Broken Bulb Studios, the independent developer behind the original Facebook city sim My Town, have flipped the switch on their third title: Office Wars!
As its name implies, Office Wars is an evolution of another Broken Bulb title, Ninja Warz. Only instead of growing an army of ninjas and arming them with samurai swords and shurikens, players are growing an army of office drones and arming them with coffee mugs, pencils, and (later on) Jackhammers. We aren’t sure which concept is more terrifying.
Half of the fun of Office Wars is that it is stuffed full of pop culture references. The neighbor help minigame involves smashing a printer with a baseball bat in a remote field (ala Office Space). One of the earlier weapons is a red stapler, also a reference to Office Space. Some of the references are more subtle. One weapon is a Sabre water bottle – a sly reference to TV show The Office. Finally, some references are more for video game nerds than office culture aficionados – we spotted a Companion Cube from Valve’s hit game Portal.
The gameplay itself is fairly simple. Players purchase employees, and arm them with weapons and armor either purchased, or found on the battlefield. Then players battle it out against another player’s office army. The battles themselves are fully-animated, and automated. Whoever has the superior stats for their fighters comes out on top.
Players earn XP for winning fights and eventually level-up. As players level up and earn achievements, they earn the unfortunately-named BP Points (Brownie Points). This premium currency can be spent to power-up your employee’s stats, or purchase other premium goodies.
Office Wars isn’t too different from Ninja Warz, but overall it is a nice evolution of the formula. It has more humor, a more relatable setting, and little details like the ability to train up individual stats give the entire experience more depth.
Try out Office Wars now!