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Category Description User Score
Effectiveness How effective a game is to teaching. This genre is only used for games with the genre Educational. 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.7
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.2

Critic Reviews

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Pelit (Apr, 2011)
(Ajattelemaan) haastava ympäristöystävällinen strategiapeli, kiinnostavalla ja ajankohtaisella teemalla. Peliä haittaavat vain bugit, turhan tiukka vaikeustaso ja tiedonpalasten piilottaminen lukuisiin eri paikkoihin.
I have a great deal of respect for this game's level of difficulty. It doesn't cut corners and shows you just how monumental some of the world's problems are. Despite coming agonisingly close on a number of occasions, I've yet to fully complete anything other than the tutorial scenario. If this were the propaganda piece certain internet commentators have made it out to be, then winning the missions would probably be a simple case of switching to wind power energy, banning oil and skipping off merrily into the future. In fact, it makes a specific case that in certain circumstances entire regions may be lost regardless of our best efforts. There are no easy solutions for anything. As a result, Fate of the World succeeds as both a robust strategy title and as an unnerving model of future events.
newbreview.com (Jul 29, 2011)
With all its flaws, FotW is a fantastic game that anyone interested in a more cerebral and slow paced strategy games should try. The game is closer to Sim City than anything modern, though it’s way more minimalistic. It can be acquired for as little as £5 and the developers have promised that future patches will overhaul the game's interface, new scenarios will be added and new concepts will enrich gameplay. At that low price it’s a crime not to get it and at least experiment a bit. Personally I’m hoping that they add a “Post-Apocalypse” scenario in the future,in which you have to rebuild the world after environmental collapse.
Brash Games (Apr 01, 2011)
All in all, Fate of the World is quite a good game. I’m not sure if it will convert many people to being more ‘green’, but as I mentioned earlier, it would ideally suit a school’s science project or simulation. Fate of the World is difficult, but with a little thought and planning you can win over in the end, let’s hope the same can be said for the real world global implications.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Apr 26, 2011)
Are you a hero or a villain? Will war be over? Will Russia still be funding you? Will global temperatures have dodged that latest 1 degree rise, or will this be the turn that sees North America's last forests reduced to ashes, the few remaining rhinos breathing their last and Europe destroyed by drought and famine? Probably. That's the point. You learn through tragedy. Perhaps Fate of the World isn't actually about figuring out how to save the world, or even about being a dark and smart strategy game. It's about getting behind the rhetoric and gaining a meaningful understanding of the many dreadful things we're doing to our home.
Absolute Games (AG.ru) (Mar 15, 2011)
Быть может, Red Redemption сгустила краски, и на самом деле глобальное потепление не столь опасно, а запасов нефти хватит надолго. Как бы то ни было, подробности стоит черпать из более надежных источников, чем компьютерные игры или телепередачи. Но разработчики добились главного — увлекли экологией людей, далеких от этого вопроса. Встроенный справочник растолкует базовые термины и подстегнет интерес к серьезной литературе. Там, глядишь, в добровольцы запишетесь или смените автомобиль на велосипед. Fate of the World хороша и как развлечение, и как повод задуматься над своим образом жизни.
Lazygamer (May 31, 2011)
Fate of the World tries hard to deliver its message: we are out of long runs, and urgent action is required to guarantee a future for coming generations. Fair enough, but we knew that. The solution suggested by the game however doesn’t seem very viable, and while it certainly provides some food for thought, I find it hard to buy into the idea for long enough to actually enjoy playing it.
Multiplayer.it (Mar 10, 2011)
Come sempre più spesso accade, sono proprio gli sviluppatori indie quelli ad avere la facoltà di potersi concedere il livello di libertà che ad altri è ormai precluso, tra esasperazioni da cifre di mercato e obblighi di vendita. Fate Of The World è un esperimento interessante, che va a toccare tematiche importanti offrendo allo stesso tempo al giocatore la possibilità di apprendere qualcosa di utile, senza per questo sfociare nell'essere una semplice enciclopedia interattiva. Anzi, il suo livello di sfida è in grado di mettere a dura prova anche il più abile degli strateghi, a patto di volersi lasciare coinvolgere nella sfida per salvare il mondo da sé stesso e non dai soliti alieni truzzoidi. Qualche scenario aggiuntivo sarebbe stato sicuramente cosa gradita, aggiungendo anche un pizzico di varietà agli obiettivi, ma venduto a 9.99 euro sui siti di digital delivery è sicuramente un modo interessante per vivere qualche "pausa impegnata" tra un titolone e l'altro sul proprio PC.
CPU Gamer (May 01, 2011)
There isn't much of a commentary in Fate of the World; it just presents facts of life and asks you to deal with them. It's an interesting game. It lacks deeper mechanics and intricacies that could've given the game more layers, but it'd sap much of what makes Fate of the World such a unique product. You don't have that kind of control, because in reality, you wouldn't have it. It's hard to really knock it down for that, but at least know that this the best 7.5 game ever.
gamrReview (Apr 20, 2011)
Fate of the World is a great title to educate people on the issues of climate change, and is also a good strategy game. I enjoyed playing this for the many hours I put into this title. Experimenting with how each card effects the world makes it so no play through is the same. Fate of the World is worth a purchase, especially if you want a turn based card game that will keep you thinking for a few hours. Considering there is no price difference between the Steam and non-Steam versions ($9.99), I would recommend the Steam version due to the extra campaign even though the campaign is not a part of this review. If you are an educator, definitely buy this title for your Earth Day classes.
Destructoid (Apr 28, 2011)
Because it's a cheap game and because it's an intelligent and largely replayable one, it's still worth a look. It's deeply flawed in terms of being an accessible game for the masses, which works against the game's apparent intent to educate people about climate change; what's the point in educating the educated? It completely misses its educational goal because of it's design, but remains an intriguing title for those that might feel they are smart enough to tackle the challenge Fate of the World throws at them. As such, I still recommend it if you are up for a challenge. But whatever you do, don't expect the job of saving the world to be an easy one.
PC Gamer (Apr 21, 2011)
At root, Fate of the World may be well-intentioned and beautiful, but it’s small, hard and depressing. While it draws attention to burgeoning world problems, it leaves you more dispirited than inspired, and the lack of accessible information to make decisions means you’re often behaving randomly. Morally, it’s a must-play, but for entertainment and the sake of your moustaches, it’s a tough one to recommend.
Gaming Nexus (Jun 15, 2011)
Simple mechanics, brutal difficulty curve, lack of feedback and a sophisticated simulation make for a mixed bag. Recommended for those with an interest in global politics, strictly optional otherwise. A bargain at 10 bucks.
Gamer.no (Mar 17, 2011)
Det er likevel umulig for meg å konkludere med noe annet enn at Fate of the World er et ganske middelmådig strategispill. Det gir deg ikke nok valgmuligheter, det gir deg for lite kontroll, det kombinerer ikke elementene sine godt nok, det mangler flyt og blir kjedsommelig i lengden. Til tross for dette har jeg ingen problemer med å anbefale noen å spille Fate of the World. Det er vel verdt det å se hvordan et dataspill takler det kanskje viktigste av alle temaer. Det når på ingen måte opp mot de beste spillene i strategiklassen, men på grunn av sin nytteverdi er det likevel et spill alle kan ha godt av å teste.
Gamer.nl (Mar 16, 2011)
De kracht van games als een educatief medium zit hem vooral in het inzichtelijk maken van de wisselwerking tussen beslissingen en gebeurtenissen en juist daar laat Fate of het World zich van zijn zwakste kant zien. De simulatie is teveel verstopt in een eindeloze hoeveelheid getalletjes en grafiekjes, die alleen door de echte doorbijters aandachtig bestudeerd zullen worden. Een goede grafische representatie van die simulatie en misschien zelfs een versimpeling ervan, hadden het spel veel inzichtelijker en leerzamer kunnen maken. Fate of the World vertelt weliswaar veel over de verschillende duurzame oplossingen die er zijn en de problemen die ons mogelijk te wachten staan, maar dat had je net zo goed op Wikipedia kunnen lezen.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar 30, 2011)
Een erg goede game die bij momenten ook frustrerend moeilijk is.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun (Mar 11, 2011)
If we can get really good at this- if we could consistently marry entertainment and education as flawlessly as Fate of the World does- it would transform the planet. Which perhaps isn’t the message Fate of the World had in mind, but it’s still one worth thinking about.

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