Advance Wars: Days of Ruin review

The purest DS tactical game yet

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Endlessly fun

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    Tuned and polished to perfection

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    Multiplayer with voice chat


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    Simpler than previous entries

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    Music ain't great

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    Will make you forget other games

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This is a complete reboot for the Advance Wars series. Forget all those cheery day-glo tanks, female officers in skirts no bigger than dental floss and the pantomime COs; they’re all gone, buried under several feet of dust and asphalt. All that remains is a barren wasteland, shorn of structure, rules and regulations, the survivors cowering in makeshift communities as impromptu gangs loot and pillage the land. This isn’t the Advance Wars you know and love- Intelligent Systems’ baby is all grown up, but retains the childlike charm that drew you to her in the first place.

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DescriptionThis is the complete package of tactical glory with a solid multiplayer and revamped gameplay that puts even the original to shame. A must-own for DS devotees.
Franchise nameAdvance Wars
UK franchise nameAdvance Wars
US censor rating"Everyone 10+"
UK censor rating"12+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)