How Happy Wars' latest update changes the rules

The eleventh update for Happy Wars, Toylogic's free-to-play battler for Xbox 360, is live and adds new modes, rules and leveling options. According to a press release from the developer, a new game mode called Bounty Hunters allows teams to compete over bounties earned when they kill enemies and conquer towers, and the team that reaches a certain bounty wins. Bounty Hunters will run until Jan. 29. The update also changes Training mode to Skirmish mode, which now gives players score, items and Happy Stars. Aside from bug fixes, update 11 also adds "item experience points," which allow items to gain experience when used in multiplayer. Happy Wars, which launched last year free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, is now playable with free Xbox Live accounts, excepting the Multiplayer,...


How Wargaming is making the Xbox better and what the future holds

Wargaming is actively working with Microsoft to streamline its "unacceptable" and long QA and certification process in order to bring World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition to the console, Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming told Polygon at PAX Australia today. "The good thing is with online games, sometimes if you screw up, you can do frequent updates," Kislyi said. "But one of the biggest challenges with Microsoft was the frequency of updates because the QA process and certification process takes an extremely long time. Totally unacceptable for a meaningful free-to-play. We are working with them to do quicker updates." Kislyi could not say at the time if Microsoft has decided if it will bring the certification changes to other developers but he did mention that a lot of work still needs to be...

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Happy Wars coming to XBLA for Xbox Live Gold members on October 12th

Free-to-play action multiplayer title Happy Wars is coming to Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox Live Gold members on October 12th, developer Toylogic announced today. Happy Wars puts players in control of cartoon-stylized characters in free-for-all 30-player battles, castle sieges, and contests of dueling magic. Characters can be customized, with numerous options available for character appearance and clothing, as well as their equipment, which can be leveled up in battle or through purchasing special items. The game also features an offline component with a single-player storyline, as well as both competitive and co-op multiplayer modes. Happy Wars was announced as a free-to-play title in August, and will be the first such title available for play over Xbox Live.


Xbox booth at PAX Prime includes 'Halo 4,' 'Gears of War: Judgment,' Dream Build Play 2012 winners

Microsoft's PAX Prime 2012 booth promises to be a packed one, thanks to games such as Halo 4, Gears of War: Judgment, Forza Horizon, and Fable: The Journey. Those heavy hitters will surely lead to long lines at the booth, #412, and they'll be joined by Capcom's Resident Evil 6, Square Enix's Tomb Raider, and EA Sports' FIFA 13. Microsoft is also making room for smaller games: it will have the winners of this year's Dream Build Play competition, as well as the Xbox Live Arcade games State of Decay, Happy Wars, Crash Course 2, and Avatar Motocross Madness. Xbox-related events during PAX include a Saturday morning breakfast meetup, and two panels: "Major Nelson Radio: Live!" on Saturday from 1:30-2:30 p.m., and "Halo Reborn" with Halo 4 developer 343 Industries on Saturday from 5:30-6:30...


The uphill battle of 'Happy Wars'

Happy Wars, the upcoming action arena battler from ToyLogic, faces problems a number of Xbox Live Arcade titles have faced over the last few years. I think I get what ToyLogic is going for. The characters are cute, and mutter meme-y taunts and laments as they fight and win – or not – and the clear influence of tower defense titles and battle arena games like DOTA is present. The difference being a matter of approachability: Happy Wars is so lighthearted and simple that anyone should be able to jump in and give the game a go. But I'm not sure who's going to stick around. Combat is simple to the point of tedium. There's a clever system of special moves which require recharging action points to use, but there's not much benefit to doing so, save that, say, some targets can only be...

Happy Wars Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 10/12/2012
    • Publisher Microsoft
    • Developer Toyologic
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