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About Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

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Genre: Strategy | Publisher: HeroCraft Ltd. | Platform: Mobile
Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is one of a number of recent mobile games based on the famed Warhammer tabletop universe. It’s a tactical turn based RPG with card game mechanics, somewhat of a mixture between Fire Emblem and Magic: The Gathering. Each card represents a bolter, flamer, or chainsword wielded by your space marine, each with their own satisfying animations and differing stats depending on rarity and upgrades. It’s rare to see such a fully fleshed out experience in the free to play mobile market, and even someone who doesn’t wish to spend any cash can have fun in the story mowing down chaos marines and hunting for lost relics.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Gameplay

Each mission in Space Wolf starts the same. It’s you and two of your buddies against a significantly larger opposing force. You meticulously move from encounter to encounter, each turn consisting of two actions by the character with the most energy left over from the last turn. This means that if you play your cards right, you can get multiple turns in before enemies have a chance to strike back, giving you an obvious advantage.

There are two types of weapons in the game: normal weapons that have one use and can also be used to move around the grid, and then there’s equipment. These normal weapons get readied beforehand, and then can be used when needed, including when an enemy steps into your soldier’s cone of vision. This leads to some great moments, so be sure to always prepare for overwatch by keeping your marines armed to the teeth.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Core Challenges

Because of the randomized nature of the weapon and equipment cards, there will be times playing the game where you feel uneasy about pressing forward in the game. Here are a few tips to get you back on the path to righteous chainswording.

Watch Out For Promotions
Space Wolf is a free to play game, which means there are a few microtransactions to take part in, in this case to buy booster packs filled with new weapons. Quite often with this game, the developer will post on their social media channels about various codes you can punch into the in-game store which will net you rare and even legendary drops that would otherwise be a very lucky drop. Take advantage of these to make the early game go by more smoothly and avoid dropping more money than necessary. 

Keep Feeding Your Guns
At some point, you’re going to start to get duplicates of the more common weaponry as mission rewards. Don’t leave those cards to linger in your library, instead go in and fuse them with your current weapons. You get higher damage ratings for each new weapon you craft, allowing you to eventually make common weapons pose a threat in the later parts of the game if you’re careful.

Keep Track of Positioning
The nature of each turn means that sometimes the enemy is going to get in more turns than you. For each move, make sure that your guys are spread out enough and facing the right direction to take on unexpected attacks. Bunch units together, and you might fall to a well-placed grenade or missile launcher shot. Spread them apart, and you can be picked off one by one by enemy fire. It’s a balance you’ll pick up quickly, but don’t get cocky once you learn the ropes.

What We Like About It Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

Full Fledged Mobile Experience
There are a lot of free to play mobile games out there that claim a lot on the store page, but deliver a subpar gaming experience. Space Wolf is better than that, with gameplay, features, and graphics worthy of a priced tactics experience and plenty of early levels that don’t require investment in order to beat them.

Variety Out Of The Box
Immediately after you finish the tutorial, Space Wolf really opens up its feature set and lets you toy around with your deck and companions before each mission. You don’t feel overly guided in this Warhammer title once the main game begins, and there aren’t enough complicated mechanics to make you feel lost when that happens.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf FAQ

How rare are the rarest drops in Warhammer: 40,000?
There is an in game forge where you can drop in currency you earn from battles and get cards back. I earned several high tier weapons over the course of my time with the game, which is more than I can say for many other jackpot-like mechanics in other titles. Your mileage will vary, as it is still luck of the draw, but it is at least possible.

How long is a typical Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf mission?
Expect to be out on the field for a good ten to fifteen minutes for each fight, which is enough to go through your deck of weapons at least once. This can be sped up a bit by holding down fast forward during the enemy's turns, which is highly recommended, as their actions are rather slow.

How long before the difficulty ramps up?
It depends a bit on your first few drops, but there isn’t a typical free to play wall in sight for many hours after first starting the game. As long as you keep up with upgrading your collection and swapping out commons for your better drops, you can play the game without feeling obligated to pay to continue.

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