Performance & Playability
The game was tested and played on the system stated in the introduction.
If you were too busy to see the screen-shots and did not read the introduction,
the system was simply an AMD Athlon 64 X2 with an on-board GeForce 6100. The game
never lagged once even with tons of units on screen and everything cranked up
with a 1280x1024 resolution. This game can run on any relatively recent
Using the GNOME System Monitor, I was ranging from 7.2% CPU usage
at idling in the main menu to no more than 20% during full game-play. Along with
that, the Battle for Wesnoth had only used approximately 115Mb of memory. This
made for a very efficient experience and allows for a ton of multi-tasking without
As stated before, The Battle for Wesnoth is not your typical run-of-the-mill
turn-based strategy game. It is much more than that. It has features most commercial
games do not contain but are necessary for making the ultimate fantasy experience
come alive before your eyes. This is a must-download game for any gamer, even
those who are not big fans of fantasy-based titles. The Battle for Wesnoth is available for not only Linux but also Mac OS X and Windows.
I have been able to play this game nearly every day for a long time now and I
have not gotten sick of it. When you get tired of being alone, simply hop on to
a fun multi-player server and let your dreams come true while adventuring with
partners. If you are the hands-on type, you can try out the included map editor
and start your own saga. It is all up to your imagination; do you have the ambition
to conceive your own legend?
The Battle for Wesnoth has received a 9 out of 10 rating and our
Editor's Choice Award. This game is open-source and free for download at Wesnoth.org.
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