“This War of Mine” by developer 11-bit Studios, one of the most heart-wrenching war games of all time, is now available for those who happen to own an iPad, and if previous reviews are anything to go by, it is a worthwhile purchase. The game shocked and depressed gamers and critics for showing the ramifications of war and how it affects innocent civilians.

Rather than controlling a brave and almost invulnerable soldier as in a “Call of Duty” or “Battlefield” game, “This War of Mine” has players controlling a group of civilians in a war-torn city who must do whatever it takes to survive. According to Touch Arcade, the 1992-95 Siege of Saravejo inspired the setting.

As the game goes on, players are constantly forced to make incredibly difficult decisions like stealing other people’s supplies and even having to kill other civilians to survive. Managing the food in the player’s group is also very difficult, as resources are scarce, and once a civilian dies, that character is gone forever, so the player can legitimately feel guilty for the character’s loss.

The game’s “War Child” downloadable content (DLC) was made so that all the profits of the DLC would go to the actual War Child Charity, as reported by Eurogamer. This is fitting, as the game is based on real events, so this should be considered a nice move by the 11-bit.

For now, it’s currently unknown if “This War of Mine” mobile version will come with the DLC or if it will be available as a free or paid update to the game. Considering that “This War of Mine” DLC was made to fund a charity, it looks like it will be difficult to incorporate it into the iPad game and donate that money to War Child.

Anyone interested in a war game that makes people think of the repercussions of war can download “This War of Mine” for $9.99 on the iTunes App Store. The game currently has a 33 percent discount before it reverts to its original price next week, so those interested should get the game right away. 

This War of Mine tablet launch trailer - The Catalyst (Credit: YouTube/11bitstudios)