

In an attempt to launch the game before others do the same, developers had to make compromises. As a result, several patches were necessary to make sure that all the bugs were fixed. The game currently available on mobile devices runs smoothly even on smartphones and tablets that are not last generation.

Where can I download World of Warships?

World of Warships can be downloaded for free from the Google App Store or from the iTunes. The game is free to play unless players choose otherwise, with minimal impact on the gameplay. Legend of Empire, PES Collection, Clash of Lords and Clash of Kings fall into the same category of free games for mobile.

Screenshot of World of Warships Fleet
Screenshot of World of Warships Fleet

What are others saying about World of Warships?

World of Warships is not a substitute for the PC game developed by Wargaming. However, it was received just as well as the aforesaid title and scored an average of 85 out of 100. The possibility to unlock advanced ships and improve the existing fleet appeals to war games fans. Only a fraction of those playing the massively multiplayer online game on desktop computers made the transition to mobile devices. Still, the parallels drawn by players as well as critical reviewers to the MMO were numerous.

My rating of World of Warships

I’ve always had a soft spot for strategy games and a strong preference for PCs. The inherent limitations of mobile devices prevent World of Warships from reaching its full potential. Having said this, for a game that can be played on a smart phone and tablet, it looks terrific. Developers have extracted an astonishing amount from these resources, but had the advantage of being inspired by Wargaming's blockbuster. Even better, the game stays original despite introducing so many gameplay elements from its PC counterpart.

The addictive nature of World of Warships is worrying me more than the occasional bugs and technical glitches. So far I resisted my natural inclination of spending real cash to simplify my mission, but I don’t know if I can hold on for much longer. If you are stronger than me and don’t worry about the addictive nature of this game, then you’d be wise to play. It is definitely a fun way to spend a couple of hours when you are away from home, but have an Internet connection. I’m happy to endorse this game with a rating of 9.5 out of 10 and look forward to a sequel.

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